Marriage Faces Four Freedoms: Pair Top Lineup of Six for Tropical Handicap Renewal as Florida Season Closes, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-08


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Marriage Faces Four Freedoms Pair Top Lineup of Six for Tropical Handicap Renewal As Florida Season Closes CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 7.— With the running of the Tropical Handicap at the Bird Road course tomorrow, the longest and most successful season of horse racing in Florida will come to a conclusion, a season of 100 days that has been marked by the establishment of new bettings records, and a corresponding record for revenue both to the state and the associations. For this closing day, the 0,000 Tropical Handicap, a gallop of a mile and a furlong, has an even half dozen acceptances of the weights and on the eve of the running, just as when the nominations were first made known, it appeared to be a two-horse race between Coward and Du Puys old gelding Marriage and Four Freedoms, the four-year-old colt who bears the popular silks of Mrs. Payne Whitneys Greentree Stable. The others are W. W. Crenshaws Grasshopper II., Christopher Ranchs Argonne Woods, T. D. Buhls Sweep Swinger and B. W. Millers Equinox. Marriage, under the top burden of 126 pounds, moved over from New Orleans, where he was winner of the New Orleans Handicap, to be beaten by Four Freedoms Tropical Handicap, 0,000. Three -Year-Olds and Upward. One and One-Eighth Miles. P.P. Horse. Jockey. Wt. 1 — Sweep Swinger J. R. Lay ton 105 2— Argonne Woods E. Campbell 108 3— Grasshopper II. W. Eads 114 4 — Marriage BThompson 126 5 — Equinox R. Permane 103 6 — Four Freedoms E. Arcaro 120 in the Widener, but he came back at Tropical Park to be an impressive winner of the Coral Gables Handicap of the same distance as this engagement over as good a mare as Mar-Kell. That was his last ap- . pearance under silks, but he has been kept on keen edge in training, and Coward has reported him ready for his best. He will ; be ridden by Billie Thompson, who roae him in the Gables. Four Freedoms has not been to the post since his surprise score over Sun Again in the Widener. In that running he carried 109 pounds to the 120 carried by Mar- riage and he whipped the old son of ! Strolling Player a matter of eight and a ; half lengths. In the Tropical, Four Free-: doms is in receipt of six pounds from Marriage and, like the old gelding, he has been i pronounced at the top of his form. He j will again be ridden by jockey Eddie Ar- caro. who played such an important part , in the Widener score. Tomorrow Grasshopper II.. a French-bred son of Banstar and Wood Violet, mer- Continued on Page Nina APPRENTICE R. PERMANE— Continues sensational riding at Tropical Park. ; Marriage and Four Freedoms ; Compete in Tropical Handicap Continued from Page One , I its attention by reason of his brilliant j [racing. Claimed from Mrs. Tilyou Christopher for ,500 during the Hialeah meeting, he established himself as a rare turf performer, and, moving to the Bird Road course, he surprised by beating some of the best sprinters in a dash of .six furlongs, where he equaled the track record of 1:10. * Later he was winner of the Ponce de Leon Handicap of a mile and a sixteenth. He is right on edge. On all that has been shown Grasshopper I II. is the only one who has a reasonable ! chance to beat either Marriage or Four .Freedoms, but Alfred Robertson has prom-, ised that Argonne Woods may upset calculations while it would seem that only an accident would give either Equinox or e ! Sweep Swinger a chance. r I

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