Valdina Craft Triumphs as Suffolk Meet Opens: Annexes Governors Handicap Before Gathering of 23,060, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-12


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s : 0 .50 J .20 :o .17 .7 , j t t 1 I *J 10 iQ 80 10 34 4 17 17 29 9 13 L3 4 4 .42 12 U ?1 *° *3 it Ie 0 0 30 30 30 30 j Valdina Craft Triumphs As Suffolk Meet Opens r ; Annexes Governors Handicap Before Gathering of 23,060 EAST BOSTON, Mass.. June 11.— Thoroughbred - racing returned to the greater T Boston area today when the Eastern Racing g Association inaugurated a 54-day meeting g at Suffolk Downs. A crowd of 23,060 New „ I England patrons turned out for the sport, I * shattering all existing attendance records Is for an opening day program at the spacious seaside oval. Threatening weather may . have held the assemblage down somewhat il and the racing was decided over a sloppy y course. The sun broke through several II times during the matinee, but weather conditions i- were not what might be termed d ideal. The twelfth running of the Governors •s " Handicap at one mile served as the feature e attraction and resulted in a hollow victory .y for Arcand and Laurins Valdina Craft, who had the saddle services of the veteran n George Seabo. Eight lengths off the flying land victor, Mrs. Weston W. Adams favored d Cavatorta accounted for the place award, d, a neck in advance of Sandylane Farms S topweighted Dinner Party. Only six JX started in the headliner; Miss Ruth Howies S Rocket Gal and Salvo finishing fourth and c] fifth respectively, while Wallace Renards „ Mixer was a soundly beaten sixth and last. *• I Gov. Maurice J. Tobin of Massachusetts, s- presented a trophy to Valdina Crafts " trainer, Lucian Laurin, immediately after ?r the running. The Governor and his staff ff witnessed the race from the Suffolk stew-30 r" aids pagoda. As the race was run, Valdina Craft never left the issue in doubt, coasting along in front without need of any urging on Seabo * s part.

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