Nine May Vie for Richest Preakness; Cracks Registers Third Straight Win: Jacoby Colt Takes Hyde Park Purse; Tough Target Three Lengths Off Son of Crack Brigade; Plentituff Earns Brackets, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-15


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Nine Nine May May Vie Vie for for Richest Richest Preakness; Preakness; Cracks Cracks Registers Registers Third Third Straight Straight Win Win Jacoby Colt Takes Hyde Park Purse Tough Target Three Lengths Off Son of Crack Brigade; Plentituff Earns Brackets STICKNEY, 111.. June, 14.— The three-year-old Cracks, owned by H. E. Jacoby and piloted by Herb Litzenberger, defeated five other horses his own age to account for the Hyde Park Purse, a sprint of six furlongs which served as the feature of the Lincoln Fields Jockey Clubs program at Hawthorne this afternoon. The triumph was the third in a row for the son of Crack Brigade and his fourth in seven engagements this year. Cracks reached the end of the three-quarters of a mile, which he covered on a fast track in l:14V5l three lengths in the lead, as Tough Target ran second and In the Bag third. Rounding out the field were Conference, Bright Bronze and Chic-jean and they finished in that order behind the first three. The Jacoby colt showed the most speed for the first quarter mile, but then he was taken in hand to permit Bright Bronze and In the Bag to fight for the lead. Upon reaching the last quarter Cracks came on again and, taking command inside the last eighth, drew out to score in handy fashion. Makes Up Many Lengths Tough Target made up many lengths to be second. He was last going into the turn and entering the homestretch still was in front of only one horse. But he closed stoutly and, though he couldnt get to the winner, he beat In the Bag, who was the favorite, by a length. In the Bag showed speed for a half mile and then gave way, while Bright Bronze lasted another furlong before showing signs of distress. Those in the crowd of nearly 11.000 persons who supported Cracks in the mutuels received .20 for . Whosyourgal was made the favorite for the six-furlong opening event and for five-eighths of a mile it looked like she might reward the judgment of her backers, but then she gave way and wound up third as Five A. M. and Hy-Trite raced under the Continued on Page Four Cracks Makes It Three Straight at Hawthorne Whips Tough Target, In the Bag In Featured Hyde Park Purse Continued from Page One wire a head apart and in that order. Whos-yourgal was as many as three lengths in front over the early furlong but she could not sustain her speed to the end. Five A. M. was ridden by Billy Nichols and those who backed him in the mutuels received 9.20 for . The winner of the second race, also contested over six furlongs, was R. Cutros Patruska, an outsider in the field of six. With Thomas Bates at the reins, she came from behind in the stretch and was up in time to win by a length and pay 6.60 for . Alar, who made the early pace, was second and Observer, the favorite, third. Observer moved up boldly on the turn, but in the last eighth hung and missed second honors by a half length. Henry Tikulskis Plentituff, a juvenile son of Man ONight and Banner Bright, had no trouble graduating from the maiden ranks in the third event, a spin of five furlongs of two-year-old non-winners. Plentituff, ridden by Paul Glidewell, was in front a few jumps after the start, quickly opened a command lead and held it to the end. His winning margin was four lengths. Dinna Belle was closest to the winner throughout and took the place by a length and a half as My Star ran third. The others were far back. Blue Grail, owned by J. M. Hutchins and ridden by Steve Brooks, scored the first victory of her brief career in taking the fourth race, another five-furlong test for two-year-old maidens. Blue Grail couldnt keep up with the early leaders, but she closed stoutly after reaching the homestretch and eventually won with two and a half lengths to spare. Judge Davey, who bore out badly on the stretch turn, was good enough to be second while Little Bengy, who shared pacemaking honors with Bean Pot, was third. Over and Over eliminated himself when he bolted going into the turn.

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