Starting Line-Up of Ten Seen for 00,000 Race: Best Effort Only Three-Year-Old Among Probables for Headliner, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-27


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Starting Line-Up of Ten Seen for 00,000 Race Best Effort Only Three-Year-Old Among Probables for Headliner ARCADIA. Calif., June 26.— The small-i est field in the short but colorful history of ! the Santa Anita Handicap is expected to go postward Saturday when the worlds richest stake will be decided for the eighth j time. Webb Everett, racing secretary of the I Arcadia course, predicts ten starters in the 00,000 mile and a quarter event. His prognostication includes Thumbs Up, top weight at 130 pounds and favorite; Gay Dalton. 126: Brie a Bac, 122; Paperboy, ; 122; Bull Reigh, 121; Texas Sandman, 116; Lou-Bre. 115: Autocrat. 110: Triplicate, 110, : and Best Effort at 114, who is the only three-year-old among the probables. The smallest previous field in the handicap was in 1940 when Seabiscuit made his astounding comeback and registered over Kayak II., his stablemate, and 11 others. The largest number started the first year the stake was run in 1935, Azucar leading home 19 rivals. Fifteen went in 1936, Top Rows year; 18 in 1937, when Rosemont scored: an equal number in 1938 when the three-year-old Stagehand triumphed, while in 1941 Bay View splashed slop on 15 rivals. Though Jay Paleys Best Effort, whom he acquired not so long ago from C. C. Tanner, New Orleans sportsman, failed in Saturdays Derby, his race was a good one, for he was coming strongly in the drive and was but a length off Busher, who was second, while the Mayer miss followed the winner, Bymeabond, home by a half-length. Best Effort was carrying 126 pounds, while , the filly had 121, and Bymeabond 119. The additional furlong of the big race this | week-end therefore should suit the Paley : three-year-old like a glove, and a drop of a dozen pounds off his Derby impost, even , though he will tangle with oldsters, should also be appreciated. Thumbs Ups sparkling trial on Saturday morning indicates he has retained his ex-1 cellent form. He worked seven furlongs in : 1 :27 Js and was eased up the mile in 1:4025. j The Louis B. Mayer ace has started three times at this meeting. In his initial out-I ing at six furlongs, he was whipped a j whisker. Then he annexed the San Pas-| qual, a mile and a sixteenth stake, scoring easily. He followed that up with a victory j in the Beverly Hills Handicap, at seven i furlongs, in which he carried 128 pounds ; and was timed in l:221s to set a new track I record.

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