Thumbs Up Tops Thirteen-Horse Field for 00,000 Santa Anita Handicap: Mayer Ace Odds-on Choice for Mile and Quarter Run; Gay Dalton Foremost Rival, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-30


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• a ! j : j | ] = -=Tjl I | THUMBS UP— Favorite for todays running of the 00,000 Santa Anita Handicap. i | Thumbs Up Tops Thirteen-Horse Field For 00,000 Santa Anita Handicap Mayer Ace Odds-On Choice 4 For Mile and Quarter Run; Gay Dalton Foremost Rival Continued from Page One Kentucky-bred three-year-old, who will carry the silks of Jay Paley, Los Angeles radio executive; Triplicate, owned by the motion picture danger, Fred Astaire; Old English, an imported five-year-old, owned by E. B. Johnston, the Los Angeles business man; Texas Sandman, owned by W. D. Rorex; Victory Drive, owned by Miss Car-lotta Jelm of the motion pictures ; Gay Dalton, the Mexico City champion, and Autocrat, with whom A. A. Baroni will try for his second success in the big race. Old English and Broadcloth will be coupled, as both are trained by Charles Leavitt. Despite his two ordinary races at this track, Gay Dalton, who ran up an impressive record in Mexico City and who won his only start at Hollywood Park last fall, will probably be the second choice. Those who i have seen him in action claim that his two shorter races here were not a true test of his ability. They believe he will go much better at the Santa Anita Handicap distance, and that jockey George Woolf will be more familiar with his mannerisms. Paperboy and Stronghold, the favored pair in the Hollywood Gold Cup, may be the third choice of the public, although Texas Sandman, who is in excellent shape at present, is gaining a following, and fans remember Brie a Bacs easy victory over Jury Box and Okana in the Tijuana Handicap. Best Effort and Autocrat will likely be the choice of those favoring longshots. , Best Effort was a strong-finishing third in the mile and one-eighth Santa Anita Derby, J while Autocrat has been improving steadily. i A win for any of the others would result j in long prices being posted on the pari-mutuel board. The eighth running of the Santa Anita | Handicap will be decided over a fast track. | The record for the distance is 2:01 15, made ■ by Seabiscuit in his winning jaunt in 1940. It is estimated that well over 60,000 persons ! will be in attendance.

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