Assault Favored over Ten Opponents In 00,000 Preakness Stakes Today: Hampden, Maine Chance Duo Face Derby Winner at Pimlico; Purse to Gross 40,620 if All Face Starter, With Over 00,000 Going to Victor, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-11


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WARREN MEHRTENS Will be astride astridethe the Derby todayin winner Assault again today in the Preakness renewal Assault Favored Over Ten Opponents In 100000 Preakness Stakes Today Hampden Maine Chance Duo Face Derby Winner at Pimlico Purse to Gross 140620 if All Face Starter With Over 1 00000 Going to Victor VictorPIMLICO PIMLICO Baltimore Md May 10 Eleven threeyearolds including Robert J Kleberg Jrs Assault the Kentucky Derby winner were named here today for tomor rowsone mile and threesixteenths Preak ¬ ness which will gross if all go 140620 the richest purse in the 55 previous runnings of the historic Maryland spring special specialLike Like the Derby tomorrows Preakness is numbered among Americas greatest races and track officials confidently predict a throng approaching 50000 will jam the historic Pimlico course to see the race The U S weatheman predicted scattered but generous showers for tomorrow morning presaging an off track In that event the overnight Preakness field will definitely lose two of its scheduled starters Marine Victory and Lovemenow were the only two expected to be withdrawn in the event of soft footing As usual the draw for post positions oc ¬ casioned marked interest and it developed that Assault fared creditably better in the Preakness draw than he did last Friday for the Derby The colt will break from the number five stall with Hampden generally considered his staunchest rival assigned number four fourWith With Assault having retained his razor sharp Derby condition under the astute handling of his veteran conditioner Max Hirsch the colt loomed a staunch favorite to haul down the Preakness gold and glory and probably will be even money on the board Hampden the swift little stretch runner who was denied second money in the Derby when Job Dean Jessop his rider erringly began pulling up at the sixteenth pole remained the horse to beat par ticularly with Eddie Arcaro a lad who will make no mistakes aboard aboardCreating Creating almost as much excitement as the race itself is the fabulous purse the winner will earn Not only will the gross purse of 140620 easily surpass the previous record of 136220 for the Santa Anita Handicap but tomorrows winner provided the 11horse field remains intact and he is an original entry will earn an alltime high of 102985 In the event the winner is a supplementary entry the net purse to the winner will total 100120 100120Four Four members of the Preakness field were on the track for short blowouts this morn ¬ ing Knockdown completely recovered from the leg cuts he sustained in the Derby breezed threeeighths in 36 while Natchez went fiveeighths in 102 handily Both Lovemenow and Wee Admiral worked a half mile going in 48 and 50 re ¬ spectively

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