Class of Detroit Horses Best Ever: Grissom and Sherman, Thomas and Hartwick Strings Are Latest to Arrive at Track, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-23


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Class of Detroit Horses Best Ever Grissom and Sherman, Thomas And Hartwick Strings Are Latest to Arrive at Track FAIR GROUNDS, Detroit, Mich., May 22.— With practically all of the stall space at the Woodward Avenue racing grounds filled, General Manager George W. Lewis, of the Detroit Racing Association, announced here today that the class of thoroughbreds on hand for the 1946 season far surpasses that of any other year since the present operators assumed control of the local plant. The 49-day spring and summer meeting opens here on Saturday, May 25. Track superintendent J. Oliver Brown was in a quandary today as to just how he could squeeze in a few late comers and several establishments doubled up a bit in order to give Brown more stabling room. Arrivals from Churchill Downs over the week-end were the stables of Grissom and Sherman, Clarence Hartwick. and John Winans, who trains the colorbearers of Edwin K. Thomas, master of Elm Spring Farm, which is near Paris, Ky., and in Bourbon county. Winans brought six of the Thomas horses, Hartwick registered seven head, and 11 thoroughbreds are to campaign here for Grissom and Sherman, Michigan patrons of the sport. Unconditional Winner of Guyon Handicap Included in the band that Sherman bedded down at the Fair Grounds is Unconditional, a four-year-old gelding son of Reaping Reward and Egyptian Belle, who is remembered here for his game victory in the 1945 renewal of the 0,000 Marie Guyon handicap. Other better-than-average performers in the locally -owned unit are Empty Plate, who twice visited the winners circle at the recent Churchill Downs meeting; Meat Ball, a victor at the Louisville oval, and Velvet Heels, Kantar Run, Billy Rolfe, Lees Summit, Provoker, Radio Gunner, Admiral Pat, and an unnamed three-year-old colt, the get of Sweep All and Blu Lu. Although the Hartwick establishment does not boast many horses of stakes calibre, several members of the unit have shown good form this year. Son Forever, who carries the silks of Bagley and Hartwick, was particularly impressive at Churchill Downs when he defeated John Marschs Errard in the six-furlong Woodland Purse. Although Errard was making his first appearance of the year, Son Forever raced gamely to earn the decision and nothing should be taken from the geldings triumph. Errard moved to Chicago after winning an overnight race at the Derby oval and accounted for the 0,000 Crete Handicap, inaugural day feature of the Lincoln Fields at Hawthorne meeting. Best prospect in the Thomas stable is the two-year-old filly, Mavada, a daughter of Maeriel and Zevada. Mavada won in her first start at New Orleans and trainer Winans rates her one of the best juvenile misses he has ever handled.

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