Sgt. Spence Outgames Richmond Jac; Rustom Sirdar Registers over Route: Head Finish in Spokane Purse Thrills 18,000 Arlington Fans, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-18


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Sgt. Sgt. Spence Spence Oufgames Oufgames Richmond Richmond Jac; Jac; Rustom Rustom Sirdar Sirdar Registers Registers Over Over Route Route Head Finish in Spokane Purse Thrills 18,000 Arlington Fans Old Kentuck Only Neck Off Leaders as Three-Year-Old Carries Stone Silks to Fore ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, HI., June 17. It was like old times as this fashionable course forged its way through the clouds that kept it dark for three years during the war and swung back into action regaled in all the splendor of one of Americas outstanding racing establishments. A "wash day" crowd of approximately 18,000 turfites viewed the great improvements with awe as they moved about the spacious plant. They were treated to ideal conditions, for the most part. The strip was at its very best, and a few drops of rain that fell between the second and third races only served to cool off the humid atmosphere. The 0,000 Spokane Purse, mile and one-eighth event that featured the opening program, produced one of the most pulsating finishes of the entire Illinois season when J. C. Stones good three-year-old, Sgt. Spence, Mrs. Ada L. Rices Richmond Jac, and the Walmac Farms Old Kentuck crossed the line in a heart-warming blanket drive, with the "photo-finish" placing them in that order. Covers Mile and Eighth in 1 :50Vs The youngest of the five clever horses to face the starter, the three-year-old Sergeant, was an outsider in the wagering, returning 2.40 in the straight mutuels. and he traveled the distance in the smart time of 1:50. a second and one-fifth off the track record. Starter Roy Dickerson sent the field away in perfect alignment from his stand next to the finish line, and it was Old Kentuck who first shoved his nose to the front. Sgt. Spence and Richmond Jac were pushed right along until they hit the first turn in good position, at which time all of the riders began to maneuver for strategic positions with the exception of Shut Eye, who was a distant trailer throughout and appeared outclassed. Leaders Go to Drive Old Kentuck, Sgt. Spence and Richmond Jac were all under "strangle holds" going down the backstretch and as they moved into the turn, Larney Hansman let out a notch on the winner and he edged to the front. It wasnt until they headed into the stretch that the- leaders went to a drive, and in a jiffy Richmond Jac collared the leaders, and Old Kentuck, moving through on the rail after getting an early "breather," was in the thick of the fight. The trio drove furiously throughout the long stretch and it was Sgt. Spence who proved stronger to gain a head decision. Old Kentuck was a neck in back of Richmond Jac. Richmond Jac, who showed a fine performance in the 0,000 added Suburban at Belmont Park was an odds-on favorite at post time. He lost a great deal of ground as he moved on the turn, but had no excuses when he came to a drive. He was simply outgamed. In the Wildair Purse, which held fourth position on the card, the Calumet Farm, which for many years has found this a happy hunting ground, shot a double-barreled entry at the competitors in this six-furlong dash for three-year-olds, and was rewarded with a fine victory when Maud Lea came home on the chin strap three lengths to the good. The Bomar Stables Lauramar offered stiff resistance during most of the journey, but succumbed in Continued on Page Three JOCKEY L. HANSMAN Guided J. C. Stones Sgt. Spence to victory in the Spokane Purse on yesterdays opening card at Arlington Park. Sgt Spence Outgames Richmond Jac by Head Old Kentucky Bang-Up Third as Arlington Opens Before 18,000 Continued from Page One the last eighth, but was too good for the others, beating Mrs. C. E. Dales Disdomo by the same distance as she was beaten. The entry of Maud Lea and Jezros was a prohibitive favorite, returning .60 in the straight pool. Jezros did not at any time play a part in the running. From end to end it was Maud Lea and Lauramar who monopolized the running. They went down the backstretch heads apart, with first one and then the other moving to. the top. Doug Dodson went to a drive nearing the turn, however, and the Calumet representative moved away. Thomas iPatts Evident, with Johnny Adams putting up a daring ride, completely astounded form players as the sport got under way when he cracked down in the first start of his career to beat the favored Blue Seal, from the John Marsch barn in a five-furlonger that was run in 1:00. Mrs. Ada L. Rices Barefoot Lad took the show money. A two-year-old son of Transmute Plainview, Evident showed plenty of speed all the way, but as he neared the far turn he was in close quarters and for a second it appeared that he couldnt escape being pinched right out of contention. Adarf , however, took a chance and drove through on the rail and, after obtaining clear sailing, proceeded to cut down Blue Seals early advantage, then easily drew away through the last eighth. Blue Seal, however, was pounds the best of the others. J. Sands Max OSullivan, a three-year-old gelding who has been finishing "up the track" against a better class of horses, was dropped in among the ,000 claimers who competed in the third and, with Freddie Smith weaving his way through the pack during the early stages, the three-year-old came on with keen speed during the late stages to prevail by three lengths at the end. Ben Fogelsons Miami Moon and J. P. Keezeks Intriguing waged a smart battle for the place, with the former gaining a head decision. Irving Anderson, who rode Judge Sales in the race, returned to the unsaddling in-closure limping and it appeared that he injured his leg, probably as the field left the gate.

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