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_ Armed Among SeventeenVying In Joe Cotton Purse at Downs , . » t I I I . * Coupled With Fine Fettle t In Sprint; Bobs Pick and Ariel Ace Main Opponents CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., April 30. — Although Mondays program at this historic Churchill Downs course is without an added money event, the agenda as arranged for presentation by racing secretary and handicapper Lawrence C. Bogenschutz, offers eight good contests featured by the Joe Cotton Purse. Calumet Farms mighty gelding, Armed, who will be coupled in the wagering with his stable-mate, Fine Fettle, headed the list of entrants for the afternoons feature which will bring together a group of 17 fast sprinters racing in 15 interests. Under the allowance conditions of the Joe Cotton, Armed will carry the equal top impost of 118 pounds, along with Mrs. Leo Wagners Nickey W., and Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bowles McCosh. However, each of the highest weighted contestants will assume from three to five pounds concessions allowed for apprentice and contract riders. Apprentice Gordon Glisson, the California sensation, who has displayed superb saddle ability since his arrival in the Blue Grass, has been assigned to be astride the Calumet gelding, therefore the son of Bull Lea — Armful will parade postward under 113 pounds. Glisson also has been named to pilot Fine Fettle and will, in all probability, ride the latter should Armed not be fortunate enough to draw into the race from his first position on the also-eligible list. Won Coral Gables Purse Armed, "Horse of the Year" in 1947, returned to racing this winter in Florida, after several months of inactivity and accounted for one purse in four engagements. In his victorious encounter, the Calumet colorbearer defeated a capable group of sprinters in the Coral Gables Purse, then came back to finish third to the arrear of his fleet stablemate, Coaltown, and Mrs. E. L. Hopkins Three Rings in the Gulf-stream Park Handicap. Fine Fettle, gelded progeny of Chance Play — Nellie L., made his Keeneland debut an auspicious one by driving to a game decision over such formidable foes as Lucas B. Combs Uncle Otho and A. and R. Craigs Beach Moss in the Duntreath Purse. Following his winning encounter, Fine Fettle returned to competition the next day but was unplaced in the Plum Lane Purse. Comprising the remainder of the Joe Cotton contenders are such other speedsters as Mrs. Frank P. Letelliers Queen Hair an and Knights Hill, who will run as an entry; Shady Brook Farms Cleve-lander, Mrs. L. Wagners Nickey W., Brown and Woods Lady Joan, Miss Jean Cambrons Challorette, Welikit Farms Dark Filante, Augustus and Nahms Your Reward, Henry Tikulskis Bobs Pick, James C. Ellis Quin-tero, M. H. Hellermans Debaby, Leo J. Caillouettes Best Prospect, David Fergusons Ariel Ace, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bowles McCosh, and Nate L. Raffelmans Pomps Gal. Tikulski Racer Working Well Chief contention to the Calumet tandem should come from Bobs Pick and Ariel Ace. The former raced with considerable success during the spring and fall sessions at the Downs and throughout the Chicago circuit in 1947, but was retired from actual competition last year after going slightly amiss. However, the Tikulski charge has been training favorably since his return and recent works would seem to indicate a return to peak form. Ariel Ace made his first start in the year during the recently terminated Keeneland meeting and he made every post a winning one while turning back a likely group of sprinters. The Ferguson campaigner always has displayed a decided fondness for the local strip and his chances would be greatly enhanced should the track come up in an "off" condition. Ellis Stables Quintero is another who would be greatly benefited should the track be in any other than a fast condition. The seven-year-old son of Appealing — Miss Quintura registered four victories during his 1948 campaign, but against considerably less formidable competition than he is slated to engage Monday. The remainder of those in the Joe Cotton field have shown flashes of brilliancy at times. Whereas the Joe Cotton is listed as the feature, several of the other events are sure to attract their share of attention from a wagering standpoint. The Fonso Purse, a five-furlong dash, designed specifically for two-year-old colts and geldings, should prove interesting from start to finish and has among its entrants such highly-regarded youngsters as Jack C. Chambers Bolingover, Augustus and Nahms Wonder Sir, and the Brown Hotel 1 Stables entry of Rayloper and End Zone.