La Salle Handicap Brings Out Ten; Fillies and Mares Seek Maple Leaf: Miss Mommy Vies With Sweet Dream; Blue Helen, Sequence, Lithe And Brownian Among Seven Others in Detroit Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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La La Salle Salle Handicap Handicap Brings Brings Out Out Ten; Ten; Fillies Fillies and and Mares Mares Seek Seek Maple Maple Leaf Leaf Miss Mommy Vies T ► With Sweet Dream Blue Helen, Sequence, Lithe And Brownian Among Seven Others in Detroit Feature FAIR GROUNDS, Detroit, Mich., June 3. — The 5,000 Maple Leaf Stakes, one of the more important filly and mare fixtures that will be presented at the Motor City track this season, is to have its decision tomorrow and nine top class sprinters are ready to answer the bugle for the six-furlong half -holiday headliner. Under the allowance conditions of the feature, Mrs. E. E. Dale Shaffers Miss Mommy is the high-weight under 120 pounds and Havahome Stables Sweet Dream, an invader from New York,- will go postward under 116 pounds. "While Sweet Dream and Miss Mommy are regarded as extremely sharp contenders for the Maple Leaf, the pair is to meet some rather sturdy opposition in such classy performers as Dr. Eslie Asburys Brownian, 109 pounds; Brownell Combs Sequence, 112; White and Thomas Our Request, 100; O. Frank Woodwards Hilda, 109; Hal Price Headleys Lithe, 112; J. A. Kroecks Blue Helen, 112, and A. R. Evans Evanstep, 109 pounds. Brownian and Sequence are to be saddled for their engagements by J. Price Sallee and will race coupled as the Asbury and Combs entry. Jimmy Combest to Ride Sweet Dream, perhaps one of the best of her sex and age division, was shipped here in good condition and the daughter of Lovely Night and Tea Leaves is to have the saddle services of Jimmy Combest. The Havahome filly won the Gazelle Stakes last year and she also finished second to First Flight in the Capra, beaten but a head margin in the latter mile event, which was , decided in 1:37%. In her initial outing this season, Sweet Dream ran third in the Rosetown Handicap at Belmont Park on May 19, bowing to Greentree Stables Paddleduck and S. D. Sidells Allies Pal. Because the Havahome miss had not been under silks for several months before accepting her Belmont en- Continued on Page Tnree i Miss Mommy Vies With Sweet Dream Head Overnight Field of Nine Going in 5,000 Maple Leaf at Detroit Continued from Page One gagementr it is quite likely that she may have benefitted from that six-furlong effort. Sweet Dream displayed high speed during the initial half mile of the Rosetown and she led the field until well inside the stretch, faltering in the late stages of the dash as if a bit short. Miss Mommy, 1948 victress in Arlington Parks Princess Doreen Stakes, is one of the best Bull Dog fillies in training. Winner of an overnight race in Florida before her shipment north, Miss Mommy gave two splendid performances here, but was beaten a length on both occasions. Miss Mommy ran second to Dixianas Shy Guy in the Border City Handicap and then earned the place spot behind Joseph A. Goodwins Papa Redbird in the Oakwood Purse. Euclid LeBlanc will handle the Shaffer miss in tomorrows engagement. The presence of Blue Helen in the Maple Leaf field adds considerable color to the stake. The speedy four-year-old miss is presently at peak form, according to her trainer, Walter U. Ridenour. Blue Helen ran second to Woolf ord Farms Delegate in the Steger Handicap at Washington Park and, pre ious to that race, she ran third to Tidy Sum and Bullish at Churchill Downs. Late in her 1948 campaign, the Kroeck star took a well-deserved decision over Miss Mommy at Louisville. Willie Garner, who has handled Blue Helen in many of her major engagements, is to guide her in the Saturday headliner. Lithe Favorably Weighted Favorably weighted for the Maple Leaf is Lithe. One of several three-year-olds entered, Lithe undoubtedly will come in for stout backing. In the Royal Oak on May 21, Lithe had a rough journey, but, once clear, finished in determined fashion to annex the show honors back of The Fat Lady and Stole. Robert Lee Baird, leading rider at the current Fair Grounds meeting, has been assigned the mount on Lithe. Brownian has been a consistent racer during her career and, although she has failed to reach the winners ring this year, the Asbury representative has been second in seven of nine starts. In her most recent race, Brownian was beaten but a neck by Paddlueduck at Belmont Park. Coupled with Brownian will be the three-year-old filly Sequence. The latter was beaten off in the Frontier » Stakes, but probably needed that engagement, and the 1948 Princess Pat winner is considered dangerous in the Maple Leaf field. Jerry West will ride Brownian and Ronnie Nash is to be astride Sequence.

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