Bobs Pal Competes with Eagle River, Eleven Others at Sportsmans Park: Owners Bishop and Van Berg Each Will Saddle Entry in Featured May Day-Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-01


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Bobs Pal Competes With Eagle River, Eleven Others at Sportsmans Park Owners Bishop and Van Berg Each Will Saddle Entry in Featured May Day-Purse SPORTSMANS PARK,-Cicero, HI., April 29. — Following Saturdays running of the Spring Handicap and other middle-distance attractions, Mondays program at this half-mile track is devoted mostly to members of the sprint division. Nominal feature on the well-balanced card, the May Day Purse, will bring together a capacity group of the more fleet thoroughbreds presently quartered here at five furlongs. The eventual winner of the May Day could come from any quarter and selecting a definite favorite for the dash would be indeed a difficult task. Under the allowance conditions of the salient event, Mrs. Stephen Ippolitos fleet Bobs Pal will be asked to answer the bugle under the top impost of 120 pounds or five more than allocated to Helen S. Reine-mans Eagle River, and William Ha Bishops entry of Don Coventry and Bano-vina, all of whom have been assigned 115-pound burdens. In addition to the Bishor tandem, the Lincoln, Nebr., sportsman, Marion H. VanBerg will also send a pair of charges postward in Play Again and Over Night. Bishop and VanBerg annually vie for the leading trainer honors during the Sportsmans session and an interesting contest usually prevails when the arch-rivals saddle respective entrants in the local features. , Others in Line-Up Rounding out the large field are such other clever sprinters as B. Mohrs Technicolor, William Offermanns Flaming Bush, Nate L. Raffelmans Quick Tiger, John Wolfs Comite Lad, Edward A. Simpsons Gray Chief, Insist, owned by the partnership of Rakickas and Gillespie, and T. D. Buhls Likesasnot. Eagle River, one of the more prominent members of the Reineman unit, which recently arrived here following a successful Florida tenure, finished third back of Lucky Codine and Jim Branch in last Mondays Inaugural Handicap, and appears the most likely choice in tomorrows essay. Eagle River set most of the early pace in the Inaugural, which was contested at seven furlongs, and he undoubtedly will be favored by the abbreviated distance of ► _ — . the May Day. Bobs Pal, one of the more fleet thoroughbreds seen under colors during the Oaklawn Park meeting, accounted for several victories during his Hot Springs campaign. The Ippolito gelding also competed in the Inaugural, but displayed a decided disliking for the muddy strip which prevailed. He can be expected to show an improved effort Monday. The Bishop pair is always to be regarded dangerous at any_ distance and the presence of jockey Harold Keene on his choice of the two will insure certain attraction in the speculation. Both of the VanBerg entrants came forth with creditable performances in their local debuts, and they should have benefited greatly from those outings following several months of inactivity. Gray Chief and Likesasnot, dark horse members of the contemplated starting •jroup, possess a world of early speed and under their modest weight assignments -nay prove hard to down. The remaining contestants have shown flashes of near Tilliancy on occasion and must merit consideration should they choose to come forth with their best efforts.

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