Vigorous Appears to Hold Decided Edge over Seven Brown Hotel Purse Rivals: Calumet Farm Racer Proved Double Winner in Florida; Mona, Evanstep Contenders, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-03


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Vigorous Appears to Hold Decided Edge Over Seven Brown Hotel Purse Rivals v Calumet Farm Racer Proved Double Winner in Florida; Mona, Eyanstep Contenders CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 2.— Calumet; Farms Vigorous, a big gelded son of Bull Lea— Diagnosis, by Sweep, looms as. a heavy choice in the Brown Hotel Purse, six furlongs .feature that headlines .tomorrows program. The four-year-old is to be opposed by a band of seven, which possibly will be pared slightly by the time the scratches are announced tomorrow morning. The track was "good" when the entries closed for the Brown Hotel, but was thrown into a quagmire when heavy rains fell through most of the day. Scheduled to meet Vigorous are Mona, Teapoy, Clevelander, Suffki, Bel •King, Spizerinktom and Evanstep. Vigorous has not raced in Kentucky this year, but has an excellent record for consistency and there have been times when trainer Ben A. Jones thought the gelding might develop into a stakes horse. Over at the Keeneland track one afternoon he was used as a workmate for Clifford Mooers* Hawley, a Kentucky Derby aspirant, and on that morning it appeared that he was holding his own during six furlongs of the mile move by the Mooers representative. In five Florida starts this past winter. Vigorous was first to pass the wire on three occasions, but he was disqualified in one of his Hialeah appearances. So he came north with two wins, a second and a third to his credit. The main contenders appear to be Mona arid Evanstep. The former-is a C. E. Hag-yard homebred who will be making her seasonal debut. She won three times in a six-month campaign last season. Evanstep was. a steadygoing filly last year also, turning in three victories, five seconds and three thirds in 14 trips to the post. She finished a good third to Fleeting Star and Irish Sun in her first outing this spring at Keeneland.

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