Crete Handicap Closes for Nominations Today: Sprinters to Compete in First Lincoln Fields Stake on May 20, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-10


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Crete Handicap Closes For Nominations Today Sprinters to Compete in First Lincoln Fields Stake on May 20 Horsemen planning to race at the Lincoln Fields meeting were reminded yesterday by racing secretary Lawrence C. Bogenschutz and general manager Peter J. ODonnell that nominations close at midnight tomorrow, May 10, for the 0,000 Crete Handicap which is to be run on Saturday, May 20. The six-furlong Crete for three-year-olds and over is the first of six stakes scheduled for the May 16-June 17 meeting of 29 days. This will be the twenty-third running of the Crete which annually except 1932 and 1934 when it was not renewed has been a major objective of top flight sprinters since the four-year-old Supremus won the inaugural in 1926. • The roster of Crete winners includes Blackwood, Misstep, Evergold, Rock X., Potranco, Signator twice, Occupation, Errard, Jack S. L., Eternal Reward, Delegate. One of the most popular of all Crete victories was that of the honest old mare, Sil-verette, then 9, in 1939. Her victims included Lightspur and Easy Mon. Four other well remembered mares — Pansy Walker, Slim Rosie, Marica .and Dolly Val — were Crete winners. The great Myrtlewood finished third behind Slim Rosie and West Main in 1935. The one-eyed sprinter, My Dandy, and his famous running mate, Brown Wisdom, finished second and third to Misstep in 1929. My Dandy tried again in 1931, finishing third to Knight Commander and No More, the late Clarence Davisons good sprinter. No More was second again in 1933, when the race was won by Shandon Farms golden-coated giant, Evergold. Woolford Farm, whose Signator in 1942 and 1943 was the only horse to score a double in the Crete, furnished the winner last year when the champion sprinter. Delegate, beat Enforcer, With Pleasure and others. It was the 1948 renewal of the Crete in which Eternal Reward showed his versatility and proved that he could sprint as well as stay when he beat the fleet mare, Tre Vit and Deliberators son. Air Rate. In view of its past history and the fact that it is not only the first stake race for sprinters, but the first stake of the new Chicago season at any distance, much interest attaches to the renewal of the Crete Handicap.

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