Keene and Bishop Again Hold Spotlight at Sportsmans Park: Former Rides Three Winners including Two for Contract Employer; Don Coventry Best, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-11


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1 • Keene and Bishop Again Hold Spotlight at Sportsmans Park " Former Rides Three Winners, Including Two for Contract Employer; Don Coventry Best By TEDDY COX SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 10. — William H. Bishop, Harold Red Keene and a stable of horses that seem to take on added zest when theyre sporting the blue and white silks of the Anna, 111., horseman, once again proved a winning combination here this afternoon. Don Coventry provided a victory for this team when he drove to a spectular victory in the Blue Warbler Purse, seven-furlong test that headlined a program that furnished considerable excitement during the day. The five-year-old gelded son of Crack Favor— Coventry Rose was up in the closing strides under. Keenes characteristic whip-lashing to beat C. C. Wares Born to Win, a rather poorly named thoroughbred in view of his habit of frequenting the place position. Several lengths in back of the embattled pair came B. W. Oppermans Bonnyvale, while the winners partner, and with the victorious jockeys brother, Frankie, in the saddle. Beau Fortune was fourth. Don Coventry was Keenes third winner on the program and Bishops second. Last Bill also scored for the combination in the fourth, while Sun Tannery was piloted by Keene in the second. Collins Thrown Heavily Don Coventry was backed into .20 favoritism and raced the seven furlongs in the smart time or 1:29%. He carried 117 pounds. It was the most popular victory on a program that found form holding up well throughout the day. Once again a strong wind blew across the course, but the sun shone at times during the day and the mercury was on the ascension., These conditions and a fast track were welcomed by a goodly gathering of 8,662. Don Coventry, who has been one of the most consistent horses in the extensive Bishop barn, was given a rousing warm-up , prior to entering the gate, and he was in • a fine position most of the way, with Keene saving ground wherever possible. Technicolor, however, was the early leader, and 1 when the tired Bonnyvale took over as the : pacemaker. Born to Win also had dead aim and he went into the lead at the far Continued on Page Forty-Two Keene and Bishop Again Hold Sportsmans Park Spotlight Continued from Page One turn and seemed to have victory within his grasp. But the Bishopite had begun his run that lapped him on Born to Win at the top of the stretch and in the final stages the margin was a head at the line. Charles Collins, a 21-year-old apprentice from Salt Lick, Ky., had what was believed to be a promising career temporarly halted when he was injured prior to the running of the third race. His mount, Amberley, became fractious, jumped the fence and ran to the stabling area. He tossed the boy heavily. Upon preliminary examination at the frist aid hospital it was found that Collins suffered a fractured collarbone. He was sent to St. Anthonys Hospital in Chicago, where he will be confined for some time. Winner of the race was James Hejnas Elkhorn, a veteran who. once possessed a touch of class, and who now is running in ,000 claiming competition. He came out on the track ni four running bandages, and was warmed up extensively before getting to the post. He was on his toes, though, gained the lead and then remained in close contention while losing ground until the far turn, where Donald Wagner went into a hard drive. Elkhorn responded nobly, forged to the front, and was drawing away at the line. Nickel, who alternated in setting the pace, held on well to get the place from Lona Mae. Wally Yablomskis Scapagal proved much the best of the sprinters in the opener. She pegged the pace for a turn of the course, then went to the front and never was seriously threatened thereafter. Tony Skor-onski, however, was scrubbing feverishly at the line. Second in the seven-furlong dash was Night Tour with Merry Mary, the favorite, third. Sun Tannery, who had made up a great amount of ground in her previous start, was ridden by Keene in the second. The New England booter gave ont of his better exhibitions through the stertch and the mare gained a nose verdict over Peaceful Genie, who appeared "any price" coming into the steretch but who tired badly.

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