Late Thread Vies with Little Bobbles: Leading Duo of Eight-Horse Field in Chicago Handicap at Sportsmans Park Oval, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-13


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4 Late Thread Vies With Little Bobbles Leading Duo of Eight-Horse Field in Chicago Handicap At Sportsmans Park Oval By TEDDY COX SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 12. — Mrs. John L. Oglesbys Late Thread, an honest, stretch-running mare who for several years has been acclaimed as queen of the local half-mile course, is among the prominent entrants for the ,500 Chicago Handicap, mile and one-sixteenth event that is expected to attract the largest crowd of the meeting as the National Jockey Club offers its penultimate -program here tomorrow afternoon. The nine-year-old daughter of Pilate — Silver Thread has been unable to locate her best stride this season in a quartet of starts, but here most recent effort was good, and she could very well be first across the wire tomorrow. Early favorite for the middle-distance affray is Valley View Farms Little Bobbles, who tied the track record for seven furlongs here last year, but Late Thread still has her supporters. Others in the field are W. H. Bishops S. McLaughlin, Marion H. VanBergs Over Night and Magnus, J. M. Nugents Thank You Sir, A. P. Hensleys Jim Branch, and John Wolfs Lucky Codine. Racing Oddity A real racing oddity "appears in the list of trainers for the Chicago, for saddling a duo of the horses will be. the brothers Frank and James Nugent, while Franks son, George, will tighten the girth on another. That a great rivalry exists between this racing family is well known along shedrow. Just recently, it is said, when Jim Branch, saddled by James Nugent, beat the George Nugent-trained Lucky Co-dine by a norse, the two didnt speak for several days. The 19-day session, five of which were for Chicago charities, will close here on Monday. The meeting has encountered capricious weather, but should the fine weather prevail for the closing two days that marked this mornings elements, Continued on Page Forty-Seven Late Thread, Little Bobbles Match Speed at Sportsmans Continued from Page One president William H. Johnston believes he and his associates will play host to mere than 15,000 turfites. Late Thread had her early training licks at Oaklawn Park, where she showed her usual stretch drive, but failed to finish in -the money. On the first Saturday of the meeting here she engaged some good ones in the Spring Handicap. She trailed as usual until the final quarter, where she picked up momentum and was beaten slightly more than three lengths for first money. Little Bobbles, who has been assigned top weight of 115 pounds by racing secretary Robert P. McAuliffe, returned to splendid form in his most recent race on Saturday. The Jean Valjean colt stepped to the front shortly after the start, opened an advantage of five lengths, and then hung on well through the final stages to beat Oyer Night, Thank You Sir, Lucky Codine, Richavoo, Eagle River, Rewarder, and Jim Branch. Several of these, of course, are slated for a return battle tomorrow, and it is quite possible that Mc-Auliffes adjustment in the weights will bring them closer together. Lucky Codine, who was second in the Arkansas Derby and who later won the Inaugural Handicap at this track, is one that probably will find the distance to his liking. He Very definitely did not run his race when beaten by Little Bobbles. S. McLaughlin was a winner over fair competition in her last start, and is the lightweight of the band. She moves into better company this time, but its_ getting to be dangerous around these diggins to discount a Bishop -owned and trained thoroughbred. Over Night was entered in the feature today. Jim Branch disappointed in his last race, but has shown enough in other efforts to merit consideration. Thank You Sir, on his best races, could take it all. Magnus ran into much trouble in a race this week.

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