True Neil, Canada Direct Go in Free-for-All Pace: Former Best Rival in Both Halves of Aurora Inaugural, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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, , I ] 1 I I 1 ] , , ■, . j i i 1 1 * 1 I 1 | t r ; ! j | i True Neil, Canada Direct j Go in Free-For-AU Pace ! Former Best Rival in Both Halves of Aurora Inaugural AURORA DOWNS, Aurora, 111., May 5.— The pacing duel between True Neil and Canada Direct will be resumed in a free-for-pace at Aurora Downs Monday night. , The aging but ever consistent 11 -year-old True Volo gelding bested the Canadian i pride in both halves of the Inaugural Pace ! with two tremendous stretch drives. In I both miles, True Neil uncorked late bursts of speed to pace over the field in 2:08Vs and 2:08%. Canada Direct, trained and piloted by veteran Wilmer Hillock, gave indications of being able to stay with the best side-wheelers in his class. He was a hangup second in both outings and, had he had , better racing luck, could easily have walked ! off with all the chips in the Inaugural. / Monday the six-horse field will go but J one trip over the mile route, and harness f enthusiasts may witness a blistering tour of * the half-mile oval. In addition to True Neil s and Canada Direct, race secretary Ted v Leonard brings together Victory Grattan, Noble F., John Lee and Hand Book. While dockers rate True Neil and Canada Direct as the pacers to watch, there are many railbirds who believe Hand Book f may repeat his 2:071/5 performance of last Tuesday night. The Brookdale gelding was I at his best his last outing and should he E take a liking to a pace Monday may whip them all. J John Lee, Roy Griebels eight-year-old l John Dillard gelding, will be making his p 1951 debut in the free-for-all. He had a good season in 1950, earning ,912, and can provide plenty of opposition if right. Victory Grattan was second to Hand Book in 2:0iy5 and may have needed this heat to bounce right into the winners s circle. The Oswego Trot, a 28 class event, at- d tracted 18 horses and was split into two d divisions. The first division, headed by v Tommy Mite, is listed for the first and E fourth races, while the second division, fea- M turing unbeaten Boyne Hanover, Alma B., C C and Patsy B., will be decided in the fifth p and seventh events of the nine-race pro- £ gram. ■

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