Inaugural Handicap is Divided as Ak-Sar-Ben Meeting Opens: Name Total of Twenty-Five Horses for Feature Event on First of 33 Programs, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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♦ . ., Inaugural Handicap Is Divided As Ak-Sar-Ben Meeting Opens Name Total of Twenty-Five Horses for Feature Event On First of 33 Programs By C. LINDEMAN Staff Correspondent AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Neb., May 21. — Ak-Sar-Ben, Omahas locally owned and operated race course, opens its annual meeting of 33 days tomorrow afternoon. The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, headed by chairman James P. Lee, W. D. Lane, Mel-man Bekins and general manager J. J. Isaacson, are offering one of the finest racing programs ever presented in this area, with purses in overnight events and feature handicaps raised to attract the best thoroughbred talent available. Horsemen responded generously to the six-furlong Inaugural Handicap with the result that racing secretary R. A. Leigh divided the event, with 12 sprinters in the sixth race and first half, and 13 in the seventh, or second half. Mad Moment in First Section The first division of the Inaugural is headed by Charles McDonoughs Mad Moment. The latter, a son of High Strung — Abeyance, recently arrived from California where he turned in some excellent efforts, winning two of his last three races on the Coast. In his victory on April 13 he ran the mile and sixteenth distance in 1:43, to take the measure of such good routers as Continued on Page Forty-Three J. J. ISAACSON — General manager of Ak-Sar-Ben at whose Omaha plant a 33-day meeting will begin this afternoon. Ak-Sar-Ben Meet at Omaha Opens for Run of 33 Days Continued from Paae One Ohsodry, Sun State and Iron Duke TJ. In his race previous to that he ran the mile distance in 1:36%, beating Sun State, by five lengths in that encounter. Since arriving at Omaha, Mad Moment has caught the eye of dockers with some very impressive morning trials. The Petsch Ranch Stables Hairbow has been turned out since last fall. The five-year-old Stimulus or Hairan mare raced with considerable success at Centennial Park last season, winning the Rocky Mountain Handicap on Labor Day"at that track. She ran the mile and eighth in 1:50% to beat Brillgal a neck, with Pari-Cross and Brezno, third and fourth, respectively. Hairbows morning trials also have been impressive since her arrival here. Others named for the first division of the Inaugural are Reno TJpabout, Lovely Venus, Dr. Sicomo, Take All, Arapahoe, Pattie-M., Upcetera, Clyde M. and Starburn. The contestants in the second half of the Inaugural appear to be closely matched and a spirited contest should result. The seven-year-old 1H Be, also from the Petsch Ranch, looms the one to beat here. Ill Be also has been rested over the winter months but compiled a good record last year. He sped three-quarters in 1:10% at Centennial on August 12 and came back on September 1 to register in an overnight handicap. Benny F. usually goes well in his races at this course and off some pleasing morning trials will have a following today. The Cline Cattle Companys Gus G., who won three in a row at Oaklawn, is another who figures to be right up there. Marion H. VanBergs Connies Boy, who finished third back of Provocative and Market Tip at Washington Park on Friday and who beat Greytown-in his race previous at Sportsmans Park, will be dangerous off his best effort. Others in the second half of the feature are Blunt, My Little Miss, New Leaf, Loutey, Mr. Whiskers, Dad, Reddy Boy and Little Drum.

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