Liberty A. Upsets in Detroit Opener: Earns Nose Decision over Favored Clay Pigeon While Returning 9.40 Mutuel, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-05


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Liberty A. Upsets In Detroit Opener Earns Nose Decision Over Favored Clay Pigeon While Returning 9.40 Mutuel DETROIT, Mich., June 4.— Liberty A., a four-year-old gelded son of Third Covey and Liberty Patsy, carried Mrs. C. O. Schweitzers colors to a surprising victory here today in the initial event, returning his backers 9.40 straight, the second highest pay-off in the history of this course. Hard hustled through the final quarter mile of the six-furlong sprint by apprentice Tommy Caf arelli, - the winner reached the wire with a nose margin over Mrs. George C. Whites favored Clay Pigeon while a similar distance away, Monarch Stables Granny D. finished third, a head in advance of Marion H. VanBergs Grey Scout. Liberty A., whose best previous effort was a second to French Lure at Pimlico, raced the three-quarters mile over the good track in 1:14%, graduating from the maiden ranks. The gelding chalked up the first success here for the Schweitzer establishment, which shipped here from Water-ford Park. Although cloudy weather and a threat of rain prevailed in the Motor City area, a crowd of over 8,000 was on hand for the sport. Showers over the week-end left the racing strip no better than good for the entire matinee. Air Arm Sets Pace Exchange Stables Air Arm, a recent arrival from Chicago, made the pace until well inside the stretch but Caf arelli had Liberty A. in a contending position and his mount took over after racing by the pacemaker. Clay Pigeon closed willingly on her own courage rafter being in trouble during the early furlongs but the bid Jell short and she was beaten a short margin, while Granny D gave a sharp effort "to achieve the show and Grey Scout was a fast finishing fourth in the field of a dozen starters. George A. Sacks Bon Lynn, well ridden by youngs Gerald Champagne, who was handling his first mount of the current meeting, earned a length and one-half verdict in the six-furlong second race. Bon Lynn responded with a fine burst of speed when set down through the stretch, defeating D. J. Gleesons Bucks Fancy, the choice for the dash. Third honors went to Andrews and Zakoors East Hill, who beat the five other starters for that end of the spoils. Bon Lynn, who came to the Motor City from Pimlico, was second choice at 33 to 10 and, coupled in the Daily Double with Liberty A., was good for 36.40 in that pool. Rebate, who races for the locally-owned Mrs. Audrey Gable stable, found a field he could whip in the three-quarters mile third race and beat Marion H. VanBergs Mon-falon a head for his first victory since 1949, despite 19 engagements last year.

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