Field of Ten or Eleven Likely to Seek Wednesdays Massachusetts Handicap: Lights Up Early Choice to Take Suffolk Stake over One Hitter, Oil Capitol, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-11


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Field of Ten or Eleven Likely to Seek Wednesdays Massachusetts Handicap Lights Up Early Choice to 4 Take Suffolk Stake Over One Hitter, Oil Capitol By CHARLES HATTON SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 9. — Indications today were that a field of 10 or 11 of the Easts better handi-cappers will parade here Wednesday for the 5,000 Massachusetts, highlight of the New England turf season. The prospective starters are Lights Up, who has 121 pounds in Eb Pons weight arrangement, One Hitter 113, Oil Capital 112, Abstract 110, All At Once 107, Bernie Moose 107, Tilenny 107, Brick 106, Lambent 103 and the feather-weighted Outland with 98 pounds. Lights Up is to arrive here Monday, and it is expected that George Wideners 1950 Travers winner will be the favorite to duplicate the success of his sire, Eight Thirty, in the "Mass Cap." The topweighted Greek Ship is hors de combat at present, and his stablemate, Going Away, is reported to have pulled up with a filled ankle after working for this engagement. Cochise ran today in Delawares Sussex and hardly will start back so soon in the Massachusetts, which he won last summer. There still is a possibility that County Delight, one of the highweights under 121 pounds, will be an acceptance. And Ted M., estimated at 108, is expected to be among those present if he performs satisfactorily in a seven furlongs race today at Belmont. Efforts were made this morning to engage a rider for him. It had been hoped to start Lone Eagle, but he rapped himself in the Suburban,"* which interrupted his training five days and there is a question if he could be quite ready. ° Special Events on Program Despite the vicissitudes of racing and training, the Massachusetts appears assured a highly representative field, and one l,hat will attract a crowd of more than 10,000, to the beautiful East Boston course .vith any luck in the weather. Reservations are running Veil in advance of 1950. A crew of carpenters and painters today were arranging the props for various of the ► special events on Mass Day. Interest is growing in the match race between jockeys Borgemenke and Burr, each of whom has a large and enthusiastic following among Suffolk patrons. And the horse show and hunt set will be on hand to see the classes, William Almy Jr. has programmed. The gates will open at 10 a. m. and it has been announced that patrons may purchase box lunches for 75 cents. The general opinion that Lights Up will be the public preference in Suffolks important mile and a quarter is shared by handicapper Pons. The Erdenheim four-year-old appeared recently in the Suburban. He had up 123 in that engagement, assumed a clear lead entering the long homestretch while racing on the outside,, then tired suddenly down near the finish and was beaten off. Perhaps the rangy chestnut will improve off that race. He is to be ridden by George Hettinger, and is indifferent to track conditions. Captured Three Fixtures The Widener colt last season distinguished himself as the winner of the Peter Pan Handicap- and Monmouths Lamplighter Handicap as well as the Travers Midsummer Derby. He gained a placing in a half-dozen other stakes and in the Belmont was second before no less a runner than Hill Prince. One Hitter and Oil Capitol have yet this year to display the form which gave them their importance, but they are in the Massachusetts with just 113 and 122, respectively, and either could be very contentious. Oil Capitols people are quite pleased with the way he has done since coming to this course. He sometimes does not run cheerfully, and can be difficult to ride, but Ken Church is well acquainted with him and word from Chicago is to the effect he will fly here to have the mount. Ted Atkinson, who first attracted attention as a rider when he won the 1941 Mass Cap on War Relic, is expected to handle One Hitter. The Suffolk Downs course never was in better condition and if the going is dry Wednesday, Cochises track record of 2:01% for the popular mile and a quarter route mfy be endangered.

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