Providence Stakes May be Increased in Value: Narragansett Hopes to Get Top Sophomores for July 18 Event, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-28


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Providence Stakes May Be Increased in Value Narragansett Hopes to Get Top Sophomores for July 18 Event PAWTUCKET, R. I., June 27.— Several of the outstanding candidates for the three-year-old championship may be among the starters when the field lines up for the 5,000 added Providence Stakes, one mile and a furlong fixture slated for renewal at Narragansett Park on July 18. Trainers of J. J. Amiels Count Turf, and Brookmeade Stables Bold and Steadfast have shown interest in the stake and Judge James E. Dooley, Gansetts president, has instructed his staff to up the value of the . Providence to 5,000 if there are indications some of the top-notchers will compete. Racing secretary M. C. "Ty" Shea has been contacting conditioners of other titular aspirants and is confident the head-liner can be developed into one of the most important races of the New England season. The Providence is an allowance event, with weights based on the earnings of the various candidates. For example, should Count Turf, Bold and Counterpoint start, each would have to shoulder the top impost of 126 pounds, based on their current gleanings. Hall of Fame, Repetoire and Uncle Miltie would get in with 123 pounds at this writing; How would pack 121, Northern Star and Whirling Bat 120, Alerted 114, and Loridale 111. The Providence Stakes had its first running in 1946, when Pellicle led Midway Sun to the wire. The competent Young Peter turned back Royal Lover the following year and in 1948 Vulcans Forge, one of the bright stars of the handicap division, journeyed to Pawtucket to conquer Reborn. Reveille downed C6unt-A-Bit in the 1949 renewal and Passemson captured the stake last year. Narragansett Parks 24-day summer meeting opens next Monday and already upward of 300 horses have shipped in from New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. These will be supplemented, of course, by the pick of the thoroughbreds now being campaigned at Suffolk Downs. The stakes program bids fair to attract many of the "name" stables and there is every indication that the session will prove one of the most popular in the tracks history.

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