Repetoire, Valpam to Match Strides: Mikell Colt to Rule Favorite Off Two Good Pimlico Races; Fleet Rival Making 52 Bow In Garden State Dash; Wayne Purse Also Lures Good Field, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-16


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► .J.JJ..iJJiiiiiJ.niiHimM.Uiii |v ALFRED JENSEN — Trainer of Repetoire. Repetoire, Valpam to Match Strides Mikell Colt to Rule Favorite Off Two Good Pimlico Races Fleet Rival Making 52 Bow In Garden State Dash; Wayne Purse Also Lures Good Field By WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 15. — Patrons here tomorrow will see some fancy, high-class racers in action. Mrs. Nora A. Mikells Repetoire is the biggest box-office name on tomorrows program, and he will make his New Jersey debut in the fifth race, against five other shifty sprinters. The Wayne Purse, arranged as the seventh and featured event, with 13 named to compete at one mile and. a sixteenth, also has a sparkling line-up that includes Joe Gavegnanos Joey Boy, King Ranchs Sonic, Maner Stables Lori-dale, Cary C. Boshamers King Clover, William G." Helis, Jr.s Drifting Maid and, last but not least, Craigwood Stables Palatial Appetite. The performance of Repetoire, who is nominated for the 0,000 added Camden Handicap here on May 30, will take precedence in the publics interest, with the scene to be shared in this six-furlong dash by William G. Helis, Jr.s gifted speedster, Valpam, who is probably the next best thing in the Helis barn to the sensational Spartan Valor. Also named in this band are R. W. Finchers Danger Ahead, Brookmeade Stables War King, J. Gavegnanos Blue Lantern,. and Mrs. W. E. Snells Black and Blue. Everyone in this race is a stake winner, with the exception of Blue Lantern, but under the allowance- conditions the weights require only 113 pounds for Repetoire and 107 pounds each for his rivals. Four Successive Stake Triumphs Repetoire is a four-year-old colt by Happy Argo, and was acclaimed an outstanding sprinter last year. He was an early favorite for the Kentucky Derby before his limitations for racing over a distance of ground became evident. Within the span of one month he hung up a remarkable record of four successive triumphs, capturing the Cherry Blossom Stakes, the Experimental Free Handicap No. 1, the Chesapeake Stakes and the Wood Memorial. His sophomore accomplishments gradually tailed off after such a strenuous campaign, but he wound up with a record of eight victories out of 16 starts and earnings of, 8,230. Carrying high weights this spring, Repetoire has been rather slow coming around, with his best showing in his last start on May 5 at Pimlico. This was the Primary Day Handicap, in which he was defeated a head by Senator Joe. He will be ridden by Charlie Burr and, local fans remembering his victories here as a two-year-old before he reached national fame, will install him as a stout favorite. Repetoire has been training nicely, and this morning he "blew out" a half-mile over a fast strip in :48%, handily. Valpam, a Valdina Orphan four-year-old gelding, has locally been considered just about one of the top sprinters in the country, when in the mood. He has several times been rank during his races, bolting on the turns or doing whatever else comes into his mind. Despite these bad habits, he last year managed victories in the New Years, the Hialeah Inaugural and the Rumson Handicaps, for a score of "three wins out of seven starts. Trainer Frank Catrone turned him out and fired him after his last race early in August, and this will be his first outing since then. War King, who was unimpressive competing in the Polynesian Handicap recently at Belmont, deserves a chance here as a runner known to be fit and ready, while Danger Ahead, making her 1952 debut, is a mare who always has been fond of this course. The Wayne Purse will find Joey Boy, coupled as an entry with Gavegnanos Go Between, a solid favorite off his two good races this spring. He finished bang-up in a sprint, and then third in the Valley Forge Handicap last week, three and a half lengths behind Spartan Valor and a head in back of Call Over.

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