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Badger Holds On For Nose Triumph Saginaw Colt Takes Measure Of Happy Gander at Detroit Before Gathering of 15,000 By DON FAIR Staff Correspondent DETROIT, Mich., May 24. Badger, a four-year-old son of Blue Flyer and Hard Biscuit, carried the Saginaw Stable colors to a well-deserved victory here today in the fifth race, one of the more interesting attractions on a program featuring the Livonia Purse. Responding readily to a hustling ride from Sherman Armstrong, the Saginaw Stable colt held on determinedly during the stretch run to beat Theodore D. Buhls locally-owned Happy Gander by a nose margin. Just a half length back, Grace Kosibas March Proudly was along to garner the show and she was four lengths on Buckley and Locklears Nerve, fourth in the field of seven starters; Badger, successful in four engagements last year, visited the winners ring for the first time this season and he was the 13 to 5 choice in the wagering. Shouldering 11. pounds, Badger completed the six furlongs journey through the mud in 1:15. March Proudly Runs Third Badger went to the front approaching the stretch and, Happy Gander, forwardly placed from the outset, remained, right with the ultimate victor. The pair then put on a stirring tussle through the last three-sixteenths mile with the Saginaw Stable colt just lasting to hold Happy Gander safe. March Proudly, away sluggishly and outrun to the last quarter mile, finished with a rush but could not overtake the top ones, although she easily saved the show, four lengths before Nerve. Mrs. E. F. Simms homebred Spunky displayed early foot in the sprint but was caught in close quarters going into the upper turn and, eased back, failed to recover after the mishap. A surprisingly large crowd of approximately 15,000 spectators witnessed the half -holiday sport, which was decided over a track quite deep in mud. Steady rains Continued on Page Three Badger Lasts to Nose Out Happy Gander at Detroit Armstrong Keeps Saginaw Stable Colt Going to Gain Decision Continued from Page One during the night and throughout the day made for a most unpleasant afternoon to go racing but the week-end gathering was treated to some close finishes in which several well-backed thoroughbreds playgd prominent roles. Michigan St- bles Cabooss, splendidly ridden by Tommy Barrow, whipped nine other two-year-olds in the four and one-half furlongs fourth race. Responding to Barrows vigorous urging during the drive, the Michigan-owned gelding was along in the last sixteenth mile to wear down E. R. Mills favored Battle King, pacemaker for the major portion of the trip. The two leaders engaged in a sharp, stretch duel, the pair completely dominating the juvenile dash while Wise and Sickings Arbuckle saved third eight lengths away as Adler and Zakoors Fred B. ran fourth. Caboose, third choice in the totalisator at 16 to 5, was clocked in :56. Mrs. M. J. Hoy dies silks were carried to their initial success of the current meeting when Bolton took a three-length decision in the six-furlong opener, downing 10 other ordinary three-year-olds. Hustled right along during the stretch by apprentice Jerome Heater, the Hoydic gelding raced by E. A. "Wendels Chic Wave and won go- j ing away. Just a length and one -half baftk, C. E. Wagners Depal ran third while Springbrook Farms Pinsk salvaged fourth money in the sprint. Bolton was an 18 to 5 chance and completed his task over the soft footing in 1:15. Shangrila Stables Cross End, with Dick Lawless at the reins, earned a questionable verdict in the three-quarters mile second race, withstanding a foul claim before the result was made official. Cross End, who made the pate for the major portion of the trip, appeared to bother Adelard Lamoureux Lady Locks during the stretch run and the latters rider, Lois Cook, lodged an objection, which was not allowed by the stewards.