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. . 1 ; . , i ; i . i : . Nine Slated to Contest Ak-Sar-Ben Sprint Test Tipster, Mio Ace# Both Winners At Meeting, Vie for Favoritism By J. SWEENEY GRANT Staff Correspondent AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., June 2.— The Sickle Purse, six -furlong dash for three-year-olds and upward members of the local allowance sprint category, heads tomorrows program here. The majority of the nine contemplated starters have been impressive in recent engagements and as a result a heated contest should result. Alice Slikins Tipster and J. M. Fleishmans Mio Ace are winners at the meeting and they most likely will command the major portion of the speculative interests. Comprising the remainder of the group are such adept speedsters as J. T. and J. R. Dillards Equichall, W. C. Redfields Freedoms Hour, H. H. Mundys Blue Gay, the Loveland Stables Black Battle, O. Sledges Little Nipper, W. E. Britts Pasamonte, and Mrs. F. R. Glovers Panade. Tipster was an easy winner of his first assignment over the Omaha strip. In his next start he was raised a bit in classification and found his rivals a bit more formidable. Tipster has always displayed a decided fondness for an "off" strip and with the forecast of additional showers overnight, the Slikins racer may be fortunate enough to catch his track. Mio Ace bested a likely field in the recent edition of the Ben Brush Purse in which he defeated, among * others, Phantom Sea and Black Battle. Mio Ace has never been better and he appears to have a slight edge over tomorrows opponents. The dark horse is Panade. This clever sprinter has had one outing here in which he closed resolutely in a five-furlong dash. The added yardage of the Sickle Purse should be more to his liking. Panade was unable to register a success in a limited Chicago campaign previous to his arrival here, but was impressive while competing against the better sprinters in that sector. Pasamonte has been knocking at the victory door and must be regarded a definite threat. The Britt colorbearer was three lengths to the rear of IH Be in his last outing, but previously finished in the runner-up position to the well-regarded The-sures. Pasamonte, . three-year-old gelded son of By Jimminy and Cottage Cheese, was asked to parade postward only two. times during his juvenile tenure in which he won, one race. Black Battle, who was third to Mio Ace and Phantom Sea in a higher-priced claiming contest last week, has been working well since that start and may be ready to come forth with an improved performance. Little Nipper was claimed by her present owner out of her last race and it could be that the three-year-old miss will run better in her new colors. Equichall has been known to upset calculations when apparently overmatched. The shifty miss turned in one of her worst efforts in her seasonal debut here, but im- provement is expected. Blue Gay has the necessary qualifications to make an impressive showing. Freedoms Hour was unable to score a victory in nine starts last year and probably is a bit overmatched in tomorrows race.