Fleet Cross Wins Feature Event at Cranwood Park: Returns to Winning Form Under Coffman Before Crowd of 4,000, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-26


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Fleet Cross Wins Feature Event at Cranwood Park Returns to Winning Form Under Coffman Before Crowd of 4,000 By RONALD KRANCER Staff Correspondent CRANWOOD PARK, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, June 25. — Marie Trussos Pleet Cross returned to his winning form by coming through with a driving length and one-half decision in this afternoon featured Sandusky Purse here. Ivy Boy was up to get the place award, a length to the good of Midland Gent. Eldon Coffman was astride the winner, who paid .20 and ran the six furlongs in 1:14%. It was a threatening afternoon and rain fell during the third race, but there was a crowd of nearly 4,000 on" hand and form held up rather well with two favorites tallying in the first seven races. I Fleet Cross was first to break in the Sandusky, followed closely by Irrawaddy and Ball the Jack. Coffman hustled his mount along in the early stages and, while saving ground on the near turn, went in front by two lengths. Irrawaddy was still in closest pursuit, with Ball the Jack third and Midland Gent in fourth position. As the horses sped by the three-furlong pole, Fleet Cross was still in front by a comfortable margin and the only important change in the other positions was that Ivy Boy had moved up gamely from the outside and loomed dangerously. Racing into the stretch, Fleet Cross responding gamly to pressure and drew in front by three lengths, while the favorite, Irrawaddy, still clung to second and Ivy Boy was third, another head in arrears. At the sixteenth pole, it became apparent that no one was to catch the Trusso color-bearer and he went under the wire with his daylight advantage. At Ascot Park earlier in the year, Fleet Cross won two races while being trained by Bobby Myers, who lost the horse to Marie Trusso on June 1 via the claim box. In all, the five-year-old gelded son of Charing Cross has won five races in 14 starts and been on the board five other times. Trainer Tom Young sent out Fauchele-vent, a first time starter, in the third race and he ran and hid from his eight opponents. The winner a handsome gelded son of Jean Valjean — Hard Lu, was ridden by Cecil Harper. The horse closed as the favorite, paying .60 and reeling off the half mile in :47%, just a fifth of a second over the track record. Grace Brown, sporting the silks of "Doc" Ensor, was second, beaten five lengths and she, in turn, was four lengths to the good of Daddys Punkin, who ran as an entry with Daddys Dog, who wound up sixth. Petite Marmite was injured in the gate and ordered scratched. Grace Brown was first to show in. front, breaking from the outside post position, but shortly thereafter the eventual winner moved up to gain a commanding lead and just coasted to the wire. Two members of the field raced to the outside fence on the far turn, but did no damage. They were Miss Prebbins and Ala Pam.

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