Seven Speedsters Named For St. Louis Handicap: Lucky Lable Seen Choice Over Little Bookie and Fiesta Way, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-08


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Seven Speedsters Named For St Louis Handicap HandicapLucky Lucky table Seen Choice Over Little Bookie and Fiesta Way WayBy By C A LINDEMAN LINDEMANStaff Staff Correspondent CorrespondentFAIRMOUNT FAIRMOUNT PARK Collinsville HI May 7 Seven top sprinters will match strides in the St Louis Handicap which headlines the first Saturday night program here at Fairmount Park This event brings together a fleet field of short distance horses to test their speed over six furlongs Topping the field of seven is the eight yearold Lucky Lable from the stable of Mr and Mrs G D Holmah Other top contenders appear to be Little Bookie and Fiesta Way WayLucky Lucky Lable come to Fairmount with a good winning race at Oaklawn Park in which he defeated Haskell and Cherokee Pilot at six furlongs in 111 over a fast track This son of Halcyon has good early foot and is a strong finisher The racing strip will in all probability be in an off condition for this race due to recent rains which made the track deep in mud for the opening Past records show that the Holman sprinter can hold his own on most any type of track Lucky Lable has top weight of 115 pounds poundsMaking Making his first start at this meeting will be the speedy Little Bookie owned by the Bell Acres Farm and trained by L Forsyth Little Bookie has two very impressive win ¬ ning races to his list thus far in 1954 and both of them over the longer distances of a mile and a sixteenth His best race was in a claiming event in which he defeated a band of 6500 claimers In some of his best races he has shown good early foot and if the track is off he should be a real tough one to handle The Bell Acres Farm colorbearer will have 111 pounds as his burden v vOf Of the others named to compete in the St Louis Handicap for the 2500 purse Fiesta Way looks as a formidable foe Fiesta Way from the strong stable of Mrs T M Pruett has three topwinning races this year and all at the six furlongs dis ¬ tance In her winning races this fouryear old filly was in with lesser class horses but with an off racing strip almost a cer ¬ tainty she will have an excellent chance to garner part of the rich purse purseOthers Others to test their speed in the main feature are Galway Boy Obstinate Si Lancaster Lady and Desefolks Racing will be held at night for the Saturday nine race card cardFly Fly Two Day from the stable of J J Helf rich proved superior to her opposition opening night here when she romped home an easy victor four open lengths to account for the Inaugural Purse The stout filly under the guidance of apprentice J Fisher never left this five and onehalf furlongs race in doubt as she took the lead in the first few yards and just widened her ad ¬ vantage at will The going for the first nights main attraction was deep mud from rainfe that visited the track the day and night previous to the running runningThe The Helfrich filly was cheered home by 7189 patrons that braved the stormy weather to take in the first night of rac ¬ ing in this area this year In winning the Inaugural Fly Two Day defeated All Tilly owned by Mr and Mrs G B Holman and Deep Wonder of the T G Benson stable which finished third Fly Two Day being the favorite returned a 420 payoff to her faithful backers Due to the threaten ¬ ing weather the mutuel handle only went to 244958 for the ninerace card cardLate Late arrivals at Fairmount Park and at the new racing plant Cahokia Downs were E J Gault with nine head from Lexington Ky R E House with eight John Serbur with 10 and D W Young with five head the last three stables checked in from Ascot Park ParkA A check of the jockeys room shows 51 riders on the roster of which 15 are ap ¬ prentice boys This is the largest gathering of apprentices to ever gather at this track Many of the younger lads have already made names for themselves at the various winter tracks tracksJockey Jockey Melvin Duhon who substituted for P Domenico on Royal Blaze in the third race opening night narrowly escaped injury when he was thrown in the first few yards after the start Due to the deep mudu Duhon landed softly and suffered no in ¬ jury The plucky lad rode out his engage ¬ ment for the night

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