Money Broker and Phil D. Held on Equal Terms for Alger Memorial Handicap: Each Given 122 Pounds for Detroit Stake; Mon-Pharo and Second Avenue at 116, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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Money Broker and Phil D. Held on Equal Terms for Alger Memorial Handicap Each Given 122 Pounds for • Detroit Stake; Mon-Pharo and Second Avenue at 11 6 By DON FAIR Staff Correspondent DETROIT RACE COURSE, Livonia, Mich., May 25.— Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Martins Phil D., a quick six-year-old War Dog-sired stallion, and the Grissom and Grosfield-owned G and G Stable, star, Money Broker, a four-year-old son of Half Crown, have been assigned equal topweight of 122 pounds for the 5,000 F. M. Alger Memorial Handicap. The three-quarters mile stake, traditional holiday fixture here7 undoubtedly will have one of its best renewals for there are 20 speedy candidates eligible for the Monday, May 31 headline attraction. Phil D., a good stakes winner during his 1952 and 1953 campaigns, won the San Pasqual Handicap early this year at Santa Anita and he turned in a sparkling performance here last week end in annexing the fifteenth running of the Motor City Handicap. Picking up 118 pounds in the latter event, the Martin stable representa- trimming the crack Canadian invader, Chain Reaction, Second Avenue, Gulf Stream and Money Broker, among others. Money Broker, victorious last season in Continued on Page Forty-Three Money Broker, Phil D. Each Given 122 Pounds Weights for Alger Memorial on Detroit Holiday Bill Announced Continued from Page One the Florida Derby, came back with two clever performances at Churchill Downs this spring before his shipment to Michigan. Although beaten off last Saturday in the Motor City Handicap, it must be remembered that the G and G colt not only scored in the Lexington Handicap at the Derby oval but completed his trip in unusually fast time. During his spring Kentucky campaign, the Half Crown-sired star also annexed the Fort Knox Purse, stepping that seven-eights mile in a creditable 1:35%, beating such rivals as Screemin Jack, Second Avenue, Little Imp, Fair Pilot and Scrutinized. Theodore D. Buhls locally-owned Second Avenue, pegged at 118 pounds, cannot be counted out of the Holiday dash. Victorious last year in the Michigan Mile, the Alger Memorial, Chicago Handicap, and a division of the Clark Handicap, the Buhl horse has been a sharp contender in several fixtures during the current season. Second Avenue finished second to Stepchild in the Marriage at New Orleans, then placed behind Pomace in the Phoenix and Mister Black in the Ben Ali Handicaps at Keene-land. He gave a fair effort in the Motor City, winding up fifth in that eight-furlong stake and he may have needed that race. Reverie Knoll Farms Mon-Pharo may ship over from Chicago for the Alger and handicapper Charles J. McLennan gave him a 116-pound package. Mon-Pharo, a good class/ winner last year, scored a convincing victory last January in the Pelle-teri Handicap, defeating Second Avenue, the speedy Ever Bright, Sun Tan Gal, Pic-tus, Diamond Jimmy and other good ones after racing the three-quarters mile in 1:11%, excellent time on the Fair Grounds strip. In his last start in Kentucky the Reverie Knoll Farm gelding was beaten only three-quarters of a length in the six-furlong Churchill Downs Handicap while shouldering 117 pounds. The complete list of Alger nominees and their weights follows: Horse. Wt Horse. Wt. Money Broker 122 Raintree ill PhilD. 122 Avion 111 Second Avenue 116 Blackamoor 110 Mon-Pharo 116 Stop Gap 110 LeMonde 115 Triumphant 109 Shag Tails 114 Sun Tan Gal 106 Fair Pilot 113 Nocallula 106 Heart Flash 112 Princess Trace 106 Bay Bloom 112 Bee Lee Tee 104 Greatest 111 Bills Captain 102

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