Galway Boy Looms Choice in Fairmounts Pine Lawn: Hanover Colorbearer Coming off Pair of Good Races at Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-08


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Galway Boy Looms Choice In Fail-mounts Pine Lawn Hanover Colorbearer Coming Off Pair of Good Races at Meeting, By C. A. LINDEMAN Staff Correspondent FAIRMOUNT PARK, Collinsville, 111., June 7. Sprinters will again hold the spotlight on the Tuesday program, the start of the sixth week of the current 60-riight meeting. A full field of 12 has been named overnight to compete in the Pine Lawn Purse, which will be decided over the six furlongs for a ,600 purse. The conditions of the race bring out horses that have not as yet won other than a cheap claiming race since March 27 of this year. From the way the field is assembled, the main contention appears to lie between the horses Galway Boy, Scarlet Time and Bat Girl. Galway Boy, who races for J. and S. Hanover, comes to the Pine Lawn event with a top rating off his last race, which was against two of the best middle-distance horses on the grounds. He was a strong-finishing third to Harry-Lou and Fiesta Way in the Memorial Day Handicap a mile and one-sixteenth affair. The five-year-old son of Economical had forced the pace in that race and, only after reaching the last sixteenth did he give any ground. His three previous starts at the meeting were also against the best on the grounds. Galway Boys race just prior to the Memorial Day Handicap was at a mile and a sixteenth, in which he was second to Lancaster Lady, beaten a length and a half in the good time of 1:47 over a slow racing strip. Coming back to a sprint, the Hanover colorbearer looks like one they will have to catch. Rita Cues fleet eight-year-old mare, Scarlet Time, who was returned the winner of her second start here this meeting, looms as the top contender next to Galway Boy. This fast mare, a daughter of Time Maker, took a convincing lead in the first few strides from the starting gate and just aired to her field, having as many as six lengths to the good after a quarter of a mile of the six-furlong dash. Scarlet Time still had enough left at the end, a matter of four lengths, over her closest rival, Cav- alier Trim. The race was hung up at 1:12. Her only other start was at the short distance of five and one-half furlongs in which she was fourth to some very speedy short-distance horses. Bat Girl, with only one race to her credit at this meeting, showed a short burst of early speed, then appeared a little short. Before, coming to the Collinsville course the M. Whitebrook mare turned in a couple of good races over the Sportsmans Park oval and showed good speed. She may be a threat Tuesday. In winning the Illinois Handicap here Saturday night before a crowd of slightly more than 10,000, Seventh Tribe made it two victories in three starts at the meeting for his owner, L. Weckwerth. The six-year-old son of Tamil, with the veteran rider, Melvin Duhon, in the saddle, was rushed away from the gate in grand style and, although unable to get to the front immediately, took command on the far turn after racing the early -pacemaker, Issybee, into defeat. Duhon then hustled the Weckwerth colorbearer along to increase his lead rounding the stretch turn and, near the end, was again forced to a drive to stall off the fast-closing favorite, Lucky Label, but was still able to have a full length left at the end. Lucky Label was a bit tardy in getting into his best stride. Jockey Tom Osment moved his mount up fast on the stretch turn, then appeared to hang, responded to urging and came again, but lacked enough speed to reach the winner. Harry-Lou, far back for the first quarter, made "up a lot of ground whiie racing on the outside in the final quarter, but was no serious threat in the. closing stages. In winning the Illinois Handicap, Seventh Tribe enriched his owner with earnings of ,625 and, well-backed in the wagering, paid .80. The six furlongs were run in 1:10, the fastest of the night.

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