Forest City Purse Lures Six to Post: Little Imp, Making First Start of Thistledown Meet, Faces Spy Defense, Avella, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-09


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. Forest City Purse Lures Six to Post Little Imp, Making First Start of Thistle Down Meet, Faces Spy Defense, Avella THISTLEDOWN, North Randall, Ohio, June 8. The Forest City Purse at a mile and one-sixteenth will headline the midweek program here at ThistleDown. The feature will be run as the seventh race and will be preceded by two other excellent races. The fifth event for two-year-olds at five furlongs will bring out onevof the better juvenile fields of the meeting. The Forest City has attracted only six interests, but shapes up as an interesting event with C. H. Everitts Little Imp making his initial appearance of the meeting. This hard-hitting gelded son of Seven Hearts Queens Best was a winner of seven races last year and must be accorded an excellent chance of winning his first race of the year in here. Little Imp is well suited at this distance and will have the saddle services of Paul A. Ward who has been riding in good form. The gelding will be required to pick up 121 pounds. . Slated to face the Everitt colorbearer are Olin Sledges Tin Twist, Leslie Jane Stables Avella, Richard Fishers Piparoo, R. B. Woodards Spy Defense, and Emerald Hill Stables Blue Shore round out the field. Blue Shore Weighted at 116 Blue Shore will also be making his first start of the meeting and was a winner during May while in Maryland. Blue Shore is weighted at 116 pounds for the Forest City which includes apprentice Walter Blum. Last season the gelding won just once, but was in the money several other times. The majority of his races have been contested over the greensward. Spy Defense, a four-year-old colt by Bull Lea Mafa Hari, has been racing at Belmont Park where he ran fifth behind Conty Bay, Hoplite in his last outingr May 28. On May 7 at Belmont, Spy Defense -was third back of King Jolie and V-Two. This past winter, he was claimed for 5,000 at the Santa Anita meeting. Tin Twist Has raced twice already at this meeting and as yet has not shown his consistency of last fall when he won several times at this track. In his first outing the Sledge representative was second to the Irish import, Marshal at Arms, and then last Saturday he was far back going six furlongs when -Mestiza gained the verdict. In that race he was never in the running. Avella was a double winner last winter while racing in the Crescent City, but since that time has not shown too much. Piparoo appears a little out of his element. The two-year-old race has attracted Rio Riba, Clever Defense, Alcova, Deb Talk, Deck Cherry, Snubbed, Gilded King, and Avolate.

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