Repetoire Scores over Royal Vale: Mikell Horse Favored by Sprint Distance; Rival Beaten Less than Length, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-17


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: 4 Repetoire Scores Over Royal Vale Mikel! Horse Favored by Sprint Distance; Rival Beaten Less. Than Length By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 16. Stanley C. Mikells Repetoire, with the six-furlong distance admittedly in his favor, this afternoon scored a rather clever victory over Mrs. J. R. H. Thourons Royal Vale, who, even in defeat, gave evidence that he is primed to take on the nations top handicap thoroughbreds. The two were, separated by less than a length, while there was a gap of two and one-half lengths back to Mrs. Chester A. Lyons Penocc, F. Ambrose Clarks Acefull and Cary C. Boshamers Late Model completed the field in the order named. Repetoire, a six-year-old son of Happy Argo, was away from the winners circle for more than two years prior to his recent local accounting and today gave further evidence that he has regained the speed which established him as one of the top sprinting three-year-olds of the 1951 season. His time this afternoon under Norman Cox was 1:12 over a sloppy racing surface. Repetoire was a .40 favorite with the crowd of 12,500 fans. Race Made to Order for Winner. The race was run to order for Repetoire as he followed the pace of Penocc closely along the backstretch, displaced that one at will on the turn, then established a four-length lead at the furlong marker. Royal Vale, in the meantime, dropped far out of contention, as pre-race calculations indicated he would, and trailed the field for more - than a half-mile. Westrope kept Royal Vale on the outside to avoid any possible crowding which might develop in the small field and the English-bred literally ate up ground through the homelane to make up more than seven lengths in the final furlong, bowing by just three-quarters of a length while carrying 122 pounds, as compared to the 113 pounds handled successfully by Repetoire. The race indicates that Royal Vale, a six-year-old Kingsway horse, will be the one to beat in the 5,000-added Sussex Handicap on Saturday, July 3, in which he will be seeking a consecutive double. There are no other stakes offerings for him here in the immediate future, but he might again be seen in overnight competition, or possibly trainer Jim Ryan will elect an out-of-state event. William Ziegler, Jr.s Requisition won his second successive Montchanin Handicap and sent his point score to 60 in that five-race series, when he took the mile and a quarter sixth race in a. well-run 2 :05. Moving easily to the finish, the Requested five-year-old was a length and a half in the van of George K. Murdochs Blimey, with Pebblebrook Farms DAmaso another two and one-half lengths back. Under Willie Lester, Requisition was a .60 favorite, the fourth choice of the afternoon to make good for the talent.

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