Fourteen Oppose Gambetta in Susan: Girdler Homebred Seeking Fifth in Row; Shakertown Draws Seven at Thistledown, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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Fourteen Oppose ! Gambetta in Susan Girdler Homebred Seeking Fifth in Row; Shakertown Draws Seven at ThistleDown By RONALD KKANCER Staff Correspondent THISTLEDOWN, North Randall, Ohio, June 18. — The most attractive program of the current meeting will be presented by the host organization on Saturday. The ,000 added Susan Stakes for two-year-old I fillies at five and one-half furlongs and the ,000 Shakertown Handicap at a mile and i one-sixteenth will feature the card. With the presentation of the Susan, ThistleDown inaugurates its 1954 stakes program which will be highlighted by the Ohio Derby and ThistleDown Cup to be run on the final two Saturdays of the meeting. There will be a stake on each of the remaining five week ends of the session. Palatine Enters Pair Tom Girdlers Gambetta, a fine looking daughter of Faultless— No More, heads a , field of 15 that have been named to start in the Susan which will be run as the seventh race on the nine-race program. Named to face Gambetta is the strong entry of Royal Indian and Set Cable belonging to the Palatine Stable of Phila-delphian Frank Rosen. Others are Mrs. Fred Sharpe and R. Mullen, Jr.s Queens Hope, Ernest H. Lanes Top Fair, Mrs. L, L. Voight, Jr.s Our Only One, Warner L. Jones, Jr.s Told Before, E. Sorbers Miss Grand, R. Roy McClarins Amity Hall, Samuel C. Dykes Lot-O-Bim, Kiski Stables Avolate, A. B. Karles Erupt, C. B. Fish-bachs Fussy Lady, J. Howard Rouses Beta Ray, and Analan Stables Amnistiada. Gambetta won the Debutante stakes at Continued on Page Forty-Eight Fourteen Oppose Gambetta in Susan Girdler Homebred Seeking Fifth in Row; Shakertown Draws Seven at ThistleDown Continued from Page One Churchill Downs on Derby day while being ridden by Eddie Arcaro. Before her victory in that stake which was worth over 3,000 to her owner she won at Keeneland on April 24 when she reached the wire three parts of a length to the good of Timely Story. Her overall record for the year is eight starts and five victories. She most recently ran last Saturday while in Detroit. No rider has been named as yet and under the conditions of the Susan she will carry 119 pounds. Royal Indian is also a stakes winner having taken the Bay State Kindergarten while at Suffolk Downs. That was her second victory of her career. She won a maiden race at that same plant in early May. Set Cable, the other part of the entry, is also a winner this year. Top Fail-, to be ridden by William Car-stens, appears to have the best chance of the local horses of a winning race in the Susan. In her only race over the track she defeated a good, field of fillies last Monday getting to the wire a length and a half in front of Beta Ray. That was Top Fairs third victory of the year in 10 races. Our Only One broke her maiden the other afternoon when at five furlongs she whipped Lynn Ridge by almost five lengths in an easy score. Beta Ray, to be ridden by Donal Bowcut also broke her maiden at this meeting and has also been second in two outings. The Shakertown has attracted seven starters and shapes up as one of the outstanding races of the meeting. The Shakertown will follow the Susan. Slated to start are Emerald Hill Stables Blue Shore, 114 pounds; Norman S. Scavas Mr. Skip, 115; C. C. Ortliebs Doctor McCabe, 1:11; W. J. Sprows Pick and Play, 112; Jerry Lynchs Raintree, 114; Leslie Jane Stables Shamrock, 116, and Charles Everitts Little Imp, 115 pounds. Pick and Play Recent- Purchase Pick and Play was purchased from Sam Wilson last week by Sprow and will be! making his first start of the meeting. He has been on the track several times, how- j ever, and trainer Tommy Stevens is quite pleased with his training. His best race of the year was a strong second to Brook-meades Capeador in the 5!,000 added A. B. Letellier Handicap at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on February 27. He was beaten only a length and Pick and Play closed willingly through the stretch giving the favored Brookmeade star a real scare. Raintree was also in the Crescent City last winter in the large stable of William Hal Bishop. He turned in several excellent races there and since moving into Michigan has been very sharp. He ran one of the best mile and a sixteenths of the MRA meeting last week, when he was timed in 1:44, flat. Mr. Skip, winner of last years Great Lakes Stakes at Randall Park, scored a sensational tally here on Tuesday when he captured the Ensor Purse at six. furlongs after coming from next to last at the head of the lane. Mr. Skip will once again be ridden by Joe Servis. Little Imp, and Blue Shore put on one of the best finishes of the meeting here two weeks ago when Blue Shore just lasted to squeeze out a nose victory over the fast-closing Little Imp. Shamrock has been closing well in all his local races and will be asked to go a mile and a sixteenth for the first time at this meeting, but appears ready for the task. Doctor McCabe will be starting for the first time here and comes well recommended.

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