Lincoln Handicap Draws 17; Sickles Image Starts Today: Has Eight Detroit Rose Leaves Foes, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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Lincoln Lincoln Handicap Handicap Draws Draws 17; 17; Sickles Sickles Image Image Starts Starts Today Today Has Eight Detroit Rose Leaves Foes Hartwicks Gallant Mare Is Asked to Tote 122, Giving Sun Tan Gal Twelve Pounds By DON FAIR Staff Correspondent DETROIT RACE COURSE, Livonia, Mich., June 18. — Clarence Hartwicks homebred Sickles Image, a six-year-old daughter of Sickletoy and the ill-fated Ariel Image, acclaimed the best handicap filly or mare in the 1953 Daily Racing Form poll, will make her initial 1954 appearance under silks when she clashes with eight speedy rivals here Saturday afternoon in the 0,000 Rose Leaves Stakes. Under the allowance terms of the six furlongs filly and mare fixture, Sickles Image will shoulder the top burden of 122 pounds, spotting her company considerable weight on the scale. The Hartwick mare, an outstanding performer throughout her colorful career, is within the vicinity of 0,000 of becoming the richest purse winner of her sex and she holds a royal chance for victory in the week-end feature. Successful last season in the rich Washington Park Handicap and four other major engagements, Sickles Image picked up earnings of 30,385. During her 1952 campaign she traveled extensively, scoring in the Los Cerritos Handicap at Santa Anita, captured the F. M. Alger Memorial at the local course, and won Garden States Vineland Handicap. Her record for the year was an impressive "six-six-eight" and she gleaned 05,600 for her Oxford, Michigan, owner. Fisk or Swain to Ride Jockey Billie Fisk may plane in to handle Sickle s Image but should he fail to accept the mount, jockey Charles Swain, a clever journeyman race rider, will be at the reins in the mares Rose Leaves engagement, according to Hartwick. Major opposition for Sickles Image in the fourth renewal of the Rose Leaves-which had its inception at the old Fair Grounds course in 1949, undoubtedly will be furnished by Ivan D. Peats Motor City- edTTSun Tan Gal 110* G- Y. Bookers Mad Hare, 116; Tamarack Stables improved Sharbot, 108, and Mrs. George C Whites Nocallula, 110 pounds. Others expected to go postward in the half-holiday headhner are Mrs. otto c. Neumanns Continued on Page Fifty-Six " " ■- ----- • I Sickles Image Is Entered at Detroit Hartwicks Gallant Mare to Spot Eight Rivals Weight In Rose Leaves Running Continued from Page One homebred Nirgal-sired three-year-old filiy, Beanir, 101; J. Barry Ryans Slippy, 108; L. L. Hollandsworths EternaJ Frolic, a second-year racer, 101, and McDermott and Wellmans speedy but erratic Task Fleet, pegged at 108 pounds. Sun Tan Gal, an unusually well-made six-year-old mare from Sun Again- and Pink Gal, posted a "three-two-one" record in 11 outings last year and she scored in three of her 10 starts thus far this season. Her best performance at the Detroit Race Course during the current meeting was a close third to Money Broker and Fair Pilot in the F. M. Alger Memorial Handicap and she won two overnight events at Keeneland and Churchill Downs before her transfer here. Crl Meyer who conditions the Peat mare, stated early today that jockey Howard Craig will guide his charge in the Rose Leaves. Mad Hare, a great favorite with local racing patrons, will be handled in the Rose Leaves by Tommy Barrow, who piloted her in many of her better previous performances. The Booker mare, a seven-year-old daughter of Hairan and Maddie, failed to show her best form intwo recent local outings, due to "off" track conditions, but it must be remembered that she beat quick opposition in New England in March and that she was good enough to achieve five triumphs in 1953, earning in excess of 9,000. She holds the one mile track record at nearby Hazel Park, having sped that distance over the abbreviated five furlongs oval last autumn in an impv-1:37%. I Met in June 14 Race Sharbot and Nocallula hooked up L. . June 14 in the six furlongs Lincoln Study Club Purse and the former came off with a length verdict after a bitterly-waged stretch duel, decided on a fast track. Nocallula, five-year-old Apache-sired mare, is several pounds better on a muddy strip and she defeated Fiddle, Barshoe, Pampas Beauty and others here .June- 3 in the three-quarters mile Ionia Purse, stepping through the sticky footing in 1:14%. Jockey Harold Keene is engaged for Sharbot in the Rose Leaves, Mike Basile rides Nocallula, and Lois Cook will be astride Task Fleet. Johnny Rotz, who won two races here Thursday, is to pilot Beanir Tony Skoronski will be astride Eternal Frolic and Robert Lee Baird, presently leading rider at the Detroit race course, will be at the reins on Slippy, who turned in several fair efforts before she was shipped here from the East. Best supporting attraction on the weekend card is the Marine Corps League Purse at six furlongs for. three-year-olds. I. J. Collins Mr. Anchor, White Stables Cols Daughter, Triple R. Stables Dark Theatre, and Thomas F. Devereux Gaylon appear well placed in the sprint. Peter Mclntyres Parlor Pink, Mrs. Joseph Tomlinsons Canadian-owned Motor Scraper, James Paddocks Louisville-owned Nonnie Jo, and Paper- City Stables Whirling Blues complete the probable starting band for the secondary number. Dark Theatre, Nonnie Jo and Whirling Blues are recent visitors to the Detroit Race Course winners circle. Racing secretary-handicapper Charles J. McLennan and the members of his staff also arranged some other well-balanced events, the first of which will be called to the post promptly at 2:00 p. m.

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