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... . — -L - — -— ■ ;-■ V y A On the Trot l Br MORKIK KUBLANSKY J Two Impressive Pacing Events Chester Black Very Promising Bombers Delight Shows Speed MAYWOOD PARK, Maywood, 111., April 30. — Two pacing stakes for three-year-olds provided the highlights of Thursday nights nine - race card at Maywood Park. Although both early-closing events resulted in the anticipated victories of Bombers Delight in the filly division and Chester Black in the dash for colts and geldings, the burning question as to which of the two sophomores will garner the laurels of best three-year-old pacer at this meeting remains still unanswered. This may sound paradoxical as Chester Black in his race equalled the meetings speed record set by the veteran campaigners Denny Pointer and Doctor Athlone, while it is not remembered here that any other three-year-old ever paced or trotted a faster mile over a Chicago area harness track this early in the season. t , To stay with Chester Blacks race for a moment, the "Brightside Farms colt undoubtedly met a much tougher band of sidewheelers than those that opposed Bombers Delight in her heat. Especially Dr. Howard Youngs homebred Plutocrat, a half-brother to the distinguished Fred Scott and Winifred, and Ransom G. Yeagers Easy Adios, a son of the sire sensation Adios, were accorded a better than average chance to halt Chester Blacks winning streak, both colts having won their last engagements in good style. Contrary to pre-race calculations, however, not that this pair but H. S. Harris Columbus, Ohio -owned Atomic Pick proved to be Chester Blacks most dangerous rival. Gifted with tremendous early foot, Atomic Pick succeeded in out-sprinting Chester Black for the early lead but conceded the front position to Bob Parkinsons charge on the back-stretch. From the first quarter pole on, Chester Black was safely in command, but even though he traveled at a fairly rapid clip he never for one moment got rid of Atomic Pick, who stubbornly followed the pacesetter closely waiting for the moment when the leader should show signs of weakening. Though this moment never came, Chester Black responding admirably to Parkinsons urging when Atomic Pick made an earnest move to pass in the final turn, the Ohio colt, while not gaining ground on Chester Black, lost none either, to finish, one length behind the winner, holding the winner Plutocrat and Easy Adios safely in check. Chester Black raced his mile in the following fractions: :30%, 1:03%, and 1:35 for a final time of* 2: 06, finishing the trip almost as fast as he started it. - Now lets look at Bombers Delight race. The Bombs Away daughter owned by Dr. C. P. Cottingham of Uniontown, Ky., made her second start at this meet-in the very creditable time of 2:07 VS. Apparently a slow starter, in her May-wood Park debut on April 16 she was in ninth position at the half mile mark. Her driver Tom Beasley again gave her plenty of time, to find her best stride and after the first half mile Bombers Delight was still in fourth position in the seven-horse field. Pulling out entering the clubhouse turn Beasley found his way momentarily blocked by Early Byrd, whose reinsman Joe Lighthill anticipating the 1 to 5 favorites move also set out for the lead at the very same moment. AH the way to the quarter pole Bombers Delight had her head in front while racing in the middle of the track in third lane. From then on it was an easy romp for the brown filly to win well in hand by three lengths in 2:08, a full two seconds slower than Chester Black was to go an hour later. However, an analysis of the fractional times in conjunction- with Bombers Delights positions at these points of the race will show that her victory was at least as valuable as Chester Blacks, if not more so. Bombers Delight was about five lengths back at the first, quarter pole when 31 seconds were hung out. At the half mile mark she was in fourth position four lengths off the leader, which was timed in 1:06 Vand At the three-quarters Bombers Delight had a head lead to get there in 1:36%, or in other words the filly sped the third quarter in at least 30 seconds, and her final half mile in at least 1:01 as she was four-fifths of a second behind the leading Sandy Win with four furlongs to go. Although completely unhurried for lack of competition in the final quarter Bombers Delights last panel was clocked in 31% seconds, just the fractions slower than Chester Blacks last quarter. Only if and when these two good three-year-olds will oppose each other in the same I race can the issue be settled, while this | corner, in the meantime, is inclined to give the filly, a slight edge over the colt at this time on account of her perfect gait and impeccable racing manners. While Bombers .Delight and Chester Black share the limelight at present, some of their beaten opponents of Thursdays races cannot be counted out as the season advances. We are thinking especially of another filly, Sandy Win, who has shown great promise as a two-year-old and finished a good second to the Kentucky speedster in her seasonal bow. Plutocrat and Easy Adios will definitely improve and both are sure not to step on their pedigrees. There was also a first time starter in Chester Blacks race that bears careful watching, the Eddie Havens gelding Eddie Towne, owned by Hugh K. Funderburg and bred at Norman C. Townes Stock Farm at Libertyville. This youngster, though beaten 11 lengths in his first outing nevertheless beat 2:10, which is more than can be said of most debutants.