Black Cobra in First 55 Visit to Winners Circle: Defeats Favored Great Prophet by Good Margin at Thistledown, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-01


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Black Cobra in First #55 Visit to Winners Circle Defeats Favored Great Prophet By Good Margin at ThistleDown By J. R. BATTY Staff Correspondent THISTLEDOWN, North Randall, Ohio, May 31. — Black Cobra, a three -year-old daughter of Black Gang — Lady Stephine, proved best of a field of seven three-year-olds who competed in the fourth race here today, when she bounded to the wire comfortably before the even-money hazard, Great Prophet. Owned by Norman S. Scava and ridden by the veteran Joe LiCausi, the winner came to the end of six furlongs with two and a half lengths to spare over" the public choice. Two lengths farther back St. Joe took the show award. Performing before a crowd of 4,500, Black Cobra was timed the distance over a good "strip in 1:13%. She paid 9.20 after scoring her first victory in six attempts this year. Pert Step, with Charles McKee in the saddle, fell heavily just after passing the quarter mile post but horse and rider came out of the mishap without injury. The Daily Double pay-offs were posted, one the -regular return on the winner of the first and second races and the other a consolation reward to patrons who had the winner of the first race coupled with Turf Continued on Page Forty-Seven Black Cobra in First 55 Visit to Winners Circle Defeats Favored Great Prophet By Good Margin at ThistleDown Continued from Page One Money, who unseated her rider during the post parade of the second race and was ordered scratched. A refund of all wagers on Turf Money was made. - Bees Elsie, surprise victor of the_first race, combined with Kates Rebel, who registered a mild upset tally in the second race, for a 12.20 return. Turf Money and Bees Elsie in the Daily Double paid 1.60. Bees Elsie, .ridden by Ralph Borgemenke, was worth 5.80 at the straight windows while Kates Rebel, handled by Eddie Mc-Ivor, paid 6.20 straight. Speak Free, generally conceded the title .of top sprinter seen under silks at the Ascot Park meeting, is one of eight entrants who will vie in the featured race here tomorrow. Going the middle-distance of one mile, Speak Free opposes Blue Square, Chances Are, Bit-O-Bim, Sanction, Hasty Dream, Beau Black and Fearnaught. The main attraction, posted as the seventh race on the mid-week bill, is named the Timely Tip honoring last years winner of the Ohio JDerby at ThistleDown. Speak Free, owned by J. D. Rogers, will probably be heavily supported to take down the top portion of a ,200 purse. This veteran sprinter won his latest three starts at Ascot. Fearnaught also competed at the Ascot meeting and ended up third in his latest three tries. He also took down a trio of place awards, being disqualified from_first * position on one occasion. Blue Square is a victor at the current meeting, having captured a route test of one and an eighth miles on Saturday, competing over a sloppy strip. He made the pace all the way and might be the one to catch in this encounter.

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