See Twelve Probable Starters for Oceanport: Expect Bobby Brocato to Head Field Under 122-Pound Impost, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-09


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See Twelve Probable Starters for Oceanport Expect Bobby Brocato to Head Field Under 122-Pound Impost By WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent MONMOUTH PARK, Oceanport, N. J., June 8. — Racing secretary John Turner, Jr. this morning named 12 horses as probable starters for the 5,000 added Oceanport Handicap, six-furlong inaugural feature of this 50-day meeting on Saturday. Joe W. Browns Bobby Brocato is expected to head the field under 122 pounds with contract rider Ray Broussard in the saddle. The four-year-old Natchez colt", victor of this seasons- Paumonok Handicap, is scheduled to arrive from New York Thursday afternoon. The other starters anticipated by Turner are Morris Sims Blessbull, 120; Brookfield Farms entry of I Appeal, 117, and I Gee-Gee, 112; Elkcam Stables Ifabcdy, 117; J. W. Rodgers Due de Fer, 115; Mrs. Robert L. Gerrys Master Ace, 115; Sylvester Richs Landseair, 113; Abe Levinsons Tidewater, 113; Jayron Stables Influence, 112; S. D. Gottliebs Do Report, 111, and Eugene Constantin, Jr.s Bushers Beam, 109. The Brookfield Farm entry will probably be favored from* the exploits of I Appeal. The homebred four-year-old, a son of Sir Pennant and Poesy, has shown dazzling speed in his last three winning efforts. He won decisively and set a Garden State Park track record of 1:09% for six furlongs recently, and bounced right back the next week to lower his own standard to 1:08% while leading Bobby Brocato by two and one-half lengths. He picks up an additional five pounds for his Oceanport engagement while Bobby Brocato retains the same impost. Willie Hartack will be his familiar rider. Blessbull was due to arrive here this afternoon from his quarters at Jamaica and Jack Skelly has been engaged to ride him in the Oceanport. The Bless Me gelding was a star performer last winter in Florida, winning the Hialeah Inaugural and Palm Beach handicaps, but trainer H. E. Lewis has reported that he seemed not to like the Belmont Park strip over which he was beaten toff in his last two races. Master Ace, who set a track record of 1:09 in capturing the Oceanport under 106 pounds last year, is expected to check in from New York Thursday afternoon. In his only start this season late last, month he showed his usual speed, but weakened nearing the end and was beaten a nose. He will be handled by Pete Anderson.

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