Mark-Ye-Well Wins Armour; Ohio Derby to Traffic Judge: Leads Selinsgrove by Half Length, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-27


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Mark-Ye-Well Mark-Ye-Well Wins Wins Armour; Armour; Ohio Ohio Derby Derby to to Traffic Traffic Judge Judge Leads Selinsgrove By Half Length Mooers Colt, Under Arcaro, Overcomes Trouble to Take 6,775 ThistleDown Stake By J. R. BATTY . Staff Correspondent THISTLEDOWN, North Randall, Ohio, June 25. Traffic Judge, a homebred three-? year-old son of Alibhai Traffic Court and owned by Clifford Mooers, overcame interference during the early running and charged through the final furlong to overtake R. Roy McClarins Selinsgrove and triumph in the twenty-first running of the Ohio Derby which featured the program at this track today. Traffic Judge came to the end of the mile and a furlong test a half length before Selinsgrove who saved the place award by slightly more than Tavo lengths from W. L. Ranchs Honeys Alibi. Mrs. A. M. Creechs Styrunner, coupled in the mutuel field wagering with two other horses among the group of 14 who competed, finished fourth after threatening boldly on the final turn. Patrons Top Choice Traffio Judge, favored in the wagering and ridden by Eddie Arcaro who flew here from New York to ride the Mooers color-bearer was clocked the mile and a furlong over a fast strip in 1:50, two full seconds and a fifth slower than the track mark set by A. G. Vanderbilts Find, when he journeyed here in 1953, and took down this race. Paying .20, Traffic Judge chalked up his fourth victory from eight starts this season and earned 9,938.75, as his Continued on Page Seven 6,675 Ohio Derby to Traffic Judge; Selinsgrove Second, Honeys Alibi Third Mooers Colt, Under Arcaro Overcomes Early Trouble To Take ThistleDown Stake Continue from Page Ons share of the gross purse of 6,675. Traffic Judge, who captured the Withers Mile at Belont and was third to Nashua in the Preakness, avenged the defeat he suffered last week end in the Chicagoan at Washington Park when he was a disappointing choice in the closing day feature of the Balmoral meeting. Blue Lem, owned by Harvey Freuhauf, was second choice in the Ohio Derby wagering after his sparkling second in the Chicagoan last week end, but this sophomore son of Blue Swords Polemic, broke down badly in front just after passing the half-mile post and jockey Alfred Popara promptly pulled up. The East India cup was presented to the winning owner by Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Burton, prominent Cleveland thoroughbred owners, and Mimi Kelly, star of Muiscarni-vals "South Pacific." .Burton is also mayor of suburban Gates Mills while Miss Kelly is the daughter of movie actor Paul Kelly. The cup presented today is held temporarily and a smaller similar trophy, with all particulars of the Ohio Derby inscribed, will be giv2n for permanent possession. Cloudy most of the afternoon and a trifle on the cool side with the breeze coming from off nearby Lake Erie, the Derby program attracted a throng of 15,073, second largest gathering of the current-session. Arcaro stated after the running that "Traffic Judge ran up on the heels of horses entering the first turn and had to be taken up sharply. After getting clear of this mishap," I thought we were home free until he engaged Selinsgrove through the stretch. Then I couldnt shake off this one but we managed to reach there first." Jockey Paul A. Ward guided the winner of the first race when he brought home Teddys Picnic before 11 other claiming sprinters of the ,500 caliber Owned jointly by Steele and Wigginton, the winner arrived at the end of six furlongs with slightly more than a length to spare over Moro, who was about the same margin in front f Firebrake, the favorite, for the place award. Teddys Picnic returned 4.40 at the straight windows and was timed in 1:12. A limit dozen three-year-olds competed in the second race, a dash of six furlongs. My Proposal was most heavily backed of the group and lived up to expectations by closing stoutly to deprive Carol S of the top share of the purse by two and a half lengths. New Dice, who made the pace until the stretch, lasted for the show. My Proposal, ridden by Hubert Trent and owned by Mrs. F. H. Gilbert, returned .40 and backers who had him combined in the I Daily Double with Teddys Picnic, winner of the first race, collected 3.80. The Daily Double handle of 3,974 was an all-time high at this track.

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