On the Trot: Zooms Counsel Keeps Streak Going Goes on to Win after Early Break Distaff Members Dominate Program, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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On the Trot 1 By MOKKIE KURLANSKT 1 Zooms Counsel Keeps Streak Going Goes On to Win After Early Break Distaff Members Dominate Program SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111.. June 5. Zooms Counsel, the amazing three-year-old pacing gelding owned and bred by John Li. Prentice of Paoli, Ind., and trained by Gene Sears, hunting, fishing and yachting expert, with thunderous applause from the grandstand and clubhouse audience, crossed the finish line in Tuesdays final race at Sportsmans Park one and one-half lengths ahead of Swift Arrow to remain un beaten in five starts this season. The bay gelding had a bit of a mishap in the early stage of the race when Sears, after having outsprinted the field around the first turn, tried to take him back in second position. Still far from being a perfect racing tool, Zooms Counsel apparently flustered by this maneuver went on a short break that would have spelled defeat for many another horse. Not so for Zooms Counsel. Racing in third position after the incident until the field reached the backstretch he instantly responded when Sears took him out from the rail again to open up a commanding lead, which he held safely to the wire in 2:09, which was three seconds slower than his previous best win time at May-wood Park. Zooms Counsel, for some unknown reasons lias not been kept eligible for the richer three-year-old pacing fixtures to be run at this five-eighths track and will have to seek his laurels in overnight events before returning to his htrine grounds, the Indiana fair circuit. By the aging sire Chief Counsel, who gained additional fame last year as the maternal grandsire of the sensational pacing filly Good Counsel, Zooms Counsel is out of the young, unraced The Widower mare Zoom Ahead, thus embodying two of the most successful pacing strains of modern times. Otherwise the second program of the current Fox Valley Trotting Club session at Sportsmans Park was dominated by females of the standardbred species, which was appropriate enough as each Tuesday night has been designated as Ladies Night here. To make it even more attractive for the ladies, the management expressed its appreciation for the feminine patronage in addition to free admission to both clubhouse and grandstand by presenting a valuable mink stole to the lady holding the lucky ticket. Winner of the first draw was Mrs. Robert Jamen of 2822 S. Throop Street, Chicago, who attended the races in company of her husband to receive the fur piece in the winners circle after the ninth race. Ima Hanover Dale, a 12-year-old. pacing marc owned by the Rizzuto Brothers of Chicago, always had shown a distinct liking for the long Sportsmans Park stretch. Only lightly regarded in the wagering for Tuesdays co-featured B class pace this genuine staying mare, who holds a decision over Selkas King and Minnie Jean in a mile and a sixteenth event at Hollywood Park last fall, outfinished the improved Phil Bob, Markaway and Redwood Boy in the final yards for her first victory of the season. She was drhen by veteran teamster, Red Ross and was timed in 2:08, second best clocking of the night. Hey There Alan, a 6-to-5 favorite in this race due to a three-race winning streak at Maywood Park and timed in a very appreciable 2:04-5 in his last victory, made a strong move at the quarter pole but tired slightly in the stretch drive to finish last in the eight-horse field but was beaten, only three lengths. Lady Iosola Miller and Fez Oaks staged an exciting duel in the final sixteenth of the B class trot after having disposed of the leading Provos Luck. It was only in the very last stride that Lady Iosola Miller, a Minnesota-owned mare, gained a hardly visible advantage over Fez Oaks, while Little Steve and H. K. MacPherson, also closing fast, took third and fourth money, respectively. Other females to win on Tuesday night were Ken Maurers trotting mare Susie "Win in a C class event, Paul E. Dixons pacing mare Sandy "Win in a B class affair, Tom Mills pacing mare Cindy Jane and Trainor Acres trotting filly Little Marie in the Daily Double races. Lou Huber Jr., a winner of two races on opening night, took over the lead in the driver standings here by virtue of an impressive victory on Tuesday night with the four-year-old Jimmy Creed gelding Mr. Creed, who easily defeated his field in 2:07, fastest trip of the night. Huber, for the past several seasons, among the na- tions leading race winners, apparently will be one of the main contenders for the Fox Valley Trotting Club driving title. The latest arrival for Saturdays 5,000 Fort Dearborn Pace for three-year-olds is Running Springs Ranch California-owned and -bred Amigo Hal. The son of E. J. Hal is no stranger here as he was one of the more successful two-year-olds in the Chicago area last year. So far Amigo Hels sophomore campaign has been on the sensational order. Winning his first four starts in a row, two of his victories at Santa Anita with one of them in 2:00, and two at Yonkers Raceway, Jim Dennis charge seems well prepared for the week-end test. In his latest start two weeks ago Amigo Hal was soundly beaten by no less than Clear-view Stables outstanding filly Maxines Dream, who gained seasons champion honors in that race with a mile in 2:04Vs, fastest time for a three-year-old pacing filly over a half-mile track this year.

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