Eldon McEvey Rides First Winner at Cahokia Downs: Takes Bow to Judge While Up on Easter Tulip in Litchfield Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-26


view raw text

Eldon McEvey Rides First Winner at Cahokia Downs Takes Bow to Judges While Up on Easter Tulip in Litchfield Purse By J. J. IIAHN CAHOKIA DOWNS, East St. Louis, 111., June 25. — Howard Griffins Easter Tulip, a four -year-old daughter of Yellow Tulip ■ — Advising Clara, carried apprentice James Eldon McVey to that youths initial victory of his riding career here last night, the first Monday card of the current. 60-program session. The chestnut f illy, under a rousing ride by the Auburn, 111., youngster who recently graduated from high school, got up in the last strides to down Clara Mullunixs Cross Lea. Undergrad, owned by the partnership of Frank Martin and Frank Briske, was third in the five furlongs dash which was contested over a course termed "good." Seven others contested the race, titled the Litchfield, and following in the walce of the third horse was Sambouk, Heres. Rucks, Patty Peg, Port o Gold, Agnus Dei, Mah Frizette and the faint-hearted Aunt Tilly who served as the public choice in the crowd of 3,366 racing enthusiasts. Aunt Tilly was quickest to hit her best stride and before going the opening three-sixteenths was daylight in front of the ultimate winner who broke slowly but was rushed to the runner-up position on the extreme outside, but after making that threat on the far turn Cross Lea, who was racing third, was sent to the front and opened a good lead. Instead of taking after the flying leader McVey took his mount off the top one and when Cross Lea drifted out slightly at the head of the stretch the promising apprentice shot his mount through on the inside and picking up Cross Lea steadily in the stretch got up in the last strides to win by a nose under an unusually strong ride by a novice who had but one previous mount before winning his first race. Cross Lea saved the place by one and one-half lengths fxom Undergrad who bested Sambouk by a head for the minor award. In another good race Her Chance, owned by Thomas O. Logsdon, trained by his daughter, Mrs. Thomasine L. Maher, and ridden by her husband, F. T. Maher, clicked in the sixth race, another five furlongs race, easily defeating Ghent, Cleetsie and five others. Despite the dull condition of the racing strip the daughter of Pictor raced the five-eishths in the splendid time of :59%. Maher had another winner, handling Signal Code for his easy win in the first race. Jimmy Dailey, who lost his apprenticeship last night and is due to sit out a 10-day suspension, also scored a • "double." He held the reins on Fancy Filly in the seventh and Qualify in the ninth and just missed a "triple" when nosed out by Easter Tulip while aboard Cross Lea. The Coulterville Purse, a five furlongs dash for three-year-olds and upward and to be used as the fifth race, is the main event on the Wednesday night program. It brings together 10 sprinters under allowance conditions and expected to go post-war_d here are Hy-Bill B„ Blue Maid, win- * ner of her only two starts at this meeting; U. S. Navy, Spiing Rain, Lewis A. D., Marcy Anne, Gallant Time, Tiganna and the Mikel Farm pairing of Vandanell and Tiger Kate. A majority of the races are at the five furlongs but there are two distance events. One, the eighth, is at one mile while the "nightcap" is to be staged over the one-mile and three-eighths distance. A capacity field of more than one dozen are entered in the eight furlongs heat while an exceptionally large field of 11 are due to match strides in the marathon affair.

Persistent Link: https://drf.uky.edu/catalog/1950s/drf1957062601/drf1957062601_26_2
Local Identifier: drf1957062601_26_2
Library of Congress Record: https://lccn.loc.gov/unk82075800