New England: Many Week-End Happenings Enliven Sport; Royal Battle Never Headed in New London; Stakes at Suffolk Downs Close on Thursday, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-13


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New England I = By Eli Chiat Many WeekEnd Happenings Enliven Sport Royal Battle Never Headed in New London Stakes at Suffolk Downs Close on Thursday ThursdayLINCOLN LINCOLN DOWNS Lincoln R I May 12 Just about everything happened here on last Saturdays ninerace program to satisfy the appetite of the nearly 17000 fans who attended on an almost perfect spring afternoon The sun made one of its rare ap ¬ pearances of the session and while the track was good for the first few races it was almost at its best for the last half of the card Trrat In itself is a worthy news item for the track has been anything but fast for the majority of the meeting while the sun has been notable by its absence A pair of longshots Shiny Bow and Festoon eked out close rieck and nose decisions to register a 97620 Daily Double second highest of the season This was to set the pattern for the remainder of the afternoon Outside of the featured 15uOO New London Handicap the largest winning margin was only threequarters of a length In the New London Wesley Eldon Browns Royal Battle a sleek chestnut seven yearold son of Time Passes Royal Wanton zipped to the front going to the first turn and reached the end of the seven furlohgs three and onehalf lengths in front of his nearest rival Oclirock Then as has been the custom during the entire session two foul claims were lodged during the matinee adding another few moments of anxiety and tenseness to those involved Through it all Royal Battles winning performance shaded anything else that took place even all the head and nose finishes that prevailed in the other events And by his performance the Bwnvn colorbearer will make a welcome addition to the future New England handicap events It was only his third start of the year but he carried his top impost of 118 pounds with notable ease as he ripped off the fastest 7 panels of the meeting His time of 1 26 was only one second off the track record which has stood since 1947 In addition to this fast clocking Royal Battle also holds to his account the fastest 5 furlongs of the session That was accomplished in an allowance win earlier in the session when he blazed the distance in 58 under 122 pounds poundsRobertson Robertson Does an Excellent Job JobRoyal Royal Battle heads the twohorse stable of Brown who is a wholesale dealer in heating and plumbing sup ¬ plies from Cambridge Mass And the form he has dis ¬ played in his three races this year after spending the winter at Anthony Ryans farm at Whitinsville Mass is a fine tribute to the ability of trainer James Vir ¬ ginia Robertson He galloped during the winter at the farm said Virginia this morning but his entire prep was given to him at this track after his arrival here He is an easy horse to handle and he took his chores with zest this spring Outside of his juvenile year he did most of his campaigning around New York and New Jersey but Mr Brown plans on leaving him with me for the entire year in New England We have him nominated for all the handicaps to which he is eligible at Suffolk Downs and Im willing to bet that if he gets a real fast track hell threaten all the track records and might even break some Thats how good he is right now nowCocompatriot Cocompatriot Teddy Cox in his recent pearly prose has kept the reading public informed with an almost daily box score as to the number of fouls claimed at this objectionable meeting Well Cox is presently cementing our relations with the Canadians at Woodbine Park in Toronto and the local statisti ¬ cian reports that his adding machine has broken down and he has lost count of the number of fouls lodged so far But itwould not be at all surprising to see a new record compiled in this department before the end of the week Rarely does a day pass but that one or two and at times three jockeys seem to feel that they have a legitimate claim of foul And so itTwas Saturday when two claims were made One appeared very friv ¬ olous as has a great majority of those made during the meeting and one was a borderline case At any rate it will be interesting to see what the total num ¬ ber of claims will reach by next Saturday night nightMassachusetts Massachusetts Tops East Boston Agenda Suffolk Downs racing secretary Arthur Hunt would like to take the podium to advise horsemen that the closing date for nominations to seven stakes and hand ¬ icaps to be run at the East Boston course at its spring meeting is this Thursday May 15th The Eastern Rac ¬ ing Association will give away 140000 in purses for the seven events which will be topped by the traditional 50000 added Massachusetts Handicap The other major events scheduled for the meeting which gets underway next Monday are the 25000 added Suffolk Downs Stakes designed for three year olds only at 6 furlongs which will be run on Saturday May 24 and the 25000 added John R Macomber Memorial Hand ¬ icap The latter test is over the 11A miles turf course and is open to threeyearolds and up upThe upV V The Suffolk Downs Stakes is a newly inaugurated event having been added to the stakes agenda this spring It is written in the hopes of attracting those sophomores who have failed to qualify for the classic classicContinued Continued on Page TwentyFire NEW ENGLAND ENGLANDBy By ELI CHIAT Continued from Page Seven Sevenevents events and have been designated as sprint ¬ ers Another innovation this year at the seaside course is the scheduling of races for New Englandbreds At the moment Hunt is planning to card one race a week for this group of racers in the hopes of encourag ¬ ing the New England breeding industry Outside of the Futurity run at Rocking ham Park there has been no real effort made in the past to set up an attractive racing program for local breeders Hunt plans to list events for racers of all ages over various distances and if the response is heartening from the horsemen it will become a regular part of the Downs racing program programChitChat ChitChat Wednesday will be Armed Forces Day here with the track sharing in the celebration of Armed Forces Week by staging its entire ninerace card in honor of the occasion The days events will bear names honoring the different services of the armed forces Trainer Jim Pud Keefe and owner Jim Carr have come to the parting of the ways after an associa ¬ tion of several years Carrs horses will now be trained by Charley Heverly The latter has a public stable on the grounds and he is the conditioner of the local handicap star Double Bid John Kel Houssels prominent breeder and rancher from Las Vegas Nev who has a large string of racers here under the care of Jess Byrd stopped by to inspect his stable Houssels arrived here after witnessing the Derby Edward T Dooley one of the youngest racing secretaries in the country who serves here as a placing judge and is assistant secretary at Narragansett Park distributed stall applications for the Gansett meeting which begins on June 30th Sam Sacco sent thiee racers to Garden State for campaigning at that point They are Sea Chanty My Carmella and HiSheila Hugo Mapoli augmented his string here with the arrival of the threeyearold filly Miss Management from Jamaica

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