Quick Master Gains Popular Score; Litte Reaper Narrow Downs Victor: Holds Nose Edge On Strong Point; Stewards Post Inquiry in Omaha Purse, but Find No Interference in Stretch Run, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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Quick Quick Master Master Gains Gains Popular Popular Score; Score; Litte Litte Reaper Reaper Narrow Narrow Downs Downs Victor Victor Holds Nose Edge On Strong Point Stewards Post Inquiry in Omaha Purse, but Find No Interference in Stretch Run s By BUD LYON Staff Correspondent CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 7. — T. Alie Grissoms Litte Reaper, a mild choice with the nearly 9,200 fans 6n hand this afternoon, withstood a quarter-mile long drive to emerge victorious over Gentilly Stables Strong Point by the narrow margin of a nose in the featured Omaha Purse at 6 furlongs. Show honors in the blanket finish fell to G. Seeley Kill-patricks Mr. Fantastic with the gelding finishing just another inch away. Immediately following the running the stewards posted the inquiry sign and retired to the projection room to view the film patrol pictures of the race. Upon scanning the flicks for nearly 15 minutes the stewards ruled they could find no interference through the stretch run and the results as posted were made official. 6 Furlongs in 1 :11% Litte Reaper raced the 6 furlongs in 1:11%, under 120 pounds and Clarence Meaux, to pick up his first purse of the year and returned .20. Strong Point proved to be the culprit in the inquiry as the son of Menow commenced lugging in badly while making his belated run through the closing furlong and appeared to have bothered Mr. Fantastic in the final two or three strides. Evidently the pictures showed that it was past the finish line that the mishap oc- Continued on Page Eleven Litte Reaper Gains Nose Triumph in Omaha Purse Nrps Strong Point; Later Stands Stewards Inquiry of Stretch Run Continued from Page One curred at which point the latter was turned almost sideways. Meaux gunned Litte Reaper away from the barrier to engage in a speed dual with Mr. Fantastic all the way, first one in front and then the other. This situation prevailed right to the end and it was by the barest of margins that the V. R. "Tennessee" Wright-trained colt emerged victorious with a like situation separating the second and third horse. Strong Point made a remarkable recovery after having been knocked sideways at the start as he made up over eight lengths and would have proved an easy winner with just another stride or two to go. Litte Reapers victory placed Meaux back in a tie with Steve Brooks for leading rider honors at the meeting and also further solidified Wrights position as top trainer at the Central Ave. Course. W. L. Johnsons Royal Greek picked up his second purse, in as many starts, in the fourth race when he emerged an easy two-and one-half lengths victor over Stanley. and Milton Riesers Marys -Boy. G. E. Armes Kaz held to to keep the show money in a slowly run, 1:13, 6 furlongs race. Bob Parrott was astride the winner, breaking him smartly from the barrier to take a clear lead before going a quarter mile, widening this margin to five lengths at the end of a half mile and just coasting through this long stretch ,to win just about as he pleased. Royal Greek was heavily backed by the fans as he returned but .20, to become the first choice of the afternoon to get home in front. Owner Johnson lost his consistent sprinter via the claim box with the Detroiter, Mrs. Lottie Wolf, putting up ,500, to augment the stable of runners she has here under trainer Russell Fischer. John L. Rotz continued right where he left off yesterday by winning the opener today with J. C. Petersens Showdown Lady The two-year-old filly, overlooked in the wagering, scored by six lengths over Paul Shawhans Alfred John, who was up to get runner-up honors by a" nose over Mrs. B. Ginsburgs Princess Gail. It was the second in Showdown Ladys brief career and a rather impressive one. She was on top of her 11 maiden opponents for all but the opening strides and won pretty much as she pleased, covering the 5 furlongs distance in 1:00and. Showdown Lady returned 4.20. Absence of form followed in the second as another outsider, Creel Brown Jr.s Dixie Dynamite, got home a driving length and one-quarter over Starlite Stables Princess Ham. Show money in the 6 furlongs claim-er went to Circle J. Stables favored Man of Quest, who finished just a half length farther back. W. B. Williams was astride the winning colt and sent him to the front ,in the opening sixteenth mile to turn back bids by several of the 10 -horse field at various stages. Dixie Dynamite raced the distance in 1:12% and while picking up his third purse of the year, returned 6.20. Daily Double tickets combining Showdown Lady and Dixie Dynamite were worth 15.40.

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