Cals Choice Seeks Brecon Beacons: Sportsmans Event Has Two Couplings; Rockport, Maribu to Carry Bishop Silks Against Classy Runner From VanBerg Stable, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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Cals Choice Seeks Brecon Beacons Sportsman Event Has Two Couplings Rockport, Maribu to Carry Bishop Silks Against Classy Runner From VanBerg Stable By C. A. LINDEMAN Staff Correspondent SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 7. — Marion H. Vanbergs eight-year-old campaigner Cals Choice heads a flashy band of eight sprinters in the ,000 Brecon Beacons Purse, main attraction on the Friday nine-race card. This event, a 6V2 furlongs dash, is fashioned for four-year-olds and older horses that have not won ,630 twice other than a maiden, optional or claiming race thus far this year. The eight-horse field will have but six interests, as there are two entries. The W. H. Bishop stable will be represented with the strong duo of Rockport and Maribu, while the Wallace Strong stable will have the two horses, Neglectful and French Coat as their entry. Cals Choice appears to have just a slight edge over this fleet band of short distance runners due to having started twice at the current meeting, both times against strong opposition and having finished third on both outings. The son of Polynesian and Laurentia has only been out twice this year, starting in a race against Racetracker and Twilight Run, to get third money and in his second local appearance again ran against top flight company to finish third back of Pan and Twilight Run. In. both of those races the Van Berg entrant was forced to come from behind. Appears Ready for Good Effort The Van Berg colorbearer is not at his best over the shorter distances, as his record of last year shows, but coming off his ~ two starts at this meeting and some impressive morning trials he appears ready to give a successful performance against the opposition he meets in Fridays event. Johns Bid, from the strong stable of E. J. Grosfield, looms asthe main threat to Cals Choice off his b*est local race. The four-year-old son of Johns Joy finished second in a mile stint, and although he was beaten by Auctioneer by a two-length margin, he held the lead after three-quarters of a mile and only in the closing strides did he give ground. For the most part the Grosfield four-year-old has shown his best races at the sprint distances. His start here this season was in with such milers as Sun King and Teri, both of whom are considered of handicap calibre. In with a field of this sort, Johns Bid should be able to display his best effort. The W. H. Bishop entity of Rockport and Maribu must be given some consideration in the Brecon Beacons Purse. Both of these horses have been racing at the Maryland tracks this spring, and although neither was able to crash the winners enclosure, they have been earning their keep. Both are, in fine fettle and should be right in the thick of it throughout the race. Rockport had the distinction "Of defeating Charlies Song here at Sportsmans Park last fall in a 6/2 furlongs dash. Neglectful and French Coat, who go to make up the Wallace Strong entry, rate right up along with the Bishop duo, and can be expected to give top performances. Neglectful will be making his third start of the meeting, while French Coat has made one appearance at this session. Rounding out the field for the feature, is the Joe-Anna Stables Retobado n. and Mrs. Emil Denemarks Camel Back. The latter .is making his first start Tiere this spring. Racing secretary John C. Daniel carded a juvenile race on the Friday card, which is the first of its kind for the meeting. This event is for Illinois-bred, foaled or owned youngsters. This 4 furlongs dash is bound to have a full field of 10 starters as at . entry time there were 16 named through the entry box. ■ . l ; s l . ■ -

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