Tru Blu Lu Registers Close Victory; Royal Orbit Takes Preakness Prep: Nips Running Wolf In Littleman Series; Foul Claim Against Flanders Filly Dismissed by Stewards; 9,413 at Sportsmans Park, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-12


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Tru Tru Blu Blu Lu Lu Registers Registers Close Close Victory; Victory; Royal Royal Orbit Orbit Takes Takes Preakness Preakness Prep Prep Nips Running Wolf In Littleman Series Fou| Claim Against Flanders Filly Dismissed by Stewards; 9,413 at Sportsmans Park By TEDDY COX SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 11. — F. L. Flanders Tru Blu Lu held on with grim determination through a long, hard drive to account for the Littleman Series No. 4 before a crowd of 9,431 here this afternoon. The four-year-old daughter of Bernborough — Blue Note, by Chal-ledon, prevailed at the line by a nose. Valley View Farms Running Wolf, who appeared to bear in badly on the victress through the stretch, finished second. Sun Dial Stables Duke of Noor was third, while Harold G. Bookmans Nurse Ginny was fourth. Before the mile and five-sixteenths grind became official, however, the stewards were forced to entertain a claim of foul lodged by Howard Craig, who rode Running Wolf, against Dick Winant, who handled the winner. After viewing the films, the stewards quickly dismissed the claim and allowed the original result to stand. Craig Appeared "m Error Actually, it appeared from thepress box that Craig himself was the culprit, for Running Wolf bore in badly throughout the stretch and forced Tru Blu Lu down in the deeper going. Time for the distance was 2:15%. Tru Blu Lu, who had qualified handsomely with a fine performance in a prevandus start, returned 1.80. After torrential rains of last night and early this morning, the track was sloppy during the training hours, but later in the morning a. bright sun broke through and aided by a drying wind the racing strip im- * proved almost by the minute. The course Continued on Page Fifty-Two Tru BIu Lu Wins Sportsmans Route Nips Running Wolf for Littleman Honors; Judges Dismiss Protest Against Filly Continued from Page One was termed as "slow" for the headliner. The Littleman proved to be a warm struggle from the start, with Tru Blu Lu stepping along into the lead. Running Wolf took up the contending position and the two of them remained ahead of their foes thereafter. Duke of Noor made several mild threatening parries, and for a time, on the backstretch the last time, Count B. made a bold move. However, Tru Blu Lu and Running Wolf remained on the pace and from the top of the stretch to the finish they alternated in nodding to the fore, with the filly proving most-photogenic in the very last nod. The,~Signator Purse, designed for three-year-olds, proved to be a mad scramble, 3»nd the most fortunate thoroughbred in he race was the winner. This was William Hal Bishops Eye Patch, who was ridden by Harold "Red" Keene. The three-year-old =, daughter of Apache — Eye Opener avoided most of the bumping and saved ground during the running, then found an opening at the head of the stretch. She came on well under Keenes whipping and proved much the strangest to win by a length. Our Tribe Second Our Tribe, owned by the Estate of F. O. Akin, raced wide through the final stages to finish second. Marion H. VanBergs Coloel Patch, who raced virtually on the outside fence, was third, while Sun Dial Stables Chicote Girl was next in line. Eye Patch was coupled in the wagering with Bishop Slittle Brave, and the combination returned 3-to-l. Time for the 6 furlongs was 1:14%. Little Brave was hustled hard to make the early lead, while Mae Ace was the contender before she veered to the outside and lost all chance. Keene, in the meantime, kept Eye Patch under constant pressure, but she seemed to be a beaten filly with but an eighth of a mile to go. However, there was considerable bumping and when both Colonel Patch and Our Tribe ducked out badly, she came through between an opening that unexpectedly developed and at the line was a length in front.

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