Eligibles for Preakness Congregate at Pimlico: Much Activity for Wednesdays Opening of Cooperative Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-10


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■ I ; i 1 . , i • I 1 . Eligibles for Preakness Congregate at Pimlico Much Activity for Wednesdays Opening of Cooperative Meeting BALTIMORE, Md., April 8. — Preakness eligibles are beginning to congregate at old Pimlico. Already on the grounds are three entries. Director J. E., Gramps Image and Pensive, and four highly probable supplementary entries, namely Royal Prince, Gay Bit, Blue Sash and Jimmie, while over at Laurel Park are Picotee and Declared, bred and owned by William Leavitt Brann, who maintains Glade Valley Farm, at Frederick, Md., from whence came the 1939 hero of the coveted stake, Challedon. Quite a few aspirants to the 0,000 fixture are expected shortly. Crispin Ogle-bays Boy Knight, winner of last years Wakefield Handicap and United States Hotel Stakes, is due in momentarily, and Greentree Stables Bounding Bow is expected Sunday. Other nominees slated to put in their appearance in the very near future are W. M. Jeffords Westminster, who will make the trip here from winter quarters at Berlin, Md., and Robert Sterling Clarks pair, Smolensko and Bell-the-Cat, who will journey down from New York. It is highly probable that Director J. E. will make his first start here Saturday, April 15, in the Finite, a ,500 allowance event at six furlongs. Pensive, one of 37 Calumet Farm representatives trainer Ben A. Jones quartered at this track after an uneventful trip from Continued on Page Eight Eligibles for Preakness Congregate at Pimlico Much Activity for Wednesdays Opening of Cooperative Meeting Continued from Page One Miami, has been on the course this week for gallops. Among the probable supplementary entries, Bobanet Stables Gay Bit looms the most proficient off his winter campaign. He steadily improved with racing and finished second to Olympic Zenith in the Louisiana Derby. Of course, Mrs. Harry J. Mohrs Royal Prince is still the favorite Preakness aspirant with Marylanders and it is almost a foregone conclusion that he will be made eligible by payment of the ,500 fee on or before April 15. Pimlico buzzed with activity today in final preparation for the stake-studded 28-day cooperative meeting of Marylands four major tracks — Pimlico, Laurel, Havre de Grace and Bowie — which opens Wednesday. Two memorial stakes are on the calendar for the opening "short" week of racing, the Rowe Handicap Wednesday and the Bowie Handicap Saturday. Each has an added value of ,500. The curtain-raising feature is a six-furlong dash for three-year-olds and upward and promises to attract a band of top flight sprinters. The secondary attraction is the Annapolis Purse, another three-quarter dash, but for grade "C" four-year-olds and upward, while devotees of the timber sport will be treated to a spectacle in the Elkridge Steeplechase at two miles for four-year-olds and upward. Saturdays headliner is a mile and 70-yard jaunt for three-year-olds and upward and is supported by the Finite Purse, a six-furlong spin exclusively for three-year-olds with a prize of ,500, and the Forest Lore Steeplechase Handicap at two miles. Decision of the two fixtures next week still will leave 18 stakes on the calendar for the spring session, chief of which will be the 0,000 Preakness. May 13; the 0,000 Dixie Handicap, May 6, and the 5,000 Chesapeake Stakes, April 29.

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