Dixie Heads Inaugural Card at Pimlico Track: Only County Delight and Three Others Accept in 5,000 Race, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-05


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Dixie Heads Inaugural Card at Pimlico Track Only County Delight and Three Others Accept in 5,000 Race By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 4.— The Maryland Jockey Clubs 19-day spring session, featuring the Diamond Jubilee running of the famed Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19, will be launched here tomorrow afternoon. Opening-day festivities will.be highlighted by the fifty-third running of the 5,000 Dixie Handicap, to be contested over Pimlicos traditional mile and three-sixteenths distance. Despite the generous monetary lure, this seasons Dixie has attracted but four starters. The entrants, with their respective weight assignments, are: Brookmeade Stables But Why Not, 116, Rokeby Stables County Delight, 114; King Ranchs On the Mark, 106, and Sylvester W. Labrot, Jr.s, Arcave, under a comparative feather assignment of 103 pounds. The Grey Lag Handicap, contested last week at Jamaica, was expected to bring out several potential starters in the Dixie, but the result was quite the contrary. Respective trainers of Brandywine Stables Cochise and Brookmeade Stables Greek Ship opined that their charges had undergone too hard a race to be sent back against the same topflight company the following week. Another colt who was to have started was Great Circle, and his trainer feels that the local racing surface would go against his charge. Returning to the actual competitors, County Delight is the lone newcomer to the Maryland scene, the others having started last week in Bowies Southern Maryland Handicap. County Delight, an oversized son of Count Fleet and Matriarch, has been quite consistent in handicap company this season but cannot boast a victory in a "big one." In last weeks Grey Lag, County Delight turned in a corking good effort to be beaten but a neck while third to Cochise and Ferd at a mile and a furlong. Prior to that he was third to Sunglow and Three Rings in Hialeahs Widener and second to Post Card in the Maryland Handicap at Laurel. The long-striding colt closed ground in the majority of his outings and the mile and three-sixteenths of the Dixie should be to his liking.

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