Pershall Memorial Tests Eight Handicap Runners: Favor Ruthred at Fairmount to Beat Encantadora and Reticule, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-09


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Pershall Memorial Tests Eight Handicap Runners Favor Ruth red at Fairmount to Beat Encantadora and Reticule By PAT CAUDILL „ Staff Correspondent FAIRMOUNT PARK, Collinsville, 111., June 8. — A. J. Pershall, who passed away 17 years ago tomorrow, will have tribute paid to him at the local oval, when eight handicap performers contest the featured seventh race. This event has been named in honor of the sportsman who maintained a breeding farm in addition to racing a large string of thoroughbreds. Under the nom de plume of the Blue Star Stable, Pershalls colors of yellow and blue were very active at Fairmount Park and are remembered in this area as being carried by such good performers as Malolo, Grand Union and Grand Champion. Mrs. Clarabelle Pershall, widow of the honored deceased, presently making her home in East St. Louis, will view the running of the handicap and following the event, will present a beautiful cooling blanket, decorated in Pershalls colors to the owner of the winning horse. Named the A. J. Pershall Memorial Handicap, -the six-furlong affair is for three-year-olds and upward and offers a purse of ,000. Ruthred, owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Muckler of East St. Louis, has been assigned top weight of il8 pounds by racing secretary John J. Klucina. E. H. Lane will be strongly represented by the pair, Encantadora and Reticule, two fillies who will run coupled as an entry. Encantadora is asked to carry 116 pounds and Reticule is next in line with 111 pounds. The 5-H Farms Irish Horn is entered with 107 pounds, A. P. Hensleys Jim Branch and J. H. Meyers Black Larkspur, each have 106 pounds, and the lightweight of the group is Mucho Manana, owned by the partnership of Janicki and Maciejennski, who gets in with onjy 104 pounds. Ruthred raced with good success in Kentucky before his campaign in Chicago where he was pitted against good grade performers. It is very "likely the wagering public, will choose to make him favorite at post-time, however, the Lane entry is certain to draw a goodly share of support. An evenly matched field of seven are entered for the sixth race, an allowance event at the distance of one and one-sixteenth miles and these middle distance runners will contest for a purse of ,200. Fun Quest, owned by Mrs. E. Oros, will run coupled as an entry with J. Banks and Trenses Gessy B. and this combination should rule the strongest choice in the wagering. They will meet such steady performers as E. F. Morans Earl Jr., a two-time winner at this meeting, H. P. Triplets Easy Homer, L. B. Lambs Cannoneer, F. Randos Camps First, and Ostergrant and Kelems Final Leave. This event promises to be a top-notch thriller as none of the contenstants appear to hold a strong edge over their opponents. The balance of the card is made up from sprint affairs with the exception of the ninth race, an event at one mile and one-sixteenth. It comprised ,000 platers with J. O. Sharps Valdina Disco, who was disqualified from first position in his last outing, appearing best of the group.

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