Thomas Hat Makes Local Debut at Sportsmans: Outstanding Pacer Ran Second in Last Years Little Brown Jug, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-14


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Thomas Hat Makes Local Debut at Sportsmans Outstanding Pacer Ran Second in Last Years Little Brown Jug SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, Ul.,*JTune 13. — The eight-horse field that goes to the post in Sportsmans Parks seventh racev tomorrow night features the Chicago debut of one of 1950s greatest pacers. Thomas Hat; owned by Charles G. Miles of Danville, Ind., finished second in the 6,500 Little Brown Jugy at Delaware, Ohio, last year, the richest pacing classic in • the nation for three-year-olds. The four-year-old son of Chief Abbedale won 11 races last year and a total of 9,000. He will be driven by Al Shaw. Another tough contender in the 00 conditioned pace for 13 class sidewheelers will be Roddy, carrying the colors of A. D. Knapp, Jackson, Mich. Roddy also will be making his first start at Cicero. Red McKlyo, from the Sherry Brothers stable of Connersville, Mich., will be coming back after an impressive trial Monday night in the stake event. Red McKlyo gave Grattan Truax plenty of trouble in the early stages of the ninth race Monday night under the able handling of Harry Burright. Red had the lead for half a lap, but Grattan Truax was just too sharp for any horses in that trip. However, Burright has been more successful with the veteran, pacer than any other driver and makes the Sherry entry as dangerous as any other. Mr. Richwood, the Earl S. Ewers pacer from Frederick-town, Ohio, is back at the wars after a record of 12 victories, in 38 starts last year. He also showed something in the Monday night stake and the extra racing might have tightened him enough for Thursdays going. Back to Thomas Hat, his 2:02% mile mark looks the most impressive in the race, but Roddy has a 2:04 on his entry papers. Red Scott has Helens Chief as sharp as he has been in the early part of a season. Other entries include Clemens Abbe, Atomic Might, and Caroline Abbe. Another heavy entry list made it necessary to split the 30 Class pace stake into two divisions. The race for fillies and mares in the maiden class will be worth ,416 in the first division 2nd race and ,392 in the second division 4th race. All of the entrants will have to be proven since they are maiden sidewheelers. However, the Chicago Downs policy of offering good stakes purses for such horses encourages owners to develop their young stock. The first race also sends a stake field of two-year-olds td the post. The youngsters will be going for a purse of ,362, and in the very first race of the night.

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