Card Three Stake Events at Roosevelt This Week: McConnell Memorial Heads Trio of Featured Trotting Events, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-16


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Card Three Stake Events At Roosevelt This Week McConnell Memorial Heads Trio Of Featured Trotting Events WESTBURY, L. I., June 14.— The Grand Circuit competition at Roosevelt Raceway enters its last week Monday and three stake events will mark the departure of the Roaring Grand Meet. Monday night the 0,000 Old Westbury Trot for two-year-olds is scheduled, on tap Wednesday is the Old Westbury Trot for three-year-olds, and on Friday the Qualifying dashes of the 0,000 David H. McConnell Memorial Trot will be held. This is the biggest week of the season so far in purse distribution and undoubtedly the most remunerative week the trotters have had all year. In the two-year-old edition of the Old Westbury Trot, Lively Lady looms as the favorite on the basis of two victories scored in the last two weeks. Lively Ladys first win was in a special 00 no-wagering contest and then she repeated in last Mondays ,000 Old Country Trot for two-year-old fillies. Lively Lady, with Del Miller in the sulky, covered the latter mile on a muddy track in 2:11%. The three-year-old race is an especially interesting contest. Twelve highly regarded young trotters are among the group scheduled to line up. Banker, Beau Brummel, Dallas Hanover, Diplomat Hanover, Duke of Lullwater, Hardy Hanover, Hit Song, Insured, Our Birthday, Scotch Victor, Sharp Note and Stately Way are the dozen stick-out three-year-olds in the race. The Duke of Lullwater, on the basis of an outstanding two-year-old campaign, is accorded the favorites role in the event. In 1951 the Duke won 9,270.57, comfortably ahead of the 5,904.95 the second place Hit Song amassed. Hardy Hanover, Diplomat Hanover and Scotch Victor were among the top seven in two-year-old trotter earnings. The McConnell trials, with a ,000 purse in each heat is the biggest trot event of the local season. The six top horses in Fridays dashes will qualify for the 0,000 pot in the final of the event over a mile and a half on June 27. Bangaway, Blitzen Up, Dama Dee, Darn Flashy, Florican, Ford Hanover, Hadley Hanover, Lord Steward, Mainliner, Malcolm, Pronto Don and Silver Riddle are the principal names entered in this stake. Pronto Don, owned by Hayes Fair Acres Stables of Du Quoin, 111., topped the trotting division in earnings last year with 0,850.44. Pronto Don recently had a 14 win skein snapped when disqualified and placed last, though finishing first in the race In his next start here last Saturday Pronto Don resumed his winning way, without foul or protest. There is a certain dream aspect attached to the McConnell as Lord Hanover and Mainliner are two of the most discussed horses of recent years and they go for the first time against the famed Pronto Don. Ford Hanover has won 12 races in succession, 11 last season and one this campaign. Among these wins was the 5,000 Lexington Futurity last fall. Mainliner won the 1951 Hambletonian and topped the three-year-old trot in earnings. Oddly, Mainliner and Ford Hanover met only once as two and three-year-olds, as Ford Hanover didnt compete as a two-year-old and las year surprised his owner, William Strang, Jr., of Brooklyn, by his rapid deyelopment. In their one meeting last season Ford Hanover won and Mainliner finished third. Ford Hanovers time in this meeting was 2:04%.

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