Princess Handicap Heads Omaha Card: Mac Meets Butch K., Roman Secret in ,000 Feature; Curtain Raiser in Fifth Race, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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► Princess Handicap Heads Omaha Card Mac Meets Butch K., Ro man Secret in ,000 Feature; Curtain Raiser in Fifth Race By J. R. BATTY Staff Correspondent AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., May 25.— An attractive mid-week program has been arranged here at Ak-Sar-Ben Wednesday. A local track record holder is entered in each of the two best races on the agenda. Butch K., who is named for the principal offering, holds the mile and one-sixteenth record of 1:43%, while* Curtain Raiser, entered in the preceding test, possesses the five-furlong track mark of :58. The Ak-Sar-Ben Princess Handicap is the headliner, and some of the best sprinters in the area are named overnight to match strides at six furlongs for a purse of ,600. Posted as the sixth race, the feature derives its name from and honors a quartet of princesses of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, which organization operates this Douglas County track and numerous other enterprises in Nebraska. The princesses, who participated during a coronation ceremony last fall, are expected to be on hand- to make the winners circle presentation to the victor Wednesday. Beaten Narrowly Recently Eight horses are scheduled to start in the Princess, and Gold Tree Stables Mac is the highweight among the group under 118 pounds. Making the first appearance of his career over the local strip, having campaigned chiefly on the California circuit during his four years of actual competition, this well-bred gelded son of Bime-lech — Bee Mac comes up to this engagement with four winning races credited already this season. Only recently he was narrowly defeated, carrying 121 pounds, by Trader Ed at Bay Meadows, going one mile. Prior to that he won a sprint race and captured another purse at one mile at the same track. Macs opposition in this encounter will come from Mrs. S. Foleys March Lark, 109; A. L. Petersons Hy-Ill Go, 110; Guy,and Walter Shultzs Butch K„ 112; C. Ettenspergens Roman Secret, 112; A. T. B. Wilcox Owl Martin, 105; W. C. Mountjoys Waco Scamp, 107, and T. M. Johnsons Hiram Jr., 112. Roman Secret and Butch K. finished first and second, respectively, in the Inaugural on Thursday here. The former, favored in the weights by six pounds, crossed the wire a length and a half before Butch K., who carries 113 pounds. In the fifth race, an allowance test of five furlongs for three-year-olds and older horses, Curtain Raiser has among his oppo- ~ nents the highly regarded three-year-old, Blue Call. Making her debut of the season and appearing matched with horses older than herself for the first time, Blue Call will probably rule as one of the choices off of her juvenile record last year, when she won stakes at this track, Centennial and Albuquerque.

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