Names Seven-Horse Field for Thistledown Feature: Miss Cross May Rule Favorite; Mahplay, First Verse Entered, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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Name Seven-Horse Field For ThistleDown Feature Miss Cross May Rule Favorite; Ma h play, First Verse Entered THISTLEDOWN, Warrensville, Ohio, June 5. This meeting enters, its first full week of racing on Monday with a good eight-race program. With the promise of better weather for the week coming up it is expected that attendance and mutuel play will take great strides after a rather disappointing few days. Although the card on Monday has been turned over mostly to the claimers the feature shapes up as a very interesting affair with seven horses having been named overnight to face starter Eric Blind. Heading the list is Olin Sledges Miss Cross, who will be ridden by Ralph Borge-menke, one of the leading riders at this track. Miss Cross will be starting for the first time at this meeting and will be seeking her third success of the year in 10 starts. She last won at Suffolk Downs on May 6 when over a heavy strip she defeated The Pheasant by two lengths. Since then she was second in both her races while running in allowance company. Mrs. A. M. Creechs Mahplay is a scheduled starter in the Discovery Handicap Saturday afternoon and as yet has not been withdrawn. If trainer Creech decides to pass up the Discovery in favor of Mondays race his charge must be accorded an excellent chance of scoring his second tally of the season. In his most recent races while at Louisville Mahplay has been knocking at the door while running for a ,000 tag. Last season Mahplay turned in several outstand- ing races in this area and was a winner of over 4,000. The remainder of the field is comprised of A. B. Corbins Ky. River, Edward M. OHerrons First Verse, Columbus Stables Royal Charles, Alex Bruscii-,.s Country Gossip, and R. Fishers Joe Graves. First Verse won on the final day of March while in Florida when running for ,000. The son of The Rhymer bested Harrimont by a neck at six furlongs over a fast strip. First Verse was timed in an excellent 1 : 12. Ky. River was a consistent winner in this area last season and thus far has accounted for a race while at Oaklawn Park when the Fighting Step gelding beat Sea Ripple by a length.

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