Ky. River Scores Game Triumph at Thistledown: Holds off Joe Graves, Mahplay in Featured Lake Front Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-08


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Ky. River Scores Game Triumph at ThistleDown Holds Off Joe Graves, Mahplay In Featured Lake Front Purse By RONALD KRANCER Staff Correspondent THISTLEDOWN, Warrensville, Ohio, June 7: A. B. Corbins Ky. River scored a game two-length decision over Richard Fishers Joe Graves in the featured Lake Front Purse here this afternoon. Third in the seven-horse field was Mrs. A. M. Creechs Mahplay who was another two lengths back at the wire after looming the most dangerous turning for home. Jockey Billy Sackett rode an excellent race aboard the winning son of Fighting Step and was scoring for the second time this afternoon. Ky. River paid 3.40 and was timed in 1:15 over the slow strip. It was his sec- Continued on Page Forty-Four Ky. River Scores Game Triumph at ThistleDown Holds Off Joe Graves, Mahplay In Featured Lake Front Purse Continued from Page One ond victory of the season- in seven starts. A fine crowd of nearly 5,000 attended the races on the first nice afternoon of the meeting. Joe Graves was the first to show in front at the break with the eventual winner second and Miss Cross third. Country Gossip, Royal Charles, Mahplay, and First Verse completed the Lake Front field. The ultimate winner from his inside position moved through to attain command at the quarter and was in front by a length with Country Gossip second and Mahplay moving up on the outside in third position. Joe Graves was another two lengths back laying fourth. Racing into the upper turn, Mahplay, who was installed the lukewarm choice, ; loomed the most dangerous, having moved to a half length of Ky. River, and appeared to be going along very easily. Country Gossip had now dropped back into third position and Joe Graves was still fourth. Ky. River continued to hold a half-length lead at the furlong marker, although Mahplay had moved to within a head of the pacesetter entering the stretch and looked as though at any time he was going into the lead. However, Ky. River had too much left and, in the final furlong, was gradually drawing clear. Mahplay, who raced here in the Discov-, ery Handicap on Saturday, had nothing j left for the final drive and was unsuccess-i ful in holding off Joe Graves for the place j award. I Ky. River was making his first start of jthe current meeting, but was raced here last fall and with considerable success. His I overall record last year was much better i than his current average. In 25 starts he i won seven times and was in the money an .additional 14 trips. His earnings last year totaled just over the 0,000 mark. Jocky Gail Parker and trainer Marvin Greene teamed to capture the third race with John E. Hughes homebred mare, North Clark. The winner, after disposing of the extreme outsider, Dillif illy, inside the furlong marker, drew clear to win by three and one-half lengths. Lawrence W. Jen-nings Lochwin was third another three lengths back at the end of the five and one-half furlongs. The winning daughter of High Velocity paid 7.80 and was timed in 1:09. North Clark was very nicely rated by Parker and in the initial quarter was allowed to settle into best stride. She moved up along the rail while on the final bend and then for the stretch run Parker moved to the outside of Dillifilly. The latter was ridden by Donal Bowcut. The Columbus Stables Jimmys Doll, favorite in the second race, reached the wire three parts of a length in front of Tonys Trouble with Bravo coming along third another five lengths back. Jimmys Doll who was strongly ridden by Billy Sackett paid .00 and was timed in 1 : 16 for the six furlongs. Ed A. Bischoffs Pvt. Sam, two-year-old gelded son of Mel Eppley, scored a stunning upset in the first event and returned a handsome 1.40. Pvt. Sam raced for-wardly from the outset and was up to dispose of Lady Witch and the favorite, Fancy-Deb, in the final 70 yards. Paul A. Ward, who has been riding exceptionally well thus far, was astride the outsider who was clocked in 1:04, for the five panels. Lady Witch, who placed and was also neglected, paid 0.00. The win-I ning Daily Double combination of 12-6 re-I turned 38.00.

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