Nine to Match Strides in River Downs Offering: High Climber after Third in Row; First Boston, Smoke House Threats, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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Nine to Match Strides In River Downs Offering High Climber After Third in Row; First Bostonmoke HouseThreats RIVER DOWNS, California, Ohio, June 22.— River Downs will present its second midweek nine-race program of the current session Wednesday and it is without a doubt one of the finest group of races arranged to date by racing secretary and handicapper Eugene W. Bury. Customarily the eighth is the feature spot when more than eight races are carded but the seventh is such a well-rounded group that it will undoubtedly join interest as a co-feature rather than a secondary offering. The Terrace Plaza is carded as the eighth. For four-year-olds and older horses with a mile and one-sixteenth setting, there are nine drawn on the overnight in quest of a part of the ,300 purse. Preceding this affair is the Miami Gardens. An allowance test at six furlongs, there are eight four-year-olds or older and this event is endowed with a ,200 purse. The field for the Plaza includes Mrs. F. Baumans Jerky, J. Sadlers Smoke House, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Maxwells High Climber, P. H. Johnsons Dark Rain, C. K. Andrews Joes Bid, J. L. Rices Little Less, Mr. and Mrs. William Lapes Hotfooted, H. M. Simpsons First Boston, and Mrs. A. Travis Brownies Girl. High Climber completed his second consecutive victory here last Saturday and reached the wire a head the best of Little Less. In his first winning effort at the meeting Jerky was second to him, beaten a length and three-quarters. He evidently handles a heavy strip as effectively as a fast track, scoring his triumphs in that order, respectively. The one and one-sixteenth miles suits the Challedon gelding remarkably well as he comes from off the pace and it appears that he has overcome his habit of dwelling at the start. First Boston and Smoke. House will be a duo to furnish the bone of contention to High Climber. First Boston was beaten but a head by W. E. Harneds Fair Edna in a mile and one-sixteenth jaunt last Saturday and, in turn, had a length and one-half advantage on Smoke House. Both of these campaigners have been improving rapidly and the stretch run of this affair should be one of the most thrilling of the current season, with a blanket finish a possibility. C. Deans Jr. Ireland will find many friends in the crowd as the field goes post-ward for the Miami Gardens. This good-looking Dispose gelding has an impressive record for the year. In 14 starts, he has won three, had four seconds and three thirds, along with two fourths, failing to earn a portion of the purse but twice this year. His last victory was a good length and three-quarters the best of Gilded Right and negotiated six furlongs in 1:14%, over a heavy track. At Beulah Park he displayed his ability to handle a fast strip as well and scored two in a row. He usually campaigns in the best sort of allowance company and should be highly dangerous in this group. Others for this affair include P. H. Johnsons Gayleo, who has been idle since Beulah Park, H. H. Prices Platter Scout, E. Sbrbers Ferol S., C. B. Hudsons Deep Sit-jiation, iLICrews Extravaganza, W. Wells

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