Sportsmans Park: Thomas Foresees Best Centennial Meeting Timely Tip to Remain for Nash Memorial Alberta Ranches to Race Here This Year, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-10


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session session that that opens opens •—mmmmmmmmm—mmmmmmm i the the publicity publicity staff staff Sportsmans Park By J. J. Murphy Thomas Foresees Best Centennial Meeting Timely Tip to Remain for Nash Memorial Alberta Ranches to Race Here This Year SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, DL, May 9.— Ivan Thomas, general manager of Centennial Race Track, Denver, Denver, predicts predicts the the forthcoming forthcoming session session that that opens opens Denver, Denver, predicts predicts the the forthcoming forthcoming July 1 will be the best ever held in the Colorado city. Thomas, a visitor here last week, distributed the first issue of condition books for the coming 50-day session. The first book is liberally sprinkled with handicaps and the minimum purse is ,000. George Franco, Denver sports editor who accompanied Thomas, points out that almost 14,000 attended the opening day of the baseball season as evidence that the Rocky Mountain city city is is a a strong strong sporting sporting "town." "town." Oi On city city is is a a strong strong sporting sporting "town." "town." Oi On i the the publicity publicity staff staff at Centennial this year will be Fred Purner, Jr., son of the Santa Anita publicist. Young Fred recently completed a term at University of Mexico, in Mexico City, where he was sports editor of the English language school paper. Trainer Reid Armstrong has announced that Timely Tip will remain here to run in the Thomas D. Nash Memorial Handicap, the closing days feature this Saturday. The colt will then be shipped to Ohio, where he has been nominated for several stake races to be run during the summer. . . . Chicago patrons will have the opportunity of viewing some of the Alberta Ranches runners in action this year. The silks of the Canadian-owned establishment have been seen in this territory in the past but only briefly. Indian Hemp, recently placed at stud in California, was third in the Hawthorne Gold Cup of two years ago. The Alberta stable runners are all imported, with the top representative being the stretch running turf horse, St. Vincent, winner of three stakes at Santa Anita last winter. Owns Promising Chilean Stallion Dr. Paul Meginnis, track veterinarian on Chicago courses, has what he regards as a promising stallion in Yadran, an eight-year-old from Chile. Yadran is a son of Oregano, out of Morena Clara, by Maidstone. After he had scored 13 victories in Chile, Yadran was purchased for a sum reputed to be 0,000, and won his first start in this country. He failed to connect in four starts last year, but Meginnis saw in him what he regarded as the makings of a good producer and bought him for breeding purposes. He is standing at May Day Farm, near Chicago, and has been mated with several mares this season. Owners whose horses do not care to go over six furlongs, are out of luck at Sportsmans Park this year. The seven-furlong distance is too much, and the five-furlong dashes, so long in evidence at the half-mile plant, are definitely "out" for all time. There is at least one stable on the grounds that, we are certain, would have won double the amount of purse money had it been possible to stage six-furlong races. That cannot be done under the present set-up of the racing strip, as it would necessitate the three-quarter affairs being started on a turn. However, the six-furlong horses will have their inning this autumn. Most races over the new five-furlong track will be at that distance. Few seven-eighths races. Couldnt Produce a Winner Ritchy Victor, producer-director of Tom Duggans TV shows, attended the races Saturday and failed to select a winner. Didnt get his tips from Tom. . . . Sammy Schneider, the mattress man, was out for the first time this year and didnt do any better than Victor. . . . We have been told that Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, owner of Maine Chance Farm, designates her age on application blanks as being "21 plus." Keene Dain-gerfield states that owner Joe Hubbard always signed "full mouth" on the age line. ... On Derby Day, assistant racing secretary John Daniels drew Swaps and Trim Destiny in the office pool and swapped them both to Fred Crafton for Jeans Joe. ... At the end of two weeks of racing here, jockey Ronnie Baldwin led the riders with 11 winners, while Bennie Green was second with 10. . . . Three noses on the post in last Saturdays Sportsmans Park Handicap attested to Bob McAuliffes ability as a handicapper. Gibby Kaplan, the noted Chicago restauranteur and horse lover, returned from the Derby rather sad at heart. He failed to take his friend, Beans Rear dons tip on Swaps in the big race. Beans, transplanted Calif or-nian via Taunton, Mass., and the big leagues naturally strings with the Ellsworth three-year-old. . . . President William Johnston returned after having entertained a party of Jacksonville, Fla., friends at the Derby. . . . Understood that an Thomas, mentioned in an above paragraph, has been appointed a Kentucky colonel. . . . The horses trained by Mark Leach are expected to arrive at Washington Park Tuesday from Laurel. Ditto those of J. P. Watts, which are coming from Maryland. . . . Jockey Paul Ward journeyed to his home in Seymour, Ind. Will return shortly. . . . William Hal Bishop disposed of a number of thoroughbreds over the week end, selling Franks Maude and Big Bargain to Olen Sledge, Best Wishes to Ralph Sal-vino, and Lysbeth to Jack Turner.

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