Jockey W. D. Lucas Stars on River Downs Program: Rides Winners of Three of First Four Races; Two Riders Thrown, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-27


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Jockey W. D. Lucas Stars On River Downs Program Rides Winners of Three of First Four Races; Two Riders Thrown By VV. A. CRUSE Staff Correspondent RIVER DOWNS, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 25. Despite the early morning rains, the sloppy race track and general unpleasant weather up to post time for the first race, a crowd in excess of 10,000 was on hand for the days nine-race program. Jockey W. D. Lucas had a field day in the earlier events and guided three out of the first four winners. The popular sad-dlesmith was astride H. Kirks Peanut Brier to complete an 5.60 Daily Double for those who had this campaigner tied up with Spicer and Cordescos Musical Score in the opener. The latter had the saddle services of jockey Julio C. Fernandez. In the third affair, for his second win of the day, Lucas rode Mrs. Persh Yohos Sir Sag, to a front running victory. Breaking the Sir Lancelot gelding "hear the top he kept widening the advantage until at the end of the mile and 70 yards distance he had four and one-half lengths on the El Rancho Stables Star Nymph and jockey Owen Headley. Two mishaps, however, marred the opening two events. Jockey James Dobson was thrown from his mount at the sixteenth pole and lay face down in the mud for several seconds. Fortunately, more complete examination disclosed that he did not sustain any serious injuries, but was badly shaken up. At the time he was picked up from the deepest part of the track many feared that Jimmy had sustained a broken leg. In the second race jockey George Patrick Ryan was injured in the starting gate when Mrs. Harry Miller, Jr.s Third Person turned completely around in the starting stall. Gilded Right also unseated her rider in the same race but it was after the horses crossed the wire at the finish. The sloppy loing played havoc with both horses and riders for the day. Lucas was also astride William H. Mays Country Lane in the fourth race and had this Swahili filly a short nose on top at the end of the five furlongs. It was the second of the favorites to be piloted by the popular reinsman. After negotiating the five furlongs in 1:01 he rewarded his many supporters with an even .00 mutuel. Mondays eight-race card is turned over to lesser light platers. For the feature racing secretary Lawrence Bogenschultz drafted together a 12-horse group which are valued at ,500. Open to those which are four-year-olds or older, the setting is at the popular one and one-sixteenth miles. Included in this band are the Celina Stables Capricornio, C. E. Greens Ruxton, W. E. Harneds Past Eclipse, M. K. Essigs Jason, C. K. Andrews Joes Bid, Fischer and Fruchtmans Wrangler, The Ben Jo Stables One Gamble, Mrs. A. R. Finlaysons Whitsuntide, the Terrell Brothers Little Cub, E. W. Ruebuschs Bargain Miss, J. J. Gavin, Jr.s Botafogo and A. Romanos Danger Martin.

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