Butch K. Competes in Omaha Feature: Veteran Shultz Campaigner Looms Favorite over Step Alone, Reno John, Gayview, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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; Butch K. Competes In Omaha Feature Veteran Shultz Campaigner Looms Favorite Over Step Alone, Reno John, Gayview By DEAN WILLIAMS AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., June 5. Ak-Sar-Ben made a change of policy for the running of the second twilight racing program at the Omaha oval Thursday. The afternoons program which begins at 3:30 p.m. CST, will card the feature race as the seventh on the eight-race program. The sixth race formerly held the spotlight. This new policy which goes into effect Thursday, will be used the remainder of the meeting. Butch K., the grand "old man" of Ak-Sar-Ben racing, should once again parade to the post in the role of favorite in Thursdays Omaha Traffic Club Purse. The stakes-winning gelding, who carries the green and gold silks of brothers Guy and Walter Shultz, has more followers than any other horse who has raced at Ak-Sar-1 Ben. "Butch," who has won more than 10,000 the hard way, gained his many admirers by winning the 0,000 Ak-Sar-Ben Handicap in 1952 and 55. He also finished second in - Ak-Sar-Bens "Big One" in 1954. Inactive- Last Year Due to Injury The son of Whisk K. was out of action here last year with an injury, but he served notice in his first trip postward this year that he has returned to top form. He placed in a five and one-half furlongs sprint for his first appearance under silks and came from far back to finish fourth behind Dupatta, Harmony Wise and Laird Star. Butch K. was only beaten two and one-half lengths In the Roseben Purse which was run in l:04Vs, which is just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Sonny Ray Williams will be aboard the local favorite in the mile and 70 yards feature. The added distance of his Thursday engagement should give him an excellent chance once again to enter the Ak-Sar-Ben winners circle. Step Alone, who. turned in such an impressive effort in the Ak-Sar-Ben Governors Handicap, must be considered as the top contender in the Omaha Traffic Club Purse. The W. G. Alexander gelding led in the Governors for six furlongs, then was only beaten a length and one-half by Olen Sledges Jimmy the One. Step Alone seems to favor the Omaha course and has turned in some of his top efforts here. His showing in the Governors Handicap may have been the best of his career. Reno John and Gayview have both won over the Omaha oval against cheaper company. The pair have both been racing in extremely good form, neither of them have been out of the money this year at Ak-Sar-Ben. The others who are named to go to the post in the full field of 12 are Frontier Saga, Nocturno, Sir Shannon, Calloway K., O. Gay, Endon, Tin Twist and Eternal Town.

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