Grass Runners Go at River Downs: Marmion, Kerroz and Sure Quis Among Seven Seeking Ft. Thomas Optimist Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-25


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* i ♦ " — - -A* ♦ * Grass Runners Go At River Downs Marmion, Kerroz and Sure Quis Among Seven Seeking Ft. Thomas Optimist Purse By W. A. CRUSE RIVER DOWNS, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 24.— The Fort Thomas Optimist Club Purse listed as the seventh race, Tuesday, will be the principal offering and seven, talented grass performers will display their swiftness of foot at one mile over the turf course. Due -to the torrential rains in this area the past 12 hours the racing strip is likely to be heavy at best and the turf course will probably be termed "soft." Seven in all have accepted the issue including Marion from the Potato Chip Farm, Ellis Farms Kerroz, Prewitt and Mul-lins Sure Quis, C. E. Gibsons Concentrator, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Maxwells Numerical, E. A. Bischoff s Trust in Me and Bet Butler who races in the partnership of Cleveland and Buse. Marmion captured the Fountain Square Hotel Purse here a fortnight ago and was clocked that afternoon in 1:59 for the mile and three-sixteenths test, defeating the 4-tb-5 shot King Phalanx. He also registered at the River Downs oval at one and one-sixteenth miles and was second to My Dust in the River Downs Handicap. The six-year-old gelding will tote 121 pounds, the bulk of this heavy package being jockey Billy Phelps. Kerroz Winner Last Week Kerroz is highly regarded and may be the logical contender when the thoroughbreds go postward for the main event. The three-year-old was a winner last week ne-gotiatinghe six furlongs in 1:12 with 120 pounds on his back. He gets in with 108 pounds tomorrow and the shift in weights should greatly enhance his chances. Sure Quis is another who merits consideration on the sterling efforts shown recently at the local oval. In her most recent . essay this mare finished third to Turbo Jet in the Cincinnati Elks Lodge Purse last i week and was closing strongly. Another effort of that sort would make her very dan- 1 gerous. ] Concentrator annexed the Camargo Hunt Club Purse at one mile and 70 yards in 1:44% and should find the distance of 1 tomorrows affray to her liking. J Trust in Me, a speedy three-ydar-old, ] was a winner at the meeting and could ] take it all should she race kindly tomorrow afternoon. She has been training satisfac- 1 torily and the Cincinnati booter, Gilbert 1 Roser, will handle the riding chores. Nu- merical and Bet Butler the remaining con- 1 testants appear to be a trifle overmatched. ] The Mill Creek Valley Purse, scheduled as the sixth race on the program, should also prove to be an interesting event. Nine J have been named here and it appears that Harvy the Bull may wind up as the public choice although Kitchen Betty a recent winner and the entry compi-ising Demetrios V. and Doctor Cap also may liave a host of supporters come post time for this event. 1 CLARENCE HARTWICK — Owner-trainer of Surry who scored his initial success in yesterdays fourth race at Arlington Park. j

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