7,700 Massachusetts Draws 11; Favor Skipper Bill for Long Branch: Tick Tock Topweighted at 123 in Suffolk Downs Route Event, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-26


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— — 7,700 7,700 Massachusetts Massachusetts Draws Draws 11; 11; Favor Favor Skipper Skipper Bill Bill for for Long Long Branch Branch TickTockTopweightedat123 In Suffolk Downs Route Event Paper Tiger, However, May Be Favorite Over Jacksons Ace, Switch On, Rockcastle By EL*I CHIAT SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 25. — An excellent field of 11 handicap stars, giving promise of producing a splendid contest, has been named for the 7,700 Massachusetts Handicap, major attraction of this 35-day meeting, which will be run here-Wednesday for the twenty-third time. This mile and one-quarter test for three-year-olds and upward will highlight the 10-race program as the Eastern Racing Association moves into the closing days of its summer session. On paper, this years edition of the Massachusetts shapes up as one of the most wide-open affairs in the history of this race, and to the winner will go the take-home-pay of 9,600. Starting highweight, under 123 pounds and jockey Pete Anderson, is Howell Jacksons Tick Tock, so far this year a non-winner in six starts, but apparently coming up to this important test in tip-top shape. This will be Tick Tocks second sortie into New England with high hopes of walking off with his second big prize. Last fall, the four-year-old altered son of Double Jay — Up Early took down top h o n o r s in the 0,000-added Sophomore Special at Narragansett Park, which incidentally, is the last winning race on his record. In that nine-furlong test he eked out a neck victory over Motor Line, one of his foes tomorrow. Met Handicap Performers Four Times- Since starting his 1957 campaign, Tick Tock has engaged handicap performers in four tests, the Capital Handicap at Laurel, Wilson at Jamaica, and Metropolitan and Edgemere at Belmont. He finished second in the Wilson and fourth in the Metropolis tan, for his two best showings of the year. Under 117 pounds, he turned in a dull effort in the Edgemere, although he did finish in front of Greek Spy, another of his rivals in the Massachusetts. Colella and Fornas Switch On is next in line with 121 pounds and will be ridden by Jorge Contreras. The Condiment— Tactic gelding, now six years old, earned his early recognition over this track as a two-year-bid, and since then has made his mark in the handicap ranks. He owns a pair of victories this year in 12 starts, one at Hialeah . this past winter, and the other in an overnight handicap at Lincoln Downs. He was beaten. less than six lengths in the Metropolitan in his last start while carrying 117 pounds. Besides his pair of winning races, Switch On earned third money in both the McLennan and Widener Handicaps at Hialeah against Bardstown and Summer Tan. The probable favorite is Mrs. Ethel Jacobs Paper Tiger, under 119 pounds and Conn McCreary. This stretch-running son of Stymie, already has taken home the 0,000 Lincoln Special in this area. In that shorter test, Paper Tiger came from last place to quickly race by the entire field in the final quarter mile, defeating Star Rover and Rockcastle among others. The Jacobs-McCreary combination will be looking for their second victory in- the Massachusetts, having taken down top honors in 1947 with Stymie. If successful, McCreary will become the fourth jockey to win this race twice. Mrs. C. Ulrick Bays Greek Spy gets in with 118 pounds and will be ridden by Eric Guerin, who holds the dubious distinction of finishing second five times in previous runnings of this race. And tomorrow may see Guerin finally reaching the winners circle. His mount has a pair of victories this year in eight starts, although he displayed little in his last start, the Edgemere Handicap. Prior to the Edgemere he was slightly less than two lengths behind Traffic Judge and Dedicate in the Metropolitan. Continued on Pags Forty-Si* LEATHER BUTTON — The Joliet Stakes winner seeks his third in a row in the Primer at Arlington Parle today. I 7,700 Massachusetts Lures Eleven to Post Tick Tock, Paper Tiger, Switch On, Rockcastle, Greek Spy Vie Continued from Page Fifty-Two Both his triumphs this year were in allowance company. The comeback star of the year, Mrs. Joseph Leones Rockcastle with llff pounds and Warren Lane, is being given one of the best chances of the home forces to take down the top money. In six New England starts, since embarking on his return to the races following a broken coffin bone, Rockcastle has won three races, and has a second and third in two other starts. One of •his greatest victories was achieved over this track, when as a three-year-old he annexed the Yankee Handicap, defeating Nances Lad and Speed Rouser. Mclver Pricketts Motor Line is scheduled to carry 115 pounds and will have the serv- , ices of Norman Mercier. This combination scored an easy triumph at Monmouth Park several days ago in a six furlongs dash, and must be given more than an outside chance to tip over the highly regarded invaders. Helen Kelloggs Come On Red, 111 and Sherman Armstrong, is best remembered for his third placing in the 1956 Kentucky Derby behind Needles and Fabius. Circle K. Farms Illusionist, a recent pur- chase from Greentree Stable, earned his first purse for his new .owners last Saturday, winning a six-furlong allowance test in 1:11 under 112 pounds. He will carry 109 pounds tomorrow and jockey Evan Jenkins. The remainder of the field consists of William Beatties Park Dandy, 110 and David DeRoin; Ken Kelmans Grand Canyon, 108 and Paul Bohenko, and Joseph Gavegnanos High King, 107 and Carroll Bierman.

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