Fleet Bird Cap To Charlies Song: Prevails in Exciting Finish By Neck Over Pan as 14,877 Fans Attend at Sportsmans, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-04


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► — — Fleet Bird Cap To Charlies Song Prevails in Exciting Finish By Neck Over Pan as 14,877 Fans Attend at Sportsmans By TEDDY COX SPORTSMAN S PARK, Cicero, 111., May 2. — Florida Shore Stables hard-hitting Chailies Song made his initial appearance on Chicagoland soil after a highly successful campaign in Florida and he justified advance notices by winning the Fleet Bird Handicap before a crowd of 14,877 here this warm, humid afternoon. The handsome five-year-old stallion prevailed in an exciting finish by a neck over Pan, who held on tenaciously after getting to the lead through the stretch. George Gerbers speedy Dr. Joe Kay showed his usual foot, then tired somewhat and was third. Wallace Strongs Neglectful was fourth in the field of six. Favorite Timed in 1:18 Charlies Song raced the six furlongs in the comparatively dull time of 1:18 and. because of his imposing Florida record, he was established as a .40 for favorite. The Florida Shores Stable is owned by Charles F. Henry of Chicago and Miami, and is trained by Buddy Lepman. He was especially well ridden by Tony Skoronski. who made a daring move at the head of the stretch that was responsible for the triumph. The field was dispatched in Roy Dicker-sons characteristics perfect style and the first to show to the front as they moved past the stands the first time was Pan. who was wisely restrained and this put Boast to the front. Fair Journey showed a touch of speed, along with Dr. Joe Kay. Charlies Song, in the meantime, found himself virtually incarcerated, for he was Continued on Page Fifty-Six Charlies Song Captures Fleet Bird at Sporstmans Pan Only Neck Behind; Dr. Joe Kay Third Before 14,877 Patrons Continued from Page One blocked by the three horses in front of him as Skoronski patiently waited for an opening to materialize. Finally, in desperation, Skoronski knifed up through a narrow opening between horses as the field made the bend into the stretch. Had he swung out, Charlies Song most certainly would have been beaten. Pan, however, had moved around the field and had taken over and was not ready to concede the race to the heavy choice. He dug in grimly and determinedly and did not wilt under the heavy fire until the final strides. Wayne Chambers, who is making a shambles of the riding race here, accounted I for his 23rd and 24th winner of the meet- I ing when he rode both ends of the Daily i Double. The crafty, lanky rider showed | fine waiting skill astride E. A. Dusts River 1 Sand in the opener, who was home free by | a good margin at the finish. He dropped I the four-year-old son of Reading II. — Sun- tegra, by Sun Teddy, down close to the rail during the early part while saving ground, then looped his field on the final turn. He gained the upper hand early in the stretch, 1 then drew clear. G. R. Whites Lucky William was second after forcing River Sand out in the stretch. Mrs. A. C. Krebs Don Treleta was third, and Actress Marcy, owned by Earl K. Carey, was next in line. River Sand, the favorite, raced the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:20 and returned .80. C. M. OSheas Come Through did just that to take the honors under Chambers in the second. Chambers sat motionless in the saddle during the early stages, while R. C. McNeils Acquaint Me set a blistering pace under one of Bobby Bairds normal front-running rides. Chambers waited patiently until the stretch where Come Through moved up to take over, then held on gamely to outgame Acquaint Me through the last sixteenth of a mile. Charles Souquets Pleasure Scout I was third. The Daily Double paid 2.40.

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