Fiston Seeks Third Straight Today: Sportsmans Elgin Purse Draws Nine; Bills Wish and Picafriend Appear Main Contenders In Mile, Sixteenth Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-12


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Fiston Seeks Third Straight Today Sportsmans Elgin Purse Draws, Nine Bills Wish and Picafriend Appear Main Contenders In Mile, Sixteenth Feature By C. A. LINDEMAN Staff Correspondent SPORTSMANS PARK, Cicero, 111., May 11. — Mrs. Grace Kosibas Fiston, a two-time" winner in as many starts at this meeting, is out after his third consecutive victory when he vies in the ,200 Elgin Purse, a mile and one-sixteenth route for four-year-olds and older horses in a stater allowance affair Tuesday. Main contenders in the nine-horse field are Marion H. Van-Bergs Bills Wish and Highland Farms Picafriend, both victorious in their last outings over the local course. Fiston, an eight-year-old son of Black Out — Figuranta, by Lord Wembley who will probably go postward a favorite over this band of middle-distance performers, appears to be at home over most any kind of racing strip. Both his winning races here this spring were won over off tracks. His first victory was on a muddy track in which he won by a three-length margin over Bills Wish and Brother Joss. The Kosiba router never left either of his winning races in doubt, as he took the track tin the first few strides and never let any of his opponents get close to him. Won at 1 1-16 Miles at Tropical Park As for Fistons ability to hold his own over a fast racing strip, there seems to be little doubt along that score, as he won a mile and one-sixteenth race over a fast track at Tropical Park and was on many occasions either second or third against top horses in his class. Marion H. VanBergs four-year-old campaigner, Bills Wish, who was returned the victor in his recent outing over a mile and one-sixteenth, figures to be a formidable foe in the Elgin against Fiston. Bills Wish has on many outings displayed remarkable early speed and could, if the breaks come his way, cause plenty of concern to his rivals in the Tuesday feature. In his recent winning effort, the son of Powdered Milk and Well Wisher came from behind the leaders to get up in the last sixteenth and win going away by a length and one-quarter. The VanBerg entrant will be making his fourth start at this meeting. Another winner in his last appearance who will make his presence felt in the Elgin Purse is Highland Farms Picafriend, who was finally able to crash the winners enclosure after two unsuccessful attempts. The six-year-old mare, a daughterpf Bobs Pick, only recently seemed to have gotten her early foot back, and was able-to prove" her closing power by winning over Air Romance and Goyalba at a mile and one-sixteenth. The well-balanced field of nine starters in the Elgin will be rounded out with Brother Joss from the stable of E. J. Gros-field the recent winner, Stansway, from the John W. Tillman barn; Haskell Chief, owned by Myron Smithr R. W. Adams Kitty Fleet, Wallace Strongs Angel Breath and Crowing, from the stable of J. F. Parnell.

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