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Bay Meadows California
July 1947

July 3—Pacific Coast Trotting Association resumed racing today at Bay Meadows after a long week-end. Many of the stables have made arrangements to ship to Portland Meadows, Portland, OR., and several eastern combinations returned to take up the battle nearer the Atlantic Ocean.

The first race was won by O. P. Brown, driving Elizabeth Long, his good four-year-old trotter by Long Key. The time was slow, most of the contestants making mistakes early, Sam Slicker and Miss Willard the favorite and the second favorite, being the chief offenders.

Lucky Lou, Arch McDavid's previously unlucky white-nosed, mare, won the five-eighths dash today in 1:20. and her victory resulted in the daily double paying $124.30 for $2.

Gilmore and Theill, San Francisco, were the owners of the third winner, Jay C., a 10-year-old Truabbe. driven by Jay Hansen, a son of Clarence Hansen of Stockton.

Dean Sheppard, S. T. Brown's good double gaited horse. from Clements, Calif., was an easy winner of the fourth, coming the last half in 1:03 and sailing very snug and easy at the finish. Last out Dean won, but was set back for trotting through the stretch, and leaving the wire at the start.

Clarence Hansen sneaked one over on the "talent" today with a triple winning, leading off with Princess Rossi to pay $29 to winning ticket holders. Princess Rossi is owned by J. Rossi of Stockton. Calif., and is by Truabbe out of Princess Rosemary.

Full Bloom by Volomite, driven by "Billy" Taylor, was the winner of the sixth race, a five-eighths dash. She is owned by J. G. Eddy, Riverside, Calif. Charlie Low, driving his own Guy Paula, was second. Optimus was away slow for George Loomis, but was trotting very fast at the finish.

One of the best looking free legged pacers racing is Visalia Peter Worthy, a four-year-old horse by Peter Primrose, Clarence Hansen's good sire at Stockton. J. T. Grace of Santa Rosa, Calif., is his owner.

He took his field on one at a time today, pacing them all into submission, and doing it with Hansen looking very pleased with him, and certainly riding very comfortably at the end. The last quarter was only 31 seconds, but it was more than enough today. This pacer has extreme speed and his manners are improving each start. Just a nice big four-year-old colt; when Clarence completes his education with him he will be one tough horse, anywhere, against anyone's pacer.

Number three for Clarence Hansen today was the same old "record" Trulo F. with a mile in 2:051/5, with the last half in 1:02. This mare can pace just as fast as pacers pace and she is a 16 pacer. Walter Found owns her, and he has a full sister to her at home that can trot faster than Trulo F. can pace—and we have that on Walter's own statement. We have quit keeping count on Trulo F.'s wins, but it is at least nine in 1947.

July 4—July 4th at Bay Meadows was one of the best programs arranged by Ed T. Keller for the entire meeting. The finishes were close, interesting, the fields well bunched most of the mile, and the prices paid by the "mutuels" were stimulating to the betters. One of the largest crowds of the meeting, turned out, in spite of the fact that only three miles away Redwood City was celebrating with its annual Rodeo.

Mrs. J. W. Green of San Francisco, one of the newcomers to the harness horse sport, had the winner in the opener, Josephine McGregor, a nine-year-old maiden by Ralph McGregor, dam Dorothy Jean. Charlie Short took Josephine away, winning exceptionally comfortably in 2:11, paying $16.70-$6.80-$4.60; most of Mrs. Green's friends were informed Josephine was ready and were aboard.

J. B. Harrington of Santa Rosa, Calif., owns and drives Virginia Mae, the winner of the second race. Virginia Mae is by Black Pegasus, dam Maxine the Great. This race for "Cal-Breds," as they are known, had Ruby Tucker, one of the best of California's women drivers, up behind Lomita Boss, owned by E. G. Tucker of Stockton, Calif., a director of Pacific Coast Trotting Association. Lomita made a break and was sixth.

Beautiful Chimes and Curtis were the best in the third, going to the front at the word and winning as her driver pleased in 1:163/5; the quarter was in :30 and the half in an even minute.
Ralph Day, the oil magnate from Salina, Kan., had the winner of the fourth in Delnora. She has started in free-for-alIs on back to 2:22 trots and been out in front most of the time.

Inyo, owned by T. B. Armstrong of Tulare, Calif., was well driven by J. Timber McClain to win the fifth race, paying $28.30-$8.00-$6.00. Inyo has been improving and can pace fast.

An accident marred the day's sport in the sixth race, fortunately no one was injured, although Benny Schue, driving Patricia Tass, had a very hard fall. Ray Reeves went over Patricia. and Howard Vickrey, with Lucille Star, went over both of them. Lyn Traveller, with his Glamour Girl, made a quick thinking move, "Side slipped," skidded and somehow missed the pile up. All three horses went down and stayed down. The sulky of one was smashed, but the All Steel Sulky, of Bennie Schue's, had only a smashed wheel.

E. C. Moriarty of Wichita, Kan., was present to see Everett Osborn wind up his California season with a winning effort by Yoder's Best Guy in 2:101/5. June Vonian went to the front and was never headed until the last few strides, when Osborn in a masterful finish got up in time to get the photo decision by a head and short neck.

The eighth race was trotted in 2:082/5, with Connie Mac and Wes Reynolds the best.

July 5—The Pacific Coast Trotting Association Meeting came to a close today as all good things do, with a fine, clear, warm weather. Twenty-two days of racing, successfull in spite of the pessimism event before the meeting started.

Racing was good, prices were better on winners, but it was not a successful day for favorites.

Billy Burns, owned by Mrs. E. E. Mills, Lodi, Calif., was an easy winner in the first race.

Santa Perk Axworthy, a nice four-year-old by Perk Axworthy, was the completion of the daily double in the second race to pay $39 to lucky investors.

Lucky Lou, owned by Arch McDavid of Inglewood, Calif., was the winner in a hard fought battle with Scot's Guard, driven for the first time by Jake Rodman. Ray Reeves was up, behind the winner.
The favorite Black Tronia made a break at the quarter in the fifth, Neil Boardman taking Gal Abbe to the front and staying there to win handily in 2:072/5.

Billy Taylor rating Full Bloom nicely to come on and win very easily in 2:044/5, with the last half in 1:012/5.

The free-for-all had fireworks, this field of fast pacers, with the slow class mare Trulo F taking them on for the first time, really stepped away from the wire, Noel Dennis taking his own Maxey Woolen to the front. with Bill Hill in the garden spot with June Gray. W. B. Taylor had Volo Abbe parked outside and couldn't do anything about it; Hansen with Trull F was trailing, moving at the half to pace up close in the stretch, but June Gray moved with Calvin Spencer coming fast on the outside. It was a slashing finish, Maxey Woolen, having the most left, after he seemed to be beaten at the 7/8 pole. Calvin Spencer finishing very strong to be second, with June Gray lasting for the show money. The outside journey of Volo Abbie was too much, she finishing fourth. Trulo F fifth and Miss May, with Ray Reeves substituting for Benny Schue, who was hurt yesterday in a bad spill, sixth. The last quarter of this mile was in 31 seconds; the half was in 1:021/5.

The Au Revoir, the final of the meeting and all the racing, until the Fairs open, was a 2:17 pace, conditioned, for a purse of $600, at one mile. Mannister Direct, a bay gelding by Gene Van Direct, and driven by Dorsey Dennis for the owner, his brother, G. Dennis of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was, knocked in to pay $5.80. The mile was in 2:07. Patchen Axworthy was second for his owner-driver, M. M. Shetler, Ferndale, Wash. Mel Daniel, president of the Western Harness Horse Breeders Association owns the Sir Banos horse which was third.

The total attendance for the meeting, 54,313, an average of about 2,500 daily.

The total mutuel betting was $2,266,719, an average of $103,033.