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Bay Meadows - 1947


June 18—The twelfth day of The Pacific Coast Trotting Association's meeting was one of the best 'first' day's programs of any week. Featured by The 1. L. Borden Trot for three-year-old and 2:25 trotters which closed March I with fifty nominations for a purse of $2,000, and with a serni-windup for fast troffers, racing was Grade A DeLuxe. Frilla Hanover, which was purchased by Crawford and Newman of Shafter, Calif., from B. J. Benfield, Morris, Minn., was driven by George Loomis, who trained and raced her all her days. She met such good trotters as Gale Patch, Connie Mac, Darnell's Abbe, Huntley, Perk Maxey, all of which have shown their ability to trot in 2:07, and other good troffers Which have not been winners, but have trotted fast enough to beat good trotters. At the word George Loomis had Frilla boiling and she marched to the front with her driver taking her back to the quarter in :32; Gale Patch was second, but heading into the back stretch he made a break and dropped back fifth, Ralph Ayou catching him quickly, losing five or six lengths. Huntley with Neil Boardman doing the driving, was brushed up to be second and the half was reached in 1:031/5; Gale Patch trotted about as fast as horses trot and reached a contending position around the upper turn, pulling up within a length of Frilla Hanover, which George Loomis brushed with his persuader whip, and he rallied Frilla enough to open daylight on Gale Patch, with Hunt-ley finishing third. As Frilla is owned by the owners of Huntley, this gives the entry first and third monies, a nice "cut" of a $2,000 purse. Darnell's Abbe made a break going away and was never a factor. The mile was in 2:062/5, both halves exactly the same.

In the trot for the fast class Sky Raider trotter a last quarter in 303/5 seconds and the mile in 2:024/5 for a new record, lowering :his record from 2:063/4. A 4-5 favorite in the betting he shot to the front, Bill Hill taking him back after getting on top, the first quarter in only 32 seconds: Charlie Low with his Guy Paula was alongside to the half in 1:01, with Bill Taylor and Full Bloom nicely covered, Optimus and George Loomis content with fifth; around the upper turn the quarter in 29 seconds fold on Guy Paula and :he dropped back then the heat was REALLY turned on, Taylor faking Full Bloom out for a short fast ride, and Optimus coming around horses. Sky Raider was in front and Optimus really gaining, but Sky Raider was trotting right on, the last quarter in :303/5, Optimus lapped at his saddle in 2:024/5. Full Bloom trotted a nice mile herself, probably the fastest in contest in her life. All three of These trotters look like they would 'do' and most any place. Dr. W. R. Scott of Baxter Springs, Kans., was very proud of the victory, presenting driver Hill With a substantial bonus for the performance. Tonight $50,000 would not buy this brother of Greyhound. The track was fast today, but it is not as fast as Santa Anita, Hollywood. Du Quoin, Ill., or Goshen Mile Track. The mile would be better than 2:01 on either of these tracks. The day was hot and no wind was blowing. (And when I say HOT—I mean like Indianapolis in August.)

June 19—Mel S. Daniel. owner of Lomita Queen, winner of the first race today, lives in Van Nuys, Calif., and has a home in Redwood City, just three miles from here. Tuesday June 17, Mr. and Mrs. Mel S. Daniel entertained visiting horsemen, the press and Bay Meadows officials at this Redwood City home. Located just outside the city limits, 34 acres of the most beautiful of small estates, or ranches as Californians call them, a barn with seven box stalls reached from the ranch house through a lane with a fence of all types of wagon, buggy and cart wheels, wooden spokes, hubs and felloe type, surrounded by g ant oak frees, it is a beautiful setting for the cabin of three rooms, entirely modern, flanked by an outdoor tile swimming pool. To the rear of the house and adjacent, one of the most unusual open barbecue pits and elevator broilers, presided over by a chef who broils chickens as they should be done, with everything to go with the chicken, including a weary bar tender, well used and often propositioned with hard to mix potions, never failing in his duty to his vocation. To describe the furnishing of the cabin would require a master of language, a professor of history and an expert on needle point, Mrs. Daniel's avocation. An interesting solid silver service, presented to the grandfather of Mrs. Daniel in 1867, who was then mayor of San Francisco, Mayor Coon, gives an idea of the antiques. Mel and ElIa, the perfect hosts.

Yoders Best Guy, owned by E. C. Moriarty of Wichita, Kan., won the fourth race in the slow time of 2:11, giving Everett Osborn a Bay Meadows winning circle visit for the first 'time in 1947. It was a picture decision.

The sixth race, a five-eighths dash for trotters, was annexed by Dr. W. R. Scott of Baxter Springs, Kan., with Morate 2:04 t (2:03 p) in 1:171/5. Bird McElwyn was out in front in 29 seconds to the quarter, Ray Reeves with Great Leaf and William Hill with Morate trailing: the lead changed and all of the horses were coming fast with four abreast at the finish, a picture being necessary for first and second and third and fourth. Morate was not more than four inches the better of Great Leaf and Max Pegasus received the nod for third over Eleanor Abbey. The picture shows Reeves looking back at the wire, satisfied he had beaten Max Pegasus, but Morate was outside of Max Pegasus and as W. O. Reynolds, owner of Great Leaf, said ''Yes he won, even his shadow is ahead of my mare's shadow.'' Dr. Scott was pleased with Morate's winning, his first for 1947.

Bonny's Brother, which was sold for a good long price this spring, won for owner A. S. Nyland of San Juan Batista, Wesley Reynolds bringing him out of the pack to win. A dead heat for second between Kay Castle and Black Tronia.

In the night cap the much photographed Hollis (usually finishing second) was the winner in 2:084/5; Frankie Dale, with Henry Wiseman at the throttle, finished fast to be second over Ethel H., Benny Schue driving; Henry Wiseman finishing fourth with A. S. Nyland's Direct Woollen. S. D. Crowell of Oregon, III., is the owner of Hollis, Guy Crippen again creeping in for a line of type.

June 20—Racing was keen today with good finishes before a small crowd that bet over $75,000.

Benny Schue was a double winner with Walworth, a six-year-old bay gelding by Guy Logan, dam Irene Treasurer; Walworth is owned by S. D. Bail, Fargo, N. D. Alberta Abbe, three times out of the money in 10 starts, was the other for Benny Schue and owners Stary and Thompson, Grafton, N. D., paying $10.30 to ticket holders.
A. B. Hanson, owner of Mr. Lacey, driven by Ralph Shank, winner of the fifth race, is from Santa Maria, Calif. Mr. Lacey has started nine times in 1947, winning two, an and out of the money four times. Guy Rex 2d was second for or Benny Schue, narrowly missing a triple for the day for Benny.

Mardick, which Arlie Frost sold a few years ago, was the winner of the sixth race, paying $12.80 to winners that bet on him. Mardick is by Martinique, dam Jessie Dickerson. Mardick beat all the free-for-allers last week for his owner, W. O. Reynolds, of Denver, Colo. Mardick won $250 as first money today, which is several dollars more than Arlie Frost received for him.

An interesting race was the seventh, won by Trulo F., Walter Found's good pacing mare by Truabbe out of Jovita Logan. Mr. Found bred and raised this good pacer. Today made seven winning starts this year for Trulo F., out of nine tries. She was third once and fourth once. She is a very fast pacer, 2:051/5 was simple for her today; racing head and head with Eddie Siskiyou for five-eighths mile and then standing a challenge from Sir Banos in the stretch, with Eddie Siskiyou hanging on for the place position.

Angus Worthy went a nice race for his new owners, Camp and Lachenmaier, of Shafter, Calif., now in Neil Boardman's barn. Neil took him away slow and carefully, but he couldn't catch the flying leaders. It is my opinion he went the race of his four-year-old life today, as he has never met such speed merchants as Eddie Siskiyou, Trulo F. and Sir Banos, either of which can pace a half in 58 seconds, from scratch.

In the night cap Bert Shepherd was a very surprised winner with Liberty Chimes in 2:123/5. Mr. Shepherd just got too close to the wire first, Buddy Patch which had led all the way firing the last 40 feet. Buddy Patch is owned by Wilfred Roberts, brother of R. P. Roberts and associated with him in the famous restaurant, "Roberts on the Beach since 1897," San Francisco.

Saturday, June 21, a big day for the Pacific Coast Trotting Association with 3,762 paid attendance and the mutuels handling over $156,000.

Dr. W. M. Campbell of Sacramento. Calif., had the winner of the first race in Poppy Patch, by Peter Patch and dam Calumet Acriema. Guy Crippen was a double winner with Gene Talmadge, owned by Del Miller, West Allis, Wisc., and Captain Cash, Al Moran's good pacer, from West Allis also. Captain Cash has started nine times in California in 1947, winning six times, second twice and third once. Today's time was 2:052/5 with the last half in 1:012/5 and the last quarter in :302/5. Bill Hill with June Gray was trailing Maxey Woollen, which was in front to the head of the stretch, Maxey going to a break and June Gray forced to take up, back out and come around, reaching the place position just in time to be half a length ahead of Volo Abbie and W. B. Taylor third.
The seventh race, The Bay Meadows Trot with a purse of $5,000, was won by Chestertown as he pleased, after getting set Neil Boardman sent Chestertown to the front and under a steady drive won as he was expected to do. Guy Crippen had D. W. Spencer trotting fast through the stretch to be second. This was D. W. Spencer's first start and his owner, Dr. A. A. Hoyer, of Beaver Dam, Wisc., was present with Mrs. Hoyer to see D. W. Spencer race. Dr. W. R. Scott, owner of Sky Raider, asked permission of the judges to draw Sky Raider before the race; Joseph J. McGraw and Timothy Sexton, together with Frank Lieginger, sent Sky Raider to be examined by the track veterinarian and then granted the request. Dr. Scott explained that he started Sky Raider last out for a purse of $600, and he certainly would not draw him now that the purse was $5,000 against the same horses if he were in shape to start. Milt Hanover was third; Full Bloom trotted good for Taylor.

In the night cap Miss Bovee, Glenn and Mrs. Rodman's good trotter, was again winner in 2:064/5, beating eight good trotters and winning as her driver pleased, after Henry Law, owner-driven by Mel Daniel, made a break at the head of the home stretch. Mel took this trotter away flying and it looked as though he was in at the three-quarter pole, but Miss Bovee collared him and after the jump, nothing was close. Miss Bovee is by Dandy Jim, a son of Lord Jim.

Morate Wins

Morate wins at Bay Meadows. Left: Dr. W. R. Scott , owner; Will Hill up.

Sky Raider

Sky Raider (William Hill) wins from Chestertown, Neil Boardman up.

Frilla Hanover

Frilla Hanover in the winners Circle at Bay Meadows, Cal. George Loomis up. Owners Robert Newman and A. J. Crawford at Frilla Hanover's head.

Perk Lee

Perk Lee (Jake Rodman) wins from Lucky Lou (Ray Reeves). Perk Lee owned by Vitamin D Ranch (George De Fries).