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Subject: Santa Anita 1961
from May 1961 Hoof Beats and Raceway Roundup

MR. BUDLONG closed out the final day at Santa Anita by winning the $20,000 Californian Pace in 1:592/5, his second two-minute mile out of two starts at the meeting. His two victories thus far have earned a substantial part of the $47,000 that owner Saul Finkelstein paid for him last fall. The win clinched the driving championship for Jimmy Cruise over fast closing Joe O'Brien.

Ed Schafer's sensational three-year-old pacer Lumber Dream was named "Horse of the Meeting" and won top honors in three other categories at the Western Harness Racing Association spring season. A press box poll of experts who covered the 20-day season picked the colt.

The magnificent son of Knight Dream-Miss Dominion Watt was unbeaten in four starts at the WHRA session and earned the top spot in the balloting despite the fact he was held out of the $20,000 Californian Pace, top event of the season for sidewheelers.

Lumber Dream made a sensational debut on opening Saturday, winning in 2:04 after making a stand-still break at the start and losing a sixteenth of a mile. He won his other three outings in wire-to-wire fashion-one by 14 lengths-and posted a seasonal best of 1:582/5 in his second triumph.

Lumber Dream also was accorded top honors as "best pacer," while Cyrus Bell's Trueheart, upset victor in the $20,000 Californian trot, won the "best trotter" award.

Lumber Dream bagged a third title when he was named "best three-year-old pacer" and shared sophomore honors with Hambletonian hopeful Duke Rodney, who was named "best three-year-old trotter" after winning his only start in the $12,500 spring sophomore.

Corsage Hanover and Meadow Helene were named the top trotting and pacing mares, respectively, while the best race of the meeting went to Lumber Dream's brilliant initial triumph.

Winning honors as "best driver" was Joe O'Brien, WHRA's perennial driving kingpin.

Complete results of the poll of "bests"-

Horse of meeting-Lumber Dream.

Best trotter-Trueheart.

Best pacer-Lumber Dream.

Best 3-year-old trotter-Duke Rodney.

Best 3-year-old pacer-Lumber Dream.

Best trotting mare-Corsage Hanover.

Best pacing mare-Meadow Helene.

Best race-Lumber Dream's first win.

Best driver-Joe O'Brien.