Clearview Stable Sweeps Weekend
Harness Horse Magazine
March 10, 1965
PHOENIX Trotting Park - Litchfield Park, Arizona - 5/8 Mile Track
On a night for swifties, at Phoenix Trotting Park, Steven Frost turned in the fastest of them all, winning his first race this year in 2:013/5 by standing off Rusty Range by 3/4 of a length. Getting away on top in the ninth race, the featured Invitational Handicap named The Easter Seal Pace, Clearview Stable's 5-year-old son of Dale Frost held command all the way for driver Glydon Willis. In his first start of the year , Rusty Range (Niles) fell short in his stretch challenge but did photo out favored Bosco Rosco, whose 2:01 mile last week still stands as the track record, for show.
Frog Redden's double provided the second and third fastest miles of the forty-eighth program in the seventh and eighth races. Both heavily backed, De Breeze paced the mile in 2:031/5 followed by Diamond Lew in 2:02 4/5.
It seems that few people have confidence in Private Alex but those who do profit handsomely. Not only did the 6-year-old gelding figure in the highest Daily Double to date at Phoenix Trotting Park (on the second night of the meeting) but also in the largest Twin Double on Monday night. Mary Luther, who owns Private Alex with her husband-driver Bill, can't understand why he goes off at such hi odds since between his 2 longshot victories he has finished in the money 4 times.
On Monday night two members of the Michigan Racing Commission were in the judges' stand to visit Presiding Steward Clay Hulett, also of Michigan. Commissioner Barry Bema and Deputy Commissioner Richard Morris were high in their praise of the total PTP layout.
Two former grid stars from Arizona schools indulged in some horseplay Wednesday night at PTP driving in the First Annual KALF Challenge Race, which was scheduled between regular races. Climbing into sulkies for the first time in their lives, Whizzer White from ASU and John Black, representing the U of A, proved they were good sports as well as outstanding athletes. White, wearing a football helmet and a purple Jersey with No. 33 on the back, drove "Sun Devil" to victory over "Wildcat" driven by Black clad also in football gear. The time for the 5/8 mile was no threat to the records but it was commendable, safe mile for which each received a trophy. Later in the program, C. W. Pratt, president of Radio Station KALF, and General Manager Sheldon Engle were in the winner's circle to present a cooler to the feature winner, Summer Star, driven by Bill Black to her 2:054/5 trot record.
Californian Del Cronk who entered PTP competition less than six weeks ago became the third leading driver on Wednesday night with a double. Cronk followed the trotter Harlan Boy's victory in the third race with one for Duke Tass, pacing in the eighth. Claimed recently by Evelyn Stammer of Newcastle, California, Duke Tass now has 6 wins this season, 5 of them at PTP to tic him with Andy's Bob for the leading dash-winning pacer title.
Worth Dreaming, a promising 3-year-old Knight Dream colt out of Miss Worthy Grapes, made it 2 for 2 Thursday night. After winning the first start of his career last week in 2:11, the grey pacer trained by Jerry Silverman and driven by Dave Tovim came back in 2:10 3/5
After a succession of 5 seconds this season in 8 starts, Billy Joe Command hit the wire on top in his ninth attempt in the Thursday feature for pacers. Winning in 2:05 2/5, Vernon Burke's South Dakota 9-year-old gave John McGregor his twenty-fourth success of the meeting to put him back into a first place tie with Jacques Grenier.
Those intrigued with the Hawaiian name of a Mele Ipo had a good thing in the Friday mile Pace scheduled as the sixth race, so good that she paid her backers $32.60. 'Me price wasn't as amazing as the 6-year-old mare's time-a sizzling 2:034/5 off three qualifying races but evidently her new driver Ben Montgomery found the key to success. But maybe the time wasn't so amazing on tonight's track since the first and third races, both paces, had first quarters in :291/5.
Favored Filter, starting for the first time tonight at PTP in the Invitational Trot named the Peoria Presentation, discovered "what was up front that counted" was Lassie Song which took his measure by over a length. The winning 5-year-old mare, driven by Glydon Willis, equalled her 2:051/5 winning mile in last week's Invitational to give her a 1965 record of 2-3-1 out of 6 starts. Lumber Queen (Argo), last coming into the stretch finished a length behind Filter (T. Graham).
|J. Grenier, J. McGregor||25|
|T. Graham, W. Lynch||9|
The reinsmen switched to the links in the "Horsemen's Handicap" Golf Tourney at the Wigwam Country Club in Litchfield Park. In the back row are Jim Wells, Jim Moran, Glydon Willis, Paul Lomber, Gay Parker and Andy Palazzolo while kneeling in front are Ray Gillilan, Warren Dickey and Jim Dunnigan, Jr. Jacques Grenier won low net with a 71. Luke Turner, Gerry Kazmaier and Gay Parker tied for second with 72. Low gross winner was Woody Wilson who fashioned a fine 39-41 on the championship par 71 layout.
This article originally appeared in the March 10, 1965 issue of Harness Horse Magazine.