Set The Stage Captures Latonia Inaugural Event
Sunday - August 20, 1961
Last Update: 04-24-2019
Throwing clouds of dust at his nearest rivals, Set The Stage "ran off" with the Inaugural Handicap yesterday at Latonia Race Track before a sunbaked opening day audience of 4539.
Handled by veteran jockey Jesse Parsons, the five-year-old bay gelding toured the six furlongs of dry, sandy loam in 1:11 4/5.
A prolific winner this year, Bet The Stage added to his stature by collecting his sixth triumph in his 1961 racing campaign.
Finishing a length ahead of late rallying Mer-Bett, Set The Stage paid $9.60, $5 and $2.60.
Chocolate Beau finished third while Verns Queen pulled in fourth in the field of eight three-year-olds and upward. Mer-Bett's place position was worth $4.40 and $2.60 while Chocolate Beau paid $2.20.
Incidentally, Set The Stage's previous five winning endeavors were authored at River Downs, currently conducting its final two weeks of racing.
At the drop of the starter's flag Set the Stage asserted his authority, moving to the front and assuming leadership all the way.
Only challenge thrown at the speedy pacesetter was by Mer-Bett. another former River Downs competitor. Mer-Bett, hustling between the bunched field at the top of the turn for home, competed strongly and was pressing Set The Stage's authority from the final 16th pole - but Set The Stage grimly retained his superiority.
Allan Drake, who moved in from Delaware Park to handle the chores on the public address, was recalling some of his experiences when he worked with two former Cincinnatians - Lee Allen and Gene Shepard.
Allen is well remembered around Cincinnati for his history of the Cincinnati Reds. The former Enquirer writer now is custodian of the records at Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N. Y. Shepard was a former disc Jockey.
Drake spins this yarn about Allen when they combined talents on radio in presenting the color and action of the Temple football games for a Philadelphia station.
"Lee (Allen) wasn't too familiar with football and when he got stuck for words, he'd immediately begin telling about the old baseball days of John McGraw."
"He's a real catalog of information. Once when we were doing a night show, we offered a $500 savings bond If anyone could stump him on a baseball question. The station still has the bond - I'll bet. Nobody could stump him," Commented Drake.
THE DAILY double was worth a satisfying Sl73.80, behind the combination of Tulsa Gold ($28) in the first event and BIue Cause ($7.40) in the following event. ||
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