Helmet Takes Champagne: Mr. Keenes Crack Colt Outspeeds His Opponents While Swerving, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-15


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HELMET TAKES CHAMPAGNE. MR. KEENE S CRACK COLT OUTSPEEDS HIS OPPONENTS WHILE SWERVING. Stokes Wins the Harbor Hill Cup Steeplechase in a Fierce Drive Aragee First but Is Disqualified. Mew York. October 11. Tho brief respite from racing of .yesterday and .the lovely weather helped to swell the attendance at Belmont Park today, where a card of exlra interest and attractiveness was down for decision. Some of the horses racing tins afternoon are intended for shipment, to England on Saturday, so that this was their last opportunity to win a race at home. The Champagne Stakes and the Harbor Hill Cup steeplechase were dominant features and both pro-.U"fl splendid and spectacular struggles. In the Champagne Stakes were Helmet, probably the best two year-old now in training. Select man. Etherial. Statesman. Lady Hubbard and Practical. The last nrmed was an added starter, replacing Field .Mouse, which had been withdrawn. While the topheavy favorite led his opponents home all right enough, his manner of victory was neither clean cut nor derisive. Indeed, there were many experts and close observers present who averred that had not Helmet taken an oblique course to the outside and steadily impeded Selectman during the last three furlongs of the long straightaway course, his trainer-owned tnblemate would have beaten hint. Helmet ran so unkindly that, despite the slow pace. Not tor was compelled to use the whip on him before half of the Journey had been covered. Mr. Keene remarked that while nelruet was a beautiful, game and symmetrical horse, he lacked size to successfully cope with a giant two-year-old like Sir Martin. The inadequately ridden Etherial linished third right on top of the leading two, his closing sprint being almost sensational in its swiftness. The condensed history of the Champagne Stakes "nice 1000 is as follows: Year. Winner. Wt. .Tockey. Val. Time. MM Garry Hermann. .117 Bullman ....705 1:27 1001 Endur. by Right. IIP OConnor .. 4.375 1 :2S 1002 Meltonian 107 Redfern ... r..-t;:r. 1:27 1903 Stalwart 112 W. llicks .. 0.135 1 :20 P04 Oiseau 122 Odom 0.000 1:20 1005 Perverse 110 Shaw 0.255 l:2.i? iiOO Kentucky Beau.. 110 AV. Miller.. 5.010 1:2:1 1007 Colin 122 W. Miller. . 5.700 1:2.1 190S Helmet 122 Notter 5,025 1:20 V Run at Morris Park prior to 1005. Societys sporting folks were out in all their glory mW-i manv of them went into the iniield to witness -if limning of the Harbor Hill Cup Steeplechase, lit which eight jumpers were making their debut over two miles of difficult cross-country Clarence II. Mackay. the donor to the race of the money and prize cup, was present and very enthusiastic nvci its successful running. As a matter of fact, the Harbor Hill develooed into a remarkable struggle. The Hitchcock pair. Stokes and Regal Royal, and William Garths Black Bridge, were dominating factors throughout and, after beginning the final quarter, ran stride for stride until first one and then another cracked with a furlong further to go. Regal Roval dropped out. then Black Bridge forged to the front onlv to be challenged a moment later and decisively outstayed in a tierce end drive with Stokes, which J. E. Madden has all along declared to be the best jumping prospect ever turned out in this country, barring Good and Plenty. Buster Davidson, who rode Ben Cole, had a bad-looking fall at the tenth jump, the horse turning a omplete somersault and falling on him, while Henderson was thrown heavily from Rampart on the far turn in the last time around. Both jockeys appeared to be hurt, the ambulance hurriedly taking them away. Garth, the trainer of Black Bridge, nearly euused a panic in the grandstand by his wild rooting when it appeared as if his horse would beat the favorite. The tabulated history of the Harbor Hill Cup steeplechase is given below: 1 ear. Winner. Wt. .Toekey. Val. Time. 1005 Delcanta 140 Owens !.425 :.:50? 1900 T. S. Martin 137 Dupee 3.150 3:5S 1M07 Sandy Creeker ...132 Finnegan .. 3.500 4:0;. 100S Stokes i:J2 McKinney. . ::.430 3:0G Half Sovereign. Ben Ban and Delirium linished so closely aligned in the introductory race that the judges could have indulged in as many variations of ibe finish as the combination was capable of yielding. This race was seriously depleted by seratchings. only four being left of the seventeen horses originally entered. iSauuny Sweet scored one of his recently rare jockey successes on Brother Jonathan in the longdistance race, fourth on the program. Ilis waiting-in-front tactics proved very effective on this occa- ion and the spectators applauded him liberally when be brought the winner back -to the stand. Summer Night scored at the lirst asking in the oolors of her new owner, James Fitzsimmons. McCarthy rode the Duryea cast-off with such vigor that the commanding lead enjoyed by Rosslare was cut down with a rush when Hearing the finish. A grand afternoons sport was marred by foul riding in the last race, the serious injury of apprentice jockey Ural, on Mombassa. and the subsequent disqualification of Arasee. It was a dash of one mile, in which maiden jockeys rode. Arasee was so much the best that Schmidt, his rider, was unable to restrain him back to his opponents and it was while making an effort to do so and in the act of hauling on the lines that the horse swerved ever and lunged across Mombassa into the lead. Kraus filly was forced against the fence and dropped out of contention. Urals right leg was badly crushed, but he pluckily rode the race out. After questioning the offending jockey the stewards ordered that Arasee be disqualified and his number waj taken down accordingly. The Wrestler, which finished second, was awarded the race and Rock-etoue and Samuel II. narrls placed second and third respectively. P. S. P. Randolph has assigned his claim of S1.0S0 cgainst the Brighton Beach Racing Association for a purse won in July to Merritt A. Jones, who "has wrought suit to recover it. The schedule of racing dates for the Jamaica meeting, which opens on October 27. lias been announced. At the request of owners and trainers, there will be no racing on Tuesday, election day. Al Smith bet ,000 to ,400 on Chanler at Bel mont Park today. Bookmaker Pappenheim laid the .Jamcs R. Keene announced today that Ballot and Colin will be sent to England in the near future, probably with the Whitney shipment on Saturday, kn care" of A. J. Joyner. Mr. Keene added that the best of his Oaks entries would also be sent along. John G. Cavanaghs case came up for trial this morning before Justice Gaynor. It was adjourned for one month. Layers at Belmont Park were warned not to be ;o much in evidence. Sir Martin and Fayette may not go to England afte" all. It is rumored that Madden cannot find JB uy purchaser willing to pay him his price, and that l-Mie will not go to England, as he Is uncertain as to whether the English Jockey Club -will grant him a license. It is Mr. Keenes intention to leave Colin m England and put him in the stud after his racing lays are over.

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