Connaught Park Has Bad Weather: Rain Makes the Track Heavy Again, but the Racing Proves Interesting, Daily Racing Form, 1916-09-02


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CONNAUGHT PARK HAS BAD WEATHER. Rain Makes the Track Heavy Again, hut the Racing Proves Interesting. Ottawa. Out., September 1. This was ladies day at Cotmaught Park and, despite disagreeable weather conditions, a large crowd turned out to witness the sport. The races were run under showery conditions and over a heavy track. The change in the footing resulted iu some withdrawals. There were two handicaps on the program, the Dominion Speed Handicap at three-quarters and the Helter Skelter Steeplechase Handicap over the two-mile course. Tropaeolum scored his- second victory of the meeting when he won the jumping race. He carried top weight, fenced iu faultless fashion and led for the entire way. The Masquerader won the Dominion Sliced Handicap. Celto showed the most speed in the early running, but tired badly in the homestretch and The Masquerader drew away into a long lead at the finish. The absence of jockey Robinson was felt by the local followers of the sport. It has been the custom to back whatever lie rode and the public met with much success by doing so. Robinson will b: at P.lue Itonnets on the onening day of that meeting. The Canadian-owned horses have been in the limelight at this meeting. Nineteen of the races rnn during the first six days of the meeting have been won by them, and of this number ten were Canadian-bred. Lady Itutterfly, the steeplechase mare that -won three straight races on the flat at the Connatight Park meeting, was made the target of claiming yesterday. Several claims were put in for her after she won and Mrs. A. C. Parretto secured her in the drawing. Lady Itutterfly ran in the name of W. Stormonr. with A. C. Parretto as trainer. On the protest of Matt Smart, who trained the mare when she scored her first victory here, the claim of Mrs. Parretto was thrown out and in the drawing Sam Louis secured her. Smart contended that as Parretto was registered as the agent for the Stormont stable, it made his wife ineligible to file a claim for the horse. Tlie stewards held that the protest was well taken, but informed Mrs. Parretto that she had the right to appeal to the Canadian Racing Associations at their next meeting, which will be held at Itlue Itonnets. A number of stables have arranged to ship to Montreal tomorrow morning so as to be on hand for the opening of the meeting at Itlue Itonnets, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. Among those to leave will be the horses of the Thorn -cliffe Stable, W. .Stormont W- R-. Mizell. C. J. Itrockmiller, Lew Marion ami K. J. Sargeant. William Garth shipped his horses over last night. T. Francis was among those who left for Detroit this morning to be on hand for the opening of the meeting at the new Kenilworth Park track.

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