Viva America a Speedy Filly: Her Record Good despite Disappointing Defeats in Breeders Futurity and Fort Thomas Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1917-12-20


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; , , . , " j ; a " a : ; " , s - - ;, y a i. e s VIVA AMERICA A SPEEDY FILLY Her Record Good Despite Disappointing Defeats in Breeders Futurity and Fort Thomas Stakes. C. T. Worthingtons two-year-old filly Viva America was hailed as .one of the best two-year-olds in Kentucky until her disappointing defeat in the Breeders Futurity at Lexington. Her admirers were astonished to see this speedy daughter of McGee Pink Rose quit badly after setting a fast pace to the stretch and finish a poor sixth behind horses she had previously beaten. The impression gained by this race was that the filly could not stay and this impression was strengthened when Alva America again quit badly in the Fort Thomas Stakes at Latonia, in which she finished behind" Gipsy Queen, Freecutter and Boniface. This was her last start of the year. Viva Americas debut in racing was in a two-vear-old maiden race on the opening day of the Douglas Park spring meeting and her performance on her initial appearance stamped her as a speedy miss of promise. She won the race in easy style, having an eight lengths advantage at the end. The time for the four and a half furlongs was 54. In her next start Viva America met and defeated Jack Hare Jr., displaying speed of high order. From Douglas Park the filly was shipped to Latonia, where she gained additional fame by winning the Clipsetta Stakes by six lengths. On the strength of this victory she was the outstanding choice for the Cincinnati Trophy, but after a splendid display of early speed, quit badly and finished eighth. On the opening day of the Windsor meeting, the filly again met defeat when she was third to Jack Hare Jr. and High Cost. However, a few days later she resumed her winning ways, beating Atalanta in decisive fashion over a heavy track. Her success in the Edenwold Stakes followed, with i Jack Hare Jr., Kern Handley, Storm Bound and other good youngsters among the losers. Then came two easy victories in purse races, followed by what was probably her best race of the i year. Reference is made to the Ilarrodsburg Handicap, in which she scored a nose victory over Atalanta and Kscoba, Viva America carying 124 pounds to Atalantas 111. The pace was especially fast and the filly got up in a terrific drive. Here her ; success ended and her failure in the Breeders Futurity and Fort Thomas Stakes, wound up her racing for the year. It is to be hoped that with a good winters rest, , the filly may come back, to the races as a tliree-il year-old better fortified to go a longer distance s than she seemed able to do in her racing of the ! present year. Gifted as she is with plenty of speed, . she should make a formidable opponent and figure i prominently among the best.

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