Roamer Defeats Cudgel: Andrew Millers Popular Racer Wins the Saratoga Handicap.; Billy Kelly Regains Lost Laurels by Brilliant Victory in the Flash Stakes., Daily Racing Form, 1918-08-02


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ROAMER DEFEATS CUDGEL Andrew Millers Popular Racer Wins the Saratoga Handicap Billy Kelly Regains Lost Laurels Laurelsby by Brilliant Victory in inthe the Flash Stakes Saratoga Springs X Y August 1 Andrew Mil ¬ lers sturdy and popular Roaraer crowned his nu ¬ merous great turf achievements this afternoon when he accounted for the Saratoga Handicap the outstanding feature of the opening days card in which he scored in impressive and easy fashion over J K L Koss great colt Cudgel with Bondage third just getting up in time to overhaul and pass Fairy Wand in the final strides There were six starters in the nice rriscilla Mullens and Cudgel constituting an entry carrying the silks of Commodore J K I Koss KossWar War Cloud A K Maeombers star threeyear old was given the betting call with the entry and Itoamcr not lacking for supporters Koamer par ¬ ticularly absorbing the attention of the majority of the racing devotees There was no outstanding reason for War Cloud being installed in the post of honor excepting that It might have been due to some recent fast work trials and the fact that the distance of the race at a mile and a quarter wfls tathisJik5ns JThose wh figHtedon the latter were grievously disappointed for War Clontl was thoroughly done for after gains threequarters when he began dropping out of contention despite strenuous urging on the part of jockey Buxton BuxtonThe The speedy Fairy Wand moved into the lead im ¬ mediately after the rise of the barrier accom ¬ panied by Priscilla Mullens with Koamer under hard restraint following in third place and War Cloud close up and Cudgel and Bondage in the rear rearThere There was relatively no change in the running positions for the first half mile and the above order was well maintained until just before reaching the threequarters post where War Cloud sud ¬ denly showed distress signals and simultaneously Priscilla Mullens began falling rearward with Itoamer making a strong challenge for the lead Cudgel and Bondage also began improving their positions Cudgel at this point going particularly well and seemingly able to pass into the lead when called on for his final effort However he began to tire just before reaching the stretch turn and Koamer still moving along with frictionless stride had no difficulty in passing Fairy Wand which held on better than was expected In the stretch the Miller representative only galloped at a stiff pace to keep in the van Hard driven in the last eighth Cudgel overhauled Fairy Wand and the latter was outstayed by Bondage BondageA A storm of applause greeted Itoamer immediately after crossing the finish which was renewed when the time liOUM was displayed The time marks a new track record the former mark being 04 also made by Koamer on August S 1914 1914THIRD THIRD VICTORY IN SAME RACE RACEIn In addition to establishing a time record for the mile and a quarter distance Koamer likewise set a record for the race that will probably endure for all time as it is the third time he has achieved success in it His first victory came in 1915 as a fouryearold when lie carried 1US pounds In last years running he triumphed while carrying 1 ± J pounds poundsJockey Jockey Kobinson rode him in superb fashion and the horse after the finish seemed fully able to continue another mile and a quarter without dis ¬ tress Cudgel came back to the scales decidedly tired and it might be that his recent letup from racing had a tendency to tire him War Clouds showing was disappointing and in view of his race today the threeyearold question of supremacy is still in suspense The Saratoga Handicap was worth 5350 net to Koamer KoamerAs As a secondary feature and sharing interest with the big race because of the first real clash between eastern and western owned twoyearolds was the Flash Stakes having a net value of 4400 to the winner There were fifteen named in it and it proved only a gallop for the westerner Hilly Kelly wliich enjoyed prominence from the start and drew away in the last eighth to win with ridiculous case K It Gerrys Lady Kosebud taking second place and Star Kealm third The early running was dom ¬ inated by the II A Porter pair My Friend and High Time This pair which had drawn clear from the others in the first eighth for a brief period threat ¬ ened to run away from the others but Wily Kelly moved up steadily and finding the Porter repre ¬ sentatives weakening just before rounding into the stretch had no trouble passing into the lead and drawing out in decisive style near the end though the dimunitive Simpson allowed him to swerve from the middle of the track to the inner rajl in the last sixteenth My Friend and High Time quit badly in the stretch Billy Kellys easy success indicates his return to the best form he showed in I Continued on second page ROAMER DEFEATS CUDGEL Continued from first page Kentucky and the time of the race equaled the best at the distance run over the track trackThe The Shillclah Steeplechase Handicap over the about tvomile course was an interesting and spectacular contest though engaged in by only four starters representing three separate interr ests Belle of Bryn Mawr and Flying Scout being coupled as the W A Prime entry The winner turned up in The Brook ably ridden by Crawford anil tlie Victory was in the main due to the good horsemanship of the jockey Bet landed in second secondliiac liiac and Belle of Bryn Mawr third The quartet fenced in faultless style and during the run on the Hat nearing the finish were under a hard tlrive tlriveIn In the introductory scramble at threequarters sixteen accepted the issue and it resulted in an easy victory for T P Thornes Panaman which showed high speed from the start and won command ingly over Llnfirmier which like the winner is an imported colt A trio of recently arrived Kentucky performers had the fifth race between them at one mile Avith the winner turning up in Smart Money which won out by a half length Gipsy Queen landing in second place and Peerless One third Fourteen twoyearolds started in the closing race mid they ran in compact order until nearing the finish where Bright Lights which had lost con ¬ siderable ground by a wide stretch turn drew out to win by a small margin from Sketchy with Ceri nus landing in third place Cerinus was reganled with much favor his showing in the Cincinnati Trophy justifying the high regard but he had to overcome much nterference in todays race and it accounted for his failure failureTodays Todays opening was under auspicious conditions the weather being ideal but there was consider ¬ able surprise expressed at the small crowd present The clubhouse contingent was likewise of small number judged by last years standard Most of the turfites present at the track this afternoon came from New York overnight special trains and boats being pressed into service for their trans ¬ portation The fact that the Empire City track only closed yesterday and the opening here following so closely was held responsible for the sparsely attended attendedopening opening and that the racing crowd will be greatly augmented during the next few days Saratoga did not fill up quite as well as expected for the opening day Many business people who Avill come here later stayed in New York to arrange their affairs for a few weeks vacation vacationJesse Jesse Ixwisohn will spend the season here after Ixmig an absentee from Aqueduct and Empire City He has been rusticating in New Hampshire for the past few weeks and returns much improved in health healthdockers dockers report favorably on the quality of the Kentucky twoyearolds that will run in the cheaper races here though it is doubtful if their stake possibilities will come up to the standard I have seen a dozen likely selling platers that can beat our band said one of the oldtimers this morning and what is more they all seem to be in good condition and fresh which cannot be said of some of the eastern brigade brigadeGeo Geo Whetlock is an early arrival I am going to continue the battle I have given the odds layers he remarked and while they have had me in the same position as the German army for the past week or two I think I have them checked and I Intend to do a little aggressive work myself from now on onTin Tin J E Widencr jumpers in charge of Howard Lewis have not yet arrived hero but are on their way wayIt It is probable that the entries for the jumping races will be light here as many steeplechasers are awaiting Maryland racing racingJ J Owens will have none of the Grecntree Stable JuniMrs here and the horses of J E Davis trained by Matt Brady are not expected Owing to the absence of the Grcentrec Stable V Powers will ride free lance lanceJames James Frayling with a few fencers is likely to get here during the latter part of the meeting meetingFour Four carloads of liorses arrived here attached to the Cavanaugh Special carrying horses belonging to R F Carman W Spiers T K Deal and John Farrell FarrellIn In the absence of J L Hall who recently suf ¬ fered a stroke of paralysis James McLaughlin vill officiate as paddock judge and J K Mackessey will take McLanghlius place as patrol judge

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