Largest Crowd Of Year: Welcomes Return of the Sport to Palatial Belmont Park.; Sunny Slope Wins the Main Race of the Day--Tomboy Stakes to Milkmaid., Daily Racing Form, 1918-09-03


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LARGEST CROWD OF YEAR Welcomes Return of the Sport to Palatial Belmont Park Sunny Slope Wins the Main Bace Baceof of the Day Tomboy Stakes Stakesto to Milkmaid New York September 2 A crowd exceeding in numbers any seen on the metropolitan tracks this year witnessed the return of racing to Belmont Park today with the inauguration of tlie West chester Racing Associations fall meeting of twelve days Belmont Park always at its best in the fall never looked as beautiful as it did today Everything was spick and span for the opening and it was not long after the gates were thrown open that the crowd began to arrive When the bugle called the lioraes to the post in the opening nice the grandstand was filled and there appeared to be no letup to tlie seemingly endless stream of Koplc pouring into the commodious home of the Westchester Racing Association AssociationDeafening Deafening cheers greeted the horses as they paraded to the post for the inaugural contest of the day It was a dash of threequarters of a mile over the main course and the Brighton Stables good threeyearold Flags was the public choice That he was immeasurably best was soon evident for after being in close quarters during the first eighth he took the lead and easily drew awajr from his opponents on the stretch turn to win as his rider pleased The enthusiasm of the big crowd was given full voice with the running of the Broad Hollow Steeple ¬ chase Handicap which Square Dealer captured with ease after indulging Trumnator at paccmaking until the eleventh jump had been passed At the sixth hedge Powers tested his mounts speed by joining Trumpator The satisfactory results prompted him to accent second position until the turn for home where his mounts superiority became evident J E Wideners Skibbereen trailed all the way wayThe The Belmont Park Autumn Handicap the main attraction of the splendid Labor day program re ¬ sulted in an easy win for Sunny Slope which showed his superiority at every stage of the mile and an eighth A few paces beyond the barrier lie was two lengths in front of his opponents and Callahan nursed him on in the lead which he maintained to the finish The battle for place honors was decided only in tlie last stride and there were many who disagreed with the judges verdict Hollister tired so badly in his final strides that Eyelid which had ran out in tlie stretch drive was able to cut down his lead and secure second place placeJ J E Maddens wisdom was justified when his Milkmaid a late addition to the list of competitors for the Tomboy filly stakes captured the nice in easy style from the spring seasons heroine Pen Rose whose admirers backed her into favoritism The Madden filly outlooked her opposition in the parade and her nicy appearance gained her many eleventh hour supporters so that the victory proved a popular one oneCLOSEST CLOSEST FINISH OF THE DAY DAYThe The most interesting race of the day came with the running of the fifth race a dasli of one mile The Kentucky Stables representative Torehbearer the favorite threatened to make a runaway of it by assuming a big early lead which lie maintained until well in the stretch Here Kucklioard under the vigorous riding of J Loftus took up the issu with tlie favorite and Robinson was forced to do his best to save the day only a nose separating the pair at the end Deckmate was third after a poor exhibition exhibitionAnother Another close finish featured tlie closing race and gave Major August Belmont the satisfaction of seeing his colors carried to victory by his Fair Play twoyearold Mad Hatter It was anybodys race at the head of tlie stretch but Mad Hatter responding to punishment fought it out in game fashion with Different Eyes and Romeo through the last eighth and got the decision in the final strides Romeo outlasted Different Eyes for the place placeMany Many white gowned solicitors and tanned soldiers circulated about through the vast throng and gained liberal contributions for the St Marys Hos ¬ pital ambulance fund fundL L H Baxter after experiencing considerable dif ¬ ficulty which included a visit to Washington has finally secured the necessary state papers and will ship nineteen of the Diaz racers to Cuba as soon as transportation arrangements can be made If tlie opportunity offers Orestes may make another try for American turf honors before his return returnThe The stewards here are W H Vosburgh repre ¬ senting the Jockey Club R T Wilson and V R Hitchcock for the association and Frank J Bryan for the steeplechasing steeplechasingWe We have but forty stalls vacant at Jamaica said Racing Secretary W Edwards anil what id more encouraging is the fact that most of the horses there are in condition wliich assures good Continued ou second page LARGEST CROWD OP YEAR Continued on second page fields at the fall meetings The entries for the stakes are not as numerous as in the spring springThe The popularity of the sport was no more forcibly demonstrated than the attendance at todays opening of the fall season It was the largest crowd of the year at Ilelmont Park the stands clubhouse and lawns being almost crowded to capacity Quite a number of the regulars who skipped the Saratoga meeting were in evidence at Ilelmont Park today todayJohn John J McGraw was among those present and everybody was eager to give the popular baseball manager information Major Thomas Hitchcock and his brother Frank Hitchcock were congratulated on all sides over the news of the escape of Thomas Hitchcock Jr from a German prison camp Frank Hitchcock said as far as he knew the story of his escape was true trueExCongressman ExCongressman Joseph Rhinock has Just returned from Kentucky where lie went to attend the funeral of liis former associate the late Ollie James It was a sad procession said Mr Rhinock thousands of people in tears paying tribute to one of the finest men that was ever born bornCol Col Matt J Winn has just returned from Laurel and reports everything in tiptop condition for the opening next October OctoberThe The military have all left and the Improvements are nearly completed said Mr Wiiiu The track is in splendid condition and the entries for the stakes are excellent all the best horses in training being entered arid every prominent owner repre ¬ sented It has been decided to appoint Frank J Bryan as steward and handicapper to take the place of Mr Vosburgli who will be officiating at Jamaica and Empire City during our meetings

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