Metropolitan To Lanius: Irish-Bred Racer Wins Belmont Parks Opening Day Feature.; V. Powers Overconfidence Results in Lucky Victory for Le Marsouin in Steeplechase., Daily Racing Form, 1919-05-23


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METROPOLITAN TO LANIUS IrishBred Racer Wins Belmont Parks Opening Day Feature V Powers Overconfidence Re ¬ sults in Lucky Victory for Le Marsouin in Steeplechase NEW YORK N Y May 22 Heavy morning rains failed to be a deterrent to the enthusiasm of metropolitan racegoers and approximately 7500 of tinHi journeyed to Belmont Park to witness the opening days program of the Westchester Racing Association of which the Metropolitan Handicap was the feature A most promising card was re ¬ duced to minimum proportions by wholesale with ¬ drawals Prohibitive favorites in two of the races practically eliminated speculation on them and the big crowd paid tribute to the Salvation Army workers during the waits before them themG G D Widener furnished the winner of the Metropolitan in his Irishbred gelding Lauius which easily beat the speedy Flags an added starter with A K Macombers Star Master In third place and Naturalist the favorite as a result of his im ¬ pressive showing yesterday in the heavy going at Jamaica a badly beaten hone After Papp had caused starter Cassidy moments of anxiety the barrier was sprung with Routledge the first to show closely followed by Flags and Naturalist For a moment during the first quarter Naturalist showed his head in front of Flags which was racing under stout restraint with Routledge dropping back to the second division which included Lanius and Papp with Foreground and Star Master trailing Roundliu the far turn it was evident that Flags was carrying Naturalist along at too fast a pace and the Widener candidate showed signs of dis ¬ tress yhlle Lof tus called upon Xaniiis and coining to the outside of the tiring pacemakers and after a few well applied lashes of the whip drew away to ii easy victory from Flags which held on well after his early effort Star Master coming with a rush n the outside was an easy third while Foreground had a fivelength margin over the tired Naturalist A great ovation greeted the winner and his rider on their return to the scales scalesLoftus Loftus required the aid of a doctor in the jockey room before the running of the first race He was suffering from a disordered stomach but insisted on fulfilling his engagement which he did master ¬ fully fullyThe The proverbial ParrGarth luck again asserted its presence when Le Marsouin won the first steeple ¬ chase of the metropolitan season With an equal distribution of racing luck the Parr candidate must have been accorded place honors for he was only good enough to trail the Greentree Stables candidate Tetan to the last jump y Powers riding the latter seemed confident of his ultimate success but turned to gauge his opponents As ha did this his mount rose to take the last fence almost without guidance and landing he stumbled and fell heavily Powers regained his feet in a flash and remounted finishing last while the judges saw Lc Marsonin eight lengths in advance of Babcock which raced well after having gone down behind at the water jump fronting the stand on the first circuit circuitOLD OLD ROSEBUDS POPULARITY POPULARITYOld Old Rosebud was greeted with much cheering when the popular old AVeir racer appeared on the track to take part in the opening race and his easily achieved victory proved immensely popular with the large gathering gatheringCamoufleur Camoufleur a pronounced mud runner easily dis liosed of Snapdragon II Andrew Millers good plater which was making his first appearance of the year in the mile dash following the running of the Metropolitan With little apparent effort the Vian candidate held his only opponent safe win ¬ ning easily at the end in the fast time of 145 or onefifth of a second faster than Lanius hung up in the Metropolitan After the race when Camoufleur was offered for sale by judge Smith Eugene Wayland and others advanced his price to 4000 whereupon his owner retained him with the customary fivedollar bid bidLunius Lunius cost 2500 when he was bought as a year ¬ ling bv Tom AAelsh for G D Widener from J J Maher of the Clonsilla Stud near Dublin Ireland IrelandJohn John Madden was on hand today for the first time this year I bred both Old Rosebud and Bully Boy said he and they finished first and second in the first race That makes me feel as if I am in for a lucky year yearGlfford Glfford A Cochrau is just as interested as ever in racing He has but three horses in training Ill have more next year was his remark on the future but Ill have to race my own breeding it being almost impossible to buy a good horse horseJames James Arthur is here with his string all safely housed after their trip from Baltimore BaltimoreOwing Owing to the recent death of August Belmont Jr the mare Jyntee belonging to his brother Raymond Belmont will be raced in the name of the Brookside Stable and trained by Geo Odorn OdornDISTINGUISHED DISTINGUISHED ENGLISH VISITOR VISITOROjie Ojie of the distinguished visitors today was Lieut Stanley Mills of the Coldstream Guards and a son of Charles Mills one of the most noted English racing men Lieut Mills was gassed while in action and the British Medical Association advised his taking an ocean voyage to obtain a perfect cure He will take a trip around the world before return ¬ ing to Englind While in New York he will be the CostiganDr guest of Thos Costigan Dr McCully says that Old Koenig will be laid up for about a month A piece of the flesh was Ncoopid right out of the leg as clean as if it had been an operation said Dr McCully but luckily woundKrom it in only a flesh wound Krom a time standpoint Camoufleur ran a better race than Lanius did in the Metropolitan Handicap Lanius was ridden out and Camoufleur won easily the respective times being 145 uud 145 145Guy Guy Burns has been engaged to do the riding for The Beudi Stable Jockey StableJockey Sande will leave tonight to ride Cudgel in SaturdayStarter the Kentucky Handicap on Saturday Starter Jas Milton and Jos McLennan visited Belmont Park today in the interests of the racing at AVoodbine Park n Saturday next when the Kings Plate will 1 run runMax Max Hirsch tirdere Papp led about the paddock for a considerable ille in an effort to quiet the temper which has nade the big chestnut the bane of all starters ex stence stenceJoseph Joseph McLennan succeeded in engaging the ser ¬ vices of Lyke AVUls Kummer and Erickson for the running of the Kings Plate and the four will depart for Toronto on Friday night

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