Aqueduct Opens Monday: Many Improvements at Long Islands Popular Race Course.; Fine Field for the Brooklyn Handicap, the Inaugural Day Attraction., Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-19


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AQUEDUCT OPENS MONDAY Many Improvements at Long Is ¬ lands Popular Race Course Fine Field for the Brooklyn Han ¬ dicap the Inaugural Day Attraction NEW YORK N Y June 17 Next Monday the gates will open at Aqueduct the track that is un ¬ questionably a popular institution in this section owing to its lone stretches and the possibility of patrons being able to witness the races from be ¬ ginning ti end Again it is so located that it is less than twenty minutes ride from the center of the city The improvements that have been made will be appreciated in these days of crowding The grandstand has been lengthened until it will seat 8000 comfortably More than that president Shev lin has invested in rollback scats for the lawns no that the overflow of the spacious stands will have an opportunity to sit down once in a while Patrons will find many improvements for their comfort when they arrive on the opening day dayAs As customary the feature of the first day is the Brooklyn Handicap which compares much with the Suburban though the distance is an eighth shorter This change was made from a mile and a quarter when the shift of the race from Gravcsend to Aque ¬ duct was compulsory Tlie construction of the Auediict track gives the horses in the Brooklyn a straight run of a half mile before reaching a turn all of which is in full view of tiie spectators After making the turn into the homestretch there is an ¬ other straight run of alxnit threeeighths which rives ample opportunity for horses to overcome any interference that may occur These are the features that racegoers appreciate appreciateThat That lie Rrpoklyn will have a representative field i UBKiire irXribiigbll ih ihas as some of tlie Rrooklyns of the past This event was inaugurated in 1887 and was won by Dry Mono pole after one of the greatest finishes recorded be ¬ tween the winner Blue Wing and Hidalgo inches only separating tlie trio Since that year it has lioen won liy such thoroughbred peers as The Bard Tenny Judge Morrow Sir Walter Ornament Kinley Mack the latter the first horse to win the Suburban and Brooklyn Handicaps in the same year Later came tlie victories of Irish Lad King James Fit Herlicrt Whisk Broom II Friar Rock Borrow and Cudgel Borrow was nine years old when he won beating Regret and Old Rosebud RosebudFIELD FIELD TO BE LARGE THIS YEAE YEAEThere There is every reason to believe the field will be much larger this year than in some of the past owing to tlie absence of what might be termed the tup weight horses like Cudgel AVesty Hogan Omar Khayyam and Sunny Slope All these are cither shelved for the time being or recovering from ail ¬ ments of various kinds If Naturalist is a starter he will carry the high impost 127 pounds includ ¬ ing a penalty for winning the Excelsior last Sat ¬ urday at Jamaica This will IK asking quite a task for such an erratic horse which at best can ¬ not IK dcKndcd ui m even in a sprint race much mure over a long route Even in tfie Excelsior his stublHirness was l cginiiiiig to show for lie pinned his cars back showing his sulky mood in the last fifty yards Roimer will hardly be a starter after his sorry exhibition in the Excelsior and the fact that lie lias not liven well of late according to his trainer Jack Goldsborough Gathering up the probable starters the field will be made up from the following sixteen Naturalist Exterminator AVar Cloul Trompe La Mort Star Master Lanius Hollister Corn Tassel Purchase Sweep On Aindex Boniface Be Frank King Plaudit Natural Bridge aud Thunderclap At least ten or twelve of these will go to tlie post in fact Commander Ross may decide to send Billy Kelly after the honor not ¬ withstanding his recent defeat in the Southampton Handicap in which he did not show to the antici ¬ pations of either his owner of trainer trainerComparing Comparing this group of horses to those which have taken part in som of the previous Brooklyns there is a lack of quality In the first few years of th running such horses as The Bard Hanover and Exile met among others Then came Exile Prince Royal and Terra Gotta in 18S9 Dr Rice beat Henry of Navarre and Sir AValter in a struggle that will lie well remembered bv oldtime horsemen In 18 8 Ornament beat Ben Holladay tlie latter probably the best longdistance horse in a genera ¬ tion i A few years later Irish Iid beat Gunfire and Hciio Then came a contest bctwen Fitz Herbert Olamhala and Prince Imperial which pro ¬ vided one of the truest tests of handicapper Vos burghs ability in which he brought the top weight a middleweight and a lightweight together Fitz Herbert carrying 130 pounds Olambala IN and Prince Imperial 97 iMiiinds I ist years Brooklyn was a groat event when Cudgel beat Itoamcr and George Smith SmithTIVE TIVE THREE YEAE OLD WINNERS WINNERSOnly Only upon five occasions lias the race been won by a threeyearold Conroy being the first to achieve that honor and the mud was probably accountable for his victory Then came Irish Uiil and his win ¬ ning stamped him as one of the greatest horses of the age Sujiermans victory was over a heavy track and Celt scored his bracKets on a 1411 track as ilia Friar Rock when he beat a great horse in H P AVhltneys Pennant As these thne yearold Ixat some good horses in their respective victories it must IK presumed that the younger division will IK given serious consideration this year as the older horses hardly compare with those that have started in some of tin previous years Purchase is a threeyearold of much promise and so is Sweep On The latter was only lieaten i necl by Corn Tassel in the Suburban yet that is not a great recommendation as Corn Tassel is not a topnotchcr though a mighty honest horse Be Frank is the winner of the Latonia Derby and while he was not as good a horse as Sweep On last year he will bear scrutiny as he Is game and sure to go the route In King Plaudit George Odom has a colt which has done all asked of him so far under strcss of a faulty hoof As Odom says He has not yet proved himself a highclass colt but he may do so when he gets over ids foot trouble troubleIn In tiny event the field for the Brooklyn this year will be evenly balanced Tlie absence of two or three stars and the rest platers which has occurcd occasionally will increase the Interest from a spec ¬ tacular point of view According to judges of prices and exiMrt hamlicappers it will not be at all sur ¬ prising to see the favorite quoted at four or even five to one with the three year olds receiving tlie strongest support

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