Muddy Going at Belmont: Changed Track Conditions Bring Scratching and Small Fields, Daily Racing Form, 1919-09-03


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MUDDY GOING AT BELMONT i j Changed Track Conditions Bring Scratching and Small Fields. i : Hildretlis Thunderclap Defeats the Favorite, Over There, in the Jerome Handicap, i . NEW YORK, K. Y., September 2. Rain, which fell the night before, rendered the Belmont Park course muddy today and was responsible for several withdrawals, the Jerome Handicap, for three-year-olds, the days stake feature, being the chief sufferer thereby. In this race S. C. Hildretlis Purchase, assigned top weight of 13S pounds, the same Owners Lord Brighton and Passing Shower were scratched, leaving Thunderclap to carry the Hil-dreth colors, Over There, the main reliance, of the W. R. Coe stable, and War Drive, an. added starter, being the most prominent contestants. Over There, on his good form displayed at Saratoga, was installed an odds-on favorite in the Jerome, being, coupled witli the other Coe starter, Athlone. The result, however, was a surprise when Thunderclap, S. C. Hildretlis recent acquisition, proved the winner. Over There soon raced to the front and led until well in the stretch. Thunderclap then raced up on the outside, and under a drive came away to win by a safe .margin. Interest w:i stimulated in the meeting of Thunderclap and Over There, as the former was until a few fdays ago-trained by W. II. Karrick, who has .OretThere in charge for A. R. Coe. The horse was sold to J. E. Madden, who in turn disposed: :p him to S. C. Hildreth. The latter proved his judgment to be correct when the improving Aulcain Bandana three-year-old took the measure of such a star mud runner as his former stablemate. Frank AAaters took the first race from an indifferent band of platers after beinlg well supported at a liberal price. Goblin proved best in the steeplechase after a good contest with Gullflight. The two ran closely aligned for almost the entire distance. Goblin, in taking the last two hurdles, swerved out badly, losing ground, but under a steadying ride had speed enough to hold Gullflight safe. Biff Bang repeated his last winning race by taking the third from J. E. Maddens Larghetto by a scant margin. COE ENTRY RUNS ONE, TWO. Tlie Coe stable was successful in the fifth race when Star Court and Masked Dancer ran one, two. The latter led until in the final eighth, where Star Court, which had been in closest pursuit, took the lead. Thelnia E., running a good race, was third. F. AAilliams, the steeplechase rider, has decided not to ride in France, he having contracted to ride for the stables of J. AY. Gwathmey and T. J. Donahue for the remainder of the racing season. Judge James J. Quinn of California and well-known as a former racing official was a visitor, it being his first trip east in some years. In future the first race will be called at 2:30 p. m. promptly each day. This is made necessary in order to have efficient and timely railroad service and is requested by the Long Island Railroad. Joe McLennan was at the track today in the interests of. Havre de Grace, for which the stake . entries close next Monday. "My chief object, however," said Mr. McLennan, "is to interview the horsemen and those concerned to add some new features for the fall meeting. I just want to find out what sort of races would suit the horsemen. AAo have three 0,000 stakes to be run on each of the Saturdays, but we are willing to put on two or three more features to be run on the middle days of the week, and I want to get an idea of the conditions that would be acceptable to owners and bring out representative fields. The new owners of Havre de Grace wish to encourage an increase in stakes and nurses, but it is no use putting on stakes unless we can get the horses of the better quality to run for them. If I meet with any sort of response from the horsemen I feel certnin there will be two or three new stakes inaugurated." ETHEL GRAY BADLY INJURED. Mr. Montford Jones filly Ethel Gray was so badly kicked on the inside of her left leg that it will probably be three or four weeks before she can be raced again. It was this injury that was responsible for the bad showing she made in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last Saturday. Roamer has been sent to the Shutts Farm, Kew Jersey, and turned out for the year. If he recovers from his lameness by next spring he will be trained again. No one will lose any more money on He AAill. Fred Burlew, his owner, gave him away to a doctor in Saratoga, the horse having broken down so badly that it would be almost Impossible to train him. - AAillis Sharpe Kilmer is probably one of the most liberal owners of the fashionable circle. Hb pre- Continued oa second page, MUDDY GOING AT BELMONT Continued from firs,t page. ... sented his trainer, Henry McDaniel, with ,000 when his horse Sun Briar broke a track record at Saratoga, and has awarded him a half share of the Saratoga Cup stake Avon by Exterminator of .55,350. Mr. Kilmer is setting a good example in recognizing the fact that the preparation of a horse is the foundation of success and is a far more important factor Sn racing thaii is generally conceded. It looks as if Walter Jennings and the Ma-comber stable arc breaking their streak of ill luck. War Cloud broke the ice by running probably one of the best races in his career. "There is no question that Cudgel is averse to the going or the reverse direction of travel at Belmont Park," said Mr. Bedwoll after the defeat of the horse in the Belmont Park Autumn Handicap. It was noticeable that Cudgel did not run with that free action for which he is noted. Max lllrsch has decided to run Tapp on the flat again in the fall. lie schooled him over the jumps for a wliile and he went at the obstacles so rapidly that his trainer thought it better to give him another chance on the flat. Jockeys Erickson and Loftus have arrived from Montreal, where ihey rodein Mondays races. Outside of the Jerome Handicap the program was ordinary, cheap selling platers and maiden two-year-old? being at the top tfhd bottom of the card. f ; 1 ! ! 5 t 1 1 t t 3 r i s

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