Numerous Scratches at Laurel: Program Spoiled by Wholesale Withdrawals Because of Changed Track Conditions, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-14


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NUMEROUS SCRATCHES AT LAUREL Program Spoiled by Wholesale Withdrawals Because of Changed Track Conditions. LAUREL, Md., October 13. A change in track conditions ruined what promised to be. a good days sport at Laurel. The going was deep and heavy and the fields in pome of the races were reduced to two and threc-borse contests. There were only three starters in the Columbus Handicap, jr which Corn Tassel was a heavily backed odds-on favorite. Corn Tassel was ridden by Fator, set a fast early pace, but in the stretch run tired and in the final drive Clean Gone got up and beat him out a short head. Despite the small fields the racing was replete with thrilling finishes, the winners of the first four races being under strenuous drives to score. Only a neck separated Damask and Rubidium in the opener, while the second race found Pibroch, Bally-connell and Little Ed so closely bundled at the finish that the outcome was in doubt until the numbers were posted, libroch was awarded the decision bv a nose, with Ballyconnell second, but a head to the good of Little Ed. Only two horses contested the mile and a sixteenth handicap and S. C. Hildrcths Valor easily won all the way, Rose d Or, the other starter, pulling up lame at. the finish. Max Hirsch, trainer for George W. Loft, has shipped his good two-year-old On Watch, winner of the National Stakes at Laurel last Wednesday, to Latonia to start in the Queen City Handicap of ,000, to be run on Wednesday. The distance of that race is one mile and Hirsch believes that the handsome won of Colin Rubia Granda will have an excellent chance to bring back the stake, as Mad Hatter brought back the Latonia Championship Stakes for S. C. Hiidreth. On Watch can run in any kind of going and if he comes out of his western race all right he will be sent back to Laurel to be prepared for the big two-year-old special at Plmlico. Mud Hatter reached Laurel this morning from Latonia. He shipped in excellent condition and was apparently none the worse for his race and long journey. Mad Hatter will be ttkely seen under colors at Laurel again soon. Along with Mad Hutter came G. W. Formans Hauberk and Rapid Day. The steeplechaser Goblin, owned by J. E. Davis, which met with n mishap in a race last week, was so badly injured that he was destroyed by Dr. Mc-Cully this morning after the veterinarian had diagnosed his case a hopeless one. Goblin was believed to be one of the most promising jumpers of the year.

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