Fine Saturday Program at Empire: Hannibal Beats Star Master in Main Race-Another Victory for Consistent Albert A, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-19


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FINE SATURDAY PROGRAM AT EMPIRE Hannibal Beats Star Master in Main Race Another Victory for Consistent Albert A. NEW YORK, N. Y October 18. A program of super excellence, embracing the Westchester Handicap at one mile, worth ,475 to the winner; the Leviathan Handicap, for all-aged sprinters; a selling handicap for better class platers, and three other races, insuring keen contention, attracted an unusually large Saturday half-holiday throng of visitors to the course of the Empire City Racing Association today. By post time the field for the stellar attraction was reduced to five, Bally, Recount and Pickwick declining the issue. R. T. Wilsons Hannibal was the one selected to win, with Star Master next in demand, Audacious not lacking his usual admirers. The field went away to one of starter Cassidys best efforts. Hannibal immediately dashed into a lead, which he gradually lengthened to three lengths, but had to be ridden out at the end, Butwell taking no chances, as Star Master, -which trailed in the early part and made up ground by degrees, was coming with a cyclonic rush, but nnavailingly, the Olambala colt having two lengths advantage at the wire. Jock Scot, a forward contender throughout, outlasted Audacious for third money. Spur showed little and is evidently far from the Spur of old. The secondary attraction of the program numbered in entries a fast band of sprinters, among which Enfilade received the most attention from the speculatively inclined. However, Masda, Toto and Arnold did not lack support. To a good start Bill McCloy rushed to the front, maintaining his lead until the stretch, where Masda, which had followed the pace closely, forged to the front, and in a hard drive lasted to win. Arnold, always in close contention, held second place safely. Enfilade, the favorite, was not off to good advantage, closed a gcod gap, but was tiring slightly at the end. The reliable and consistent Albert A. proved the best of the platers in the Duroc Selling Handicap, the f if tli race on the program. Sundial II. was made an outstanding favorite, but .aside from showing a little early speed was a distinct disappointment. Ground-Swell was fleetest at the start and led Iiis opponents until the sixteenth post, where Albert A., which was always close up, moved up, and in a hair-raising finish just nodded in front ill the laEtstride.; Ground-Swell had- plenty, left to secure second place from Tenons Bon, which finished resolutely, BRIGHT .GOLD RESENTS BETTING ACTION. - Yf- Bright Gold, the opening favorite in the first race and receding to a third, choice, proved the best of the moderate band of youngsters in that race. After being shuffled back at the start he caught the leader gradually, drawing . clear to win by a good margin from Sand Bed; tlte favorite, and Castor, eacli of which showed marked improvement over recent efforts. Royal Duck, under a erfect ride by Kummer, stole through on the rail in the last few yards of the second race and upset the calculations of the form backers, getting the decision by the shortest of noses from Minute Man, the favorite, which went to the front in the early running, with Ira Wilson and Royal Duck in closest pursuit. Ira Wilson, after being outrun by the winner in the stretch racing, saved the small portion of the purse by a good margin. Sidney Bender lias arranged for a shipment of horses from here to Havana, Cuba. Monday, October 27. Those included are: C. K. Moore, 15; F. Housman. 10; J. Boden, 9; Caseo Stable, 0; D. Hammond. G; H. B. Dally, 5; S. Judge, 3; A. Niehaus, 3; W. Dugan, 2, and C. MacDonald, 1. Mr. Bender stated that any horsemen or others desiring to ship or visit Havana it will be necessary for them to have passports, which can be arranged for by interviewing him at the Empire City track daily. M. J. Murphy disposed to Capt. Abe to W. Whitehall. W Walker claimed Thos. F. McMahon for ,225 yesterday.

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