Fine off-Day Program at Empire City: Star Court Wins Narrowly from Homely in Pelham Bay Handicap-Double for R. T. Wilson, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-21


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FINE OFF-DAY PROGRAM AT EMPIRE CITY Star Court Wins Narrowly from Homely In Pelham Bay Handicap DouMe for R. T. Wilson. NEW YORK, N. Y., October 20. The program prepared by secretary Cornehlsen for today at the Yonkers track was an especially attractive one for an off day and had as feature the Pelham Bay Handicap, for two-year-olds, at five and a half furlongs; also the Bertrand Handicap, an overnight race for three-year-olds and over at one mile and seventy yards, in addition to four other races for the cheaper class of thoroughbreds. So evenly matched was the field in the Pelham Handicap that it was difficult to select the most probable winner, St. Allan finally being the preference, but the North Shore Stables colt proved a disappointment, being shy of speed and in the running was never prominent. Star Court, being the fleetest of foot, shot to the front at the star$, but hud to be hard driven to win from Homely, which, off slowly, found an opening in the stretch and, coming with a tremendous rush, nearly caught the leader. Irish Dream, just saved third place, St. Allan, the favorite, finishing strongly. Despite the unwieldy field, a good start was effected in the third race, won by Ting-a-Llng at lucrative odds. The Clancy horse, never far away from the pacemaker, went to the front at the quarter post and won well In hand. Marmite out-gamed Adele at the end. Adele had no excuse and held Tan II. safe finally. R. T. AVilsons Round Robin had no difficulty in scoring in the opener, for maiden two-year-olds, cantering in front all the way. Service Star was as easily second over Sir ClarCnce. Chief found an opening on the inside rail a sixteenth from home in the second race, which But-well took quick advantage of, enabling his mount to win by a head from Dayduo. Aeteran, best of the others, took third place from Herolsnie, the favorite, which tired at the head of the stretch when challenged. Thistledon scored a double for R. T. Wilson by winning the fifth race, in which Pastoral Swain, the medium of a spectacular plunge, gave the speculators a severe jolt by quitting badly after being outpaced by Cromwell from the start, the latter succumbing to Thistledon after appearing an easy winner when a sixteenth out. War Machine showed decided improvement and headed the favorite for third place. J. G. AVagnon secured a contract on the apprentice rider J. Zoeller from the boys parents today and will take him to New Orleans next winter. The stable of A. K. Macomber will be retired for the season at the close of racing here next Saturday. The horses will be shipped to Belmont Fark In charge of Maurice Bernard. J. AV. McClelland, owner of Eternal and other good racers. Is quoted as saying that Sir Barton is one of the best tiiree-year-olds he has ever seen. Next Saturday the Empire City meeting ends and brings to a close the New York racing season for j this year. j Jockey L. Ensor was an arrival today and will resume riding tomorrow.

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