Best Pals Fine Victory: Wins the Ben Ali Handicap in a Close Finish.; Great Crowd Views the Racing on Lexingtons Opening Day Over a Muddy Track., Daily Racing Form, 1921-04-24


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BEST PALS FINE VICTORY Wins the Ben All Handicap in a Cose Finish Great Crowd Views the Racing on onLexingtons Lexingtons Opening Day DayOver Over a Muddy Track LEXINGTON Ky April 23 Kentuckys racing for this year was ushered in this afternoon with considerable eclat the attendance eclipsing any former gathering that has witnessed the racing at the old Kentucky Association track Withal routine prevailed and the afternoons proceedings were carried out as if there had been no interrup ¬ tion to the sport since last fall fallThe The only marring feature if such it could be termed was that the track was deep and holding at the outset as a result of a sharp storm that visited tliis section last night but as the afternoon pro ¬ gressed the course improved steadily and at the close of the day firm footing was the rule and fairly good time was recorded recordedThe The Ben AH Handicap ut a mile and a sixteenth bringing 3030 net to the winner was taken by E R Bradleys Best Pal which raced in extra game style in standing a hard drive through the entire stretch and got up in the final strides to overhaul Ginger Pluribus a prominent Derby eligible landed third and made many friends for himself He came back with a slight limp but trainer Shannon avers that it is characteristic of him In addition a handsome silver trophy the girt or Mr Louis Lee Haggin fell to the winner nml the presentation of it to owner Bradley was made by Governor Morrow MorrowAnother Another prominent Kentucky Derby candidate was in the limelight during the afternoon in Bon Honune He was a pronounced favorite in the opener but failed to land better than third and his showing was somewhat disappointing to his numerous admirers Columbia Tcnn furnished the upset here by heading Brookholt at the finish finishThe The Keene brothers uncovered what appeared a speed marvel in their Jeanne Bowdre a daughter of Luke McLuke Black Brocade She Avon in a canter after having raced into a long lead from the start startCorydon Corydon furnished an upset when he won the third race in easy style from Inspector Hughes and Wadsworths Last the choices Capital City and Golden Dawn failing badly badlyBIT BIT OF WHITE BADLY BEATEN BEATENE E R Bradleys Bit of White absorbed all the betting attention in the fourth race but was beaten ignominionsly and even failed of landing a portion of the purse Golden Dreams one of the extreme outsiders led for practically the entire race and won easily from Lady Madcap with Aphie Dear in third place Miss Fontaine on which Scobie had the mount fell heavily while at tile post when she became fractious fractiousEugene Eugene Elroy who has charge of the mtituel de ¬ partment and who has been sick for some time was on hand to supervise his large force for the opening There were 150 mutuel workers serving during the afternoon afternoonAll All the members of the Kentucky State Racing Commission and most of the directors of the Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Club were on hand to witness the opening openingTo To steward Andrew Leonard fell the task of serv ¬ ing from the ground and he officiated from various points during the afternoon joining the other stewards after each race in the judges stand standThe The William Barnes Memorial trophy was to have been presented by Governor Edward Morrow but lie was just a trifle late in reaching the course and the presentation to James Baker owner of Columbia Tenn was made by Charles F Grainger The trophy consisted of an ornate silver pitcher and a half dozen goblets the gift of Mrs William S Barnes BarnesGovernor Governor Edward Morrow and his party arrived at the track soon after the running of the opening race The chief state official took a keen interest in the proceedings and was kept busy during the afternoon in greeting his big number of friends friendsJohn John Carey secretary of the coming Chagrin Falls race meeting near Cleveland Ohio was a visitor He will depart for Clmgrin Falls in a few days He was advised by manager Sam Hoi man not to solicit horses as more reservations have been made than the track accommodates It is expected that the entire Wheeling contingent will race at Chagrin Falls FallsGeneral General Manager Matt Winn manifested gratifi ¬ cation over the success attending the opening and said if todays barometer was a true indication this will be a record breaking racing season for Ken ¬ tucky tuckyMose Mose Goldblatt whose horses are at Churchill Downs was among the visitors He reports that Billy Barton is training in good style for the Ken ¬ tucky Derby DerbyLeonardo Leonardo II the Xalapa Farms Kentucky Derby representative thrilled the big assemblage by his impressive mile trial between the second and third races He ran the distance in easy style in 142 II In fractional time was as follows Quarter 24 half 48 threequarters 114 Had Scliuttlnger his rider so elected he could have covered the track in less than 141 141Pluribus Pluribus is not showing any signs of lameness notwithstanding reports to that effect He lias a choppy way of going at the outset when he is brought on the track but warms out of it speedily

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