Grey Lag Easily Beaten: Unplaced to Sporting Blood in the Latonia Championship, Daily Racing Form, 1921-09-18


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GREY LAG EASILY BEATEN ; Unplaced to Sporting Blood in the Latonia Championship. - Miss Joy Triumphs Again, but Is Fully Extended in the .Fort Thomas Handicap. - - LATONIA, K.r., September 17. Latonia Championship Day, meaning to Kentucky fall racing all that Kentucky Derby day does in the sprint;, brought, to tl,c beautiful Milldale valley course this afternoon an immense attendance ti view the de-eLslon of the race. Hut the entertainment so ideally inaugurated with the first race was eon-sideraiy marred when a storm of almost cyclonic intensity centered over the track just at the finish of the second race. The rain quickly converted the track into a lane of mud. Its force was spent before the horses were called to the post for the third raee and clear weather ruled for the remainder of the afternoon, but the changed track was responsible for riddling the card and destroying the chances of several promising contestants in the features. The soft going enhanced the chance of Sporting Blood and it. apparently worked detrimentally to Grey Lag. The immense gathering, numbering a host of notables from all parts of the country, hegan reaching the track at an early hour and the clubhouse and reserved section were congested long before the usual time, indicating that a record crowd would be at the track. Such proved the caM; and the arrivals :;t the course were continuous even up to the time of the running of the fort Thomas Handicap: - To II. C. "Bud" Fisher fell the honor of carrying off the third rnnning or the Latonia Championship Stakes with his Sporting Blood, a colt he acquired during the Saratoga meeting from Arnold Rothstcin for 5,000 and per cent of the horses earnings in the Lawrence Realization Stakes and ibe Latonia Championship Stakes. The colt won impressively, his jockey, Keogh, looking back near the cud at the valiant efforts of Black Servant, carrying the colors of K. It. Bradley. Black Servant was in no sense disgraced and he shared honors with the victor, for he had carried the brunt of making the pace and well did he accomplish his task. It was only in the last quarter that he began to shorten his stride and. even then he held on tenaciously and outstayed Humphrey for second place. GOING UNSUITABLE FOR GREY LAG. Gr-y Lag, favorite and pride as well as the hope of the East, was a close follower to Black Servant, but the going was not suitable to his action and .when the real racing legan in the last half mile, he gave way readily and it was a hard effort for him to Kamc fourth place, which meant also a saving of ,000, more than sufficient to defray all his nomination and starting fees. The race had a net value of 3,035 to Ibe winner; Black Servant receives S3, 000 for finishing second and Humphrey earned ,000 by landing in third place. Jas. F. Johnson, who nominated Sporting Blood to the race, receives ,000; K. R. Bradley for nominating Black Servant gets 00; D. Lehan takes 00 additional for nominating Humphrey, and John 10. Madden for nominating Grey Lag receives 200. Owner "Bud" Fisher received the gold cup in person from the stewards and was given a noisy demonstration from the big crowd when he made his appearance. He was highly elated over his horses victory. Before the rain he had some misgivings as to his ability to take Grey Lags measure, but after the track became muddy he felt confident of the result. He will remain here for about a week before retnrning East. Sporting Blood was .formally turned over by trainer W. Booth, who superintended his saddling for this afternoons race. With the payment of the ,271.25, the amount of 35 per cent of todays raonoy won, the Redstone Stables interest in the horse ceases and he will be trained hereafter by A. B. Gordon, the Fisher stables regular trainer. HARD TASK FOR MISS JOY. Peerless Miss Joy continued her triumphant career and added the Fort Thomas Handicap, worth ,360 net, to her score. It was the hardest task, of her racing career and her success was narrowly achieved. The muddy track and the 132 pounds she carried proved a combination much severer than she had to meet in her previous victories. The early fractions of the race found her striding along in the bold style that has marked all her former racing and it appenred only a question of how far she would win by. The stretch, however, found her dimishing her stride and Washington, which had been her closest follower, was steadily gaining on her. Garner, her rider, became anxious about an eighth from the finish and began looking around for Pegasus, the stablematc to Miss Joy. as if anxious for relief. But Pegasus was floundering along far back and had all he could do to maintain his footing. In the final drive Miss Joy, still keeping her lead gumely, succeeded in getting past the finish a .scant length before Washington, which just hold on long enough to outstay the fast coming Siartlc, his stablematc. Jeanne Bowdre finished fourth and Pegasus, the only other starter, was far in the rear. The three-quarters handicap, contested by some fust sprinters, proved an easy affair for High Cost, which showed a decided form reversal and won in runaway style from Adonis, with Brookbolt in third place. The changed track was responsible for the absence of Dr. Clark and Marjorie Uyncs in the race. Abadane, a first-timer here, and running in W. U. Appegates colors, ran a spurkling race iu the initial dash over the fast track by leading a good bund of sprinters home. He showed symptoms of lameness when going to the post and came back with a decided limp. Rlackie Daw. in the concluding dash, was the eartlost victor of the afternoon. He ran freely in Contipnca OB tentU page. GREY LAG EASILY BEATEN I Continued from first page. j the .soft going and, taking n good lead in the early running, increased his advantage with every stride to win in a canter. George J. Longs Modna Im.-hI the storm home in the second race and won handily from Megan and Our Betsy. There Mere twelve maiden fillies in the contest here, and they were -closely grouped until in the last eighth. Fair Orient was benefited by the changed going and accounted for the third race after a mild drive,- with Arravau second and Harvest King third. Dave I.eary was somewhat disappointed with the showing of Grey Lag in the Championship Stakes. Jockey Fator had no -excuses to offer. "He tired," was his laconic answer, when asked about the horses running. Grey Lag will be shipped back to New York tomorrow, and Dave Leary and Fator leave tonight. Jockey Keogh departs for New York tomorrow. He was given .1 liberal fee for riding Sporting Blood to victory. Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Overholt of Pittsburgh, Pa., are here as the guests of Mr. George J. Long. Fred Fenchler came all ihe way from El Paso, Tor., today to witness the big race.

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