Fine Lexington Beginning: Good Track, Big Attendance and Capital Racing Features.; United Verde Takes the Ben Ali Handicap in a Close Finish with Advocate., Daily Racing Form, 1922-04-30


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FINE LEXINGTON BEGINNING Good Track Big Attendance and Capital Racing Features United Verde Takes the Ben All AllHandicap Handicap in a Close Finish Finishwith with Advocate LEXINGTON Ky April 29 To C W Clarks United Verde son of Golden Maxim Yankee Tree went the honor of annexing the first stake race of the Kentucky season when he raced home first in the Ben AH Handicap worth 3280 net and defeated a good band that included Advocate Rouleau and other highly regarded ones Additional merit in United Verdes performance was the fact that the start found him rushing diagonally across the track and before ho could be straightened out he bumped sharply into Bet Mosie with the result that the Bradley colt was practically eliminated and the Clark representative likewise was a keen sufferer It caused him to be far back in the earlier running of the race but his winter campaign and subsequent continuous training which has kept him in fine racing fettle enabled him to stand a giueling drive in the last quarter and aided by the perfect ride that Mack Garner gave him he wore Advocate which had made the pace down in the last seventy yards and got up to ultimately win by a neck Advocate began tiring after rounding into the stretch but under strong riding by Connelly succeeded in keeping in front of Rouleau to earn sec ¬ ond place Rouleaus race was a good one and he should improve by it Woodtrap also ran well and the admirers of Bet Mosie were in no wise discouraged as that colt never had a chance due to the mishap soon after the start startSPLENDID SPLENDID WEATHER mEVAILS mEVAILSPerfect Perfect weather which prevailed this after ¬ noon was a contributing factor in bringing about the most successful opening of any racing season here in years Notables from all over the state were prominently in view and included Governor Edwin P Morrow and other dignitaries The big concourse of thor ¬ oughbred sport devotees filled the roomy plant to the crowding stage and at times made progress to any given point difficult Enthusiasm in the sport was of the usual feverish sort customary in this enthusiastic racing section and betting activities was un ¬ usually heavy considering there was a lack of knowledge of the form of most of the starters particularly in the twoyearold dashes The auspicious beginning is a prom ¬ ising augury for the success of the sport in Kentucky this year yearThe The eastern owned May Blossom carrying the colors of Cornelius Fellowes carried off the secondary feature the Raceland Purse at threequarters in which she led home a speedy band of threeyearold fillies and won from Evelyn White and Lottie Loraine both C T Worthington representatives Wilson got her away slowly and had to traverse the outer part of the racing strip for nearly the entire race but May Blossom was equal to the task and held her opponents safe in the last eighth eighthCENTIMETER CENTIMETER BEGINS WELL WELLThe The speedy Centimeter which scored on the closing day of the Lexington meeting last fall resumed where he left off by tak ¬ ing the introductory scramble this afternoon in which some good sprinters met Sewell Combs gave him a sharp battle for the purse and it was only in the last sixteenth that Wilson succeeded in wresting the lead from the Gallaher representative Surf Rider which is being prominently mentioned as a possible Kentucky Derby winner ran a good race to land in third place placeHal Hal Price Headleys Chacolet furnished a surprise in the third race when she made a runaway of it and won by as big a margin is her rider elected electedW W E Walsh of Covington is happy over the arrival last night at John D Carrs farm of a fine chestnut colt by The Manager Lady Moonet He also has a fine bay colt by Dick Finnell Nantura NanturaDeadlock Deadlock worked a mile In 141 easily easilyJockey Jockey Scobie was fined 25 by the stew ¬ ards for leaving the jockeys room to exer ¬ cise a horse between races this being a violation of the racing rules rulesMay May Blossom worked out the mile in 142 and shortly afterward Miss Joy came out and displayed a mile in 141 Both were fully extended The work was oreparatory to their racing in the Ashland Oaks OaksT T C McDowell is again confined to his bed relapseC by illness having suffered a relapse C J Fitz Gerald who has been visiting here for several days departed tonight for Isew York

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