Erie Meeting Is Under Way: Thrilling Racing Features Opening Days Sport--Magician Takes Inaugural., Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-08


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ERIE MEETING IS UNDER WAY Thrilling Racing Features Opening Days Sport Magician Takes Inaugural InauguralERIE ERIE Pa June 7 Racing begun here today under favorable weather and track conditions and before a crowd of large pro ¬ portions Judge Joseph A Murphy is in charge of the racing and there seems to be more interest displayed than last year es ¬ pecially with the local people peopleThe The Inaugural Handicap of threequarters of a mile was the main attraction of opening day and eight wellmatched horses made up the field for it and provided a thrilling con ¬ test The finish was exceedingly close the first three horses crossing the winning line separated by the smallest of margins The spectators were uncertain of the result and not until the official placing was announced were they sure of the winner Magician was first by a head with Sweep Up II a nose in advance of American Eagle EagleSport Sport of the sensational order was pro ¬ vided in the first four races the finishes being of the hairraising variety with inches separating the winners from their nearest opponents opponentsIn In the opener Billy Boots beat Peasant by a head in a fastrun race The latter was favorite and lost out in the last few strides stridesThree Three long shots in Fond Hope Kitty Johnson and Midian dashed past the judges in the second race in the order named only a head showing between the first two twoAgain Again in the third Restless got home first by the same margin a head in advance of Kimono but only after a spirited contest the result of Which was in doubt until the last few strides stridesThe The claiming six and a half furlong con ¬ test run as the fifth furnished another ex ¬ citing finish when Bean Spiller Catoctin and Minnie H fought it out all through the stretch to catch the judges eye in the order named namedAfter After five head finishes in a row the spectators were given a breathing spell in the sixth race a dash of one mile in which La Kross scored by three lengths from Em ¬ ma J and Neg NegThen Then another spirited contest wound up the afternoons sport Olympian King and My Gracie staging a terrific duel for first honors the first mentioned gaining the ver ¬ dict after a meritorious performance

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