Chilly Day At Belmont: Lanius Scores Impressive Victory in First Time Out This Year.; "Specs" Crawfords Fine Riding Gives Lytle Victory in Grand National Steeplechase., Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-15


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CHILLY BAY AT BELMONT Lanius Scores Impressive Victory in First Time Out This Year Specs Crawfords Fine Biding BidingGives Gives Lytle Victory in Grand GrandNational National Steeplechase NEW YORK N Y June 14 There was a chill In the air at Belmont Park today that made the top of the grandstand decidedly uncomfortable for those who made the trip to the big Nassau County track without top ¬ coats coatsThere There was also a high wind blowing that helped the horses through the straight but was a decided handicap in running up the stretch A goodly crowd was out and the sport was worth while whileThe The only stake feature iras the Grand Na ¬ tional Steeplechase that fell to J F Flana ¬ gans Lytle just because Specs Crawford was the one rider of the four that used ordinary judgment of pace Then there were a couple of overnight races that were worth while and they furnished good sport sportA A J Joyner started George D AVideners Lanius for the first time this ycir and the son of Llangibby and Southern Belle proved he is back well able to earn his way among the good ones when he was an easy winner winnerHis His victory came in the threequarter mile of the Dunton a highweight handicap and he carried 119 pounds to beat the Green tree Stables Exodus 115 George W Lofts On Watch the top weight at 140 and five other fast ones onesIN IN FHONT ALL THE WAT WATNo No time was lost at the barrier and as It rose McAtee sent Lanius away to such good advantage that he was clear in the early stages and good enough to make every post a winning one oneSmoke Smoke Screen and Exodus were the ones to lead the others while On Watch always a slow beginner was some way back and William A brought up the rear rearSande Sande tcok a course along the rail with On Watch and the son of Colon and Rubla Granda was fortunate in finding has way through until he was second after making the stretch turn turnBut But Lanius was still racing along in front and he had hung to the inside rails himself An eighth from home Sande went to the whip on On Watch but he could not get to Lanius and the drive eventually toolc so much out of the Loft horse that right at the end Exodus was up on the outside to just beat him for second place in the last stride strideThis This race suggests thatianhis is fitted for better things He has ken speed and fin ¬ ished out the threequarters in a manner to Indicate that he is capable of racing much farther George D AVidener was on hand to see his old gelding perform and was de ¬ cidedly pleased with his showing showingH H P AVhitneys AVhiskaway made his bow for the year in the mile dash for tlirce yearolds the fourth on the program He was the shortest priced winner of the spring racing on the metropolitan tracks being quoted at one to eight He had nothing to beat but did his work so well that he was being eased up at the end after running the mile in 1 37 37Quite Quite a surprise came with the decision of the closing race of the afternoon when the Rancocas pair Zev and AYhirlwlnd were taken in camp by AV M Jeffords Prince Re ¬ gent the latter earning the verdict by a nose in a terrific finish finishCredit Credit for the victory of J K Flanagans Lytlo in the three miles of the Grand Na ¬ tional Steeplechase should go to Specs Crawford whose handling of the gelding brought about the score He was the one rider of the four that used good judgment in the handling of his mount and patiently waiting while the others raced along at a killing pace which enabled Lytle to race past them through the last quarter of a mile mileIIOW IIOW LYTLE AVON AVONThe The field went away at a hunting clip and Lytle was showing the way with Joseph E Davis Earlocker second his stablemate Phoenix third and the Greentreo Stables Kingdom II with Vincent Powers up last of the band bandAs As long as it was a sensible pace uytle was showing the way at a nice easy gallop but going to the water the second turn of tho course there was a sharpening of the speed Earlocker went into command and Powers rushed Kingdom II up from last plaeo until he was second secondAs As Kingdom II moved llahoney went after him with Phoenix and Crawford wisely per ¬ mitted them to begin their run without mak ¬ ing any effort to go along with them At Continued on twelfth page CHILLY DAY AT BELMONT Continued from first pace the lower end of the course Phoenix and Kingdom IL had both raced by Earlocker but Pierce was still keeping the second one of the Davis string plugging along at his best pace By this time Crawford was lengths back of the others and still rating Lytle along strongly stronglyThe The Flanagan horse was jumping cleanly and It was evident that he had plenty in reserve while those in front of him were well tired out and racing at their best clip clipThrough Through the back field run both Powers on Kingdom n and MUhoney on Phoenix fought for the lead and the suicidal duel con ¬ tinued around the upper end of the field Phoenix bad it on Kingdom IL when he made the turn for home but he was well exhausted before he had put the English horse away and it was then that Crawford made his winning rush rushBringing Bringing Lytle along on the inside with a perfectly timed dash he was almost with Phoenix at the last fence and it was no trick to beat him from there to the finish Then Powers tossed off third for Kingdom II when he eased his mount until Earlocker was up in time to beat him for that part of the stake in the last stride strideThe The Grand National was worth 3475 to the winner and its running did not demon ¬ strate by any means that Lytle was the best horse but it did demonstrate conclusively that Crawford was the best rider riderAs As a final for his race in the mile of the Carlton Fred Burlew sent the champion Mor vich a mile in 1 40 at Jamaica this morning The son of Runnymede and Hymir was plainly tired at the end The workout seemed to be all he needs for his engagement His only race this year was his victory in tlio Kentucky Derby and most of his speed tests have been over short distances distancesII II P Whitneys Olympus has arrived at Jamaica from the Brookdale Farm and he is looking exceedingly fit He was out for easy galloping exercises and may be started in the Brooklyn Handicap HandicapMorvich Morvich will be shipped to Latonia Sunday and Snob II with some of the Cosden two yearolds will leave for the Kentucky tract Monday Pillory winner of the Preakness and the Belmont will probably leave Mon ¬ day

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