More Laurels for Great Exterminator: Immense Crowd at Aqueduct Goes Wild with Joy When Wonderful Gelding Triumphs over Grey Lag in the Brooklyn Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-17


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MMIT LAuMlLS JtOR GREA1 EX1 ERMINA i OR e - IMMENSE CROWD AT AQUEDUCT GOES V/ILD WITH JOY WHEN WONDERFUL GELDING TRIUMPHS OVER GREYLAG IN TEE BROOKLYN HANDICAP NEW YORK, N. Y., June 16. — Never in the long anel honorable history of the Brooklyn Handicap was Caere a more popular victory than that scored by Willis Slmi-pe Kilmers mighty gelding Exterminator at Aqueduct today. The immense throng rooted for him to a man from the rise of the barrier to the last strides and, after he was home winner in one of the most wonderful exhibitions of game-ness ever shown in racing, the crowd went mad. Hats were thrown in the air and tho applause was deafening until long after the old fellow had returned to the scales. Then for the rest of the day his great performance 7 T] CD st ° was the one topic to the exclusion of the other races. It was the opening of the nineteen-day meeting of the Queens County Jockey Club and a tremendous crowd was out, drawn there largely with the promise of seeing the mighty guiding in action again against Grey Lag, winner of the Brooklyn last year and. colt whieh was known to be trained te* the minute for the race. After Mad Hatter, Sennings Park and Devastation had all been withdrawn from th field, those to oppose Exterminator and Grey Lag were the Suburban winner. Captain Alccck, from the Quincy Stable ; Spalding Lowe Jenkins Polly Ann and Gifford A Cochrans Bersagliere. STOIiY OF THE RACE. The start was an excellent one and in tin first quarter the order was Folly Ann, Grey Lag and Exterminator. The filly was permitted to open up something of a lead in tin-backstretch, while Fator had Grey Lag under a steadying restraint and Johnson fol-| lowed well within striking distance with the mighty gelding. The other two were soon out of the contention and there was no time that they cut any important figure. Not until completing the long run through the backstretch did Fator go to Polly Ann with Grey Lag, and as he moved after the iilly Johnson went on with Exterminator and he chose a course along the inner rail. Grey Lag swung for home showing the way and galloping fast, but Exterminatoi was right after him and tn« Ally herself was hanging en with good courage. Then when the two giants settled down to that long hard stretch battle Polly Anu finally tired and dropped back. Then the fight was on and they were both game and fit. With that bulldog courage that has carried him to victory so often tho old son of McGee stuck to his task under the Johnson urging and though he threw his tail in the air once as though indicating he was giving up his last ounce he never faltered, Gray Lag wavered slightly inside the eighth pest,, but he too was running straight and through and giving up his alL Right to the finish they raced partly lapped. but oid Exterminator had finally earned a lead of a head from the Star Shooter four- year-old anel it was to hold. He was all in when be finished, but he had done it. as he-had so often before. Just one more brilliant race to a list that is one of the most re- markable of the American turf. GItEY LAG NOT DISGRACED. Grey Lag is in no sense disgraced by his magnificent showing and was only beaten a head and four lengths back of them Polly Ann lasted long enough to save third place from the fast closing Captain Alcock by a head. The fraction times for the race were 24, 47%, 1:12%. 1:37, 1:50. The rae-e was worth ,000 to the winner. Alfred Johnson is entitled to a full measure of praise for his excellent riding of Exterminator. He saved ground all the way and timed his winning effort to a nicety. W. Daniels Olynthus. by a last second rush, was up in time to take the mile of the fifth race from W. C. Clancys Crystal Ford. and Translate, after closing an Immense gap, finishtd third. Daydue was the one to cut out the early pace, but Crystal Ford was never far away and when he went to tho front readily in the stretch he looked all over a winner. Through the last eighth Olynthus came with his rush that finally landed him winner in the last nod. Translate really ran a winning race, for he had scant chance at the start and closed an immense gap to earn the small end of the purse. The Bayside Selling Steeplechase was tho cross-country feature of the opening day and it went to Joseph EL Wideners Vigilante, well ridden by D. Byers. J. W. Hcalys old Robert Oliver wa3 second and the Canterbury Farms Guy Gaunt a distant third. Tho only other starter was J. S. Cosdens Ilalla- vill and he went down with A Williams two jumps from the finish. Hallavill was the one to cut out the pace and he was still in a winning position when he came to grief. For a turn of the course Guy Gaunt raced in second place and never . • I Continued on twelfth page. "n * I! L a a tJ j! | C f l r 1 r , , i i ] i 1 , I j I . , ; , , C - . a, _ ° r " e ;" d • II " 3 u •r e P *• tt ,e * a he !p 11 "k i- M0ES LAURELS FOR THE GUSAT EXTEEMINAT0B Continued from first pape. far from the lead, though he was fencing badly and after breaking tho top rail of tho f. artta fence he made a bad landing over tlie water. All this tiino Byers was waiting patiently with Vigilante, last of the four. Robert Oliver was closer to the loader than usual and at the lower end of the field he moved up strongly on the inside. There Williams called on Hallavill and when the back field j was reached ho had opened up a good lead, while Guy daunt was dropping back already beaten. Through tho back field Byers made his move with Vigilante and the big brown went up rapidly until he was right with the Cos-den four-year-old and Robert Oliver was hanging on with a dogged courage. Into the front field Hallavill was still showing the way, but he was being pressed so closely by Vigilante that Williams became ! anxious arid ho drove the four-year-old into the fourte- nth fence at a clip that made him Jump badly and he came dowa. With this one out of the way it was no trick for Vigilante to eome home an easy winner from Robert Oliver, and it was only the fall that permitted Guy Gaunt to be third. The race was worth v-,200 to the winner. It was discovered after the race that A. Williams had broken his collar bone as a result of his tumble. For the opening race there was the Kingston Handicap over the three-quarters distance and it brought out Frank J. Far-wells greatly improved Dlmmesdale. the ltancocas stables Knobble and Jos. K. Wid-eners old French bred Naturalist. Dbaaaeedale proved best and after Knobble had made tho early pace he went to the front in the long stretch and had something left at the nd. Tho performance of Naturalist was of interest, for It demonstrated that Thomas Welch has brought him back to the races a good horse. Through the stretch Naturalist threatened, but he weakened over so slightly at the end as though a bit short. It was only in the last stride that he lost second place to Knobble. S. C. Hildreth sent the third winner of the meeting to the post in Aladdin, from the Raneocas Stable. It was a dee-eighths dash for two-year-olds and it brought about a rattling finish when J. S. Cosdens Crochet, the daughter of Celt and Network, made it interesting fir the son of Dick RlnnelL Crochet and Aladdin were the on m to set all the running and the fiily had a shade over the colt until well inside tho last eighth. There Sanda called on the black and in a good game finish he wore the filly down to win by half a length. J. K Griffiths Saint Valentino was a big Saaappointinent. Ho was off well in motion and did not seem to have a good excuse for his defeat. Arthur B. Hancock, proprietor of both the Claiborne and the Ellerslic Studs, was a visitor for the Brooklyn running. Waiter Carter, trainer of the Aimonia Stable, that raced with such success in Cuba last winter, was an arrival from his Buffalo home. William P. Riggs, secretary of the Maryland Jockoy Club, was a visitor for the Aqueduct opening. Tho seh. cling list Is lighter now than it has been at any time since early in the season. Those still in disgrace aro Bright Lights, Jiiavourneen. Pud. True Flier and Lough lied. The latest ones to be graduated are Care Free, Rustler and Favour. Chester A. Applegate has moved over with Ida horses from Belmont to Aqueduct. William Cahill always has a particular interest in seeing Kxterminator perform since he plated the champion gelding. The o!d son of McGce and Fair Fmpress has been racing this year in a racing plate that has been patented by CahUl.

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