Grey Lags Glorious Race: His Victory in Empire City Handicap a Sparkling Exhibition, Daily Racing Form, 1922-07-09


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GREY LAGS GLORIOUS RACE His Victory in Empire City Handicap a Sparkling Exhibition. Concedes Much Weight to Opponents and Overcomes Many Difficulties to Win. YONKERS, N. Y.. July 8. Grey Lag. tha sturdy four-year-old son of Star Shoot anil Miss Minnie, carrying the colors of the Ran-cocas Stable, showed his real quality in convincing fashion when he was winner o the mile and an eighth of the City Handicap over a track that was not to his liking, and after overcoming many difficulties m the running. He carried the heavy impost of 132 pounds and was giving away great-lumps of weight to every starter. Captain Alccck. winner of the Suburban, was in receipt of seventeen pounds. It wa3 a gloriously run race by a goo I game horse and was a fitting feature for the opening of the nineteen-day meeting of the Yonkers track of the Empire City Association. As usual there was a tremendous crowd out to welcome the thoroughbreds back to Westchester County, and many notables viewed the sport from the clubhouse inclosure. Five went to the post for the Empire City Handicap, and from a good start Captain Alcock and Hephaistos went out to set thu pace. Bon Homme was racing on the outside of them and not far away, while Grey Lag was fourth, with Devasation, the only other starter, lapped on him. Fator chose a route along the rail with Grey Lag and when the backstreteh v;ai reached he found himself in a close pocket as he raced back of Captain Alcock, with Hephaistos and Bon Homme hemming him in. Just there Fator used rare judgment, for, instead of trying to force his way through, he kept Grey Lag well up and waited for an opening. TUIt?TITG POINT OF CONTEST. It looked for a time as though the opening would never come, but ncaring the stretch turn Schuttinger moved on Bon Homme and circled around on the outside. At the same time Hephaistos and Captain Alcock both showed signs of tirins. Thcu, shortly after making the turn for home ami while Bon Homme was showing the way, thand opportunity offered and Fator was quick to take advantage of it and sent the chestnut through. Bon Homme answered the call of Schuttinger resolutely, but Grey Lag was not to l denied and the result was apparent at tne eighth post, when he found clear sailing. He came on through and at the end was a length and a half to the good. Deasta-tion finished with good courage and was lapped on Bon Homme, while Captain Alcock was a length and a half farther away and Hephaistos was beaten off eight lengths. On many occasions before Grey Lag has proved his worth, but he never ran a much better race than he did today to win the Empire City Handicap, by reason of the manner in which he was pocketed all through the backstreteh run. He responded like a real champion when called on and at the end was racing as though he could maks another circuit of the course. The race was worth,550 to the winner. After a sharp stretch duel with Cum Sah. J. H. Tevis Tribune won the fifth race by a, length and J. L. Prices old gelding was threj lengths before Mystic. W. V. Caseys Knigh. of the Heather, after beginning slowly, closed an immense gap to be third. TOO FAIt FOR CUM SAIL Cum Sah was the one to cut out all the pace and he had speed enough to show the way under a nice steadying restraint. Tribune was never far away and Mystic was racing strongly and .well within striking distance. This was tfie order heading for the stretch turn when Lowe, as he tried to go through on the inside with Mystic, was badly pinched off and lost a couple of lengths. Cum Sah was still clear when he led at the turn for home, but he was shortening his stride and it was evident that the mile and seventy yards was a bit too far for him. Tribune was closing fast on the outside under a drive and he were the leader down stride by stride until, as has already been told, he was winner going away. Mystic made an excellent recovery from the interference he suffered and was a good third. St. Allan, now racing under the silks oC H. M. Howard, was an easy winner of the short three-quarters selling handicap, which wasrun as the third race. At the finish he was romping along seven lengths to the good and James Butlers Picnic was alon;r in time to be second, a length and a quarter before Crank, from the stable of Samuel Ross, with the Marrone Stables Whisk a close fourth. St. Allan was on his bad behavior at the Continued on second pase. ; ! GREY LAGS GLORIOUS RACE Continued from first pace. barrier and he caused a considerable delay, but when the webbing rose the horses were all in motion, though seme a bit slow to be fairly under way. St. Allan left speedily and he dominated the running from end to end. Muskallonge and Picnic chased after the winner, but the Fisher four-year-old tired before the stretch was reached. Brisk had been in rather close quarters and when too late he closed some ground along the inner rail. Billy Watts, hack in the stable of S. C. Uildrclh, was the one tliat left the post slowly and there was no time that he reached a contending position. Through the stretch Fator was forced to go wide with him just when he seemed to have a chance to chare in some part of the purse. Mrs. M. S. Allens good Honcywcod two-1 year-old Paisley was winner of the curtain I raiser when he took the measure of a fair band of selling platers of the same age over the five and a half furlongs distance. At the end he was doing his best to withstand a determined rush of A. B. Gordons Daniel, and J. A. Coburns Lady Inez beat True Flier for the short end of the purse. Paisley was good enough to set all the ninivng and until inside the last eighth Peter Brown was holding the others and going so easily that he appeared to have a real winning chance. But Alerimee was of no assistance and when the final battle came the gelding dropped back badly until he was fifth at the end. PAX1EL FAILS BY INCHES. Daniel saved ground on the inside all the way and, closing resolutely, was wearing the winner down at the end, but was just a bit too late. Flying Devil raced forwardly for a considerable part of the race, but he wa3 all through before the serious part of the contest began. R. J. Murphys Thimble was an easy winner of the mile and seventy yards of the second race, and she proved herself a good sort of a selling plater when she easilv took the measure of Frigate, while back of him came R. T. Wilson3 Tangerine, William Martins Bellsolar and Dr. Tyrees The Roll Call. It really was a two-horse race all the way. Thimble was away quickly, but wa3 whipped to Use first turn to hold his position on the inside, while Clarence Kummer rode alongside with Frigate, and he had the Howard gelding under a slight restraint. All through the backstretch the pair were closely lapped and they quickly drew out from the others. Kummer seemed to have plenty in reserve with Frigate, but the filly was holding him readily, though from time to time Thomas drew his whip to prevent her loafing. Swinging out of the backstretch Thimbio drew out slightly when Thomas whipped her, and 3he continued to draw away for ihe rest of the race. Kummer made his real bid at the head of the stretch with Frigate, but Thimble is nothing If not game, and sho continued to draw out until at the end she was three and a half lengths dear. Bellsolar after going badly in the early stages, closed some ground going to the stretch turn, but she tired in the final eighth and Tangerine was along in time to beat her a length for second place. OFFICIALS FOR EMPIRE. The officials for the Empire City meeting follow: Steward to represent the Jockey Club, A. H. Morris ; stewards of the meeting, Frank J. Bryan and W. S. Vosburgh ; judges, B. C. Smith and C. Cornehlsen : starter. Mars Cassidy ; assistant to stewards at start, E. C. Potter ; handicapper, W. S. Vosburgh . clerk of scales, Albert Burlen ; paddock and patrol judge, James McLaughlin ; patrol judges, E. IT. Hanna and William Doyle ; timer, James K. Neale ; physician, Dr. Charles B. Flynn. Hea, the star three-year-old of the Salu-bria Stable, was hurt while being shipped to Saratoga, and it is doubtful if he will b8 started at that meeting. Mose Goldblatt was an arrival at the Yonkers track with an even dozen horses that he will race during the meeting for H. P. Whitney. There was no particular reason for the warning to motorists to choose some other route to the Yonkers track than Jerome avenue. It was just as passable as it has been at other meetings. Trainer Tryon added blinkers to the equipment of Mrs. M. S. Allens Paisley in the opening dash, though he won his first out without such help. Dr. J. S. Tyree, the Washington sportsman, made his 1922 New York debut when he showed his sillis on The Boll Call in the second race. This was one brought up from Maryland by Frank Frisbie, where he was fitted. After the running of the first race A. B. Gordons Daniel was claimed by H. C. Proc- tor for f 3,723.

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