Upset In the Walkerville: Mercury Surprises Windsor Patrons by Unexpected Victory, Daily Racing Form, 1922-07-15


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UPSET IN THE WALKERVILLE a Mercury Surprises Windsor Patrons by Unexpected Victory. 9 Jockey Turner Injured and Lasy Lou Breaks Neck in the Final Race. WINDSOR. OnL, July 14. The Walkervillo Handicap, which featured todays card at Windsor, resulted in a complete upset and decided surprise when the Vulcain Stables Mercury was home a vinner in a grueling drive from the Pelican Stables Oil Man, with Adonis third. The race was a dash o three-quarters, for three-year-olds and over, under handicap conditions. The field that faced the barrier was a good one and the J. K. L. Ross pair, Sailing B. and Baby Grand, were installed the popular choices. There vas a slight delay at the post before the barrier was released, but the field left in good alignment with the exception of Estero, which vas eliminated from contention. Adonis vas first to show in front, but soon relinquished the lead to Oil Man, which was heading Sailing B., while Mercury was racing on the outside. Entering the stretch run Oil Man bore to the outside and carried Mercury out, while Sailing B. came through next to the rail. In a grueling battle J. Rowan brought Mercury up with a rush and at the end he had a head advantage from Oil Man. which held the fast-closing Adonis safe for second place, while Sailing B. finished fourth. There was a decided falling off in the attendance from the opening day. However, it was a goodly sized attendance that witnessed the sport conducted under ideal conditions and a track lightning fast The racing, despite the upsets, was of a spirited order, and the majority of the winners were forced to sustain hard drives to earn their verdicts. Apart from the handicap attraction the card was given over to claiming races. M. Lowensteins colors were seen in front in the opening dash, when Bill OFlynn carried them in the lead from start to finish, proving easily best of the dozen maiden two-year-olds that made up the field. Trainer W. Martin saddled his first winner for his new employer, P. G. Christopher, when June Fly took a band of Canadian-breds into camp in the second race. The winner was ridden by Joe Rowan, which completed a double for the youngster. Kings Court waj second, while Troubler was third. The stewards, being dissatisfied with the showing made by Baby Mine, the favorite in the race, called trainer J. W. Graver to the stand and questioned him. He was afterward notified that a repetition of any reversals from his stable would result in prompt action by the stewards. CLOSE AND THRILLING FINISH. While there was little to enthuse over in the field that faced the starter in the third race, it provided a smashingly good race anu about as thrilling a finish as has been witnessed in Canada this year. Through the entire length of the stretch ten of the twelve starters were strung across the track with the smallest of margins separating them and each having a good chance to capture first honors. As they thundered past the judges the crowd gave vent to the enthusiasm inspired by the thrilling spectacle and long and loud was the cheering and applause. When the official placing was announced it was seen that first place was awarded to Old Top, second to Topango, and third to Rockery-Jockey Turner suffered a fractured collar bone when Lazy Lou fell in the final race. Lazy Lou was crowded against the fence and sustained a broken neck, dying immediately. Tingling fell in the sixth race, but F. Wilson escaped with a shaking up. Trainer C. J. Casey will ship the Pelican Stable to Saratoga at the conclusion of the Kenilworth meeting. J. P. Smith will ship the Vulcain Stable to the Spa at the samo time. The Thorncliffe Stable, in charge of trainer F. Schelke, arrived from Fort Erie this morning. Frank Farrar has sold to J. Bishop th.6 plater Momentum at private terms. Jockey F. Woodstock has been forced to remain idle for some time, due to an attack of blood poison, which set in at Fort Erie. Trainer J. H. Stotler, who has been resting up at Mt. Clemens, Mich., recovering from an attack of neuritis, was a visitor this afternoon and showed considerable improvement. A. L. Austin reported that the plater Bob Baker came out of his last race badly cut about the hock and will be on the shelf for some time. Bert Hyner, who trained for General Stephen Sanford years ago, was a visitor thia afternoon and renewed acquaintances about the paddock. C. P. Winfrey will saddle the horses trained by L. Tauber during the latters absence oa a business journey to New York.

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