Alabama Stakes to Nedna: Furnishes a Surprise in Defeating the Fleet Filly Emotion, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-11


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ALABAMA STAKES TO NEDNA Furnishes a Surprise in Defeating the Fleet Filly Emotion. : Bigheart Runs an Excellent Race in Winning- from Surf Rider Rialto a Good One. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August 10 W. P. . Thompson does not show his silks often, but when he does it is on a good one and from his sterling old mare Leayonara. The one today was Nedna, the fleet-footed Whisk Broom II. filly that was making her second start of the meeting. She won the long established Alabama Stakes for fillies of her age. Back of her came Emotion, Prudish, Irish Confetti and Startle. This was the feature race of an interesting program and by her victory Nedna, although she was in receipt of ten pounds from Prudish and Startle, beat Emotion under equal weights and at once takes her place among the top-notch fillies of her age. The track was dried out considerably from its recent drenching, but it was still slow and the mile and a quarter in 2:08 was a thoroughly creditable performance. The race was worth ,050 to Mr. Thompson. With a delightful day for the sport there was a goodly crowd on hand, but the entertainment furnished by the association was orthy of a better one. Bill and Coo and Prelude were scratched j from the Alabama, leaving five to bear silks;, j and of the band it was generally agreed that, at the weights, Emotion seemed to have fhe best chance. Prudish and Nedna, both being saddled by James Rowe, were treated as an entry and the folks from Kentucky felt sure that Sartle would take the measure of both of them. As for Irish Confetti there was nothing she had done to merit attention in such a field. SEDNA SET THE PACE. Right from the start Nedna and Prudish went out to make the pace. Nedna was eager to run and was inclined to be rebellious as Keogh endeavored to take her back. Emotion was right after the pair and she was also under a stiff restraining pull, but McAtee had less trouble in placing her. Around the first turn McAtee dropped Emotion in behind the two leaders and, thus pocketed, it made the placing of her easier. Nedna had the rail position and Keogh had her neck bowed as he tried to pull her back to Prudish. Prudish was racing smoothly under Garner, but she did not show the dash of her stablemate. I When nearing the turn out of the back-I stretch McAtee rushed Emotion in between j the leaders and she soon had Prudish headed and was lapped on Nedna. At that state of j the running it appeared that she would come on and win. But Nedna was still there and Keogh had not called on her. She held Emotion as the daughter of Friar Rock came alongside and they raced to the eighth post closely locked. There for an instant it seemed that Emotion had Nedna headed, but ICeogh had wisely saved something for the finish and when he called on the daughter of Whisk Broom II., in that last eighth she came away and at the end was a length and a quarter to the good, while Emotion had only beaten Prudish a length. In her victory Nedna proved that she is in every sense worthy to have her name inscribed with those other queens of the turf that have been returned Alabama winners. EASY FOR PRIJfCE JAMES. After Southern Cross and Irish Confetti were withdrawn from the fifth race it was not much of a trick for Charles T. Thieriots Prince James to be returned the winner from High Speed, while A. K. Macombers The Dictator saved third money, with Daniel A. a distant last. The Dictator was rushed into a long lead and in the early running Prince James was lengths back. It always takes this son of King James some time to be under way. Many who did not know could not give him a winning chance even when the far turn was reached. But there ne began to move and he gradually found his way up until he was in second place and Taplin was sitting still, content in the knowledge that Prince James would do all needed. High Speed closed up in the streteh and had no trouble about beating the tired The Dictator for second place. J. S. Cosdens Bigheart ran a good and a game race to be first home in the Burnt Hills Highweight Handicap at three-quarters. Montfort Jones Surf Rider, racing in improved style, was second and third money went to Little Chief. There was a considerable delay at the post, for which Lucky An-toine and St. Allan were chiefly to blame. Finally they were sent away in good alignment and St. Allan was first to show, with Mercury, Toil and Bigheart in close attendance. The Cosden gelding had begun from an outside position, as did Toil, and it was Continued on twelfth page. ALABAMA STAKES TO NEDNA Continued from first page. some i.Ule time before the son of Sweep could find his way to the front. As Big-heart took command Mercury was in second place, with Toil showing the way to the others. Througli the stretch Bigheart drew away slightly, but in . the final eighth Surf Rider closed up with a rush and Little Chief began to make up ground in gallant fashion. Right to the finish Bigheart held to his lead, but was doing his best to win by a length, while Surf Rider only beat Little Chief a head for second place and the others were well strung out. Chester A. Applegates Dicks Daughter took the opening race when she was ratlur an easy winner of the five and a half furlongs " dash for selling plater two-year-olds. Kern-mare raced to second place, with Moon Glide a close third. Joseph E. Davis officiated as one of the stewards for the steeplechase, At the end of the card James Rowe showed a good colt from the H. P. Whitney stable when he saddled Rialto, a son of Chicle and Matinee. He won from E. R. Bradleys Bays Believe Me and Cape Clear, while Drcgheda was a distant fourth. Boys Believe Me set a fast pace and made it decidedly interesting for theson of Chicle before it was all over when he hung on resolutely through th.e stretch drive. Rialto is surely a coU of good class and this, his maiden race, was a good one when it is considered that he raced green all the way. At the head of the stretch Boys Believe Me forced Rialto wide, but the latter, as he came alongside, retailiated by forcing the Bradley colt in and they finished on the inside, with Rialto a neck to the gjod. This race should do much in the education of Rialto and he is probably destined to take his place among the best two-year-olds of the year.

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