Windsors Exciting Finish: Estero Wins the Main Race, with Four Almost Level, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-19


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WINDSORS EXCITING FINISH Estero Wins the Main Race, with Four Almost Level. John Finn Cuts a Sorry Figure in a Race Which Fair Gain Won in a Canter. WINDSOR, Ont, August 18. G. M. Hen-dries mare Estero, well ridden by II. Erick-son, accounted for the La Salle Handicap, which featured this afternoons card, in a thrilling finish with Suave Prince, Carman-dale and Sailing B. finishing in the order named. The race, which was at three-quarters, served to bring out some of the best sprinters in these parts and resulted in the best race and finish of the afternoon. The start was a good one and the horses, with the exception of Estero, left in perfect alignment. Carmandale, under his top weight, set a great pace and was closely pursued by Suave Prince, while Dorothy Buckner was heading Sailing B., and Estero was bringing up in the rear. The latter gained steadily and found a clear course on the inside on the backstretch. The field was closely bunched when entering the stretch, with the exception of Bulldog Drummond, which was badly outrun. Carmandale led into the final eighth with a length advantage, although Suave Prince was running fast. But Estero had gained rapidly and came with a rush after entering the stretch and in a furious drive got up in the final stride to earn the verdict, while Suave Prince outfinished the tiring Carmandale, with the latter having but a head advantage over Sailing B. The distance was covered in 1:11. Estero drew considerable support from the crowd and the victory was a popular one. ATTENDANCE FALLS OFF. Threatening clouds which gave every promise of rain obscured the sky during the morning and had a depressing effect on the crowd, which again showed a falling off. The rain, however, kept off and the temperature was somewhat cooler than that of yesterday. The card which was offered was a well-arranged one and brought out good fields in each race. Surprises were again in the ascendancy and favorite backers gave up the battle to locate winning choices. The track proper was in good condition and good time was made in each race. The secondary feature, the Bois Blanc Purse, brought the failure of a well-backed favorite when John Finn finished a dismal last. The latter was responsible for considerable crowding on the first turn in which Finery and Sandy Beal were the principal sufferers. The winner turned up in Fair Gain, ridden by McTaggart, which drew away at the end to win in a canter from Sandy Beal, while Moss Fox II. was third. Fair Gain was prominent from the start and when called on responded with a rush. "WAGE SPECTACULAR BATTLE. Scwell Combs and Sun Brae staged a spectacular battle for the lions share of the purse in the second race, a three-quarters dash, in which the former got the deciding nod right at the end. The winner was neglected in the wagering and showed decided improvement over his previous races in these parts. Jockey H. J. Burke proved the undoing of the stoutly supported Doubtful in a Canadian-bred two-year-old race, in which his timidity caused him to take his mount up. Fair Lavana proved the winner and netted the largest return of the day, 4.40. The stake blanks for the coming meeting at Havre de Grace arrived this morning and were distributed among the horsemen. Jockey F. Weiner will resume riding tomorrow, fully recovered from his fall at Fort Erie. James Boden arrived this morning with a division of the Triple Springs Farm Stable from Saratoga. The stakes for the fall meeting of the Ontario Jockey Club, to be run at Woodbine Park, close next Monday, August 21. Harry Giddings reported that Royal Visitor was on the shelf with a filled leg and would be absent for a short time.

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