Thunderclap at His Best: Runs a Fast Mile in Winning Saratoga Feature Race, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-19


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j THUNDERCLAP AT HIS BEST Runs a Fast Mile in Winning Saratoga Feature Race. , 6 E. R. Bradleys Blossom Time Wins Him His First Victory of the Present Meeting. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August IS. Thunderclap, from the Rancocas Stable, was winner of the best offering of the Saratoga Association this afternoon, when in a gamMy run race he took the Glens Falls Handicap, at a mile, in the fast time of 1 :37M; under a burden of 128 pounds. No stake race was down for decision and the second best offering was a five-eighths dash for maiden two-year-old fillies. It brought together a remarkably fine band of youngsters and the first victory of the metting for Edward R. Bradleys Idle Hour Stock Farm, when Blossom Time just beat Resting Time and Sun Thistle home, running in 53. The sweltering weather continues, but there was another large crowd on hand. The track was at its best and there was plenty of excitement in some of the finishes. THUJERCLAP AT TOP FORM. Thunderclap is at the top of his form now and his race in the Glens Falls Handicap left no doubt of this. Only five went to the post and Lally anil Blazes went out to set the pace. Sande saved Thunderclap under restraint back of them and alongside of Parader, with Rouleau bringing up the rear. It was not until nearing the stretch that Sande made his move with Thunderclap. He had permitted Parader to go through on the inside and join the leader before he moved. Garner was restraining Rouleau, but saving ground with him next to the rail. Sande chose the outside and challenged the leaders at the head of the stretch. He gradually made his way to the front and at the end was going away with plenty to spare. Garner tried to drive Rouleau through on the inside, but the son of Tracery was not there and when he tired badly Parader stuck it out to save second place and third money was his only portion. Lally and Blazes, after their early pacemaking, both quit badly and brought up in the rear. Royal Charlie, the three-year-old that Sam Louis took from the Sanford Stud Farm, was the winner of the opening throe-quarters darh after a long stretch fight with French Furze, while Arrow of Gold finished third. HOYAL CHARLIE IMPROVES. French Furze set the pace from the start He was still fighting it out gamely at the cr.d, but Royal Charlie proved too good for him. Royal Charlie had been a close contender from the start, and his race was a decided improvement over his previous display. Gladiator could not win for J. L. Holland, but The Peruvian, one that did not appear to have as good a chance, scored in the mile that was the second offering. In this Brink raced to second place and third was the portion Care Free received, one that was weakly ridden by J. Hughes. This order might have been different had it not been that Fluff ran out badly at the head of the stretch. She had set the pace and was going easily when she ran out. Then she was coming again at the end and it suggested that if Studer had been able to keep her in she might have lasted the distance. W. Pool kept The Peruvian well within striking distance and when Fluff ran out he quickly shot him to the front to win by a good five lengths. Jock Scot seems to have lest his form. He did not have his usual dash and was at no time able to improve his position. E. R. Bradley won his first purse at the meeting when his good filly Blossom Time, in a gamely run race, took the five-eighths dash for maiden two-year-old fillies that was Continued on twelfth page. THUNDERCLAP AT HIS BEST Continued from first page. the third offering. It was a rattling finish, when she only beat Resting Time by a half length, while three parts of a length farther away Sun Thistle, the half-sister to Sun Briar, was third. The race was run in 59. making it one of the fastest of the meeting. Platers made up the field for the fifth race, and it resulted in another close finish when Mrs. S. A, Cloptons New Orleans just got up to nose out Avispa in the last stride, while Kirklevington ran third. At the end of the program the Greentree Stable showed another fast two-year-old in Untidy, a daughter of Sweep and Cafe-au-Lait She was an easy winner of the five and a half furlongs dash for maidens. Joseph E. Wideners Purity took second place and third money fell to Runleigh. There was not much to the running, for Untidy had such a world of speed that she dashed into an early lead and at the end was eased up. Purity was an easy second best, but at no time threatened the winner. He beat Run- leigh ten lengths for second place and tha others were strung out.

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