Splendid Program Spoiled: Rain and Mud Make the Travers Stakes a Farce, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-20


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SPLENDID PROGRAM SPOILED Rain and Pucl Make the Travers Stakes a Farce. Rancocas Stable Takes Two Stake Races With Added Starters Zev and Little Chief. SARATOGA SPRINGS. N. Y.. August 19. The Rancocas Stable had a big day this afternoon. Zev, an added starter, was the winner of the Grand Union Hotel Stakes and then Little Chief, another added starter from the same stable, scored a hollow victory in the Travers Stakes. In the Grand Union Bud. Lerner, from the Rancocas Stable, was third, while in the Travers Kai-Sang, under hard restraint, was second to his stablemate. The other stake race of the afternoon was the Beverwyck Steeplechase and it furnished a real contest when J. S. Cosdens Bullseye outgamed Joseph E. Wideners Joyful to win by a narrow margin. It was a day of added starters, but that was natural when a rain that fell all Friday night made the track heavy and just to the liking of some that had not been named, while a decided handicap to others that had also been named overnight. There was another important change just before the running of the Grand Union Hotel Stakes when Gifford A. Cochran purchased Goshawk, winner of the Great American Stakes and the Saratoga Special, from H. P. Whitney for ?50,000. The colt raced under the Cochran silks. After having made that purchase Mr. Cochran also offered 25,000 for Bunting, but that offer was refused by Mr. Whitney, who also had the colt scratched from the Travers Stakes. RECORD ATTENDANCE ON HAND. The day was delightful for viewing racing, although the footing was bad and the largest crowd of the meeting was out for the sport. The Travers Stakes as a racing spectacle did not amount to much when Kai-Sang was the only one originally carded that went to the post. Whiskaway was the first to be scratched and then Bunting and Rockminis-ter were withdrawn. Then Hildreth added Little Chief and Walter House named Mrs. A. R. Lawsons Sweep By. This made it virtually a one-horse race, as there was not a remote chance for Sweep By to beat either one of the Rancocas pair. From a good start Fator took Little Chief out to make the pac and Sande had Kai-Sang under restraint back of him, while Sweep By was a follower all the way. On the first turn Kai-Sang showed a disposition to run out and Sande hit him sharply with the whip once to niak him attend to business. From that time to the finish he had the son of The Finn under stiff restraint, but always close ehough to Little Chief to come on and save the day. if Sweep By should make an unexpected rush, or Little Chief make any serious mistake. The race was worth 1,325 to the winner. It is unfortunate that the conditions of the track prevented Kai-Sang meeting Bunting and Whiskaway in this case, for the race run by him suggested that he might displace them both from the right to top the three-year-old division. ZEV EXCELS IN MUD. When Zev won the Grand Union Hotel Stakes he raced his way into more fashionable company than he had ever met. before, but the easy fashion in which he won stamped him at least a superior mud runner. Beginning rapidly, it did not take him long to find his way to the front and once there the result was never in doubt. At the end he was two lengths clear of another added starter, Dunlin, racing for the J. S. Cosden stable, and third money fell to another Rancocas Stable starter in Bud Lerner. Incidentally, the three placed horses were bred at Hamburg Place by John E. Madden. When he came back to the scales Zev was cut about both front legs, but Fator said that it happened at the barrier. The race was worth ,775 to the winner and it gave Zev new importance as a money winner. Of course, the heavy rain of Friday night gave altogether new complexion to the Grand Union, and while Sallys Alley, Dust Flower, Metric, Bright Tomorrow and Noel were all scratched, there were four added starters in Zev, Dunlin, Banter and Autumn Bells, and Goshawk raced under the silks of Gifford A. Cochran, leaving H. P. Whitney without a representative. With these changes in the field there were nine left to race and it was a thoroughly representative band. The race was truly run and it is safe to predict that Zev will verify the outcome before the end of the racing season from the manner in which he has been improving with each appearance The start was a good one and Martingale was first to show, with Goshawk, beginning from the outside, closely lapped on him. Banter was third and Zev fourth. But this Continued on twelfth pace SPLENDID PROGRAM SPOILED: Continued from first page. order did not last long, for Zev was soon at Martingales throat latch and while the son of Martinet has shown ability to run swiftly through mud he was no match at the weights, for Zcv and the black were soon in a clear lead, with Fator sitting still and permitting him to run along in his own fashion. Goshawk and Martingale were following him closely, but it was apparent before the stretch was reached that neither would catch him. Dunlin had begun a bit slowly, but was working his way up gradually and when the stretch was reached Garner crossed j with him to the inside and he finished there, j Through the stretch Zev was beginning to j show signs of tiring and to make a victory 1 certain Fator rode him out. In the mean- j time his stablemate Bud Lerner was coming ! along fast on the outside and it seemed for j an instant the Rancocas silks might be first ; and second. But Dunlins rush along the ! rail brought him safely into second place, , two lengths back of Zev and a like distance before Bud Lerner. Kummer came a bit wide with Martingale when swinging for home in search of good going and the colt I raced gamely, but fourth was all he could accomplish, and Wilderness was next, beating Goshawk home. Ensor had his first winning mount since his long suspension when he rode Drogheda to victory for the Oak Ridge Stable in the opening five and a half furlongs dash for maiden two-year-olds. The son of Celt and Sea Wave ran as though much the best In the heavy going and, stealing away into an early lead, the result was never in doubt. Anonymous, after racing forwardly all the vay, saved second place, and The Clown "was third, in front of Satellite. The latter was the favorite, but was in rather close quarters nearly all the way, and, while he closed up some ground, did not have a fair racing chance. There was a Kentucky victory in the fifth race when II. II. Hewitts Avisack, that raced well in the West, scored by two lengths from Ilillhouse, while Prima Donna was a close-up third. Dicks Daughter was the first to show, but she soon gave way to Ilillhouse. He made the running to the stretch, but Avisack was never far away and Connelly raced her around the outside to Hillhouse readily. Once in front he took her through the soft going on the inside, which was grateful to her bad underpinning. At the end she was propping a bit, but she had a safe margin of two lengths over Hillhouse. Prima Donna finished with a rush that would have landed her in second place in a few more strides, and Betty Wood was going well at the end. It was announced before Avisack went to the post that this was to be her last race, j She has been decidedly unsound and Mr. Hewitt will send her to the farm to join his band of brood mares. At the end of the- card J. S. Cosdens Good Times completed a double for the Maryland sportsman when he was an easy winner of a seven-eighths dash. He made the running throughout and at the end held Polly Ann perfectly safe, while she had to be ridden out to withstand the rush of Bluffer. "Violinist, after showing a bit of early speed, tired badly, while Toil, the only other starter, was outrun all the way. The first stake race of the days remarkable card was the Beverwyck Steeplechase over the short course, with a value of ?2,425 to the winner. It resulted in a fighting finish "when J. S. Cosdens Bullseye. the top weight, outgamed Joseph E. Wideners Joyful, to win by a half length, while Houdin, another from the Widener stable, easily saved third place from The Trout. W. P. Fraser, secretary of the Canadian Racing Associations, as well as the Ontario Jockey Club, was on hand to see the running of the Travers. J. B. Choate, who is a devotee of amateur ihunt racing and also a breeder in a small jway, made his first appearance of the Saratoga meeting. Harry Brown and John Higgins were arrivals today from Jamaica. Clarence Davids came in from Canada to see some Saratoga racing. Edward Boden came on from Brooklyn with his family for a holiday of a few days. John Thompson of Trenton, N. J., and Dr. G. Regan of Baltimore were among the recent arrivals. Program books of the Westchester Racing Association for its fall meeting, which cpens September 2 and continues until September 1G, were distributed among the horsemen today. For the opening day there is a sur plus of 05, obtained through advances in selling races, which is added to the purses. Avisack, winner of the fifth race, was claimed by N. Loscalzo for ,005. Hopeless, owned by Hal Price Headley. I and Carnarvon, the latter the property of Frederick Johnson, were shipped to Ken-1 tucky to be prepared for autumn racing there by trainer W. Buford of the Headley stable. fc-

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