Morvich Beaten Once More: Succumbs to Surf Rider in a Fast Seven-Eighths, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-22


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MORViCH BEATEN OKCE MORE Succumbs to Surf Rider in a Fast Seven-Eighths. William Tell Wins the Second Half of the Consolation Stakes Golden Rule Easily. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y.. August 21. There was plenty of excitement attending the racing served up by the Saratoga Association this afternoon, and least of it was in the running of the Consolation Stakes, the two-year-old stake race of the afternoon. To begin with Benjamin Blocks Morvicli was again thoroughly beaten, and this time ever the seven-eighths distance, by Montfort Jones Surf Rider. Then there was a steeplechase with four searters in wiiich each one of them came to grief, but New Haven was remounted and returned the winner. John Paul Jones from the Xalapa Farm was the winner of the mile handicap of the day. The track was back to a fast condition and the weather was all that could have been desired for the sport, resulting in a larger crowd than is usual on Monday. It certainly was not a very edifying spectacle to see only two horses go to the post in the seven-eighths of uie Greenwich Handicap today and the wholesale scratching did not speak well for the sportsmanship of those who had accepted the weights by naming their horses through the entry box. As the Greenwich entries went out they gave promise of a real race and the prospect of seeing a good contest brought many a man to the course who would have otherwise remained away. 3IOHVICII FAILS IN "C03IEBACK." Benjamin Blocks Morvich attempted a comeback in this race and he was soundly beaten by Montfort Jones Surf Rider. There were thirteen named for the race, but reports from the Morvich camp were sd sensational that the only other one to appear at the pest was Surf Rider. Morvich was making his first appearance since his defeat in the Latonia Championship by "Whisk-away and Thibodaux. He looked fit as he cantered to the post and Fred Burlew had him dressed up with ribbons in his forctop and tail. It was also demonstrated that he was still something of a public idol, despite the defeats he had met in his two last races. Morvich. as was to be expected, left the post with a rush that had him four lengths clear of Surf Rider in the first dozen strides. But Surf Rider was striding along in a resolute fashion behind him and not discouraged by the flash of speed. Morvich raced the first quarter in 23 and the half was reached in the remarkably fast time of 4G. He was still well clear at the end of five-eighths, but Surf Rider was gradually closing the gap. The three-quarters mark was reached in 1 :11, but by that time Surf Rider was alongside. Garner brought him up with a rush that made Morvich forget his action and everything else. He was simply jumping up and down in the air as Surf Rider rushed on to come home an easy winner by four lengths in 1 :24. Of course it must be said on behalf of Morvich that he was carrying 130 pounds and giving away fifteen pounds to a good colt in Surf Rider, but his surrender was so absolute when he was caught in the stretch that he may have a long way to go before he will regain his lost prestige. JiEW HAVEN TAKES STEEPLECHASE. With four named to go in the steeplechase each came to grief and finally old New Haven, after being remounted, was winner. Then Bryan O. Lynn was caught in the field after he had unseated Gentry and finished in time to take second money. The Green-tree Stables Mohican came down at the Liverpool with Barret Haynes in the second turn of the field and the only other starter. Royal Greens, refused at the first fence and unseated McNair. There was-a bit of rough riding in the Warrensburgh Handicap when just leaving the chute. John Paul Jones, with Schuttin-ger up, bumped Parader and knocked him back several lengths. John Paul Jones went on to win, while Parader closed a big gap to be third. At the rise of the barrier Fator took ICnobbie out to set the pace, while Schuttinger went right after him with John Paul Jones. It was his hurry to join the pacemaker that resulted in his hitting Parader. Keogh was content to save Exodus along under steadying restraint and that was the order through the backstretch. Three-eighths from home John Paul Jones had headed Knobbie and it was there that the Rancocas Stable sprinter demonstrated that he was about through. Keogh had eased his restraint on Exodus and was sending the son of Peter Pan along at his best speed, while Parader was closing up some ground. But it was all of no avail, for John Paul Jones had reserve speed left at the end. He was first home by daylight, while Exodus beat Parader six lengths for second place and the latter took third place from the tired Knobbie by a half length. The stake race of the day was the Consolation, a selling dash for the two-year-olds at three-quarters, and it went to Robert L. Gerrys William Tell, with Easter Bells in second place and Sweep Hawk beat Sunday Best for the short end of the money. The race was worth ,425 to the winner. Connelly beat the barrier with Easter Bells and shot the Hewitt colt into a long lead before the others were fairly under way. There was some crowding among the others and Rock Pocket was so slow that she had little or no chance. Connelly made every use of his advantage, but McAtee was hard after him with William Tell and Sweep Hawk and Brilliance headed the others. This was the order to the stretch and Brilliance was closing up on the outside when she ran out badly and, losing several lengths, waS was eliminated. Then through the last eighth William Tell gradually wore Easter Bells down until at the end he had him well beaten and was going away. Easter Bells lasted to save second place from Sweep Hawk. This was the second half of the Consolation Stakes, the first half having been won by Brilliance. J. A. Harpers Care Free was winner of the fifth race from an ordinary band of platers, beating Hereafter and Zealot home, with David Harum fourth. In a previous race Care Free, under a weak ride, gave an excellent account of himself and today he was ridden intelligently by Josiah and there was a different tale at the end. Golden Rule, from the stable of M. L. Schwartz, was an easy winner of the final dash. He rushed into a long lead from the start and the result was never in doubt. Pittston was second, while third place went to Aspiration.

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