Big Crowd Out at Ottawa: Tremendous Throng Witnesses Close Finishes-Jockey Jockey F. Merines Suspended, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-27


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BIG CROWD OUT AT OTTAWA Tremendous Throng Witnesses Close Finishes Jockey F. M3rime3 Suspended. OTTAWA, Ont., August 2G. Pleasing contests came with the running of a majority of the races at Connaught Park this afternoon. Laura Miller and Feigned Zeal won their races by heads, while a neck separated The Nephew and Redmon in the second ?p.c3. The feature race, the Aylmer Purse, a dash of three-quarters, found half of the field fighting it out all through the stretch, with Magic Reed getting up in the final strides to beat Flag of Truce by the smallest margin. Flag of Truce, although beatenv ran a smashing good race. The same stable scored a double when Sweet Bouquet won the fifth race, a dash of a mile and seventy yards for Canadian-bred horsss. E. Barnes rode the winner. It was his first winning mount since his accident at Thorncliffe last spring. The winners of the first five races paid their backers handsome dividends. A tremendous gathering turned out, the crowd being almost equal to the record attendance at the course. The track was in good order, but a bit slow next to the inside rail. : Jockey F. Merimee was suspended for the remainder of the meeting and fined ?25 by the stewards for rough riding on, Redmon. The horsemen who shipped here from Windsor met and extended to secretar.v Thomas Gorman and the directors of the Connaught Park Jockey Club a vote ot thanks for their kindness in providing a spread for the trainers and stable help on their arrival here. The public kitchen had not been opened when they landed, but a caterer was rushed out from Ottawa with food, hot coffee and cold beer. It was the first time that the horsemen had ever been shown such consideration by a jockey club and the only way they could show their appreciation was by a vote of thanks. Norman Macfarlan, the Montreal sportsman, who is a devotee of racing, was a visitor here yesterday. He left for Toronto last night. Mr. Macfarlan announced that his promising two-year-old filly Eva Rogers had been turned out at the Commander Ross farm at Vercheres, Que., until next spring. His Star Shoot mare The Spirit has been bred to Marathon. He has another brood mare, the dam of Johnny Dundee, which is in Kentucky. J. Grant, the Montreal turfman, was af. arrival. He came up from Saratoga, where j he went to take in a few days racing. Jockeys Weiner, Babin and G. Corey were arrivals. Joe Rowan came up from his home at Mineola, Long Island, and will remain until the opening of the meeting at Havre de Grace. Gene Lutz has retired his useful mare Lady Ward from racing and will dispose of her to some breeder. Jockey H. Myers was suspended for the remainder of the meeting and fined 0 by the stewards for rough riding. He cut across with Lads Love in the sixth race yesterday and .caused a jam. Francis Nelson, the. steward representing the Canadian Racing Associations, announced that the horses China Jane, Lucky Hour and Eflie Randell were ineligible for racing. They are the property of A. Tarn, who purchased them in Winnipeg a short time back. Tarn arrived with his stable only a few days ago. He purchased these horses from H. W. Skaggs, who was ruled off at Tijuana last winter. Skaggs misrepresented to Tarn that the ruling was only for the Tijuana meeting. Eleven outside mares have been booked to the Broomstick stallion Cudgel. The horses service will be confined in all to thirty mares. -

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