Still Muddy at Spa: Costigan a Victor in the Amsterdam Selling Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-31


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STILL MUDDY AT SPA t : Costigan a Victor in the Amsterdam Selling Stakes. Emotion Defeats Nedna Easily Prince James Wins Another Good Race Knobbie First. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August 30. With the stake race feature of the afternoon r. selling dash the chief racing interest this afternoon was in the special race at a mile and a quarter, for three-year-old fillies, and the Plattsburg Handicap, a three-quarters purse race. They each produced excellent contests and in the Plattsburg the Rancocas Stables Knobbie was the winner from old Naturalist in a furious drive, while in the filly race Robert L. Gerrys Emotion took the measure of Nedna, the Alabama Stakes winner. It was a delightful day for the sport and and there was a large crowd out, although the fields were small. The going had improved somewhat, but it was still heavy and fast time was out of the question. There were only two went to the post when trainer Rowe scratched Harry Payne "Whitneys Prudish and depended upon Nedna in the filly race. He was extremely confident and the performance of the daughter of Whisk Broom II. and Leayonara in the Alabama Stakes made many share his opinion. The two fillies began in the same stride, but Nedna moved out slightly as she left and bumped Emotion slightly, but it .had no effect on the result, Keogh took the lead with Nedna and she soon raced into a lead of am couple of lengths and galloped along with "great ease. Emotion was going well also, but two or three times she threw her tail in the air as though being called on by McAtee. As long as he held his leading position Keogh was content to let Nedna gallop along at her will and before the stretch was reacehd she seemed a sure winner. But the pace was slow and Emotion proved to have speed in reserve after she made the turn for home. Both fillies swung wide into the stretch and Nedna was going so easily that Keogh was looking back. Then when inside the eighth post it all changed. Emotion, closing up steadily, drew alongside. Keogh loosened his hold on the Thompson filly and asked her to run faster. She did ot respond to his call and he drew his whip. It fell once on her flanks and then he tried to ride her hard, but it was of no avail, and Emotion, coming on straight and true, passed by her and at the end was the winner by something more than a length. ANOTHER FOR MERIMEE. Only four started in the Amsterdam Selling Stakes and of these two Sedgefield and Tangerine bore the silks of Richard T. Wilson. The others were Muskallonge and Costigan. The race was worth ,600 to the winner. This fell to Costigan and it marked up another score for little Merimee. As was to be expected Muskallonge stole away into a long lead in the early running, while Merimee saved Costigan in second place, with the Wilson pair, closely lapped, bringing up the rear. This order was maintained to the stretch, but by that time Muskallonge was beginning to tire and the others were closing up on him. Costigan was still in second place, with Merimee holding him together as he swung a bit wide into the stretch. An eighth from the finish Muskallonge was all through and there the real race began. Marinelli and Ensor were both driving hard, but it was of no avail, for Merimee had only to sit still and bring Costigan home winner by a length, while Tangerine outfinished his stablemate to beat Muskallonge a length and a half for second place. NATURALIST SULKS AGAIN. Wellfinder in the opinion of some did not belong in the Plattsburg Handicap, but he played an important part in the running an.l had much to do with the defeat of the old gelding Naturalist, by the Rancocas stables Knobbie. The start was a good one and the part Wellfinder played was in forcing Naturalist along at a fast pace through the early running. The son of Rabelais and Nature shook him off before the stretch was reached, but when Fator challenged in the last eighth with Knobbie, the old fellow fought along for a time and then in the last eighth pinned his ears back and sulked, with the result that he was beaten by a neck. Wellfinder was a distant third, while Good Times left the post so slowly that he had no chance in the running. Incidentally it was the first mount for "Chick" Lang since he was injured by his fall with Pay. Dear. The victory of Knobbie was something of a-reversal in contrast with his last previous race, in which he was thoroughly beaten Evelyn Sawyer, from the Nevada Stock Farm Stable, was the winner of the opening five and half furlongs dash, framed for maiden two-year-olds. Beginning well she made the running throughout, but Parke took no chance and hurried ner along right to the end, although she was a winner by four lengths. Panasain was second all through the race, but was tiring at the end and only-saved second place by a length from Poor Puss, which saved ground on the stretch turn and was going well at the end. A disappointment was Bud Fishers Avalanche. He began fast, but was utterly unable to hold his position and was at no time a real contender. Charles H. Thierots Prince James won his fourth consecutive victory when he scored in the fifth race from the Idle Hour Stock Farm Stables Bit of White, Thimble and Blazes. Blazes rushed out to set the pace, but he soon gave way to Bit of White, while Thimble was a close third and Prince James last of the four that raced, but closer up than is usual with him. Taplin had to drive Prince James along to keep him within striking distance, but he saved ground by racing next to the rail. Coming to the stretch turn Blazes moved up again when ! Kummer called on him and drew up on Bit of White, but it was the end of his ef- fort and, his bad legs bothering him, he fad- i ed away in the final eighth. In the meantime Taplin had found an opening next to the rail and Prince James came through gallantly when called on to win by a half length : from Bit of White.

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