In a Spectacular Finish: Hughes Graham Captures Detroit Free Press Handicap at Devonshire Park, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-31


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IN A SPECTACULAR FINISH Hughes Graham Captures Detroit Free Press Handicap at Devonshire Park. WINDSOR, Ont, August 30. The Detroit Free Press Handicap, which was the outstanding attraction this afternoon, resulted in a spectacular finish, in which T. V. Mount-joys Hughes Graham was home a winner after sustaining a furious drive by a short head from F. Musantes Buckwheat, with Mrs. J. W. Smiths Kirk Lady taking the short end of the purse. Much of the interest in the race was detracted, when two of the starters, Vennie and Cotrompa were eliminated at the start, being left at the post. The field which contested the five and a half furlongs dash was a well balanced one, in which Tycoon absorbed the most interest in speculation. Kirk Lady was the one to show in front when the barrier was releasee and she was closely pursued by Hughes Graham, with Tycoon and Marie Blanche closely bunched. Entering the stretch there was a general closing up and Kirk Lady was. still racing in the van, along the outside rail. Buckwheat was sent around the leaders, while Marie Blanche and Tycoon attempted to come through the middle of the fieH. McCrann found an opening next on the inner rail and sent Hughes Graham through and the move decided the race, for he was ridden out to the utmost to withstand the rush of Buckwheat, which had a safe margin over the tiring pacemaker, Kirk Lady. Racing conditions at Devonshire this afternoon were a decided improvement over those which prevailed yesterday and a decided increase in the attendance was noted. The track had dried out considerably under the influence of a warm sun, but was still on the slow side. The racing was spirited in the majority of the dashes. The speculatois failed to center on the winners with any degree of accuracy and long-priced winners were in the ascendency. MURPHYS ROUGH RIDING. The running of the opening dash of the afternoon, which was for two-year-olds, was marked by rough riding, in which Eau Gallie was the chief sufferer. F. Murphy, who rode Dentaria, the winner, bumped him severely rounding the bend and knocked him out of contention. Murphy was suspended for the remainder of the meeting by the stewards for rough riding. A nose finish decided the running of the second race, which was at a mile and a sixteenth, in which Stanley got up in the final stride to earn the verdict from Bond, with Fair Virginia third. The winner came from behind the pace established by Bond. Little Black Sheep scored her second victory of the meeting when she triumphed over a poorer lot than that which she beat in her last start. Her victory was a clean-cut one at the end. The race brought about a ruling by starter Miller in which jockey H. Glick on Toney Sue was suspended for the remainder of the meeting for crowding over and breaking up the start. J. C. Ferris accounted for a purse, when Hadrian proved much the best over the three quarter mile distance and won with speed in reserve from Ten Can and Wake Up. The winner dominated the running from thv break and drew the bulk of the support i.i the wagering. R. J. McKenzie, who races under the nom de course of the Kirkfield Stable, and is a shareholder in the Thorncliffe Park track, was a visitor today from Toronto and reports that the improvements completed at that point will be appreciated by the public. The applications for stable room for the meeting which opens September 9 have been very encouraging. Jockey T. Wayt accounted for two races this afternoon, scoring with Little Black Sheep and Buckboard. William Murray was a visitor from Montreal this afternoon and will remain for a few days. C. P. Winfrey will ship from here to Havre de Grace at the close of this meeting. Miller Henderson is another that will ship to Maryland and increase the size of his stable with New York additions. There will be a scattering of the stables at present here on the close of the meeting Toronto and Montreal will absorb the greatest part, while several car loads are destined for Louisville and others to Maryland.

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