Saratoga: Live News Notes from Worlds Famous Track, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-01


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Saratoga! LIVE NEWS NOTES FROM WORLDS FAMOUS TRACK President Richard T. Wilson was a happy man as he viewed the crowd in the paddock wafching the two-year-olds as they waited , for their jockeys to mount prior to the Hopeful. When asked if he was satisfied with the meeting he said: "I think we have had a splendid meeting, weather considered. The character and quality of the crowds, both in the clubhouse and in the grandstand, could not be improved upon. I notice an improvement in the quality of our grandstand patrons from year to year and it is the best proof that the turf is making friends in the ranks of the best people of the States." The gross value of the Hopeful Stakes was 4,350. It was worth 8,950 to the winner. Gross value of the Saratoga Cup was ,200 ; net was ,550. The result of the Hopeful Stakes served to emphasize the good class of Zev and Goshawk. While both were beaten t by Dunlin, the Fair Play colt was in receipt of fifteen pounds and the top weights ran like real good, horses. Zev was in the heavy going next to the rail, while Dunlin, which is a regular Fair Play in color, gameness and stamina, came down the middle of the course, being guided there by Johnson, who is riding with great skill just now. President Wilson presented the cup to owner Kilmer, congratulating him on the ownership of such a superb racing machine, j Mr. Kilmer, who had a party of his BLng-J hamton friends with him, was congratulated by a host of well-wishers, who are fond of , "Slim," and think him the greatest longdistance horse in the country today. There t was some disappointment that Grey .Lag was not sent to the post, instead of Mad Hatter, as he is supposed to be the better stayer of the two. i The fractional time showed a steady pace ; throughout, the gelding occassionally flirting his tail as he showed the way under the hand of Albert Johnson, whose winning of the Hopeful Stakes gave him added confidence 1 when It came to a drive with hand and heel I in that last desperate rally. The quarter was run in 24, half in 50, three-quarters in 1 1:15, mile in 1 :42, mile and a quarter in 2:09, and full distance in 3:00. The race for the Cup was one of the best in the history of racing at this point and grand old Exterminator set the seal of his greatness as a race horse when he took the lead, made all the running and in a long stretch drive withstood, the challenge of as good a horse as Mad Hatter. Pandemonium reigned as the two battled from the head of the stretch and the cheering was prolonged when the old chestnut. was first by a neck. The many friends of -Mr. Cosden were delighted to see him get such a. quick and rich return for his investment of 5,000 in Dunlin. The winner was bred by Major August Bel-I xnont and is by Fair Play Dona Rosa, by Rock Sand. It is. this same cross which was responsible for Man o War, Mad Hatter and other great ones, including the " newest sensation, Messenger. It may be that this will be the last year of Exterminator on the turf. He has earned his retirement and is the chief money-winner I among the geldings of the world, and also elands high among the winners of all time. His earnings now total more than 20,000. I As he cost 5,000 as a three-year-old, h I has been a great investment to the Bingham-ton turfman. During the meeting there were seven horses run up after winning selling races j and there were twenty-one claims. The I largest run-up was that of the Pancocas Stables Edict, winner of the Spinaway. She was raised ,005 on one occassion and .- 005 on another. . Chatterton, winner of the Falls City Han-. dicap, was purchased at Saratoga by Chris-i topher J. Fitz Gerald for ,200 and the next day sold to F. J. Kelley for ,800. He was touched in the wind at the time of his purchase, but was successfully operated on by Dr. R. W. McCulley. After the first race Kai-Sang was worked a mile and a quarter with Fator up and equipped with blinkers. He covered the distance easily in 2:09. The fractions were: 24, 50. 1:10, 1:42, 2:09. This was a part of his preparation for the Lawrence Realization Stakes. Four jockeys were suspended during the meeting and two hadtheir cases referred tr. higher powers. C. Ponce will have to go before the stewards of the Jockey Club, while the case of W. Hunt, the steeplechase rider was referred to the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. The double disqualification of Rebuke and Leghorn set a precedent for the Spa. Ed- ward R. Biadleys Bright Tomorrow was also set back from first place. King Albert was disallowed third place. Those were the only disqualifications of the twenty-seven days meeting. A moving picture of the race was made by one of the staff of the Binghamton Press, a newspaper owned by Mr. Kilmer, and the series will be shown in Binghamton snd vicinity. It was a stirring nnish and the picture should find its way to the metropolis. Enchantment is a bad post horse. He stood still when the gate went up and the chance of the AVhitney stable was a bad one before a hundred yards had been covered. It takes a well schooled two-year-old to get money these days. Lafe Block left for a short stay in the mountains at the close of the meeting, but will be back for some of the Belmont Park racing. Fred Gailor has shipped two carloads of the brood mares and weanlings purchased at the Blue Ridge Stud dispersal sale by Montfort Jones to the Jones farm in Virginia. The surplus sum which reverted baclc to the horsemen from the claims and run-ups amounted to 5,8G7.43. Major Belmont was not on hand to see the colt win, nor was Mr. Cosden, who is in the hospital recovering from an attack of appendicitis. Charles Van Schoick claimed Bright Lights in the opening race for ,240.

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