Sensational Racing: Marks Inauguration of Autumn Meeting at Lexington, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-17


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SENSATIONAL RACING Marks Inauguration of Autumn Meeting at Lexington. Chatterton Defeats Lady Madcap and Rouleau in Thrilling Stretch Duel. LEXINGTON, Ky., September 1C In a thrilling finish that had the big throng in a frenzy Chatterton, the consistent three-year-old owned by the Chicago financier and sportsman, F. J. Kelley, thundered home in advance of D. Breckinridges Lady Madcap, with Montfort Jones Rouleau in third place. The trio, with John Finn, were starters in the feature attraction of Lexingtons opening program, the Phoenix Hotel Handicap, at a mile and seventy yards, and the quartet ran close!y grouped throughout, with Chatterton, the pacemaker, alternately followed by John Finn and Lady Madcap. Rouleau was some distance back in the early stages, but with John Finns elimination about a quarter from home he sprinted forwardly and had Scobie not ridden wide and lost much ground it is more than probable that the Jones colors would have emerged triumphant. Chattel ton was under restraint until the last eighth was reached, where he began tiring, but Kennedy kept him hard at his task and he maintained a slight lead. Garner, on Lady Madcap, began riding in his best style when a sixteenth from the finish and the filly responded nobly and for a brief period it appeared likely that she would wrest the lead from Chatterton. However, the latter held on gamely and dashed past the judges a victor by inches. Rouleau was a scant neck back of the pair. Great excitement prevailed during the terrific stretch drive and the shouts of the spectators was like the roar of thunder, and it did not subside until long after the horses had crossed the finishing line. The time of the race, 1:42, is within two-fifths of "a second of the track record, made by T. C. McDowells lima many years ago. LARGER CROWD PRESENT. Sensational sport was provided the large attendance that graced the opening here, the crowd being far in excess of what was expected, and it augurs well for the financial success of the ten-day period of racing here. Whether the near settlement of the railroad strike had a bearing or that this community is more affluent that other racing sections, the fact remained that activity in the ring was marked and that the wagering on some of the starters was of large volume. That those who wagered extensively knew what they were about was indicated by the success of numerous favorites. Fast time was the order in many of the dashes, the showing of Easter Bells was particularly noteworthy in this respect, she equaling the track record of 1:06 made by the redoubtable Iron Mask. Easter Bells success was also marked by the disappointing failure of the Jones entry. Miss Cerina and Oui Oui, most pronounced favorites of the afternoon. The opener furnished the longest-priced winner of the afternoon when Marine Corps just managed to outstay Easteside after the pair had been the outstanding forerunners from the start. J. C. Milams Whitleather left no anxious periods for her confident backers in the second race and Garner let her have full sway and win as she pleased. Dernier Sou was the medium for heavy backing in the third race and he came away in the stretch to down Inquiry, but was driving hard at the end. ANOTHER FOR RTJNQUOI. Runquoi continued his winning ways again today, accounting for the closing dash. He changed ownership, however, F. Cropper, represented in the race by Nancy Lane, securing him for ?2,500 via the claiming route. General manager Winn and resident manager T. C. Bradley were highly elated with results o" the first day. "The attendance was in excess of opening day last fall," said Mr. Winn, "and it was nearly as big as that of opening day at Louisville." Sam Nuckols was forced to be absent from the stewards stand during the afternoon on account cf illness. Approximately 500 horses, in pink of racing condition, are registered with the secretary. They represent an ownership of over 100 horseman. Forty-six jockeys are registered here, including the late comers from Canada. Eugene Elrod has a staff of one hundred Continued ou twelfth page. SENSATIONAL RACING Continued from first page. and thirty in the mutuel department to look after the speculation wants of the race patrons here. Jockey M. Garners family had an addition in a husky boy that came last Monday. The crack rider is now the father of two youngsters, a boy and a girl. The initial eleven days program book of the Laurel track racing was distributed to owners during the morning. The eastern contingent of the E. Tt. Bradley stable, in charge of trainer Dick Thompson, is due to reach here Tuesday night from Belmont Park. Owner Bradley will arrive Monday. Jockey H. Steam came from Windsor during the day and will ride on Kentucky tracks for the remainder of the fall season. A. L. Kirby, who recently took over the Jefferson Livingston horses, shipped those, together with his own and those of the Wal-deck Stable, to Latonia, where they will await the opening of the racing there. Former Senator J. AV. Bailey was among, the visitors this afternoon. Edward Cebrian, who has taken over Kent-land Farm and now maintains an extensive breeding establishment in Kentucky, was among the visitors. Neddam has been secured privately by M. and J. Lowenstein from J. Greenberg. W. Perkins has bought from T. M. Murphy the yearling colt by Boots and Saddle Wishing Ring, for a reported price of ,000. Jockey B. Scheffel, who broke his wrist at Maple Heights, was at the track and will resume riding at Latonia.

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