Exciting at Aqueduct: Close Finishes between Good Horses a Feature of the Day, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-23


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EXCITINGAT AQUEDUCT Close Finishes Between Good Horses a Feature of the Day. Thunderclap Runs a Grand Race Under Heavy Weight- Violinist Repeats Oil Man Wins. NEW YORK, N. Y., September 22. Although there was no stake race feature on the program of the Queens County Jockey Club at Aqueduct today, it was a thoroughly good card that was decided. A race for three-year-olds that fell to Oil Man, now racing for the Xalapa Farm, was decidedly above the average of overnight races and the starters in the other races were strictly big circuit horses. In lieu of a stake the best race was an overnight handicap that had been christened the Potomac. And there has been few stake races that aroused more real interest than this overnight handicap, when Thunderclap, under a burden of 133 pounds, won at a mile and a sixteenth distance in the fast time of 1 :13, while his stablemate Little Chief, a three-year-old, with 115 pounds in the saddle, finished second. Flannel Shirt was a close third, with Frigate, the only other starter, last. Starter Cassidy caught the quartet in perfect alignment as they walked to the barrier and barely waiting for them to come to a stanstill he sent them away on the same stride. Frigate was just showing in front at the time, but Fator rushed Little Chief out so that he "had him headed in the first sixteenth. Once out there he set the pace all the way, and it was a good one. Thunderclap was badly outrun at this time, but Sande was permitting the big black to settle into his stride and he did not hurry him. Frigate was holding to second place while Flannel Shirt, under restraint, was a close third. This was the order on the stretch turn, but there Thunderclap was beginning his winning rush. Sande had him next to the rail, but as he moved up he took him to the outside of the other three and it was there that he began to gain. HOW THUNDERCLAP WON. When an eighth out both Frigate and Flannel Shirt were so close on Little Chief that Fator pulled his whip. As he did so Callahan also went to the whip on Flannel Shirt and the pair of them drew away slightly from Frigate. By this time Thunderclap, on the outside, was right with them and his long perfect strides were taking him by. Sande had to ride hard to have him up and continued to ride him hard to the end, where he was the winner by three-fourths of a length. Little Chief, showing remarkable gameness after having made the pace, fought it out to the last stride to save second place by a neck from Flannel Shirt, and Frigato himseif was only a half length farther away. It was truly a high-class performance for each one of the four that raced, but it gave Thunderclap a new importance. It was a speedy band of three-year-olda that went to the post for the three-quarters of the second race and it marked the return of Oil Man to good form when he took up 114 pounds and covered the distance in 1:11 to win from Pirate Gold, with Hephaistos third. Others in the field were June Grass, Ray Jay, Opperman, Brainstorm -and Dolores. There was some bumping in the stretch between Oil Man and Pirate Gold and Tap-lin was called to the stand by the stewards. He said that his horse was tired and he did not consider that Schuttinger was to b!amo for the collision. From a good start Schuttinger lost no time in finding his way into the lead with Oil Man and sending him along at a fast pace. Ray Jay, after beginning well from an inside position, was unable to hold his place and was quickly shuffled back. In the meantime Pirate Gold had raced into second place and for most of the race ran well lapped on the winner. The bumping that came in the stretch appeared to be unintentional and both of the leaders suffered somewhat by the collisions. At the end Oil Man was going away to win by a length and a quarter and Pirate Gold was a full four lengths before Hephaistos, which in turn beat June Grass a length for third money. OIL MAN BACK IN FORM. The race served to show that Oil Man la back in good form and it was also demonstrated that Ray Jay is not far from racing condition, though it was apparent he needed this race. Bud Fishers Violinist, again with the aid of Earl Sande, demonstrated that it was no fluke when he won recently at a mile and an eighth. He came right back in the mile for platers that was the third race and, with two pounds more in the saddle, beat some good racers easily. Bridesman raced to second place and third fell to Wild Heather, with Ralco fourth and Duncecap last of the flvo Continned on sixteenth pace. EXCITING AT AQUEDUCT Continued from first page. that raced. Sande, as in the previous victory with Violinist, went right out with him from the start and he never surrendered the lead. Ralco tried to keep pace with him in the early running and held to second place until well into the stretch. Then in the last eighth he had enough and Bridesman raced past him to take second place and right at the end Wild Heather outfinished him. A rattling finish came out of the opening three-quarters dash when John E. Maddens Wildrake, under a masterly ride by Earl Sande, outfinished Rock Salt, admirably ridden by McAtee. The pair of them fought it out all through the stretch and each was out to the last ounce at the finish, where Wildrake was winner by a head. It was in the stretch that Rock Salt came into the picture. McAtee had saved ground on the turn, while Wildrake had gone out slightly. They hooked up before the eighth post was reached. There McAtee was driving and shortly after Sande was forced to go to the whip to hold the lead. Right to the end they were closely locked and Ambler, coming resolutely at the end, was only beaten a half length for second place. Matt Dpoley is executing a commission to purchase twenty-five horses for racing in South America. He has already obtained eighteen and is in the market for seven more. Lucky Hour, Southern Cross, Missionary and Prelude were shipped to Havre de Grace Thursday night to fill Maryland engagements. Schuttinger, the stable rider, left Friday night. The elder Mrs. Arlington was a visitor to see Amanda Hoey, her sons Edward Arlingtons filly run in the third race. Mrs. Arlingtons maiden name was Amanda Hoey and the filly now so named was formerly raced as Bernice K. C. J. Casey, who trained Oil Man for the Pelican Stable and still trains him for the Xalapa Farm establishment, was confident before the race that the son of North Star III. would win, but so was James Fitzsim-mons confident that the Quincy Stables Ray Jay would be hard to beat. Major August Belmont, with Mrs. Belmont, was a visitor of the day and watched the racing from a clubhouse box. The chairman of the Jockey Club had come to the track to see his colt Osprey race in the eighths dash at the end of the program.

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