Playfellow Again Beaten: Finishes Behind Oceanic, Bigheart and Dexterous at Laurel, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-10


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PLAYFELLOW AGAIN BEATEN Finishes Behind Oceanic, Bigheart and Dexterous at Laurel. , Knot Easily Triumphs Oyer Comic Song in the Secondary Feature Heeltaps Continnes Winning Way. . a LAUREL, lid., October 9. Interest in todays program at Laurel Park was divided between the Glenburnie Purse, at three-quarters of a mile, and .the Frederick Handicap, at one mile and seventy yards. Eight fast sprinters made up the field in the first mentioned race and the Gien Riddle Farm Stable provided the winner in Oceanic, that good son of The Finn triumphing over Big-heart and Dexterous, the latter nosing out Playfellow for third place. Oceanic, on the strength of private trials, was accorded extensive support. The start was delayed for a few minutes by the fractious behavior of several of the starters, but Milton caught the field in alignment and soon dispatched it. Bigheart was hustled to the front, while Davies had Oceanic right after him, with Dexterous in third position. Good Times was heading Playfellow, which brought up the rear. There was a general closing up rounding the bend and Lang was still in front with Bigheart, but it was easily seen that Davies had not called upon Oceanic, while Pen Rose, which had been up with the early leaders, dropped back and Ponce brought Playfellow to the outside. Entering the . stretch Oceanic began to lengthen his strides and gaining rapidly on the leader passed Bigheart in the last eighth and drew clear to win by a safe margin. Bigheart tired badly when the final test came, but had no serious opposition for second place. Dexterous was third, a nose to the good of Playfellow. The brother to Man o War, after racing in the rear during the early running, finished like a shot, but too late to overtake the first two. RAIN HELPS THE TRACK. Playfellow was worked but a mile after the race. Overhead clouds that threatened rain prevailed this afternoon and the storm of Saturday worked wonders with the going. In addition to laying the heavy dust the loose soil was bound together and gave a much better footing. The crowd, despite the conditions, was of a large order and racing on the whole was of a spirited nature. The Frederick Handicap, secondary feature of the card, for three-year-olds and over, at a mile and seventy yards, was productive of a spirited finish, in which the Salubria Stable Knot took the measure of Comic Song in a drive, while Polly Ann was third. Comic Song was the pacemaker for the greater part of the distance, while Knot was under restraint, with. Polly Ann in third position, while Bluffer and All Over brought up the rear. Comic Song hung on courageously until well in the stretch, where Keogh called on Knot. The latter responded with great speed and, passing the pacemaker, won going away. L. A. Prices Sancho Pansy, neglected in the wagering, was returned the winner of the opening dash of the day in a driving finish from G. W. Lofts Crugie, with J. S. Cosdens Confederacy third. The winner was ridden by Smallwood and after passing Confederacy outlasted Crugie at the end. The latter worked his way up and closed fastest of all. The winner paid 8.90 for the usual investment. C. K. Harrison, Jr.s, Baronet accounted for the steeplechase, which was under claiming conditions at two miles, from the Green-tree Stables Pagebrook, while T. H. Cross Amstello was third. The winner dominated the running from the start, outjumped and outran Ids opponents from start to finish. Pagebrook came with a rush at the end and beat out the tiring Amstello for second place. The race was marked by a couple of thrills when Sea Scot lost his rider at the first fence and Elysian refused at the tenth Continued on sixteenth page. PLAYFELLOW AGAIN BEATEN Continued from first page. fence. Edward F. Whitneys Heeltaps continued her winning ways and accounted for her third victory in a row when she led home W. L. S. Martins Valador, with J. S. Cosdens Crochet third. The winner was ridden by J. Butwell and was accorded favoritism in the wagering. Starting in front Heeltaps quickly sprinted to the front and outran her opponents throughout and at the end had something left to stall off the rush of Valador. The latter finished going fast and easily held Crochet safe. F. Kearns arrived from New York and will remain for the remainder of the meeting. A special train of four cars arrived from Kenilworth Park and Windsor with stables of James Arthur, W. J. Kramer, A. Brent, G. Phillips and the Kenton Stable. Starter J. Milton returned from New Tork this morning, where he went to witness the world series ball game on Sunday. Edward F. Whitney sold to S. Shaw at private terms the two-year-old Radiant, which will be campaigned next winter. Trainer W. Irvine, acting for Edward F. Whitney, claimed Moco from C. Buxton following the last race Saturday for ,905. Jockey W. Organ and the apprentice A, Abel arrived from Kenilworth this morning. T. J. Monahan, one of the directors of the Maryland State Fair and president of the Cuba-American Jockey and Auto Club, was a visitor from New York this morning. Mr. Monahan will remain until Saturday and leave for Latonia and join Frank J. Bruen for a visit. Jockeys E. Ambrose and J. McTaggart arrived from Canada this morning. Ambrose will leave for Kentucky to join the Seagram Stable at Latonia. Joseph McLennan journeyed to Bowie this morning and started work on the condition book for the fall meetings at that course. W. P. Burch reported this morning that he has twenty-two yearlings at Benning for the Salubria Stable and one, a brother to the three-year-old Star Jester, is the pick of them all. Burch stated that this one was the best yearling that he had handled. S. Louis claimed Crugie from G. W. Loft following the running of the first race for ,215. Starter Harry Morrissey was a visitor from Kenilworth, while James Arthur came down from the same point. Jockey E. Josiah, who has been laid up for the last week with an injured foot, will be in condition in a few days to accept mounts. John F. Schorr returned this morning from the E. B. McLean farm at Leesburg, Va., where he went to look over the sucklings and brood mares. Forty, mares and fifteen sucklings are now quartered at the farm, while The Porter, Lough Foyle and Colin are the three stallions. Trainer Schorr stated that all of the mares that had been bred to The Porter appeared to be in foal.

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