Firebrands Great Victory: Redeems Himself for Past Failures by Scoring Impressively in Covington Handicap, Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-29


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rz . . . . Redeems Himself for Past Failures by Scoring Impressively in Covington Handicap, Meeting and Defeating Best Horses in the West LATONIA, Ky.. October 28. Jefferson Livingstons Firebrand again looms up by his splendid victory today in the Covington Handicap as a deserving contender for the laurels in the all-age division of racing stars in this country. His triumph this afternoon was complete over some of the best that could be mustered, and included Rockminister-hich after his triumph in the Latonia Championship Stakes over Lucky Hour and Bunting wad hailed as the king of the three-year-olds. Rockminister finished a questionable third in todays contest, beaten decisively, Firebrand winning in comfortable style, pursued by Quy with Cherry Tree almost getting up in time to wrest third place from Rockminister. Nine started in the race, with Firebrand shouldering the impost of 121 pounds, but in receipt of slight weight concession under the scale from Rockminister, though the latter had up 118 pounds. . . The Livingston representative dominated the running from the start and varied hn He had his closest followers. Bit of White lead in the early part from one to three lengths. and Lady Madcap, tired out before three-quarters of the race was completed, and a brier breathing spell that Pool gave him just before reaching the stretch turn prepared him for the powerful challenge that Guy offered in the last eighth. Firebrand, though ridden hard near the end could have held on to the lead for quite a longer distance, Rockminister:? chances diminished after covering a mile. He began tiring steadily. The net value of the k-e imounted to S55.4G0, bringing Firebrands total winnings under new ownership a Jtrifle less than the 0,000 Jefferson Livingston paid for him this spring. This marks the second success scored by Firebrand in the same stake, he hy.ving won it last year with 108 pounds in two-fifths seconds slower time than he ran the milo and three-sixteenths this afternoon. Todays attendance compared favorably with the best that has been seen at the track this fall. More propitious conditions for the sport could not have been ordered and the immense throng enjoyed the racing to the fullest. Alice Blue Gown, which figured in a winning race in her previous start, again demonstrated her good quality and proved that when on her good behavior she is entitled to rank with the best of her age and sex in the country. Her feat of running three-quarters in 1 :11 witli 112 pounds up is convincing evidence that she Is possessed of speed in abundance. She triumphed over In Memoriam, with Dan E. OSullivan in third place. The fast time was made possible by the fast pace that Lady Gorham set in pace-making during the first of the race. The final quarter, however, found the pacemaker tiring fast. Fincastle and Matinee Idol engaged in a stubborn battle during the stretch of the fourth race, both contenders coming to the finish so closely bunched that it was difficult to determine which had won. The judges awarded the purse to Fincastle. Matinee Idol was a prohibitive favorite and had the support of all the sharps at the track. He followed Fincastle closely from the start and appeared able to pass him at call. He did go to the front in the last eighth, but began bearing out and this cost him the race. The third, in which two-year-olds started, recorded another success for owner Goldblatt, as his Pompous was the winner from Way-wassamo. The latter, ridden by Heupel, raced prominently from the start, but impeded Bedazzle in the last eighth, for which he was disqualified after finishing second. His displacement gave second place to Bedazzle and Gordon Shaw, which had originally finished fourth, was moved into third place. J. Heupel was suspended for the remainder of the meeting for his rough riding. "Rome" Respess accounted for another purse when his Make Up won from a fairly good band of sprinters that met in the second race, in which Pindar Peel was the tavored one. Make Up and Estcro were in the rear division during the early running, while Ararat was forcing a terrific pace. Both moved up resolutely in the stretch and Make Up won drawing clear, with Estero outstaying Ararat in the last twenty yards. The opener was marked by an upset when the inconsistent Ashland failed badly. In a former start Ashland won easily and it occasioned an inquiry by the stewards for his sudden form summersault. Since then he has been transferred from the Weidemann stable to that of Mrs. J. Phillips, in whose colore he ran today. The winner turned up in Pumps, which had been claimed in his, last start and ran for his new owner todayy Walnut Hall landed in second place, with Tulane third. Jefferson Livingston today bought privately from A. L. Kirby the frequent winner Buster. The price is said to be well up in five figures. Olin Gentry, former jockey and now manager of the Belmont Farm, Virginia, owned by E. B. McLean, was a visitor during the day and will make a trip to Idle Hour Farm tomorrow on a tour of inspection. He will go to his . home in Texas for a brief stay before returning to the McLean farm. Gen- Continued on eleventh pase. FIREBRANDS GREAT VICTORY Continued from first page. try reports that the yearlings at Belmont Farm are in splendid condition and promise to cut an extensive figure in next years racing. Oui Oui will be shipped tomorrow to Pimlico to start in the Pimlico Futurity. Wapiti was claimed by J. McPherson from the last race for ,000. Desha Breckinridge came over from Lexington to witness Lady Madcap perform in the Covington Handicap. Thomas C. McDowell, member of the Kentucky State Racing Commission and prominent owner and breeder, who recently met with serious injury to his foot, was at the track this afternoon, his injured limb heavily encased in plaster. He moved about with the aid of crutches. Louisville sent a big delegation of visitors today and it included many of the Falls Citys most representative people. L. Haymaker transferred his stable from Toledo direct to Dade Park. J. J. Quinlan will ship his stable from Toledo to Tijuana. D. K. Murphy came over from Louisville to confer with general manager AVinn regarding the extensive improvements to be undertaken at Latonia next winter. Tom Young, superintendent at Churchill Downs, was also a visitor Saturday afternoon. T. H. Ryan, who formerly raced pome good horses, was among Saturdays arrivals.

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