Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1922-11-10


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Here and There on the Turf Pimlicos Last Day Offering. Exterminators Unluck in the Bowie. Pimlico Cup Rewards for Trainers. Racing of the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico mil be brought to a close Saturday with a remarkable program. With the two miles and a quarter of the Pimlico Cup Handicap as the bright and particular feature each one of the seven offerings is at s distance of a mile or over. To begin there will be a inite for two-year-olds, of the selling plater variety. This is followed by the Con-Eolation Steeplechase, at two miles, under selling handicap conditions. Third will be a mile and a sixteenth for selling platers, three-year-olds and over. The Pimlico Cup is to "be run as the fourth race. The fifth is the Woodberry Purse, an overnighi handicap, at a mile and an eighth, for three-year-olds and over. Then the sixth is a second chance for two-year-olds to run a mile in the Caswell Purse, a condition race. Then the day and meeting will come to an end with a mile and a half race for the Jockey Club Handicap, a claiming race for three-year-olds and over. This is a program that is to be highly commended. It is racing over distances that horses should be required to run at this time of the year. It is safe to predict that the various races will all bring about good contests, should the weather and track conditions permit. The purse and stakes money to be distributed during the day will be 8,600, and the card is so arranged that horses of all the various classes will have an opportunity. To begin with, the first two-year-old offering has ,500 as the top claiming price, while the Caswell Purse is framed under conditions to invite the better juveniles. The mile and a sixteenth fixes the top selling price at ,500, while in the mile and a half the claiming price of the stacters is fixed at ,000. Then the Pimlico Cup and the Woodberry Handicaps give the topnotchers of the handicap division their chance. As for the steeplechase, the top selling price is ,500, which will permit of a good field of non-winners at the meeting. It is an excellent program and sure to be popular with the horsemen. There was genuine regret when "Willis Sharpe Kilmers Exterminator was unable to go to the post for the Bowie Handicap at Pimlico Tuesday. But if he was to miss an engagement, it was better that he should default in the Bowie Handicap than that he should fail to race in the Pimlico Cup. This race has only be?n run three times and Exterminator was its winner on each occasion. Exterminator has been singularly unfortunate in the Bowie Handicap, and it is one of the long-distance races in which he has been beaten each time he has been sent to the post. This year he was not even brought to the post, by reason of a slight wrench of the shoulder in an exercise gallop. He has entirely recovered from this, as was demonstrated when Wayland worked him for a mile and a half in 2:40 Wednesday morning. This means a visible preparation of the son of McGee and Fair Empress, and is sufficient to indicate that he is ready for what is asked in the two and a quarter miles dash of Saturday. He will be meeting a number of fit horses, but this move shows condition that should make him equal to the task that will be set. Handicapper Bryan has fixed the top weight in the Cup at 126 pounds, just two pounds above the weight-for-age scale. That seems to be a sufficient top weight for any handicap over such a trying distance as two miles and a quarter. That is just the weight Exterminator shouldered when he fought it out to a sensational victory over Boniface both in 1921 and 1920. Last year Boniface was carrying 121, while in 1920 he only had to take up 114 pounds. The other victory for Exterminator in 1919 was scored under 121 pounds, and it was Royce Rools, carrying only 105, that raced to second place. In all three decisions of the Pimlico Cup Exterminator has beaten the winner of the Bowie Handicap. In two of the years he was beaten in the Bowie Handicap and then turned the tables on his conqueror in the Cup. In 1919 Royce Rools was the winner of the Bowie, while Exterminator finished last of the field that started. Then he easily took the measure of Royce Rools when it came to the race for the Cup. In 1920 Mad Hatter took the Bowie Handicap, with Exterminator thoroughly beaten, but when it came to the running of the Cup Exterminator was the winner and Mad Hatter was outside the money. Exterminator was not started in the Bowie Handicap of last year, but he kept up his Cup record by beating its winner when he took Boniface into camp in a thrilling finish. This year, to keep up his 1.000 batting average, he must beat the Quincy Stables Captain Alcock, and that sturdy five-year-old is only asked to take up 106 pounds, just four pounds less than he carried in the Bowie Handicap. But all Bowie winners have looked alike to Exterminator and Wayland has an abiding faith that he will gather his fourth Pimlico Cup next Saturday. An unusual incentive to the trainers in the case of this race is that part of its conditions which reads: "The Maryland Jockey Club will present ,500 to the trainer of the winner, 00 to the trainer of the second horse, 00 to the trainer of the third and 00 to the trainer of the fourth." Therein four of the wortlvy profession have a cinch in advance on Thanksgiving turkey, with a margin over.

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