Glorious Day of Excellent Racing: Big Crowds at Lexington and Jamaica, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-06


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GLORIOUS DAY OF EXCELLENT RACING BIG CROWDS AT LEXINGTON AND JAMAICA Ideal Weather, Capacity Attendances and Sparkling Sport Mark Saturdays Racing in Kentucky and New York Best Pal Adds to His Laurels in Winning Camden Handicap. ♦ Gives Weight and Beating to Pa- rader and Lady Madcap — Bo McMillan a Surprise. LEXINGTON, Ky., May .".—Best Pal continued on his successful way this afternoon when he accounted for the chief fixture of this meeting, the Camden Handicap, from a small but select band of horses, winning by inches from. Parader. with I.ady Madcap in third place. Best Pal was conceding weight to the others, made all the pace and gamely! withstood a determined bid by Parader and won by a nose. I.auy Madcap, which had i contended sharply with Best Pal in the ear- j lier stages, gave way in the last eighth. The net value of the stakes to the winner was, ,990. The Kentucky Association this afternoon experienced the best day of the present mec t-lag in all respects. The racing was spirited. the attendance was of record proportions and betting activities greater than on any previous day. While the Camden Handicap was the stel-lar offering, interest in the three-year-old mile and a sixteenth dash was of equal im-i portance. for it was expected that it would I develop further clarification as to the merit of three-year-olds here and furnish a better j line on the important race to be decided at Churchill Downs May 19. Kentucky Derby deductions, in so far as applying to those three-year-olds trained in this section, were further befuddled this aft- : ernoon when T. J. Pendergasts Bo McMillan scored a handy victory over E. R. Bradleys Blossom Time and G. R. Allens Calcutta, the cracks Anna M. Humphrey and Aspiration being in the rear guard. The result was quite surprising, for in a preceding start Bo McMillan had been decisively beaten, and because of it critics had completely eliminated him from Derby calculations. A NA H. HUMPHREY FAILS. Because of her splendid showing in the Ashland Oaks Anna M. Humphrey was made an outstanding favorite. Bhe failed dismally j and for the first time in her racing career she wa.s forced to follow in the wake of a pacemaker. Blossom Time, with a dazzling I display of speed, headed her right at the start and then proceeded to race her into complete exhaustion by forcing a terrific pace. She ran the first quarter in 22, the j three-eighths in ::; %. the half mile in 15% I and five-eighths in 5S*s- Anna M. Hum- ; phrey closely followed the Bradley filly upj to this time, but thereafter she gradually! gave way and was displaced by Bo McMillan just before reaching the stretch. Bo McMillan, greatly benefited by the fast pace and showing the best race of his career, began overhauling Blossom Time in the stretch. He passed into the lead an eighth out and from then on won with much in reserve. Blossom Time, considering the heart-breaking pace she had maintained in the early stages, lasted fairly well and safely held Calcutta, which came with a rush in the last eighth. Anna M. Humphrey tired fast near! the end. The showing of Aspiration, the *7.500 purchase of Benjamin Block, did not leave much to enthuse over. He was outrun all the way and tired in the stretch. Brownell Combs three-year-old filly Sweetheart ran the fastest three-quarters of the ! meeting when she covered the distance in 1:12 and beat home some fast ones that j contested witli her in the fourth. Indian Trail finished second and Be Good in third place. P. T. Chinns colors were carried to vie-tary in the sixth by Poster Doeter, winning! from Sarah Elizabeth and Eventide. Williams Brothers accounted for the other two-year-old dash with Quotation, which won from Mary 1-ynn and Blue ITonaflt The opening race was won by Sun Brae i from Pugs, with "hiva in third place. Covernor Morrow was again an interested spectator of the racing. He will be at | Churchill Downs to witness the Kentucky Derby. [ I I | I Grey Lag in Triumphant Debut in Kings County Handicap. ♦ Rancocas Stable and Trainer Hildreth Have Field Day — Blazes Defeats Dominique. • NEW YORK, N. Y., May 5 —For the third time in a row the Rancocas Stable captured the Kings County Handicap at Jamaica today and Grey Lag, the winner, hung out a new mark for the race when he covered the distance in 1:44**; with 123 pounds in the saddle. It was old Mad Hatter that was winner under the same silks in both 1321 and 1922. but the performance of Grey Pag eclipsed that of his illustrious stablemate. and he at once took his place at the top of the handicap division for the year. There was a chilly wind blowing over the course of the Metropolitan Jockey Club that made things uncomfortable, but it was a real holiday card that was offered and it was a real holiday crowd that was out, filling to capacity every inch of space. After Flying Cloud, Blazes and Brainstorm were all withdrawn from the Kings County Handicap Grey Bag was opposed by J. S. Cosdens French colt Snob II., C. H. Therb-ots Prince James and the Xalapa Farm Stables Southern Cross. Little time was lost at the barrier and as it rose Kummer shot out with Snob II. to cut out the running. Sande took his position in second place, and though he was lengths back of the leader he was content to rate the chestnut champion along. A length and a half back of him Southern Cross and Prince James raced closely lapped. This was the order for the run through the backstretch and Snob II. was making the pace a fast one when he went to the quarter in- 24. half in 48%. SANDES SIPRF..MF. CONFIDEXf E. Leaving the backstretch Snob H. was still so well clear that some fears were expressed of Grey I,ag catching him. but Sande continued to sit still with a supreme confidence in his mount. Miller drew his whip on Prince .lames as he swung out of the backstretch in a vain effort to have him improve his position. Almost to the stretch Snob II. continued to show the way, but there Grey Lag had begun to move and the way he went after the Cosden four-year-old left little doubt of the result. An eighth from the finish it was apparent that Grey Lag would be an easy winner and after he had come clear Sande kept a good hold of his head to have him almost two lengths to the good at the end. Snob II. easily took second place, and he was a full ten bngths before Prince James, with Southern Cress a distant last. The race run by Snob II. was the beat he has shown this year and it is a sure thing that Prince James will improve, but it was apparent that Grey Lag is easily master of both of them. August Belmonts Messenger will have to improve greatly over the showing he made in the three-quarters dash that was the third race of the day if he is to cut any figure among the topnotch three-year-olds of the year. He was thoroughly beaten and. to say the least, his performance was not impressive. This race promised bountifully, with a meeting between Great Man and the Belmont three-year-old, but both were humbled by the Rancocas Stables Rigel. which was winner, with .lake P.yers filly Hot finishing second. Grant Man was third, the Qnincy Stable*! Carol fourth and Messenger fifth. The only other starter. Recommendation, bad scant chance at the start and was a distant last all the way. • The atart was a bit ragged and Laverne Pator was wide awake when the barrier rose. sending Rigel into the lead. Carol was in second place and Messenger third away, but Dugaa seeme.l unable to h;iv ■• him under way. Creat Man, Dot and Recommendation were all back of the Belmont colt leaving the barrier. Fator made every use of the advantage he Contiuued on taoMtt page. n 1 ti v f £ D | r ? ■ I t f | c v . t 1 1 1 1 j s , JAMAICAS GREAT RACING Continued from first page. had gained at the start, and his brother, M. Fator, hustled Dot to such good advantage that before the turn out of the backstretch was reached she was in second place, with Great Man and Messenger closely lapped following her and Carol a length and a half back of them. After rounding out of the backstretch Dugan attempted to drive Messenger past Great Man en -the outside, but the chestnut was not equal to the task and Great Man drew away from him. But in the meantime Dot was clcse after RigeL and racing in a manner that Suggested a possible chance of catching him. Both Fators were riding hard in the stretch, but Rigel had plenty left and he was still a couple of lengths clear at the end. Great Man was going well in the last eighth and he was only beaten a head by the Byer filly, but Carol had no trouble in racing away from Messenger at the end. After the finish Great Man was worked out the full mile in 1:42%. Messenger is a particularly long striding colt and it is possible that he was not exactly up to a race. He may improve when asked to travel farther, but this, his first effort of the year, was, to say the least, decidedly disappointing. He is one of the handsomest horses in training and has a good way of going, but his long stride does not suggest sprinting ability. Great Man also looks good, even though his race was hardly up to his looks. As a matter of fact, the real surprise of the race was Dot. She ran like a first-class filly and, while tiring at the end, gave an excellent account of herself. Byer has announced his intention of shipping her to Pimlico to fill her engagement in the Pimlico Oaks, while it is possible she will also be started in the Preakness Stakes, in which she will have a liberal weight allowance. S. C Hildreth enjoyed a glorious afternoon when three of the Bancocas Stable horses were returned victorious, B. Sande riding two of them, while B. Fator piloted the other. The latter also scored with Prince of Umbria. The successful color bearers were Grey Bag, Rigel and Eaglet, the latter a two-year-old and first-time starter that has all the marks of a high-class racer. The concluding race of the afternoon provided quite a surprise when Blazes took the measure of the speedy Dominique, the latter being an odds-on favorite and only losing by inches in a great finish. *

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