Kings Plate Victor: Seagram Stables Flowerful Captures Most Coveted Race, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-20


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KINGS PLATE VICTOR » Seagram Stables Flowerful Captures Most Coveted Race. 1 Woodbine Meeting Opens With Usual Pomp Before Record Crowd of 30,000. ♦ TORONTO, Ont., May 19.— Racing came back to Canada this afternoon under conditions that could hardly be surpassed. The weather was of a summerlike variety and 30,000 people crowded every inch of space at Woodbine to welcome the return of the thoroughbred. I Opening day was graced by the presence of ! His Excellency the Governor-General Lord Gyng of Villy, who arrived in state previous i to the running of the first race. His Excellency was preceded by outriders and drove down the homestretch to the clubhouse in-closuro, where he was welcomed by Lieutenant-Governor Cockshutt and Colonel William Hendrie, president of the Ontario Jockey Club. As the governor-general drove from the top of the stretch, the band, under the leadership of Bandmaster Herbert S. Wo, rendered a | l new composition entitled "Lord Byng, Canada Welcomes You." Cheer after cheer greeted Canadas popular governor-general throughout the drive. Flowerful, a brown son of Ypsilanti II. — Plying Flora, ridden by T. Wilson, and racing for the Seagram Stable, was winner of the sixty-fourth renewal of the Kings Plate. Back of hiin and ridden out to take second place was J. C. Fletchers Cheechako, while Trail Blazer, from the Thorncliffe Stable, was third. Fourth portion of the stake fell to C. Millars Rallim. THIRTEEN IX KINGS PLATE. A field of thirteen starters were named fcr the Kings Plate and there was but little to the running. When the start came, which was a good one, Wilson sent Flowerful right to the front and rated him along under slight restraint. Trail Blazer, Honeys Jewel and Maypole were in the first flight, while Cheechako and Rallim were forced to work their way up. There was but little change in the running positions during the first part, but when rounding the turn Honeys Jewel I was crowded and forced to take up. Trail Blazer was sent to the winner with a rush, but Wilson anticipated the move and hustled Flowerful along under the whip. The latter responded in a spirited manner and drew into a safe lead to win by a margin of three lengths. Cheechako came with a rush through the final eighth and readily passed Trail Blazer, but could not get to the winner, while Rallim was several lengths back. Edward F. Seagram, owner of the Seagram stable, led the winner to the unsaddling ring. He was called to the stewards stand and was presented with a silver cup that goes to the winner. The presentation was made by her excellency Lady Byng. The victory marked the first success of the Seagram silks since the year 1917, when Belle Mahone was winner and the victory was a thoroughly popular one with the crowd. FLOWERFUL NEGLECTED. Flowerful was a neglected factor in the wagering and netted a handsome dividend for the usual investment. Flowerful ran the mile and a quarter distance in 2 :11, which, taking into consideration the track condition, was a good performance. Although a three-year-old and carrying 113 pounds, he conceded weight to every other three-year-old in the race. The winners portion of the 0,000 added stake was ,495 net, in addition to a gift of 50 guineas, the gift of his majesty. King George V. A field of fourteen faced starter Morrissey in the opening race, the Trial Plate Handicap at three-quarters, with J. K. L. Ross pair. New Hampshire and Lion dOr, the popular choices. Edgar Allan Poe furnished the fireworks while en route to the post when he made several attempts to get away, but was held under control by Stirling. Following a delay at the barrier the field ! left in good alignment and Mavourneen was , the first to show in front. She soon gave way to James F. OHara, which set a fast! pace for the others to follow. Heeltaps Worked her way to the leaders and showed a flash of speed for the first j part. Lion dOr, after being away slowly, I was rushed to the leaders, but could not find clear sailing, while New Hampshire was al- [ ways away up. In the meantime High Cost j Continued on fifteenth page. KINGS PLATE VICTOR Continued from first page. was racing under slight restraint next to the inner rail and when James F. OHara began to tire caught and passed him in the final strides. Procyon was badly outrun early, but closed a big gap and outlasted Lion dOr for third place. Edgar Allan Poe came out of the race in a bad way. He was jumped on at the far turn and was dismounted. He was quite lame when led to the stable. Later he was destroyed on the advice of the track veterinarian. The running of the Mint© Steeplechase was a costly one for the C. A. Bostwick stable, whose Overmatch finished in front, but he failed to finish through the proper course and was set back. First place was awarded to W. G. Wilsons Briganna, ridden by Ireland, over the Elliott Stables Flying Frog, while Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks Sea Monarch was third. A field of six faced the starter and when the break came all left in good order. Theo-dosius unseated his rider at the fifth fence and on the second turn of the field Rowan, astride Transpero, steered for the wrong jump, and Keating on Overmatch followed him, while the others took the right course. Overmatch outran and outjumped his opponents when he assumed the lead and had no trouble finishing in front, but the stewards quickly disqualified him* and never even dropped his number in the winning slot. Rowan seemed to realize his mistake and pulled up Transpero on the second turn of the field. S. H. Dudleys Strut Miss Lizzie was a winner of the Cavendish Plate, a dash of five-eighths for two-year-olds. Her score came in a bard drive from Mrs. J. Arthurs Bamra-. while Edward F. Whitneys Suppliant was third. The winner displayed a high order of speed from the start and. after racing Runpour into early defeat, held Bamra safe at the finish. The Kenton Stable completed a double when Fast Mack was winner of the Goodwood Plate, a dash of a half mile for two-year-olds foaled in Canada. This victory was scored in a drive from the Thorncliffe Stables Tliorndyke, while the Seagram Stable was third with Isoletta. The winner, ridden by T. Parrington, closed an immense gap and got up in the final strides to win by a scant margin. Thorn-dyke displayed a high order of early speed and quickly drew away into a long lead. Isoletta came with a belated rush after being away slowly and was going the fastest of all at the end. The track had dried out rapidly following the bright sunshine of yesterday and today. However, jt proved deceptive. The outer cushion looked lumpy, but was against pronounced mud runners and in a way accounted for so many surprises. The crowd, which taxed the capacity of the stands and lawns, was accommodated in the center field following the running of tne steeplechase. A band of the better grade of platers met in the running of the Barrie Plate and the winner came from an unexpected quarter when the Kenton Stables Ethel Clayton dominated the running from the start and at the end had a safe margin over Crack o Dawn, while Despair was third. There was little time lost at the barrier and when the start came Abel sent her right to the front and quickly hustled her into a long lead. Lunetta and Despair were racing heads apart and leading the remainder of the field, which was strung out. Ethel Clayton saved ground at the stretch turn and Abel took no chances, but kept her at her task all the way. Crack o Dawn wore down the tiring Despair and was a good second. Steeplechase jockeys Keating and Rowan escaped with a reprimand from the stewards when they both went out of the course.

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