Double for W. R. Coe: Kufiya and Sportiboy Carry His Colors Successfully, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-21


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: L DOUBLE FOR W. R. COE Kufiya and Sportiboy Carry His Colors Successfully. Romping Mary and OKelly the Big Disappointments of Sundays Havana Racing. HAVANA, Cuba, Jan. 20. The division of the W. R. Coe stable that is racing here this winter figured importantly in Sundays racing at Oriental Park. Twice during the afternoon were the popular silks of the New York and Wyoming turfman carried to victory. First it was Kufiya in the second race, then Sportiboy in the fifth. The latters triumph was a decided surprise and tne race also marked the second big disappointment of the afternoon when Romping Mary failed to finish inside the money. The veteran jockey J. Callahan was in a great measure responsible for Spcrtiboys sue- cess. He kept the Coe standard bearer under restraint during the early running, but never far away from the pacemaker. Jolly essayed to show the way and did so until entering the stretch, where he tired and Sportiboy moved to the front. In the meantime Romping Mary had been close up and it was expected that she would be there fighting it out with the leaders at the end. Such, however, was not the case. She tired badly and it was Diversity that challenged Sportiboy and with such a burst of speed that Callahan was forced to ride his mount to the limit to hold his advantage, only a head separating the pair as the winning line was crossed. INAUGURAL TO HARAN. Haran was home first in the inaugural dash of the afternoon, finishing a length in advance of Ed Garrison, which was a similar distance in front of Riposta. The latter was the early pacemaker, but gave way to Haran on the far turn. The veteran gelding that races for B. Mock came through on the inside and held his opponents safe at the end. Ed Garrison wore down Riposta m the last eighth and outgamed her in a hotly contested finish. The favorite, Clem Theisen, went wide entering the stretch, where he lost considerable ground, or he might have been close up fighting it out with the winner. The W. R. Coe silks were in front In the second when Kufiya carried them to victory with April and Gold Leaf finishing second and third respectively. Great Way showed the most early speed, but quit badly on reaching the stretch. Then Kufiya took up the running and, drawing clear, was only cantering at tho end to win by three lengths. It was a different story when the decision of the minor portions of the purse were concerned. April and Gold Leaf both closed immense gaps and furnished an interesting duel for second place. The result was in doubt until the official placing was announced, the judges awarding second money to April by a. neck, with Gold Leaf gaining with every stride, too late, however, to change the result. EASY FOR WALTER TURNBOW. The mile and a sixteenth of the third race resulted in an easily achieved success for Walter Turnbow, the outstanding favorite. Ho won by five lengths while the next three horses, Blarney Boy, Felix M. and Jap Muma, had a battle royal for the remaining honors. Felix M. was the first to appear in front and, after setting the pace to the stretch whero he made a wide turn, Blarney Boy assumed command, only to give way to Walter Turn-bow. Once in the lead Walter Turnbow raced away from the others and his rider was easing him up at the end. Felix M., however, was not through and, coming again, put up a hard struggle for second place. Jap Muma also stubbornly contested every stride with Blarney Boy and Felix M. and as the three raced by tho judges stand, they alone were in a position to separate them. A big upset came with the running of tho sixth race at three-quarters of a mile when the odds-on favorite, OKelly, was inglori-ously defeated. He raced well to the stretch, but quit badly when the pinch came. Betty Mae was the winner. She was saved from the early pace, moved up on the stretch turn and, squeezing through on the inside, caught and passed, Foul Weather in the last sixteenth to score by a length. Foul Weather set the pace from the start and had a four-lengths lead at tho half mile pest He tired wheii overtaken in the run home and barely lasted long- enough to hold Awning safe for second place.

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