Proverbial Blanket: Would Have Covered First Three in Havanas Main Race, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-13


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PROVERBIAL BLANKET Would Have Covered First Three in Havanas Main Race. Close and Interesting Finish Be-tween-Fincastle, Approval and Captain Adams. HAVANA. Cuba, Feb. 12. The closest finish and most interesting contest on todays program at Oriental Park was the mile and a sixteenth of the fifth race, in which the proverbial blanket would have covered the first three as they flashed by the judges. Fincastle, which won at record odds here in December, was the winner and at a substantial price in both books and mutuels. He led all the way and, though tiring at the end, managed to outlast Approval and Captain Adams, both of whicu closed big gaps, the latter going fastest of all at the end. Jockey A. McLaughlin was in the limelight, riding two winners. He was astride Dextrose in the opener and was likewise successful with Forest Queen in the fourth. In both instances he had to use all the skill and energy at his command to get his mount home first. In the fourth he kept Forest Queen in a forward position, while Gloom was exhausting himself setting the pace and when he retired took his mount to the front and kept her there, though hard pressed at the end. Amelia S. was second and The Ally, whicn finished third, was gaining on the two leaders with every stride and would have scored in a few more strides. ""Ftlic-inaTlgUral two-year-old race at a half mile was offered. It provided a close finish, in which Dextrose, a daughter of Sir Edgar that belongs to the Rosario Stable, gamely outstayed the favorite, Thats the Time. There was plenty of excitement crowded into this half-mile race. First Dextrose led, then gave way to Glory, only to come again and pass Glory and earn a well-deserved victory, though Thats the Time was gaining on her with every stride. The supporters of San Diego, the favorite in the second -race, were on the anxious seat for several moments at the turn into the homestretch when the Honeywood gelding was cut off and Callahan was forced to pull him up. However, Callahan was not couraged and he sent the gelding after Ed Garrison with renewed vigor with the result that he caught. and passed him in the last sixteenth, drawing clear right at the end. Had Ed Garrison not been used excessively racing Ultra Gold into defeat he might have won, for he tired in the last few strides with victory in sight. I A band of veteran platers made up the field in the third race. The winner turned up in Jack Pot. He led all the way, but j was tiring at the end and barely outlasted Copyright. The latter was a forward contender throughout and had the distance been j a trifle longer he would have won. Berrctta finished a close up third. " ! A

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