All but One Beaten: Isosceles Only Winning Favorite at Fair Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-22


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ALL BUT ONE BEATEN Isosceles Only Winning Favorite at Fair Grounds. His Success Narrowly Achieved Sweepstakes the Outstanding Disappointment. NEW ORLEANS, La., Feb. 21. Isosceles, carrying John Lowes colors, -was the only successful favorite of the afternoon and his escape from defeat was by the narrowest kind of margin. He was in with five other highly rated, platers and, because of his excellent race in the Crescent City Handicap last Saturday, was made a prohibitive favorite and found confident support by the larger operators. He flattered extensively during the earlier periods by staying close to Beverwyck and passed into the lead with the utmost ease when rounding into the stretch. It seemed a mere canter for him to the finish, but suddenly some of his backers gave a cry of alarm when Brunell, which had been almost a distant follower for three-quarters, hove in sight with tremendous strides. He came with a rush through the last sixteenth and just then Isosceles began shortening his stride and it forced Parke to do his utmost to rouse Isosceles and he succeeded in stalling off the fast going Brunell to win by a short neck. Had the race been a bit further the Bradley representative would surely have reversed the decision. CALIGULAS IMPROVEMENT. The outstanding upset of the afternoon came witli the running of the third race, in which the J. L. Holland-owned Sweepstakes was a pronounced choice and failed dismally, Caligula winning handily. The performance of the winner was in marked contrast to his previous essay, when he was beaten by Veni-zelos as a result of bolting at the stretch turn. He was equipped with a burr for todays race and it prevented him from running out when he reached the stretch turn. The stewards as a result of his running out propensities informed trainer Woodliffe that he would be held strictly accountable for consistency in the horses future equipment and that a burr will have to be part of it. The best race carded for the afternoon was the fourth, in which eight good ones answered the bugle. Lord Granite, because of Parkes presence in the saddle, was given slight preference over Roseate II., but the latter, racing to his best form under McDer-motts well-judged ride, won handily from Lord Granite, with the poorly ridden Rock Bottom heading the others in third place. The limit number of starters fourteen and they were an ordinary band, comprised the field in the opener, with the first timer. Boot Black, the favorite. He raced well, but not good enough to head Sea-Wolf, which won handily. Boot Black had all he could do to outstay the fast finishing Bethlehem Steel. STAIIGO A surprise. Stargo furnished the surprise of the second race, which he won handily from Paul Micou, the favorite. The addition .of spurs to Stargo seemingly worked an advantage in his running, for he raced as if he was much the best, having expended himself some while on the way to the post by a runaway of an eighth at top speed. Fred Kinney, one of the extreme outsiders and entirely neglected in a betting way, was the victor of the sixth race after a sensational finish, in which he beat home Widgeon by a nose. The latter fell lame before the finish, which was a contirbuting factor in giving Fred Kinney the victory, poster Embry, after a good effort, landed third. The concluding dash found Tex again a favorite and a disappointment, for the best he could do was to land in third place. Way-wassamo and Mock Orange beat him handily. The cool weather was again instrumental in keeping the attendance down somewhat. There were thirty-four operators quoting prices this afternoon. Mrs. A. E. Alexandra secured Sweepstakes via the claiming route in the third race at a cost of ,700. Paul Micou was secured for ?1,500 by Mosc Shapoff in the second race. M. Goode returned from Lexington, where he had been on a brief visit to inspect the horses he has wintering there.

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