Exterminator The Attraction: Great Crowd Out to Do Him Homage on First Eastern Appearance; Americas Most Popular Turf Idol Befittingly Rewards His Admirers by Winning the Main Race of Thursdays Program at Havre de Grace, Daily Racing Form, 1924-04-18


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EXTERMINATOR THE ATTRACTION ■ ♦ Great Crowd Out to Do Him Homage on First Eastern Appearance e Americas Most Popular Turf Idol Beiittingly Rewards His Admirers by Winning the Main Race of Thursdays Program at Havre de Grace ♦ HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., April 17. — Exterminator, the idol of the turf and now at the venerable age of nine years, was the big attraction at Havre de Grace this afternoon. The honest eld fellow raced over the mile and seventy yards to win the forty-ninth race in his long years of campaigning. Back of him was the Seagram Stables Golden Sphere, with E. K. Brysons Setting Sun the one to finish in third place. This was not the feature of the program of the day, but Exterminator has long been a feature with the racing public any time that he performs and the promise of seeing him in action had much to do with a big crcwd being present, though the day was unseasonably taw and cold. The program was a good one even without the grand old son of McGee and Fair -ijiRmprpss it marked the first steeplechase of the year and that in itself meant an attraction of importance. There was the Yar-row Brae Purse, for three-year-olds, and the other races all brought together well-balanced fields. But after all it was an Exterminator day and the marvelous old gelding made good in a manner that was befitting. An evidence of the love for the old fellow was had when he was cantered through the stretch before the race and when he returned to the scales after the finish he was riotously received by the big crowd. It has been a long day since there has been such a turf idol as this same honest eld gelding. Under the conditions of the race Exterminator was in under 107 pounds, which in itself was ridiculous, but it was the ida of his coming back. That was what counted. It would have been a calamity to have the old fellow beaten, but he showed just a flash of his old greatness when he swept home winner and going away at the end. Gclden Sphere was the one to cut out the running. Exterminator had left the post quickly, but the Seagram six-year-old sprinted into the lead going to the first turn and Fairway was after him. Exterminator win never far away and on the far turn he moved into second place. Reaching the stretch turn Exterminator continued to draw up on Cold-en Sphere and when rounded into the straight they were lapped, but Exterminator was just beginning to run and in the last eighth he drew cut to win going away. It was a race that was tmi ndously popular with the crowd and it was enough to indicate that Henry McDaniel has brought tic old fellow back to at least something like his old form. MAY START IX DIXIE. Exterminator is an eligible for the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico and, should he continue to train creditably, he will undoubtedly be a starter for that big prize. The days racing opened with a four furlong dash for maiden two-year-olds. Wilbur c. Whitehead won the dash. Westover finished second. Crimp beat ten others. The finish was drawn fine with victory going the way most pleasing to the majority. Wilbur C. Whitehead began in front and made all the pace while clinging to the inside rail Westover followed the son of Short Crass closest away from the post and forced the pace into the straightaway. At the eighth post the Omar Khayyam filly drew on even terms with the colt arrd appeared to have put him away. In the final strides however, Westover tired as if a bit short and Burke on Wilbur C. Whitehead reclaimed the lead and was going away at the end being a head in front as the winning line was crooned P. H. Sims colors were carried to the second victory of the afternoon in the third race. Caligula completed the d-nible begun by Wilbur C. Whitehead. Jewell v. i». finished s • ■-ond to Caligula. Good times and Lion dor, of which the public expected most, finished third and fourth resuecl ively. Burke, who rode both of the Sims winners, went to the front immediately with aligula and mad.- the pace throughout. Jewell V. 1 . moved up on th ■ son of Wrack after turning into the lane, but he drew away slightly to win by a length and a half. Good Times finished fast. Lion d Or was eased when his cause was seen to be hopeh ss. stli:pm: ii sic back. Steeple, basing is back. There were ten went to the post in the first cross country race of the ear and while only six of then finished, it brought about a good contest and a victory for A. C. Bostwicks The Trout, a seven-year-old son of Rapid Wat r and Snndringham Belle that began his racing career under the silks of the Xalapa Faini Stable. It was Richard IVndings Gold Foyle that finished in second place and third was the portion of Samuel Ross Lollipop. Following this gelding tame W. H. .Coes "Subscription" jumper Corfie, Hugh Garths Beck and the vC"U.iiiir i on tcutU i ase. EXTERMINATOR THE ATTRACTION Continued from first page. Valley Hill Farm Stables In The Dark. Those that came to grief were Foxhall Keenes Verboten, Frank Herolds Honorable, Mrs. F. M. Harrys Fifteen Cents and Bayard Warrens Byr.g. Verboten and Honorable came down at the first fence. Fifteen Cents lost his rider at the third, while BjTBg v;is pulled up after he had gone over two fences with a broken bridle and the bit out , of his mouth. Gold Foyle was the one to cut out all the pace and through the early stages it waa Beck that raced in closest pursuit of him. After going to the first turn there was a hit of crowding and when Honorable was bumped he fell and Verboten fell over him. In the same mixup Byng broke the tliroat-laich of his bridle and the bit dropped out of his mouth. Then at the third. Fifteen Cents landed in a tangle and bounced Diamond from the saddle. Shortly after this Byng was pulled up. Fortunately all of the riders escaped serious injury. A bit too much use was made of Gold Ffyle as he raced away from his company while Keating was content to save ground with The Trout and through the early stages he was far back. Back was showing becoming speed, but a bit rank while Barrett rede lollipop miserably and had hint all over the course. The last turn of the course. Beck tired badly and he was swerving at his fences, but he kept his feet. Some of the swerving interfered with Lollipop and it was after completing the run through the back field the last time that Keating moved into second place with The Trout. Gold Foyle was still showing the way as he swung into the front field, but in the run home. The Trout wore him down to win going away. Gold Foyle lasted to save second place from Lollipop and the others were more or less strung out. The race was a first class one and it speaks volumes fur what may be expected during the year. Dandybrush got up in the last stride to carry the J. Magnus colors victorious over Aladdin and Koseate. The three horses wer»3 noses apart at the end. Chalmers rode the winner, which suffered interference at tha half-mile post. The final race was at a mile and a sixteenth. It brought out cheap platers. Way-wassamo won and thereby gave P. Walls his second victory of the afternoon. The gelding won pulling up. Spugs caught Duke John near the end for second money.

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