Here and There on the Turf: Jamaica Opens Today.; Rinkeys Oaks Victory.; Another Single Foot Score.; Passing of Dan Murray., Daily Racing Form, 1924-04-29


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Here and There on the Turf Jamaica Opens Today. Rinkeys Oaks Victory. Another Single Foot Score. Passing of Dan Murray. Another racing season is here. The United Hunts Association has done its part nobly in raiding the curtain with its two days of de lightful sport at beautiful Belmont Park and now th? Metropolitan Jockey Club begins its meeting at Jamaica. This meeting will con tinue for twenty days and seldom has there been a meeting there so rich in promise. It is the beginning of a racing year in New York that will continue until October 30 at the Empire City course near Yonkers and there are a greater number of fit horses from which to make up the programs than there has been, as a rule, before. A look at the program that has been pre pared for the opening tells eloquently of what may be expected in a racing way and it is natural to expect that there will be steady improvement in the entertainment. The Pau monok Handicap has long been the opening stake race in New York and. year after year, it has brought about a rarely good contest. The race this year will serve as an excellent line on the aspirants for sprinting distinction. The other races hold out plenty of promise and with the promised fair weather and a fast track Jamaica may experience some trouble in comfortably taking care of the crowd that will journey down to the pretty little mile ellipse. The character of racing that was served up by the United Hunts Association at Belmont Park both Saturday and Monday was far and away the b?st that racing organization has ever staged. It was a deserved success and came only after years of disappointment. John K. McEntee Bowman is entitled to much of the credit for the improvement in the racing by the United Hunts Association. Since his election to the office of president he has been untiring in efforts for the welfare of the sport and his were efforts that commanded success. The two steeplechases of the day were decidedly interesting and it was unusual to have a field of ten in one and eight in the other. The jumpers all showed a degree of aptitude that s| eaks well for cross-country racing that is to come. Both were won by imported horses, but one race was confined to the foreigners, so that it should not count. This Shawn a Glanna, that won under the t colors of Julius Ileischni amis Middle Neck | Farm Stable, is a six year old gelded son of ; : Cipango and Lady Wise, by Love Wisely, that was purchased abroad by lieutenant Thomas McCrrery for Mr. Fleischmann. There are other pood ones in the stable. Shawn a Glanna demc -nstrated in his race Saturday that he ■ possessed of an excellent turn of speed and he jumi»ed expertly. j There were falls in the race for the sub scription junipers, but mott of the horses that t went down were not to blame. They were knocked down or fell over a prostrate horse There need be no fear of the jumping ability of the horses that were brought over. I New York began well in Kentucky when Rinkry, from the Greentree Stable, was the ! winner of the Ashland Oaks at Iyxington Sat urday. This good filly was raced through the , w inter at New Orleans by Clyde Phdlips and ; I had the advantage of a thorough seasoning . I I Her performance was a good one considering the muddy condition of the track. It was ! doubly credit abb for the reason that Rinkey was only rated as a fairly good mud runner. That was not the only Greentree Stable sue t | ; : j t I ! , ; I I I ! cess, for the rather unreliable Moonraker was the winner of the first race of the Kentucky season. Another of the worth-while happenings at Lexington Saturday was the victory of Hal Price Headleys good mare Chacolet in the Phoenix Hotel Handicap. While Chacolet was not opposed by much, she was giving away great chunks of weight and took the race by a sensational stretch rush that told of her excellent condition. The performance of this good mare is of especial importance for the reason that she is intended as a starter in the 5,000 Dixie Handicap of the Maryland Jockey Club, to be decided at Pimlico next Saturday. When J. E. Griffiths good two year old Single Foot ran in such sensational fashion at Bowie early in the month, it was predicted that he might eventually race his way into the championship of the two year olds. But Bowie form is always more or less discounted and there were those who would not take the performance of the son of Wrack and Virginia L. seriously. Now he has verified that Bowie performance by scoring in thp Aberdeen Stakes at Havre de Grace. In his Bowie race Single Foot established a track record, while at Havre de Grace Saturday he equaled the track record of 53 seconds for the four and a half furlongs. It was his second appearance in public and his second victory. The successes of this colt are doubly pleasing to J. E. Grif-. fith, for he bred Single Foot and there is al ways the added thrill when one has reared his best colt. Single Foot is intended for New York racing. being engaged in most of the two year old fixtures that closed during the winter. That will give him the opportunity to find just where he belongs in the best of the new crop. It is with real regret that news is received of the death of Daniel T. Murray, of Chicago, and of the firm of Bentley, Murray and Company. "Dan" Murray, for many years was one of the foremost turf correspondents through the middle West and the Canadian circuit and he served many dailies with his charts and stories of racing. He was one of the best "callers" of his day and many chart makers of the present generation served an apprenticeship under "Dan" and owe to him any skill he may have in his chosen vocation.

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