Beau Butler Beaten In Great Race: Altawood Furnishes A Surprise; C. B. Heads Derby Hope Triumphant Over Bradley Star in Blue Grass Stakes After a Thrilling Duel and Sensational Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-08


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BEAU BUTLER BEATEN IN GREAT RACE AHA WOOD FURNISHES A SURPRISE » C B. Heads Derby Hope Triumphant Over Bradley Star in Blue Grass Stakes After a Thrilling Duel and Sensational Finish ♦ BEXINGTON. Ky.. May 7.— The Blue Grass Stakes, serving as a preliminary test for f western Kentucky Derby aspirants, furnished a thrilling duel between C. B. Heads Altawood a and the Idle Hour Stock Farm Stables Beau Butler, with Altawood triumphant in the last stride after one of the most strenuous stretch struggles. Altawocds victory was a surprise, for Beau Butler was considered to have the race at his mercy. Interest in the race centered mainly in the pair of leaders, for the others were not r regarded as able to cope with them. In a preceding meeting Altawood had finished la third r rlace. being on that occasion beaten easily by Beau Butler. Bob Tail, a companion of Beau Butler, was assigned the task of making the early pace % and right well did he perform his task, for he led until Dyke thought it time for him to take *lrt the running, rnnnino- nnH and he Vltt llift did so =r*l fit at the tVlA t stretch I**** t tYi *lrt the running, rnnnino- nnH and he Vltt llift did so =r*l fit at the tVlA t stretch I**** t tYi jtip turn, but instead of drawing away from the others, as was fully expected by the large crowd, he was joined by Altawood, which moved up at the same time. The backers of the Idle Hour Stok Farm Stable entry, who had accepted an extremely short price, were taken with consternation when Altawood refused to be shaken off and surprise swept the crowd as Dyke began plying his whip on Beau Butler. The colt responded gamely, but Altawood also held on stubbornly. Both were straining every ounce in the last sixteenth. It was now a question of which would hold to his task the better. The crowd was in a frenzy. The two horses were thundering down to the finish on almost even strid s. Seventy yards from the finish it was still a doubt which would be the victor. Jockeys and horses were giving their best. Suddenly Beau Butler seemed t flinch slightly and it gave Altawood the opportunity to gain a slight advantage. McBermott still rode vigorously as the finish was reached, with Altawood the winner by a head. Beau Butler beat his stable companion five lengths for second place. lihlon showed a good performance and was a considerable distance in front of Binkey. The stake carried a net value of $:5.120 to the winner. Ixington ra ing terminated this spring with an immense attendance on hand to I vi. m the getaway proceedings. It was an ; enthusiastic crowd, too, and they cheered lustily for the different contenders, The card, with the exception of the Blue Grass Stakes, was in the main, of the consolation order. Inviting the cheaper grade of horses here. Spirited finishes marked the running of most of the races, the entered ones being ■ well matched. ABNTIK MII.T.IX F.ASIT.Y. The opener found Auntie Millin tie winner. I Her task was not as a y one, for Nlmrod . 1 eld on gamely and only succumb- d in the I last strides. Royal Dick and Fair Rowena i staged an interesting duel for third place. Fair Rowena furnished some excitement . while on the way to the post when she mv* seat, d Barko and proceeded to canter rid-r- • 1. s.s down the trak. She changed her mind , of going far and r.-turned and slopped abruptly by Parke to be remounted. Hal Price Headleys Subtle, lu-ky to avoid j interference and given a hustling rid-- by , Martin, won in the second race from Red Seth. with Slipaway in third plae Brown Trout, carrying 10. Ybrians colors, was I the favored one here, but she showed nothing . to warrant the confidence in her. She met some interference, but performed in dull style. The third race brought an upset when Klaxon got home before Alinka. with Qui- ; nine in third place. Much rough riding and x interference marked the running of this r contest, Klaxon and Alinka both being ex- tensive sufferers. Then proved the best in the fifth race. This J brought together sprinters and The Bunt was the leader until w.ll along in th.- stretch before he was rh*Wengsd strongly. In the, | ■ I drive that followed Thee gained on him steadily and ultimately won by a length. Bure • Dee outstayed the other* for third place.

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