Black Gold Wins the Kentucky Derby: Three Western Horses in Front, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-18


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BLACK GOLD WINS THE KENTUCKY DERBY - a a 1 THREE WESTERN HORSES IN FRONT » Mrs. R. M. Hoots Gallant Colt Scores Notable Victory in Golden Anniversary of Kentuckys Most Famous Race--Chilhowee Finishes Second and Beau Butler Third-Record Crowd Sees Race a ■ LOUISVILLE,. Ky., May 17. — Kentucky made a clean sweep In the Kentucky Derby. ; Black Gold, bearing the silks of Mrs. R. M. Hootos, was winner, with Gallaher Brothers* Chilhowee second and Edward R. Bradleys Beau Butler third, while fourth money fell to C. B. Heads Altawood. That is the official placing for the famous old fixture, and it is thus it will go down in history, but it was evident that the placing judges erred and mistook • Bracadale for Beau Butler, for it was the Rancocas Stables colt that was fighting it i out with Chilhowee, and. In fact, many close watchers were of the opinion he had beaten 6 The other were The other the Gallaher hope. p lacings were correct, and Chilhowee and Bracadale were so close together at the end that it was easily possible for a mistake to be made, for the Bradley colors are a combination of white and green, as are the Rancocas Stables, and Bracadale was on the Inside, where he was almost hidden by Chilhowee. While there have been better Derbys, that is to say. better horses trying for the rich prize, it was a marvelous race, and it was too bad that it should have been marred by this mistake in placing. From a good start ft was Bracadale that first showed out of the bunch, and Sande rushed him and at the same time crossed the field until he had him running next to the inner rail. He had come across a bit short in the first eighth and there was a bit of crowding as a result of the move. Baffling, third of the Bradley string, was the one to go after him and Wild Aster was a close third. Chilhowee was racing forwardly, while the others were a bit strung out going to the first turn. Mad Play had left in a bit of a tangle, and he was far back in the company. Wild Aster and Baffling were right after Bracadale on the turn into the backstretch and Sande went right along with the son of Fair Play, reaching the half in 47% and going to the three-quarters mark in 1:13. By that time Baffling was beginning to drop back and Wild Aster was showing the effect of the pace he had followed. McAtee had moved up with Transmute and he rushed into second place, to the delight of the follower* of the Whitney silks. BLACK GOLD MOVES UP. Then Black Gold began to move. As he forged through the field he met with some interference and was for a moment blocked, but Mooney took him outside where he had racing room, and he quickly made up the lost ground. Then it was Chilhowee that threatened. Sande had given Bracadale a breather going around the far turn and Chilhowee drew alongside. He went on by, but Sande held to his rail position with Bracadale, and he was far from being beaten. Swinging for home Chilhowee and Bracadale were well lapped and at that stage of the running the Gallaher colt looked all over a winner, but under punishment Bracadale hung on gamely and contested every of thee way home. But Chilhowee was not the menace. Little Black Gold was charging along on~"Ttre- outside with a rush that would not be denied. Chilhowee and Bracadale were racing on the inside and the son of Black Toney was well out in the track, where he had gone to | find clear sailing. Running straight and true • he swept by the pair of them right at the I end to score going away. ALTAWOOD CLOSES UP BIG GAP. Altawood closed a big gap to reach fourth place while Beau Butler also made up a lot of ground in the closing stages of the meet. Transmute weakened when the real test came, after making a great challenge at the seven-eighths distance and the others trailed along, with Baffling, Wild Aster and Bob Tail bringing up the rear. The showing of Mad Play was a decided disappointment and Revenue Agent did not run within pounds of the form that was hid in the running of the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico earlier in the month. Mr. Mutt and Nautical both began slowly and showed no speed in the running and Cannon Shot did not seem to belong in the company. After the finish there was the usual presentation of the cup and the sturdy little victor was decorated with the floral wreath. Trainer Webb was presented with a handsome stop watch and there was a pair of golden spurs which went to Mooney. It was a great day for Kentucky with the first four horses representing the home state. Continued on sixteenth pajre.j *f GOLDEN JUBILEE DERBY WINNER BLACK GOLD Here is the son of Black Toney — Useeit that triumphed in the fiftieth running of the Kentucky Derby and enriched his proud owner, Mrs. R. M. Hoots, of Oklahoma, to the extent of 2,775 and a ,000 golden trophy that was the winners share of the great prize. BLACK GOLD WINS DERBY ■ ♦ Continued from first page. and the victory was a tremendously popular ! j one. | The crowd was the greatest and the most representative that has ever witnessed a Ken- I ! tucky Derby and Black Gold, by inscribing , his name among the winners, takes on a j greatness that will last for all time. Just a ssoon as Johnson N. Camdens Kitty Pat was home an easy winner of the Debu- j tante Stakes there was a rush for geed positions to watch the running of the Derby. ! | Those who had waited patiently for the big j j event that had brought them out held to their position and with many it was a fruitless task. But it was a rush, nevertheless, and there was a frenzied time in many sections of the big course in the effort to find a point of vantage that would afford an unobstructed view of the horses. The infield was thrown open and a mighty crowd rushed over there, but at the same i j time there was a charge across the back- j stretch from some of the watchers, and for | J a time the mounted police had their hands i tall herding the mob that had not gone j I through the formality of paying through the I gaffe. It finally became too big a job for the I I police and thousands swarmed over the field I to take positions as close to the front stretch | I rail as was possible. In the meantime the j runway for the horses from the paddock to j the track was so densely packed by both men j • and women that it was some time before a ; passage could be cleared for the horses. In the meantime Edward B. Mcleans Modest was galloped through the stretch. | I Black Goid appeared with H. Webb, his trainer, galloping alongside on a pony. The i son of Black Toney went through the stretch with a snap that promised a good racfe. Thorndale, Revenue Agent and Bob Tail were others that were galloped, but the Whitney pair were lsd to the paddock blanketed and others were not asked to warm up, their handlers being content to walk them to the enclosure. In the Debutante, which served as the secondary feature of the afternoons card, J. I N. Camdens Kitty Pat triumphed over Little . Visitor, which was coupled with Dress Goods, , representing Senator Allie W. Young. Cream t Puff finished in third place. The winner led for most of the way, but near the end had to be urged some to outstay Little Visitor. The only consolation derived by the east- j erners during the afternoon came in the sec- ond race, when Flying Ebony, owned by G. c A. Cochran, outclassed his opponents and won with great ease over Barrage, with Modesta in third place. Parader, with H. Lunsford up, scored the initial purse that Parader has earned this year. His victory came in the opening dash, and was accomplished in handy fashion from the outsider, Prince Tii Tii, with Sympathy in third place. Actuary showed a sparkling performance in the third race when he ran the mile tan 1 :3G%. He moved into a long lead at once [ and was never seriously in trouble. Moon-raker finished in second place and Ten-Lee third. The gates were thrown open at 8 oclock and even at that early hour there were long lines waiting to click the turnstiles. For the most part, they were those that had no reservations, and there was a rush fur points of vantage where they were perched for seven or eight hours, eagerly waiting for the appearance of the derby field. Many brought their lunches along and there was not one of these that could not tell you all about every one of that fashionable com- ; pany. They are the real enthusiasts they had been looking forward to this day of days all through the long winter months, With them the derby is more than an institution, it is a religion, to miss a derby, would be a gap that could never be filled. | Moving picture men trailed along on the j heels of these earliest arrivals and with i ■ ! j | I ! , j j ! | j j i j j | J i j I I I I I | I j j j • ; | I i I . , t j c [ long hours to wait, they set up their ma- chines, many finding places on the broad flat roof over the clubhouse stand. They would "shoot" the crowd and they would "shoot" some of the races, perhaps all of the races, but it was the Derby ; there must be a point of vantage where no move in that historic old stake would be missed. Early in the day, there were lowering clouds and there was some fear that more! rain would fall. Then about 11 oclock, thei sun broke through and bright weather was the promise. Later, the clouds again drifted over the course and they had a close resemblance to rain clouds. Thus the weather man played with the faithful for most of the time they waited so patiently for the big race. And rain meant so much. Many would have welcomed the discomfort that would follow from a drench- ing downpour for the help it would afford Mrs. Hoots Black Gold, while almcst as many others were fearful for the chances of Mad Play as each shadow crcsstd the sun. And so it went until the bugle called the thoroughbreds to the post for the prize. Then all thought of weather or track was lost in the attention given the thoroughbreds as they paraded to the starting post under their gay racing jackets. For the convenience of those speculatively inclined, several windows were set aside for Derby wagers and they were opened at 11 oclock. There were long lines of eager buyers when they opened, for not to have a wager of some sort on the Derby could not be imagined. These windows naturally took some weight off the regular windows when they opened up for business after the running of the Debutante Stakes, but with all this wise provision of Matt Winn, it was inevitable that many who had an opinion and desire to back that opinion were unable to buy tickets because they waited too long. It was about 12:30 when the U. S. Army dirigible TC-3 sailed over the course after a journey from Chanute Field at Ilantoul, 111. This furnished the waiting crowd with a bit of entertainment, and it was quickly followed by aeroplanes that brought some of the sportsmen to the big celebration. By that time the crowd had grown to such proportions that it was evident all the stupendous additions to the capacity would be inadequate to take care of the throng. The clubhouse was last to fill up for those with reservations did not have the same reason for arriving early, but the lawns were packed to capacity a full hour before the horses were called to the post for the first race and when the bugle sounded the boxes could accommodate no more. The big dining room was a merry scene with various luncheon parties, while the lawn adjoining the new paddock afforded accommodation for thousands more. Superintendent Tom Young had succeeded in bringing the track to its best condition for the racing and harrows were constantly at work, while sprinkling carts were out There was half a gale blowing up the stretch all through the early forenoon, but it was a summer wind and beyond the effect it would have on the time of the races it did real good in further drying out the track.

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