Kings Plate Winner: Maternal Pride Captures Most Coveted of Canadian Races, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-18


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KINGS PLATE WINNER ♦ ■ Maternal Pride Captures Most Coveted of Canadian Races. « ■ Thirty Thousand People Gather at Woodbine Park for Opening of Canadian Racing Season. ♦ ■ TORONTO. Ont, May 17. — Thirty thousand persons this afternoon gathered to see H. S. Wilsons Maternal Pride win the Kings Plate upon the occasion of its sixty-fifth renewal. Spectators jammed the enclosure. The stand was filled to overflowing and humanity was massed on the lawn from the paddock turn to the head of the stretch, more than a quarter of a mile distant. It was the largest crowd ever assembled at beautiful and historic "Woodbine. They came to greet the thoroughbred upon his return to the Canadian Racing Associations circuit for the season of 1924. Following a week or more of rain the sun looked in upon proceedings at the inaugural and the weather was pleasant despite a breeze which blew in off Lake Ontario. In its sixty-fifth renewal the Kings Plate netted its winner 57.575 in addition to the fifty guineas donated by his majesty King leorge V. and the plate. Finishing second the Thorncliffe Stables Thorndyke gathered ,and00. --Maypete, the third horse, earned 51.000. As breeders of the winner, a three-year-old gelding by Plaudmore — Mother, the Rider brothers received 00. George "Walls had the mount on the winner. SCOBES BY TWO LENGTHS. The race was at a mile and an eighth, being reduced an eighth because of the difficulty of getting horses ready for a mile and a quarter in this clime so early in the year. The Wilson gelding took the lead at the rise of the barrier, opened up a long gap in three-quarters, and held on well, to win by two lengths from Thorndyke, which moved into contention in the backstretch. Maypole began a charge round the turn, but faltered after threatening the leaders temporarily. Resides these two the winner seemed to have no dangerous rivals at any time in the final half mile, although Mexican Pete raced along behind the pacemaker under stout restraint around the first turn and down the back-stretch. The Peter Quince colt quit badly when set down. The winner had raced only once as a two-year-old and showed so little then that he was not considered today. He won at a long price in the mutuels. In the Aintree Steeplechase at two miles. a 55.000 added stake was worth 53,800 to the winner. Courteous, from the stable of Walter J. Salmon. Dunks Green finished second. Henry Dattner was third. The course was extremely soft and it was a tired lot of horses that completed the course. British Warm was the only one of eight starters that came to grief. Courteous won the race in its thirty-seventh renewal last year in the silks of C. K Harrison, Jr. SEAGRAM STABLE VICTOBT. Because of the failure to fill the Cavendish Plata, a two-year-old race, the Carlton Plate was divided and run as the third and seventh races. In the first division, Malapert was dropped back below the class in which she has been running and was largely overlooked, but came with a rush through the stretch to score for the Seagram Stable. W. Marriner strained an ankle when thrown from Bonnie Lady at exercise yesterday morning and will not be able to ride until Monday. A. Gantncr received his riding license. Ben Beach will make his engagements. T. P. Gorman, secretary of Connaught Park, advised owners and trainers to make applications for Ottawa reservations before leaving here. Ray Bryson was the first to signify his intention of shipping to Con-naught Larry OBrien arrived to work In the office of the secretary. Harry Morrissey engaged as his assistants Eddie Thomas, Joe Nelson and Neil Dugan. Frank Regan, trainer of the horses of Mrs. L*. A. Livingston, is going about on crutches as a result of having broken a hip last March. Dick Hefflln will train the horses formerly handled by the lata Jeff Hurd. Included in the string are Oil Man, Great Luck, Oecidcnta, Wedding Prince and Cap-tal-i Clover. The first two belong to W. K. Howe, who is here for the meeting. Frank Gate* brought word from Windsor .hat four terraces in the lawn of the Devon-shira course will improve the view of the sport there this year. W. R. Woollatt, manager of Devonshire, will be here next week. J. Chalmers 6igned to ride at the meeting Ccattnoed on sixteenth pace. J KINGS PLATE WINNER Continued from first page. for Mrs. L. A. Livingston. Breeders of race and general purpose horses throughout the section report a general premature foaling this spring, with many sets of twins. Shuffle -Along, under 125 pounds, carried the silks of A. C. Bostwick to a popular victory in the Trial Plate, a handicap which opened the Canadian racing season. F. Stevens rated the son of Luke McLuke behind the early pace of Digit, came to the outside of the Seagram color bearer around the turn, and held New Hampshire safe by two lengths in a mild drive at the end. Digit held on for third money. In the midst of the paddock handshaking that preceded the first race the following were conspicuous : Joe Tighe, J. TV. Healy, Sr. and Jr. ; J. Arthur, O. W. Foreman, W. Irvine, V. Powers, J. D. Adkins, W. Walker, G. R. Bryson, J. T. Kermath, W. H. Bringloe, Frank Garrett. Miller Henderson, T. J. Dono-hue, A. L. Austin and Fred Schelke. H. J. Burke signed to ride through the Canadian foals instead of restricting it to These horses are trained by Fred Schelke. Vincent Powers arrived with twelve jumpers of the Greentree Stable. Golden Answer, a starter in the Goodwood Plate, is the first foal of Easter Lily. The filly and mare belong to the Thorncliffe Stable. South Shore, which won the Kings Plate for this establishment two years ago, foaled a good looking colt this spring, but the youngster lacked the use of his limbs at birth and died two days later. He was by First Sight. Coincident with the sixty-fifth renewal of the Kinds riate here has been born a general suggestion that it be brought to the attention of the King that it would be advisable to make the classic open to ail Canadian foals instead of restricting it to those born in the province of Ontario. If adopt-d, this suggestion would permit of participation by Commander Ross who breeds in Quebec, and to prominent western producers, including the Prince of Wales, who has a place in Alberta.

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