Twenty Years Ago Today: Chief Turf Events of May 24, 1904, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-24


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I j 1 1 i j I , j j j i ! I I I - Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of May 24, 1904 j Racing at Morris Park, Hawthorne, La-tonia, Toronto, Union and Debnar Parks at 8t. Louis. Judge Trevelyan and his associates in the stand at Hawthorne today were unable to perceive that Jack Crawford or Major Mansir had a margin at the end of the fifth race and for the first time in many seasons the ciphers indicative of a dead heat were displayed ou the result board at the timers stand. Deliberation produced no change in the opinion of the judges and a dead heat was officially announced. The owners of the horses agreed to divide first and second money and there was no runoff. Lacy Crawford was an odds on favorite and well supported at 4 to 5 and 7 to 10. Barney Schreiber having unreservedly expressed the opinion that he would win. The post odds against Major Mansir were 15 to 1 and he was not without backing, particularly for the place. It was a mile and an eighth race and the favorite was off in good thape, with Rabunta showing the way around the first two turns and Albany Girl making the pace along the backstretch and to the head of the straightaway home, where Lacy, having recovered from the effects of a cutoff just prior to the far turn, took command and appeared an easy winner until Major Mansir was observed to come out of the bunch with a rush that had an abundance of steam behind it. The favorite wabbled a bit at the last sixteenth, but recovered quickly. The light boy, Lawrence, was putting forth the best in the shop, but Henry was there with all his skill and, getting up to the favorites throat-latch in the last half dozen strides, he shot Major Mansir under the wire on so nearly even terms with Lacy Crawford that it was impossible to separate them. Of course, there was a diversity of opinion among the specta-tors. It is the old story of the deceptive angle.

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