Interesting Racing: Close and Spirited Finishes Mark Friday Program at Downs, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-24


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INTERESTING RACING * Close and Spirited Finishes Mark Friday Program at Downs. ♦ Dress Goods, Star Girl and Ivory Put Up Rousing Battle for New Albany Purse. ♦ LOUISVILLE, Ky., May tL— Todays Churchill Downs racing- was the most spirited that has been on tap during this meeting. Several spirited finishes, in which the judges were the only ones able to decide the winner, thrilled the crowd and brought them to a high pitch of enthusiasm. The track was lightning fast, with ideal weather prevailing until the fourth was decided, when suddenly dark clouds enveloped the course and a storm became imminent. The New Albany Purse, for two-year-olds, in which Dress Goods and Star Girl met, attracted the most attention and it came up to expectations as a contest, for Dress Goods and Star Girl put up a rousing battle, with Dress Goods finally winning by a neck from hrr former stablemate. Had the race been a bit farther both would have been beaten by Ivory. The latter came with a determined rush near the end, was going the gamest and was enly beaten by a scant head by Star Girl for second place. THREE FOR BOURBON BOT. The locally owned Bourbon Boy, which has already sccred on two occasions here, made it three successive victories when he landed the fourth race, a seven-eighths dash, over twelve other faily good ones. He was favoreJ by a clear track, which enabled him to remain in a forward position from the start and go into the lead when Bobs Mary retired. His margin of victory was only a neck, with C-iblon in second place and Lord Martin third. Giblon raced as if best, but his failure was due to the interference he suffered in the last eighth. He had saved much ground and attempted to come through next the inner rail, but Bobs Mary was tiring and forced him back. In attempting to go through later he bumped into Bourbon Boy and was in turn sharply impeded. He finished resolutely and was going the fastest at the finish. An ordinary band consisting of the limit number of starters went to the post in the initial race. It resulted in an unexpected victory for Jakie Hay, which led the others from the start and beat out Royal Palm and Longboat. The race presented the unusual happening of the field horses being favored. Royal Palm was one of the grouped ones in the field. Naughty Nisba might have been the winner in the race but for suffering by interference immediately after the start and knocked back to almost last place. CUP BEARER TRIUMPHANT. Some highly regarded juveniles, including several first time starters, tried conclusions in the second race and it resulted in victory for Cup Bearer after a sparkling performance. He appeared hopelessly out of it when reaching the turn, but he came with a tremendous rush when urged hard and overhauled the leaders in the last seventy yards, to win drawing away from Louis Ruben-stein, with Bolivar Bond landing in third place. The usual crowding that comes with two-year-old races was again in evidence, Annihilator and Modesta being the principal sufferers and they were eliminated by the interference. The third race witnessed the easy success of Opulent, which led for the entire way and beat out Lucidus, Sands of Pleasure finishing j j in third place. The winner, under a good J ride, had no difficulty showing the way from i I the start and he had considerable in reserve j j •when Lucidus challenged him strongly in the last eighth. The latter was a surprise and raced forwardly from the start. The running of this race marked the final race in which Neddam will participate. He suffered what is said to be a fracture of the ankle and it will probably necessitate his destruction. Noddam was in a contending position at the time that he met his mishap. He was making a bold bid for the lead when he suddenly was seen to falter and soon thereafter drop completely out of contention and was pulled up before reaching the stretch turn. Pretty Politician, another outstanding favorite, made good in the sixth race when she won from Ann M., with Mainspring just up in time to head Liege for the third place. The winner dominated the running for nearly the entire way, but in the stretch had to be shaken up some. She kept to her task steadily and outstayed Ann M. Neddam had been one of the most frequent starters in races during the i ast tew ars and his activities have been on many tracks. Ha was regarded as of the more sturdy type , with ability to hold his own with better erade of plater*. I

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