Here and There on the Turf: Suburban Possibilities. some Dixie Comparisons. Retirement of Ordinance. Return of Serenader., Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-29


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Here and There on the Turf Suburban Possibilities. Some Dixie Comparisons. Retirement of Ordinance. Return of Serenader. Indications are that the Suburban Handicap, the ,500 added race over the mile and a quarter route at Belmont Park Saturday, will attract both a large and a fashionable field. It is pleasing that Hal Price Headley has decided to start his good mare Chacolet in this famous old handicap, for she should be suited at Belmont Park with its long stretches and wide turns. A slow beginner, Chacolet is always seriously handicapped in short stretches and her defeat by Modest in the Grainger Memorial Handicap was charged to the fact that she could not make her rush at a time that would bring victory. She will suffer no such handicap at Belmont Park. When this great mare was sent East to Pirn lico to win the Dixie Handicap early in the month it was conclusively demonstrated that the has come back to the races this year probably a better mare than she was in 1923, when j-lie had a victory over In Memoriam to her credit. She is in the Suburban under 120 pounds and it would seem that in the light of what she has accomplished she has been in no manner harshly treated by Mr. Vosburgh. Looking over the probable field for this old race, that had its first decision in 1884, it would appear that it should go a long way in making possible selections to meet Pierre Wertheimers Epinard when he comes over for his races in the fall. Thus far it has been impossible to fix definitely on the best horses to pit against the French champion, but such races as the Suburban Handicap will be sure to go a long way in making the s; lection. Each age division ought to be adequately represented in the Suburban, though the fact that the Withers Stakes is run the day before may keep some of the three-year-olds away from the post. It is preferable that they be a-signed to the mile race among those of the tame age than to wait for the Suburban Handicap, unless the weight arrangement should be particularly alluring. But even without the best of the three-year Ids in the Suburban field, by reason of its bring run so soon after the Withers Stakes, the field ought to be one of the best that has contested for the famous old race in many a year. There are enough handicap horses of good class fit and ready for the mile and a quarter dash to give Chacolet brave battle for the prize and this good mare will find better opposition than she did in the Dixie Handicap, when she took up 116 pounds to beat Martingale, Revenue Agent, King Solo mons Seal, Spot Cash, Mr. Mutt, Cherry Pie, Wilderness, Flagstaff, Nautical, Rialto and Flint Stone. There are ten of the eleven starters in the Dixie Handicap that are eligible for the Suburban and it is interesting to compare the weights for the two races. Chacclet takes up four pounds in the Suburban Handicap when handi capped at 120 pounds and the others that have weight on over the Pimlico race are Wilderness, raised from 120 to 122 pounds; Rev c-nue Agent, raised from 100 to 103 pounds, and Nautical, jumped from 08 to 100 pounds. Those that have weight off from the Dixie running are Ritlto, dropped from 118 to 116 ;| Martingale, from 120 to 115; King Solomons Seal, from 115 to 110; Flagstaff, from 115 to 114; Cherry Pie, from 112 to 107, and Mr. Mutt, from 105 to 102. Of course, the form of some of these horse* has had plenty of time to change since May caps is rather interesting. When it is remembered that Martingale was a good second to Chacolet it would appear that he had been treated leniently when h? has five pounds off while the mare had four on. Chacclet did not administer a nine pounds beating, but it is doubtful if Martingale is as good a horse now as he was on May 3. It would be possible to analyze the other weights, but as a matter of fact Mr. Vosburghs handicap seems to be one that will bring about a great contest. It is to be regretted that August Belmonts Ordinance will not be a starter in the Bel mont Stakes. The chairman of the Jockey Club suffers a bitter disappointment in not being able to have his good son of Ormondale and Dona Roca bear his silks in this great race, for ;t means that the colors will not be shown in the race that means more to Major Brlmont than any other. Lucky Play and Blind Play were both named, but Ladkin, the only one that could possibly take the place of Ordinance, is not an eligible. It has been decided that Ordinance will be afforded every opportunity to thoroughly recover his form before he will be again seen in public, and this rest should result in his being able to ably represent the colors at least during the August racing at Saratoga. In the meanwhile both Edward Bradleys Beau Butler and Edward B. McLeans Modest will journey to the big Nassau county track to try to carry off the prize. The determina tion to start Modest came after his defeat of Chacclet in the Grainger Memorial Handicap. In that race the son of Colin was in recept of many pounds of weight, but it was a sterling performance, and if he will carry high weight more easily than he did in either the Preak ness Stakes or the Kentucky Derby it is possible that he will have something to say in the mile and three eighths dash. There was great interest in the return of John Sanfords Serenader to racing when he won at Belmont Park Tuesday. It was his first appearance since August of 1922 and he came back so adequately that there seems to be reason for his taking a high place among the handicap horses. Serenader is an imported son of Bachelors Double and Golden Harp, by Llangibby, and 3, when the Dixie Handicap was run. but at the same time a comparison of the two handi-he was bred in Ireland by J. J. Maher. He was not raced as a two-year-old and was a winner at the first asking, when he easily beat a band of good maidens at Aqueduct over the six and a half furlong distance. This brought Serenader up to the Dwyer Stakes and he ran a bad race in that event, which fell to Ray Jay. At Empire City he was again well beaten and his only other start until Tuesday was when he won the Expectation Handicap at Saratoga. It was discovered that Serenader bled internally in his bad races and this accounted for his bad showing, both in the Dwyer Stakes and in the Empire City race. Since his retirement Serenader has been altered, and whether or not he has been cured of the affliction that prevented his being a great three year old still remains to be seen. He at least came back like a good horse and Hollie Hughes had his patience royally rewarded when the handsome chestnut led home his competitors on Tuesdaj.

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