Dark and Dreary Day: Rain Visits Belmont Park after Running of Third Race, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-05


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DARKANDDREARYDAY • Rain Visits Belmont Park After Running of Third Race. ♦ Hollis Selling Stakes to Missionary — Aga Khan Qualifies for the Belmont Stakes. ♦ ■ ■ NEW YORK. N. Y.. June 4.— For a feature offering at Belmont Park today there was the Hollis, a selling stake over the three-quarters distance. It brought about a good contest when Clarence Buxtons Missionary was triumphant over Edward Arlingtons Dominique, while Prime Minister, the Robert L. Gerry starter, just nosed out Frank J. Far-rels Bontaud for third place. For the first two races the day was dark and threatening and before the finish of the third race rain began to fall, but the track was still fast. Then before the running of the Hollis, there was a downpour that made the track slopping and the changed conditions made a material difference in the showing of some of the horses. Ten went to the post for the Hollis and it was worth ,525 to the winner. Little time was lost at the post and Miss Cerina was first to show out of the bunch but soon gave way to Polycarp, and the Oneck Stable three-year-old showed a decided liking for the going when he went into a good lead. August Belmonts Pricemaker was just as much at sea for he quickly dropped to last place and sprawled about, unable to improve hi* position. OLD DOMINIQUE DANGEROUS. Before the stretch was reached Polycarp was all through and Dominique loomed up dangerously. The old fellow forged to the front and in the last eighth looked a winner, when Missionary closed with a rush on the ! outside to get up. Prime Minister for an instant showed in front himself in the stretch run but was tiring when the final pinch came j , and he would have lost third place to Bon- I | I taud in another stride. Hullabaloo could | never materially improve his position and the ! j others were never contenders. The steeplechase of the day was framed for ; | the selling platers and Vox Populi II., from the Dosoris Stable, repeated when under a hard drive he beat home Joseph E. Wideners Parlays, while Walter J. Salmons Mark Twain was third only because A. Escott pulled up Mercurius when he had that part of the purse safe had he ridden his mount out. McNair lost no time stealing away into a long lead with Vox Populi II., and he rated the old son of Voter along there cleverly. Continued on sixteenth page. DARK ANDDREARY DAY Continued from first page. Mergler had Parlays leading the others and under stout restraint until he reached the turn out of the backfield, the last trip of the course. When called on Parlays finished rapidly, but Vox Populi II. had not been asked to run earlier and he had plenty left. He stumbled slightly in the run home, but had enough left to withstand the belated rush of Parlays. Mark Twain was always badly outrun, but when Escott eased his mount when beaten for second place, Veitch, by driving Mark Twain vigorously, had him up to literally steal that part of the purse. While the Hollis was the stake feature of the day, the fact that it was under selling conditions really made the Amityville of more racing importance for the reason that it brought together horses of a better quality. This was a mile and a sixteenth and it afforded another line on the Belmont possibilities of the Belair Studs Aga Khan, the colt that performed so well in the Suburban Handicap. He carried 104 1-2 pounds to an easy victory and at the end he was going in a manner to suggest an ability to run all day. K. F. Cooneys Athelstan raced to second place and third was the portion of P. S. P. Randolphs King Albert, with Thunderclap fourth, Valador fifth and Dream Maker last of the company. This race was run just before the drenching rain that preceded the running of the Hollis. and the day had darkened so that it was with difficulty that the horses could be picked out even with powerful glasses as they raced through the back stretch. Dream Maker was the one to cut out the early pace with Valador and Aga Khan following him. Sande was keeping Thunderclap up better than has been possible in his recent races, but he was soon last of the half dozen that raced. Dream Maker was all through before the stretch was reached and Valador was the one to show in front, but Aga Khan was holding to his position valiantly and through the last eighth he drew out with little effort to be winner by lengths, while Athelstan, finishing strongly, had no trouble taking second place by two lengths. King Albert only saved third by a nose when Thunderclap came with a great rush on the outside. Both Valador and J ream Maker quit badly when the real test came. Nineteen cheap platers made up the field for the opening six and a half furlongs dash and Rally, from the Riviera Stable, was winner trom 11. H. Shannons Passport, with Mrs. A. Swenkes Muskallonge the one to save third. It was Passport that cut out all the pace, but Lally was never far away and finishing gamely got up in the last sixteenth to win going away. Felicitious showed some speed in the running, but tired badly chasing the pace, while Muskallonge closed some ground to take the short end of the purse. For the mile of the fifth race, Escoba dOro racing under the silks of Mrs. F. Byer, proved best when she defeated H. S. Downs Anne, while J. J. Morans The Poet was third, ahead of James Butlers Delysia. It was Delysia and Flax that cut out most of the pace and Anne was not far away. The Butler filly put Flax away at the head of the stretch and in the run home there was a general closing up. Escoba dOro had avoided all the early pace and in the stretch she closed a big gap, but at the end was carrying The Poet out badly. Anne made a good turn into the stretch and finished fast. After the finish Dawson, who rode The Poet lodged a claim of foul against Breuning on Escoba dOro but it was not allowed by the stewards. J. S. Cosdens Cloudland, well suited by the going and ridden by jockey Lang, was winner of the final race of the day in a drive from It. T. Wilsons Senalado, while the Uancocas Stables Pedagogue was third. The winner dominated the running from the start but swerved from the inside to the outside and then back to the inside, justing lasting. Senalado finished going the fastest and was wurinf the winner down.

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