Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-06


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of June 6, 1904. Racing at Gravesend, Harlem, Toronto, Latonia, Delmar and Union Parks at St. Louis. Trainer Carroll Reid has announced that The Picket will not be sent to St. Louis for the Worlds Fair Handicap. He will be reserved for the Suburban. Santon, stable companion of The Picket, will likely be s?nt for the Brighton and possibly the Saratoga Handicap. Ort Wells defeated Mercury and Graziallo in a close finish for the third race tt Grave-sand, an allowance affair for throe year-olds at one mile. Nine started and Ort Wells, coupled with Rapid Water, was made a top heavy favorite with Graziallo next in demand. It took all the Drake colt possessed to down the Duryea colt, the latter coming with a rush at the end and was slowly and surely wearing the winner down at the end. Ort WelLs was evidently not keyed up for a race of this kind, but made good after being badly handled in the early running. Whether the racing at Harlem today was poor or good, fair to middlin or abominably rotten, depends entirely upon whess spectacles were used in observation. Not one of the six favorites was first in passing the winning post, so what was the publics loss was the bookmakers gain, and since there was plenty of play about the choices the latter must have profited handsomely. The crosscountry race was meant for the days feature, but it developed into a farce. The field was made up of Itacatiara, Montanic, Golden Link, Donami, Leo Planter and Ceylon. Montanic and Donami were the only ones to finish, the former at odds of 6 to 1, winning easily. At the first jump Ceylon fell and lay as if he had broken his neck while the others jumped on or over him. Jockey Peters was partially under the horse and protected from the hoofs of the jumpers, otherwise he might have been killed. As it was he only had the wind taken out of him for a few seconds. At the second jump, Itacatiara, the favorite, went down and jockey Carter rolled out of the course to safety. Leo Planter landed in a heap after taking the sixth jump and jockey Boyle got away without a scratch. Montanic meanwhile had taken the lead, but was being hard pushed by Golden Link, the second choice. When they got to the eighth jump it looked like the aged son of Dundee would have his number out in the winners notch, but he landed so uncertainly that jockey McHugh was unable to keep his seat and went rolling over the green. Bartley tried hard to outstrip old Montanic, but Donami didnt have it in him. There was a report circulated here that Gold Heels had broken down in his work at St. Louis. John W. Schorr stated today that he is seriously thinking of disponing of his horses at the close of the Washington Park meeting. , « ,

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