Blue Bonnets Gala Day: Largest Crowd in History of Track Sees Saturdays Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-08


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BLUE BONNETS GALA DAY ____ . . — * — — Largest Crowd in History of Track Sees Saturdays Racing. — : — • ] Bigheart Beats Heeltaps By a Nose in sa Jacques Cartier Handicap — Exterminator Wins. • V 131 MONTREAL, Que.. June 7— One of the 1 B largest crowds in the history of Blue Bon- 14 nets and probably the largest assemblage I 1: that ever gathered at the course of the ; U Montreal Jockey Club turned out this after- « noon to witness a high-class program of racing upon which three contests vied for chief " 1 interest. Of richest import to the winner • U 137 was the fifteenth renewal of the Prince of I J Wales Handicap for steeplechasers. Next in , J monetary importance was the Jacques Car- 1; tier Handicap at three-quarters. But the s 1; particular charm to most of the crowd was 5 1 the appearance of Exterminator, Willis 3 1 Sharpe Kilmers famous nine-year-old cup j 1 gliding, in an allowance race that came sixth , on the card. 1 Hon. Narcisse Perodeau, lieutenant-governor of the province, was the guest of f I honor at Blue Bonnets today. He arrived 1 before the running of the Jacques Cartier r i Handicap with a party of friends and 1 1 watched the race from the royal box. i Jacques Cartier, in its 1924 renewal, de- " r veloped a contest in keeping with its history. • 3 Bigheart won by a nose from Heeltaps after r the most thrilling struggle of the meeting. J New Hampshire finished third. Calcutta, , J Strut Miss Lizzie, Jou Jou and Thorndown 3 completed the parade past the finish in the e i order named. Stirling donned the silks of f | Walter Law to ride the winner. 1 New Hampshire made the pace under light " t restraint and looked like a winner an eighth B j out, although Heeltaps pressed him closely y . all the way and challenged at that point with plenty in reserve. When Walls, on the " „ j Boss standard bearer, was forced to the e j whip. Heeltaps grabbed him and began to 0 j draw away, but at the same time Bigheart "t | moved into the picture after having lost St I ground all the way and got up in the closing g Strides. 3 THREE FOB J. B. SMITH. J. P. Smith was much in the limelight it I during the afternoon, saddling winners of f ; three of the races. After he had sent Battle-man ,. out to win the opener for J. W. Bean, 7 and Leatherwood to capture the third for B. 3- Harding, he put J. Wallace in his own silks 01 astride Cray Gables and won the seventh. h. Cray Cables won by a head from Frosty - Boy. Prummond was third. It was a hard d battle for Gray Gables and Wallace, riding lg his second winner, got the Assagai gelding fa up in the last few strides. J. E. Maddens Joy Smoke won his second ld race at the meeting when he beat Lunetta, a. Bedstone, Wrack Ray and Curland over the le mile in the fourth contest. Joy Smoke began in last of the five, but sprinted into second ld position behind Redstone in the first quarter, came around him on the turn and was taken •n in hand by little Lang through the last sixteenth. , Lunetta was shut off and knocked d back at the half, but came again and wore re down Bedstone. Top Notch won the Prince of Wales es Steeplechase earning ,750 of the ,500 00 added for the account of Mrs. B. McEachren. n Lieutenant Seas, affiliated with the winner ep through the circumstances of both being .,„ trained by W. G. Wilson, finished second, d . while Guingamp beat Roi Craig a length for 0r third money. Roi Craig made the pace for or a turn of the field, but Top Notch took the he . lead thereafter and drew away into a five-length e. advantage. Battleman, carrying the colors of J. W. Bean, won the opener. Mr. Bean is confined n- to a hospital at Washington, having rig recently undergone an operation for appendicitis. n- The Cudgel colt triumphed by a nose se from Mary Dear. Trigger beat the others in in a field of seven two-year-olds. Mary Dear ar made the pace practically all the way, but ut was tiring badly at the end. Wallace rode de the winner. With two bandages behind, but walking n„ . Roundly, Exterminator came up on the track CK for a race for the sixth time in the calendar ar year. He was the cynosure of all eyes in the he paddock and drew his usual round of hand-clapping id- in the parade for the sixth race, ce, although Golden Rule and Opperman were •e about equally popular from a speculative e standpoint. Pandemonium broke loose when the Kilmer ■r gelding beat Golden Rule by a length in n 1 :39%, the fastest mile of the meeting. Wallace 1- rated the famous cup horse next to the le rail behind the pacemakers, saved ground d with him all the way, engaged Golden Rule le in the stretch and had the satisfaction of f feeling him draw away easily. Exterminator jr came friskily back to the scales for another ;r round of applause.

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