Here and There on the Turf: Record-Making Days. Two Cochran Successes. Outlines Good Race. is Laurano Cowardly?, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-22


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Here and There on the Turf Record -Making Days. Two Cochran Successes. Outlines Good Race. Is Laurano Cowardly? Speed and then more speed has been the I recent thoroughbred racing rule. Latonia has i been showing the way in these record-making I performances, but Aqueduct came into the picture Friday when the Rancocas Stables 1 Outline, a three-year-old filly, ran three-quarters in 1 :10%. This was just one-fifth of a second faster than this distance had ever . bsfore been run over the course of the Queens I County Jockey Club. But Latonia was not to be outdone and, while Outline was setting a new Aqueduct record, Gifford A. Cochrans Sun Flag, another three-year-cld, but only carrying 107 pounds, was going her one better by reducing that track record for three-quarters from 1 :10 to 1 :09% and was an easy winner by five lengths. It was the second Latonia track record established by a Cochran three-year-old in two days, for on Thursday Revenue Agent raced a mile in 1:36%, cutting the former mark by a fifth of a second. This same Revenue Agent is the stable hope for the Latonia Derby, to be run next Saturday, and in his present form looms up as a decidedly dangerous candidate.. As far as record-making time is concerned, it would seem that after all it is not altogether an off year for the thoroughbreds. Gifford A. Cochran has always been willing to pay a high price for his horses, as was demonstrated when he spent 40,000 for six , yearlings in one band at Saratoga last August. He paid 5,000 for Sun Flag as a two-year-old in the Willis Sharpe Kilmer sale at Belmont Park a year ago. At that time there was a question whether or not the son of Sun Briar was worth such a price. As a two-year-old he hardly measured up to a 5,000 value. But his record-making three-quarters at Latonia suggests that, after all, Mr. Cochran made no mistake when he bid the high price. Still another that Mr. Cochran paid well for was Goshawk, one that he purchased from Harry Payne Whitney for a reputed price of 0,000. Goshawk had won the Saratoga Special, the Great American Stakes and another race for Mr. Whitney and at the time of the sale he appeared to be probably the best three- year-old prospect in training. He raced four times as a two-year-old for Mr. Cochran without winning, but there was still a chance that he would come back as a three year-cld. But last year, though the colt • was tried in many of the most valuable races, he only won two overnight handicaps. The colt has shown flashes of form this year and there is a chance that he will come back, but he will never justify the price that was paid for him as a two year-old. • 1 Returning to the record-breaking three-quarters that was run by Outline at Aqueduct Fri- t day, an analysis of the race makes it a truly i remarkable performance. In the first place i a three year-old filly took up 118 pounds, which is three pounds over her scale weight. Avisack, a four year-old filly, was in under 126 pounds, just one pound over the scale, while Nellie Morse, winner of the Preakness Stakes, 1 carried 119 pounds, making her concede a i pound to Outline and three pounds to Avisack. I , • • 1 t i i 1 i I The others were all in at pounds below this mark. So much for the weight. Then the manner in which the race was run, coupled with this weight, was the real sensation. Outline had the outside position at the post, and when Avisack and Ohone, those on the inside, began fast, she was at a double disadvantage. Sande rushed her right from the rise of the barrier and though she was forced to come around and on a turn, she was with the pacemaker in the first sixteenth of a mile. In the meantime Negrina, to which Outline was giving twelve pounds, had raced away from Ohone and Avisack, and Sande, showing little of the judgment that has won many a race for him, raced after her with Outline. The pair, closely lapped, soon ran into a lead of five lengths. But Sande kept right at the heavily weighted Outline as though he had only Negrina to beat. The Widener filly had saved ground on the inside, and she kept up her electric speed until well into the stretch. Then, when Outline finally made her challenge, she dropped entirely out, to finish last. But in the meantime Avisack, a game and good | filly, had speed in reserve after having been saved in the early racing, and Outline had to battle it out to beat her home by a length. The gameness of Outline, after the early use that had been made of her speed, was what made the record-breaking race such a remark-abb performance. When Laurano won the Metropolitan Handicap for the Oak Ridge Stable on the opening day of the Belmont Park meeting he was heralded by many as one of the real top-notchers among the three-year-olds. He came back with another such race Friday at Aque- duct, but unfortunately there were two bad ones in between that caused a material slump in the estimate of his worth. In the Metropolitan Handicap Laurano was in receipt of nine pounds from Bracadale, the second horse, but he fairly smothered his competitors with his speed and, dashing away into a long lead, was never headed to win by eight lengths. In his next race, also at Belmont Park, he took up 126 pounds and was beaten by Worth-more, Roland and Peter King. Then he appeared again, this time at Aqueduct, and was beaten by Avisack, Bonaparte, Rival, Noon Fire, Indian Trail, Lucky Play, Abu Ben Ahdem and Nautical. In this race he was carrying 120 pounds and was giving away weight to each starter except Worthmore. It may be that Laurano is just a bit lacking in heart and that hz does not like to battle his j j way to victory, for it was remarked that in both the Metropolitan Handicap and his winning race of Friday he was permitted to steal, away into a long early lead that brought him safely home. He showed speed in his other races, but failed when it came to a fight. In any event he cannot be classed as one of the topnotchers on his last four races. ! ♦ _

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