Black Gold Beaten: Triple Derby Winner Meets First Reverse of Year, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-24


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BLACK GOLD BEATEN ♦ Triple Derby Winner Meets First Reverse of Year. ♦ Failure Comes in Latonia Derby Preliminary, Easily Won by Chilhowee. — — ♦ LATONIA, Ky., June 23.— The running of the Latonia Derby Preliminary, over the abbreviated distance of a mile and an eighth and bringing out the crack three-year-olds, including some which will take part in the Latonia Derby next Saturday, brought in its wake the outstanding upset of the Kentucky racing season by virtue of the dismal failure of Black Gold, recognized as the best cf his age in this country and hero in the Louisiana, Kentucky and Ohio Derbys and unbeaten this year. All the lustre that he had attained seemed to gradually fade as the race progressed and he steadily fell out of contention. His defeat was foreshadowed before half the distance had progressed and an ominous silence came over the ercwd. His return to the judges stand was in striking contrast to the joyful accailm of nearly 100.000 throats when he triumphed in the Golden Jubilee Kentucky Derby on the sunshiny afternoon May 17 at Churchill Downs. His start today was the first appearance under colors on a Kentucky track since his lustrous achievement in the Kentucky Derby and it also marked his first race since triumphing at Maple Heights in the Ohio State Derby. Six other good three-year-olds opposed him and though he was conceding weight to the others from eight to seventeen pounds, he was considered best and came in for substantial public support. Chilhowee, which | finished second in the Kentucky Derby, was also given vast attention, as were Lord I Martin and Altawood. They began in good alignment, with Chilhowee promptly moving into the lead, pursued closely by Giblon and Black Gold. The latter even before going the first eighth, showed a disposition to decline running at his best and Mooney promptly used his whip in an effort to make the colt keep to his task. Chilhowee continued in the lead while racing down the backstretch, with Giblon in second place and Bourbon Boy has displaced Black Gold. For just a brief period before reaching the half mile ground Black Gold moved forwardly as if about to become a strong contender. It was only a flash, for the lower turn found him dropping completely out of it and he ultimately finished in last place, Mooney easing him when he paw the task fruitless. Chilhowee, meanwhile, continuing in his best style, had no difficulty showing the way for the entire race, and beat home Giblon in the easiest manner possible, with Lord Martin heading the others in third place. CniLHOWEES GREAT SPEED. Aside from Black Golds pcor showing, Chilhowees performance was a remarkably good one. His speed was dazzling from the start and he continued at a fast pace to the end. The time of 1:50%, over what at best could be termed a good track, was held to be phenominal. The track record for the distance, held jointly by Black Tcney and Omond, is 1:50%. Jockey Mooney after the race said that Black Gold simply refused to extend himself fully at any part of the race. : Threatening weather did not have much effect in reducing the attendance. The meeting of the crack three-year-olds in a preliminary to the Derby was a magnet to attract the full racing strength here and vast interest centered in the race. The heavy rains during the night and Sunday had converted the going into mud and was responsible for the absence of Revenue Agent and Modest- The track dried remarkably under the constant efforts of the big track force and their implements and at the time the preliminary Derby race was run it bordered on good. Not alone did the changed going deprive the feature race of some of its carded original starters, but it also caused a heavy withdrawal from the other races. The original fourth had to be declared eff and a new race substituted. WHITNEY COLORS IX FRONT. Harry Payne Whitneys colors managed to finish in front when Bankrupt beat home Lass o Mine in a tight fit in the sixth race, a five and a half furlong dash. Sam Men-gel joined with the pair in the last sixteenth and contended strongly for the purse, but finished in third place, heads separating the trio. Bobbie Shea began proceedings with a victory in the opening dash. Some ordinary ones met here and Bobbie Shea, far out of it in the early stages, came fast during the last quarter to overhaul Sea Court to get the decision. Stamp, one of the outsiders, showed ■» good performance to land in third place. • •— i — — ~— Continued oa sixteenth page. jj BLACK GOLD BEATEN Continued from first page. . • Lieut. Colonel was the favored one, but after racing prominently for most of the way, began tiring under his diminutive rider, who was unable to help him much. The second race brought to the post a band of maiden youngsters and Follies, .carrying the GifEord A. Cochran colors and given a hustling ride by Hum, who returned to the saddle after a five-day suspension, won throughout from Vallette, the favorite, with Atomin in third place. Follies was benefitted by the energetic ride she got and it enabled her to go into the lead when Vallettee and Atomin were being taken back They had to close big gaps in the stretch. Atomin additionally was allowed to swerve badly in the last eighth, which cost her second place. Queer had a slight call in the third race at three-quarters, which brought out some fairly good ones. She won after being away forwardly and showing the most speed, but her margin of victory was a narrow one, over Polynesia, with Parody and Volt following. The latter was away poorly and was probably best, for he conceded much weight to the others and closed an immense gap to finish fastest of alL In the substitute race Over Fire was victor. The change from F. Merimee to R. Williams worked a big improvement in the coifs running. At that he carried eleven pounds less than in his race Saturday. Sister Flo was made an overwhelming choice in the race and she flattered extensively by taking a long lead in the first half mile, but she quit bndly in the stretch and barely held second place, with the tiring Stump Jr. a head before Grass Tree, which was going fast at the end. The veteran Sands of Pleasure also was gaining and at a farther distance would have been in second place. Another close finish came in the closing race, with The Archer getting up in the last stride to win from the weakly ridden Longboat. Had F. Hastings made the slightest attempt to help his mount in the last strides Longboat would have reversed the decision with the winner. Huonec finished in third place. ♦

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