El Kantara Easily: Shows Brilliant Performance in Winning Winfield Steeplechase, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-26


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EL KANTARA EASILY . Shows Brilliant Performance in Winning Winfield Steeplechase. - Belphrizonia Runs Away from King Albert in Mile and an Eighth Handicap. NEW YORK, N. Y., June 25. El Kantara, the imported jumper that Joseph E. Davis drew from the subscription steeplechase, was an easy winner of the Winfield Steeplechase at Aqueduct today. This was a handicap over the short course and it brought together a good field, but El Kantara was so much the best the result was never in doubt. Canaque, from the Greentree Stable, raced to second place, just beating home Joseph E. Wideners Sea Skipper, and the lightly weighted Bethany outfinished J. S. Cosdens Bullseye, the top weight of the company. The race was worth ,425 to the winner. It was an excellent day of sport that was served up by the Queens County Jockey Club and a good sized crowd was out. There was a grateful breeze blowing in from the beaches to temper the heat, and altogether it was a good days racing. Dan IV., Sea Master, Letterman and Hou-dini were the ones that were scratched from the Winfield and it left a field of eight to run. From a start, Cheyne at once went into a good lead with El Kantara, and he was , making a rapid pace but jumping brilliantly. Sea Skipper and Bethany were heading the others and Canaque was well up, while Kennedy was rating Bullseye well back from the leaders. McNair was keeping Xophime alongside the Cosden fencer, and Gasper quickly dropped out of the running altogether. j El Kantara was fairly flying at his fences, jumping not an inch too high and he "lit i running" at every fence. This made it easy for him to hold his advantage and Cheyne had merely to sit still and permit him to gallop along in his own fashion. SPECTACULAR CONTEST. In the front field both Bethany and Ca-naque moved up slightly and then at the lower end of the field, when McNair had Xophime down on the inside she was jumping on the heels of those in front of her and with no chance to come through. In tho back field both Sea Skipper and Canaque made a brave effort to catch the Davis jumper, but it was of no avail. He went right along with his good lead with never a false step. The struggle back of him betwe9ff?the other two was interesting and Sea Skipper had a slight lead over Canaque until a few strides from the finish, where he faltered slightly, and second placo went to the Greentree Stable jumper. Bethany was a distant fourth and Bullseye, never able to materially improve his position, was fifth. The performance of Bullseye was far below the form he has been showing. Xophime came out of the contest decidedly lame. The race was a fast one, and when 4:03 was hung out it established a new record for the course, the previous one being 4 :06 made by Sweepment. Bowman was winner of the opening six and a half furlong dash for G. W. Coburn, but he did net appear to be best of the company. William Tell ran to second place . and with better riding would have reversed the order at the finish. Third placo fell to George Choos Feysun when he beat Free- , hand for that part of the purse. Freehand was the one to cut out the running, and he looked a winner until, well , into the stretch, where he swerved under j punishment and knocked both Laliy and j William Tell back. This was what afforded j Bowman his opportunity, but William Tell . came again right at the end and Callahan I outrode Barnes to save the day. GAD IN HARD DRIVE. W. J. Boths Gad was winner of the five-eighths dash for selling plater two-year-olds that was the third offering, but at the end , she was doing her best to beat William Hogans imported filly Clonaslce and the ;. Joaquin Stables Zero Hour. At the end r these three were the only ones that figured. In the early racing Myrtle Belle raced up with the pacemakers but-she- tired badly, while Gad was with all the leaders. Theo . Fay was another that showed a flash of speed but he was swerving badly in the last eighth and interf erred considerably with Clonaslee. But for that interference It is possible tho imported filly would have been, tho winner. The claiming handicap over the mile and an eighth route was easy for Mrs. A. Swenkes Belphrizonia. She took the lead at the rise of the barrier and McAtee merely rated her along in that position and she was never threatened. P. S. P. Randolphs King Albert, under a miserable ride by T. OHara, saved second place, and the French plater Negociateur had no trouble beating Ceylon Prince, another importation, for the third money. As a matter of fact, McAtee was the Continued oa twelfth page. - EL KANTARA EASILY Continued from first page. only rider of the four and the winning filly had the advantage of his being pilot In the early running OHara . succeeded in placing King Albert in a pocket back of Belphrizonia when Ceylon Prince raced outside of her. Then, on the far turn, OHara finally pulled out of the difficulty in an effort to go around King Albert. He lost " ground by the move and in the stretch, when" there appeared to be a chance to catch Belphrizonia, he was of absolutely no help. . . The fifth, race was a mile; framed for platers to bo ridden by apprentices that had never won three races. W. A. Rosens Aladdin,, ridden by the little black boy G. Hud-gins proved winner, with Clarence Buxtons War" "Mask second and J. S. Wards Bear Grass the one to be third. Aladdin is an ideal horse for just such races, for he is one that any boy can ride and Hudgins had sense enough to sit still. The black gelding did the rest." That meant that he was. in front in half a dozen strides and he never surrendered- that position. Bear Grass went with him and for a lima they were fairly well lapped. Then Aladdin drew-out; But.Bear t3rass" came again in the stretch and still Aladdin stuck resolutely to the command. War Mask -was evidently -best- of the company, for after -being-knocked about badly in : the running" he "closed with a great rush on the rail to finish a fast-going second. . ; 1 1 r t

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