Muddy Track Spoils Racing: Fort Erie Course Visited by Rain Replys Express Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-14


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MUDDY TRACK SPOILS RACING Fort Erie Course Visited By Rain Replys ExpressHandicap. Doc Gaiety Defeats Canadian-Brcds 1h Secondary Attraction Jformana a Winner. FORT ERIE, Ont., Aug. 13. Reply earned the first purse of the meeting for trie racing establishment of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. OBrien since E. Rathman shipped the stable from New York for a Canadian campaign when the daughter of Huon carried their silks to an easy victory in the Express Handicap at Fort Erie this afternoon. The race was at five and a half furlongs. Reply followed Miss Domino to the far turn, passed her there and, opening up a seven-length lead, held it to the finish. Milner rode the winner. Miss Domino held on well and saved second place by a length and a half from Sarko. As a contest the race was spoiled by the track conditions. The first two to finish were the only ones among the five starters that displayed a liking for the heavy going. The poor condition of the track resulted from a heavy and prolonged rain of the morning and a short but intense shower before the first race. No rain fell in the course of the racing. The attendance was about on a par with that of the two previous days, about 4,000 gathering to witness the afternoons sport. In the Clifton House Handicap, the secondary attraction of the day, eight Canadian-breds competed at one mile. Doc Gaiety immediately after the start began drawing away from the others and continued to increase his lead until he had opened tip a six lengths lead in the stretch. Baker then took a restraining hold on the E. Glassco representative and held this advantage to the end. Thorndyke suffered much intereference at the first turn but gained steadily and finished second, four lengths in front of Kings Court, which outstayed Catamaran by a nose. The latter suffered interference when Thornton cut across her at the first turn. Normana, carrying the colors of AV. C. Baines, led all the way after taking the lead on the first turn in the third race. Renzetti rated her in front in the good going and was easing her up at the end with a two-length advantage over Black Shasta, which clung to the inner rail throughout and held on well in the finish after dropping from second to third place at the far turn. Randals Royal came from last place in the final drive to take third place four lengths back of the second horse. Forecast II., from the Riverdale Stable of James Heffering, was well ridden by Eddie Ambrose and won the first race by a length and a half with speed in reserve from a band of Canadian-bred juveniles in a race at five and a half furlongs. Goldlands got up in the closing strides to take second place from El Canoe. Marie Maxim, at home in the muddy going, took the lead at the start of the second race and was never headed or seriously threatened in the course of the six furlongs although Thomas rode her out to win by a length and a half from Dr. Charles Wells which came from fourth, in the stretch. Flint finished third. The final race fell to Zanzibar which was coupled in the field with Cavendish. The A. J. Tujague representative was among the laggards at the start but gained steadily in the running and won easily by four lengths. F. Baker piloted him which made it his second winner of the afternoon. Smarty and Servitor split the remainder of the purse. i

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