Batsman Wins Stake: Big Blaze and My Play Stage Stirring Finish in Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-16


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BATSMAN WINS STAKE Big Blaze and My Play Stage Stir-. ring Finish in Handicap. , Big Blaze Runs the Mile in 1 :38 Marshall Field IH.s Stimulus Wins Fifth Race. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., Aug. 15. Samuel D. Riddles Big Blaze came back with a sterling performance in the feature race this afternoon when he beat a good band of handicap horses over the mile route in the fast time of 1:38. At the end he was fighting it out with My Play, the brother to Man o War which was making his first start of the year. I. B. Humphreys Little Chief, was third. It was another delightful day for the sport and while the track was fast it was not at its best The attendance was large and the sport interesting. The stako of the day was framed for selling platers, over the six-rurlong distance and fell to Batsman, running in the colors of the Crow Point Stable and trained by Paul Fox, but it was entirely overshadowed by the mila handicap won by Big Blaze. In the handicap the start was good but shortly after the barrier was released Exodus was badly bumped in the early crowding which resulted and would not extend himself for the rest of the journey. Shuttinger had My Play away well and he quickly went into a long lead. Little Chief followed him and a length farther back Big Blaze was going well and old Thunderclap was next in order, while Valador and King Solomons Seal brought up the rear. There was little change in their positions for the remainder of tho race although swinging for home, King Solomons Seal after going wide, made up ground while Thunderclap tired and dropped back. An eighth out Big Blaze went after Little Chief and My Play until he had both Maiben and Shuttinger driving. Little Chief was first to be overtaken and in the final sixteenth My Play and Big Blaze were closely lapped, but right at the end, Big Blaza dropped his head down in front, the winner. The race suggested that My Play was possibly short and the race will do him good. King Solomons Seal is another that may be expected to improve over his showing. EXODUS SULKS. As for Exodus he was so badly bumped in the early stages that the race was no real index of his present form, for he sulked after having been bumped. The first stake of the afternoon was the Seneca, a six-furlong dash under claiming conditions. It brought six ordinary ones to the post. The stake was worth ,400 to the winner and fell to the Crpw Point Stables Batsman, with Walter M. Jeffords Cockney second, and Robert L. Gerrys Quarantine third while the Audley Farms New Gold finished fourth. The other starters were Defiant and Honfieur. Batsman, away well, set the pace and in the stretch drew out to win easily by three lengths. Quarantine followed the pacemaker most of the way but right at the end Cockney rushed up on the outside to displace him for second place. The riding of Kurtsinger on John Wards Defiant was about as incompetent an exhibition as has been witnessed all season and the filly at no time had a chance under his riding. She was permitted to drop back in tho early stages, and though apparently full of run in the stretch, Kurtsinger was a hindrance rather than a help. CALLAHAN OUTRIDES FATOIt. Fraternity II., an imported gelding which races for the Laurel Park Stud, was the winner of the opening seven-eighths dash for platers mainly because Johnny Callahan outrode and outgeneraled Laverne Fator who had the mount on Clarence Buxtons Sledge. It was a stretch fight between these two with Vulcain Queen racing into third place. Redskin made the early running but the 11S pounds was too much of a handicap for him and he soon gave way to Vulcain Queen, while Fator was rating Sledge along well within striking distance of the leader. Then at the head of the stretch, Fator brought the Buxton plater through on the inside, but ia the meantime Callahan was riding Fraternity II. hard. Fator roused Sledge but depended on a hand ride, while Callahan drove vigorously and at the same time kept his mount straight with the result that he had him a winner by three-quarters of a length. This final duel took the first two out six lengths before the tiring Vulcain Queen. Five went to the post in the short courso steeplechase and, with the two falls, only three finished, but it developed in a spirited finish in which Pirate Gold from the Green-tree Stable and ridden by Barrett Haynes was the winner over Joseph E. Wideners Parlays, ridden by Dolly Byers. The Queen City Stables Double Tip was a distant third, and the two that came to grief were Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks Tassell, and R, A. Masseys Fair Mac. Fair Mac was the first to fall. At the front field liverpool he made a bad jump and unseated O. Diamond, while Tas- ContinueJ on sixteenth pace. J BATSMANWINS STAKE Continued from first page. sel was going well when she came down at the backfield liverpool on the second turn of the course. Parlays showed a decided improvement in form over his previous race and was the one to set the pace and Haynes rated Pirate Gold back of him with Tassell ia third place. It was early apparent that Double Tip was far from being in condition and he dropped back after a short burst of speed. Tassell was going well, back of the leaders, when she was crossed by Haynes on Pirate Gold coming into the front field, the second turn of the course. She raced in an inside position until the backfield was reached, when Sims went to the outside to find racing room. Then it was that the filly fell just as she was making her run. Haynes challenged Parlays with Pirate Gold at the top of the field the last time around, and they swung into the straight with both driving hard. There was little to choose between the pair at the last jump, but in the run home Pirate Gold proved to have more left and was going away at the end. Fortunately Diamond and Sims escaped injury in their falls and Diamond remounted and continued on with Fair Mac. At the end of the program Apprehension, from the Oak Ridge Stable, was winner of a mile race, framed for non-winners of two purses. The Greentree Stables Barbary Bush, starting for the first time this season, was second and Purity outstayed Giffcrd A. Cochrans Nellie Kelly for third place. After Nellie Kelly had shown the way leaving the barrier and had led for a quarter of a mile, she gave way to Apprehension and he was sent into a long lead, which he held to the end, although at the end Barbary Bush finished fast and Fator had to nde hard. Marshall Fields silks were home in front in the five and a half furlongs fifth race when Stimulus, showing wonderful improvement, stood a long stretch drive with Edward R. Bradleys Brown Sugar and outstayed him to win by a head. In his previous effort at this meeting Stimulus showed poor speed and was thoroughly beaten, though his stablemate Voltaic was the winner. It was virtually a two-horse race all the way when Brown Sugar and Stimulus quickly drew away from the others and they raced closely lapped. Through the stretch it was a bitter duel. but SbuIus provell to be best and right at the end he was a head winner and was going away. Two lengths farther back j. G. Blakeleys Stampdale just beat Samuel Ross Arbitration for third place. In this rxce Harry Payne Whitneys The Bat met with some early interference and at the head cf the stretch he was forced to go wide to find racing room

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