Adverse Conditions: Continuous Rain Mars Tuesdays Hawthorne Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-20


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ADVERSE CONDITIONS Continuous Rain Mars Tuesdays Hawthorne Racing. Principal Race to Red Wingfield jockeys Gross and Stutts Score Double Victories. HAWTHORNE RACE TRACK, Aug. 19 Racing at Hawthorne this afternoon was under most adverse conditions. The heavy rain which began early continued without interruption until late in the afternoon. The track was in the worst shape that it had been during the meeting and it was responsible for the card being almost completely riddled. It was to be expected that the attendance would be confined to regulars and even some of the faithful refused to risk pneumonia and other ailments to be on hand. Considering the unpropitious conditions and lack of attractions it was surprising that such an extensive patronage should be on hand. It emphasizes the hold that racing has on the public here. The handicap, fourth on the card, at a mile and a sixteenth, with ,500 added, was the outstanding race, and it furnished the first victory for Red Wingfield in some time. It was a hollow success that he scored for he showed himself to be fully at home in the muddy going and he justified the short odds at which he was held. For three-quarters of the way Billy Star gave him serious contention but thereafter Red Wingfield drew steadily away and the end found him ten lengths in advance. Billy Star, though tiring badly, had no difficulty in outstaying Ethel Clayton. The latters race was far from her best one and it was possibly due to a dislike for the going. Favorites and second choices Jccountcd for all the purses, some of the racing being spirited with the winners in doubt until within the last few strides. VETERANS GOOD RIDING. A pleasing incident of the afternoon was jockey Gross piloting two successive winners. It has been a long time since this veteran scored such a signal success. He had the mount on Go Foin and Alleden. The latter went into new ownership when M. Shapoff claimed him at a cost of ,700. The fifth race enabled 11. Stutts, having previously ridden Red Wingfield to victory, to make it a double when he landed Cheer Leader a victor. The race was supposedly between Tikeh and Great Lady, but Cheer Leader wore them down during the stretch and won in handy style from Great Lady. Tikeh raced poorly being thoroughly done for after half a mile and winding up in last place. The closing race was another two horse race with Soldier IT., and Richelieu the first and second respectively. Both were far out of it in the .early stages but both came with good rushes in the last quarter. Richelieu seemed the winner an eighth out when his rider allowed him to swerve into the deep going. It proved his undoing for Soldier II., continuing straight passed him in the last twenty yards. Pud finished in third place. The opening race found backers of favorites going down with a thud when Star Sweeper, a recent arrival from Saratoga, was made the favorite and could do no better than land in third place. Try Again, Avin-ning handily, was benefited in his victory by Yelton taking him across sharply at the lower turn and interferring with Star Sweeper and forcing him back. Try Again, Star Sweeper and Up and At Em were the leaders, but the last named pair went wide into the stretch, giving Try Again additional advantage when he held close to the inside rail. Star Sweeper made a game effort in the stretch, but began tiring and fell an easy victim for Pillager when he came with a good rush through the last eighth. Clique showed a dull performance and was also away slowly on account of his bad post acting. GO FOIN MAKES GOOD. The second race found Go Foin installed an overwhelming favorite and backed witli rare confidence. He made good after show-ing the way for the entire distance but near the end he had to be forced to the limit to outstay the fast-going Bill OFlynn, while Champlain also was pressing him hard. Eva Ackley showed the best performance of all in the race. She was away slowly and Ellis kept hor far out of it and then rode her wide, entailing a big loss of ground for her. She came with a great rush through the stretch, but the leading trio beat her home by a close margin. : Jockey Groos, who rode Go Foin, came right back with a victory on Alleden in the succeeding race and won from a fair band I that included Brother John and Everglade. The latter had confident support in spite of the dull race he ran in a previous out. Thc favored ones in the race were Piedmont, Alleden and Everglade, with substantial fsupport for Guvnor. Alleden began slowly I but he showed himself to be fully at home in the going and raced as if best, for he came around the others, and taking command in hs stretch, won with much in reserve

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