Grab Bag Handicap: Proves Easy for Extreme, Carrying Samuel Ross Colors, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-21


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GRAB BAG HANDICAP Proves Easy for Extreme, Carrying Samuel Ross Colors. : - Finishes in Front of Stampdale, Pas Seul and Ten Other Promising Juveniles. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. T., Aug. 20. Extreme, bearing the silks of Samuel Ross, the Washington sportsman, was an easy winner of the Grab Bag Handicap this afternoon. This was a three-quarters test for the juveniles and was worth ,400 to the winner. It was A. G. Blakelys Stampdale that chased him home, while third place fell to J. N. Camdens Pas Seul, an invader from Kentucky with some reputation. The day was a most unfavorable one for the sport. It was uncomfortably chilly and there came frequent drizzles of rain during the afternoon, though there Avas not fall enough to seriously damage the going. This condition had its effect on the attendance, though a goodly crowd was on hand. Of the twenty-three that had been nominated overnight for the Grab Bag, there were ten withdrawals, among them being Mrs. Vanderbilts recent purchase, Nicholas. He was top weight of the band and when he declined it left H. C. Fishers Swope in the place of honor in the handicap. Little time was lost at the barrier and from a good start Master Charlie was the one to show the way with Noah right at hand and just showing the way to Extreme, while Pas Seul was leading Swope. Early in the racing Swope dropped back badly but there was little chance in the running positions of those in the van. Extreme, leaving the backstretch, moved up until he was a good second to Master Charlie and it was evident he could go to the pacemaker at the first asking. Noah was holding to third place but doing his best and Pas Seul was also racing strongly. Stampdale was working his way up while Thurber had Swope under a drive in an effort to improve his position, but without avail. In the stretch. Extreme drew out readily and Avas Avell in hand and three lengths to spare. Stampdale closed with a determined rush that readily Avrested second place from Pas Seul and four lengths further back Sun Hathor outgamed the tired Master Charlie. WILDERNESS IX LIMELIGHT. The seven-eighths handicap at the end of the card brought out one of the best fields that could be mustered and it fell to Richard T. Wilsons Wilderness, running a A-astly better race than his last previous performance. He Avas showing the Avay to Robert L. Gerrys Cyclops at the end and August Bel-monts Lucky Play Aas third. This race Avas something in the nature of a test of the sprinters that hae been entered to meet Epinard at Belmont Park on Labor Day for four runners. Wilderness, Snob II., Lucky Play and Laurano are all eligible for the big international race. It Avas a race that afforded Everett Haynes his first mount since his return to this country, Avhen he had the leg up on Lucky Play. There Avas some delay at the barrier but the start Avas a good one and Lucky Play Avas the one to show the Avay from the barrier, Avith Snob II. and Cyclops in close attendance, Avhile Wilderness was a bit slower to be under Avay. Cyclops Avas in rather a bad spot down on the rail and slightly pocketed. Leaving the back stretch Snob II. moved up on the outside of Lucky Play and had him headed, but in the straight the Belmont colt came again, then in the last eighth Wilderness came sweeping along to victory on the outside, Ahile Cyclops squeezed through to nose out Lucky Play for the place. There Avas a fall in the first race Avhen twenty two-year-olds started from the five-furlong post. Grace Troxler stumbled shortly after the start and G. Fields A-as unseated. Fortunately he escaped serious injury. The race resulted in another Kentucky victory Avhen T. J. Prendergasts Legation Avas the Avinncr oAer R, S. Clarks Warfare Avith the Sanford Stud Farms Lupine finishing third. Lupine escaped early interference and showed the Avay to the stretch turn, where Warfare moved up on the inside and for an instant looked the Avinner. In the last eighth, however, Legation came Avith a Avinning rush on the outside and Avas going away at the finish. It Avould be Avell for the safety of both horses and riders if no field of such size Avas started from the five-furlong mark. It is too close to a turn and it is easily possible to make the races five and a half instead of five furlongs. BYXG A SURPRISE. The steeplechase of tlie day was for non-winners at the meeting and it brought out rather an ordinary lot. Bayard Warrens Byng furnished something of a surprise Avhen he outjumped, outran and outstayed Joseph E. Wideners Parlays to be Avinner Avhile Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks The Trout was a distant third. The others in this race Avere Continued on fifteenth page. GRAB BAG HANDICAP Continued from first pace. Adamant, Back, Rampage and Fair Mac and they finished in .that order. From a good start, Mergler went into the lead with Beck while Adamant and Byng were close up and The Trout not far back, t Parlays, under a restraint, was still farther back while Rampage and Fair Mac quickly dropped back and were never contenders. Mergler rode Beck hard and he continued to show the way for a turn of the course, then he had had enough and the others gained on .him rapidly. At the jump before the water, the second turn of the course Brady on Adamant lost his eight stirrup iron and it was something of a handicap though he recovered it at the water. Going to the lower end of the field, Fennessey took Byng through on the inside to take the lead and it was there that Dolly Byers made his move with Parlays. The "Widener jumper quickly raced past the others until he was a close second to Byng. Then in the back-field, as he came alongside, Fennessey called on Byng and he outjumped and outstayed Parlays to hold his lead. Byers made a second bid at the top of the field and two jumps from home the horses were closely lapped, but again Byng proved the better jumper and from there to tlie end it was a ding dong finish until in the final run Byng drew out to win by u length and a half while The Trout was twenty lengths farther back. The Trout appears to be improving and this race will doubtless do him good. There was a disqualification that came with the running of the mile of the fifth race for fillies and mares when T. Calcinas Skirmish, after finishing first, was set back and the race awarded Mrs. W. Rosens Vul-cain Queen, the one that had fought it out to finish second. The ruling was only made after a tedious examination of the jockeys In the race. Vulcain Queen and Skirmish had forced all the pace and at the head of the stretch the Calcina filly had gone wide, carrying Vulcain Queen with her. She afterwards moved in again and in a long drive proved the gamer. James Butlers May Party, the one that finished third, was moved into second place by the ruling, while Archibald Barklies Miss Belle was awarded third place. Apprehension, from Clendenin Ryans Oak Ridge Stable, was an easy winner of the one mile third race. George W. Lofts Pepp was second and old Thunderclap, from the Rahcocas Stable, was third by a wide margin over Jefferson Livingstons McAuliffe. Two imported horses went to the post in this race, Brantome, a jumper owned by the Greentree Stable, and Roman Bachelor, carrying the silks of the Laurel Park Stud. It was the first start in this country for Brantome, and while he showed early speed, he quit badly and finished last. Brantome and Apprehension raced together in the lead from the start until the imported jumper had had enough and as he tired Pepp rushed up on the outside and at the head of the stretch he was gaining on Apprehension, but the Ryan three-year-old proved to have plenty left and when Thur-ber shook him up he came away to win by four lengths. Pepp was an easy second and old Thunderclap, after being outrun in the early stages, finished third by outstaying McAuliffe in the stretch.

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