Improved Conditions: Return of Summer Weather Helpful to Hawthorne Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-22


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IMPROVED CONDITIONS Return of Summer Weather Helpful to Hawthorne Racing. Lee 0. Cotner Comes Back After Long Rest and Wins Feature Race Impressively. HAWTHORNE RACE TRACK, Aug. 21. For the first time in nearly two weeks summer weather prevailed here and there was a decided absence of "overcoats and raincoats in the big throng that visited Hawthorne to witness some spirited racing, featured by several close finishes in which first and second choices were the final contenders. The track, though still dull, improved rapidly as the afternoon progressed and if no more rain falls it will be in perfect condition for tomorrows racing. The. improved card and racing conditions were reflected in the betting ring. Activities were on a par with the ,best days and it was ruinous for the layers. ;They possibly sustained the worst losses they ihave had during the meeting. , The crack Lee O. Cotner, owned by R. W. Collins, and making his first start in a long time, accounted for the five and a half furlong handicap in game style and had to display his best form to overhaul Mark Master. He did so in the final strides. Lee O. Cotner was conceding considerable weight to all the others and persistent whisperings that he was not quite ready causea Mark Master to be installed the favorite. Lee O. Cotner, however, did not lack for smart support. Mark Master and Lee O. Cotner followed Louis llubenstein closely for the first half mile and then Mark Master took up the running. Lee O. Cotner had some trouble rounding the stretch turn but when fully in his stride he came with a terrific rush and overhauled Mark Master in the last twenty yards. Louis Rubenstein finished third, but some distance away from the leading pair. EARL POOL TS ACTION. Jockey Earl Pool, who began accepting mounts here today, was astride Eelman in the second race and that racer, as a result of the good riding he received, accounted ;for the purse, beating home Martha Moore, with Slanderer in third place. Riders re-Versed Martha Moore would have been a handy winner. She was raced into exhaustion for three-quarters and kept in the worst part of the track. The opener found the newcomer Hobson backed into confidence but the best he could do was to land in second place, My Dream beating him home. Hobson would have been a handy winner but for bolting at the stretch turn. It cost him much ground and he was far back when he finally straightened for the stretch run. He came fast but My Dream ihad taken a long lead and could not be overhauled. Will Wells, a frequent disappointment, finished in third place. Lester Doctor, performing in his best style, was victor of the third race in which he met some good sprinters that included Lorena .Marcellia and Body Guard. Lester Doctor led for the entire way but had to do his best at the end to remain in advance of the fast coming but weakly ridden Lorena Mar-cellla. Body Guard had been a formidable factor in the early stages but he tired badly in the last eighth. Welcome, coming with a j-ush after a slow beginning, almost headed him for third place. CLAIM HOT ALLOWED. , Trainer Louis Thompson put in a claim for Welcome at a cost of ,500 but the stewards did not hold the claim valid on account of Thompson not being registered as an authorized agent for A. E. Barrett, for whose account he was making the claim. Pollymara had the call in the fifth race, which brought together some ordinary ones and she made good by a small margin from the extreme outsider Viennese, which finished in advance of Colfin. Miss Mischief was I backed strongly here, but quit almost to a twalk after going half a mile. If The concluding race resulted in a victory for Huonec, which performed in his best style and wore down Dorius in the last sixteenth to win well in hand. The entire field with the exception of The Foreigner raced closely grouped for most of the way but Huonec came away in the stretch after Do-frius had appeared the winner. Attilia which finished in third place, showed a good performance for she suffered much interference when Merrimac came across and caused a i jam when the horses were rounding the first ; two turns. The Foreigner began bolting at the first turn and he kept far in the wake of the others throughout.

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