Spic and Span Loses: Odds-on Favorite Defeated by Nose Dive after Game Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-26


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SPIC AND SPAN LOSES Odds-On Favorite Defeated by Nose Dive After Game Finish. i" Kentucky Stakes to J. S. Wards Wax Lady Muddy Track Mars Mondays Racing at Spa. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., Aug. 25. When a heavy rainfall occurred this forenoon and continued until race time the sport at the Saratoga Associations course was marred to some extent The changed track condition resulted in a number of scratches and there was a natural falling off in attendance, but the entertainment offered was excellent and some good contests resulted. The stake of the day was the Kentucky, a five and a half furlong dash for two-year-old fillies and it fell to John S. Wards Wax Lady in a stirring finish. Then there followed the Stony Creek Handicap for second division handicap horses. It was over the one mile route and H. M. Howards Nose Dive was the winner while the Rancocas Stables Eaglet just nosed out Gifford A. Cochrans Spic and Span for third place. The known mud running ability of Spic and Span made his defeat something of a shock to the students of form, but he was beaten all the way and did not show any of the dash that has marked his other races through similar going. Callahan rushed Nose Dive away from tho post and taking command rated him along at a good pace. McAuliffe was going well in second place and under slight restraint, while lengths back of him came Eaglet. Spic and Span had left the barrier slowly and he came out of the chute with Hurn driving him furiously in an attempt to make up the lost ground, but Spic and Span was slow-to respond to the call. EAGLET FINISHES SECOND. On to the stretch turn M. Fator made his biel with Eaglet, electing to go through on the inside. He soon raced McAuliffe into submission and an eighth from the finish seemed to have a royal chance to catch Nose Dive, but Callahan still had something left with the pacemaker and riding him out vigorously he was the winner by a length. When too late, Spic and Span began his run that was just a stride short of landing second place. Hurn was riding him hard all the way and he was weaxing Eaglet down rapidly, but the Rancocas colt just last to save second place by a nose. Long Point, the three-year-old son of Ballot and Ursula Emma, that races for the Glen Riddle Farm, showed new form in the mud when he was an easy winner of the opening seven-eighths dash. Only four appeared against him at post time from an entry of thirteen, and he was so much the best he was under restraint all through the homestretch. Selby Burchs Best Beloved raced into second place and the Greentree Stables imported Brantome beat Mrs. R. I. Millers Roland for third place. The start was good and Brantome and Best Beloved were first to show the way, but Long Point was right behind them, while Roland was unable to keep up and was soon far back. Maiben made no move with Long Point until nearing the stretch turn. There he went up on the outside and soon joined Best Beloved which in the meantime had raced Brantome into submission. There was no contest in the stretch for Long Point came away from the filly with ridiculous ease and all through the final eighth he was under restraint with Maiben looking back. STEEPLECHASE SPIRITED. Five went to the post in the short courso steeplechase, which was under claiming conditions and it brought about a good contest when Bayard Warrens Byng, under a well-judged ride by T. Fennessey, led home Ral Parrs Vicaire, with J. T. Kermaths Adamant third and J. Howard Lewis Crest Hill fourth. The only other starter was P. F. Malones Graylette and she was pulled up before the course was completed when hopelessly out of the running. At flag fall Mergler on "Vicaire set tho pace and Byng was right after him, whilo Adamant was showing the way to Crest Hill, one that was not striding freely in the soft going. Fennessey challenged Vicaire on the first turn of the course and when he found that Byng could not outrun the pacemaker, he wisely took him back and contended himself with saving ground on the inside. After reaching the lower end of the field the second time around Barrett Haynes made his bid with Adamant and he drove him up until he was lapped on Vicaire, but the Parr jumper still had plenty left and he, drew away again while the effort took much out of Adamant. Crest Hill was in difficulty and beaten four jumps from tho finish when he failed: to respond to the call of Dolly Byers. Vicaire was stilt showing the way swing- Continued oa sixteenth pace SPIC AND SPAN LOSES Continued from first page. ing into the front field, but Fennessey had saved ground with Byng and rushing him vigorously he had him lapped on "Vicaire at the last jump. Byng outjumped Vicaire and tho Farr jumper bore out in the final drive, while Byng ran straight and was home the winner by three lengths, Vicaire beating Adamant four lengths for second place. The stake of the afternoon was the Kentucky, a five and a half-furlong affair under claiming conditions for fillies, and it fell to John S. AVards Wax Lady, adding just 53,675 to her score. She just got up in time to defeat J. L. Hollands Gnome Girl, and W. R. Coas Dugout beat Ral Parrs Bother for third place. The start was good, but Bother and Gnome Girl at once raced away from the others and soon had a long lead. They raced as one horse and were still Avell lapped when the stretch was reached. Wax Lady was slow to find her racing legs, and Maiben was forced to take her to the outside to find racing room. She made up ground in gallant fashion and was with the leaders an eighth from the finish. There she bore out slightly and Bother was slightly pinched off. Gnome Girl fought gamely, but Wax Lady was too good and was going away at the end. Callahan had attempted to follow the winner with Dugout when Maiben made his move and the Coe filly closed with good courage to get up and take third place. Edward Arlingtons silks Avere home in front when Honfleur was winner of the one mile race for maidens that was fifth on the program. F. M. Kellys Sledge raced into second place and third was the portion of Fred Housmans Lockerbie. Maurice Mulcahy was rushed into a long lead, but Little Moser, who had the mount, succeeded in racing him into defeat by the time the stretch was reached and eventually pulled up last. Honfleur was in second place all through the backstretcli andnvhen Maurice Mulcahy was through lie took command. In the meantime Sledge was being weakly handled by Beach, but he worked his way up on his own courage and was gaining on the leader when Beach dropped his head and went to the whip with the rssult that he sprawled and Honfleur was the winner by a length and n, half, -while Sledge beat Lockerbie three- quarters of a length for second place. William Woodwards Beatrice, a half sister to Little Chief, was the winner of the closing five and a half furlongs handicap for two-year-olds, but it was a lucky victory. Gifford A. Cochrans Dangerous was pounds the best and after closing an immense gap he raced into second place while William Zeigler Jr.s Mirador was third. It may be said on behalf of the winner that she was fajt enough and game enough to race botli Marcellus and Peanuts into defeat, but Dangerous was away from the barrier last in the big field and he had to work his way through on the inside in the stretch, after having closed an immense gap. With equal luck at the start the Cochran colt would undoubtedly have been an easy winner.

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