Sparking Sarazen: Disproves Popular Belief That He is Only a Sprinter, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-27


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SPARKLING SARAZEN Disproves Popular Belief That He Is Only a Sprinter. Concedes Much Weight and Beats Good Opponents Over Trying Huron Handicap Route. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. T., Aug. 26. Mrs. Vanderbilts great gelding, Sarazen, gave a new exhibition of his quality this afternoon by being home winner of the mile and three sixteenths of the Huron Handicap, under a burden of 126 pounds. At the end he was showing the way to William Woodwards Aga Khan and the Glen Riddle Farms Big Blaze was third. Back of these came R. T. Wilsons Wampee and G. A. Cochrans Sun Flag, a pair of added starters. The muddy condition of the track was surely a help to Sarazen and then the lack of pace was also greatly in his favor, but notwithstanding all this the manner in which he disposed of his company, over such a trying route disproved the popular belief that he is nothing but a sprinter. While the track was muddy, the day was bright and there was a big crowd out Tho track conditions resulted in wholesale scratches that pruned down the fields materially, but nevertheless some good sport was provided. The Huron was absolutely without respec-able pace and that had much to do with the result Maiben took Sarazen to the front, but all the other riders were waiting back of him with the result that the son of High Time was under stiff restraint himself and his ears pricking for most of the journey. No effort was made by any of the ethers to go after the leader for it was admitted that he .could outrun any one of them at a sprint MAIBEITS GOOD JUDGMENT. Thus it was that Maiben, outguessing the other jockeys, had a handful of horse at the head of the stretch and he was ready for the sprint home when Aga Khan came around on the outside to challenge. Through the backstretch Sun Flag was in second place and Big Blaze was down on the inner rail and following Sarazen with the result that he was pocketed. But Kennedy was content to stay in there and reserve his mount Aga Khan made his move going to the stretch turn where he circled around Big Blaze and for an instant it appeared he would catch Sarazen, but it was forgotten that the gelding had not been asked to run and that he had all that sprinting quality in reserve. As Aga Khan moved Maiben had only to shake up Sarazen and he readily held his command" to be home winner by something more than a length and with more in reserve. This prize was worth 3,850 to the winner and Sarazen conceded fourteen pounds to Aga Khan, eleven to Big Blaze, twenty-six to Wampee and eight to Sun Flag. Thus it must be admitted that even with the advantage of track conditions and lack o pace, it was a worthy performance. Many a race has been tossed off this year by stupidity in the saddle and there was another case in the running of the mile and a quarter of the third race that saw Anniversary winner from Little Ammie with James Butlers May Party third. COLORED RIDERS MISTAKE. The particular stupidity exhibited in this particular race was that of G. Hudgins, the little black apprentice. Of course, too much ! should not be expected of a boy with such j limited experience. His mistake was going along with Delysia, a stablemate of May Party, and in the race to make pace for ! Maibens mount. Delysia did her part in I the pace making, but Hudgins made the fatal mistake of going along with her. I Little Ammie put Delysia away, but it took some time and as a result she had little left to withstand the stretch challenge of such a horse as Anniversary. As for May Party and Good Night, the other two starters, it was apparent early that they were seriously handicapped in the going, though May Party closed some ground at the end because of the early pace. Had Hudgins shown a better knowledge of pace and taken back from Delysia in the early stages it does not seem probable that Little Ammie would have been beaten. j It was a good band of sprinters that came together for the three-quarters of the second j race and the result was something of a surprise when Mrs. T. W. OBriens Reply was winner from C. A. Stonehams Dry Moon with Harry Payne Whitneys Swingalong a close third. H. T. Waters was fourth and Sun Pal, the only other starter, last Reply always a good mud runner, jumped to the front at the rise of the barrier and she was never headed. Thurber after taking the filly into a safe lead rated her along. Swingalong was the one to chase after her with the others following along and Sun Pal last of the five that raced. Through the stretch Parke used his best efforts to drive Swingalong up to the winner, Continued cm sUWentli page. SPARKLING SARAZEN Continued from first pace. but to no avail and in the last eighth the Whitney gelding was tiring so badly that he was beaten for second place by Dry Moon, but the OBrien filly was never seriously threatened. William Martins Brice was best of those that raced in the one mile claiming handicap, the fifth offering, and setting the pace all the way led home E. B. McLeans Noel with Mrs. J. A. Coburns Olynthus third. The other starters were Wellfinder and Thunderclap and they finished in that order. Brice was sent into a good lead at the rise of the barrier and never surrendered command. Wellfinder followed him closely and Noel was third while Thunderclap was particularly sluggish, though showing the way to Olynthus. Thunderclap was under an early drive in an effort to keep up, but he could not improve his position. Wellfinder was through when the stretch was reached and it was there that Noel began to move up, but could not catch Brice and the Martin colt was home the winner by two lengths. Olynthus came with a great rush on the outside, in the last eighth and easily outstayed the tired Wellfinder for third place. H. P. Headleys Almadel was an easy winner of the five and a half furlong dash for two-year-old maidens at the end of the program. The Greentree Stables Stirrup Cup raced to second place and T. W. OBriens Forecaster saved third from Pol Roger by a narrow margin. Almadel performed in a way to suggest that he is a first class colt. Away well enough he was outrun and pinched back after leaving the backstretch, but he fought his way through on the inside and rushing into a long stretch lead was four lengths clear at the end. Stirrup Cup had no excuse and raced for-wardly throughout, but was doing his best at the end to save second place by a neck. For-"ward Pass made a great bluff in the middle running, by racing into command, but he could not hold his position and was dropping .bacfehrtly at the end.

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