Old Jerome Handicap: Won by a Filly-Priscilla Ruley the Victorious One, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-04


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OLD JEROME HANDICAP Won By a Filly Prisciila Ruley the Victorious One. Mad Play Finishes Second and Initiate Third Rigel and Super-lette Score for Rancocas. BELMONT PARK. New York, N. Y., Sept. 3. William Woodwards Prisciila Ruley was winner of the famous old Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park today from the best field that could be mustered against her. It is unusual for a filly to add her name to such a notable roster of a handicap that had Its first running in 186G, but in this particular field with five starters, three of them were fillies. The race was worth ,400 to the daughter of Ambassador IV. At the end it was Mad Play from the Rancocas Stable that was chasing her home, while Harry Payne .Whitneys Initiate, another filly was the one to be third. After the blistering heat that has prevailed there was a decided drop in the temperature and top coats were comfortable. The crowd was of goodly proportions and the track at its best. The Rancocas Stable came into a share of its luck when both Rigel and Superlette were winners, while with a more intelligent ride by Laverne Fator it is probable that Mad Play would have taken the measure of Prisciila Ruley in the Jerome Handicap. Seven names were sent out in the overnight entries for the Jerome but Hildreth scratched both Stanwix and Eaglet, adding Mad Play. The other withdrawal was Klondyke, James Rowe depending on the filly, Initiate, to bear the Whitney silks. The others were Prisciila Ruley, the Greentree Stables Leopardess and the Oak Ridge Stables Apprehension. HOW RACE WAS RUN. No time was lost at the barrier and the start was a good one. Leopardess was. the one to go out in the lead and Initiate was right with her, and a length away Mad Play was showing the way to Apprehension with Prisciila Ruley bringing up the rear. Maiben moved up on the outside with Prisciila Ruley until it was the three fillies that were showing the way. Fator had Mad Play j under a slight restraint following them, while Apprehension had to be hard ridden to keep within striking distance. AVhen the stretch was reached, Leopardess began to weaken and it was there that Pris- j cilia Ruley loomed up dangerously as she raced alongside of Initiate. There Fator made the fatal mistake of swinging Mad Play in behind the fillies, when there was no chance to come through. The colt was full of run and was closing in resolute fashion, but it was necessary to pull out around Initiate to find, running room. This cost Mad Play some ground at the most critical part of the race, and under a vigorous ride by Maiben, Prisciila Ruley was home the winner by three parts of a length. Initiate was three lengths back of the Rancocas colt and Apprehension three lengths farther away. After the finish Apprehension was worked out the full mile and a half in preparation for his engagement in the Lawrence Realization Saturday. He went the mile and a auarter in 2 :07 and the mile and a half in ; 2 :38y5. Rather a nice "band of platers made up the field for the opening three-quarters dash, and it saw the Rancocas Stables Rigel an easy winner from P. H. Sims Caligula, whilo George Choos Feysun just lasted to be third over the fast closing Aragon. EASY FOR RIGEL. Caligula was first to show from a good start, but Rigel was rushed up on the outside and had him headed before the turn out of the backstretch was reached. Laverne Fator hurried him along to a good lead, where he crossed to the inside rail and taking hold of him rated him at a good pace to never be threatened thereafter. Nearing the stretch turn Frank Taylors Reprisal made a bid on the outside and gained some ground, but both Caligula and Feysun held him safe and he weakened after rounding into the stretch. In the run homo Caligula hung on well but Feysun was tiring under a drive and in a few more strides he would have lost third place to Aragon. The latter was in some early difficulty and closed with good courage when he found clear racing room. When Superlette was winner of the five and a half furlongs for two-year-olds that was the second offering she made it a double for the Rancocas Stable and a double for La- -verne Fator. In fact it was just a bit better than her stablemate Sarzana, ridden by the younger Fator, raced .to second placo while Mrs. Walter .M. Jeffords Gcldpieco saved third from the Oak Ridge Stables Idiosyncrasy. Superlette has proven her quality on various other occasions, but this was one of the best speed exhibitions ever shown by tho little daughter of Superman and Epinglette. Beginning well she went to the first quarter Continued on second page. OLD JEROME HANDICAP Continued from first page. post in :23 the half in :4C and the five-eighths in :59, finishing out the five and a half furlongs in 1:05. It was small wonder that such speed should take the filly to a long early lead, and the result was never atferwards in doubt. Goldpiece made a brave effort to catch the flying leader and held to the second place until well into the stretch but Sarzana had not been subjected to the pace and when M. Fator called on her at the head of the stretch she steadily drew up on Goldpiece until at the end she put him away easily for second place. Jack Richardson has a winning way with cripples and he sent one to the post in the mile of the third race that made good adequately when Normal easily led home a band of cheap ones. Archibald Barklies Miss Belle raced to second place and G. W. Coburns Bowman after closing something of a gap finished third. Pat Casey and Miss Belle were the ones to cut out most of the pace while Poor Sport raced forwardly with Normal rating along after him. Bowman was slow to find his racing legs and he was outrun through the back-stretch. Poor Sport was first to tire and as he dropped back Normal moved up on the outside and at the same time Bowman began to improve his position on the inner rail. Miss Belle had Pat Casey beaten at the head of the stretch but there she had been joined by Normal. Bowman continued to close ground on the inside but Normal was just beginning to run and he drew away in the last eighth until at the end he was going easily a length to the good. Bowman was close after Miss Belle after being in rather close quarters on the inside but he could not reach the filly. The big surprise of the day was when Fields made it a double for William Woodwards Belair Stud by bringing Flames home winner over the Greentree Stables Barbary Bush, while Edward R. Bradleys Beginners Luck saved third. This was a mile for maidens and was not much to boast about, but still it was a double for the popular silks. Polo Ground was first to show out of the field but Barbary Bush was right after him under restraint and apparently able to go to the front at the first asking. Polo Ground did not last long and it was on the turn out of the backstretch that Fields began his winning run with Flames. Beginners Luck was chasing along with Barbary Bush but she was doing her best and Flames was plodding along resolutely in a fashion that was menacing. In the stretch Corcoran on Barbary Bush sensed the danger and he went to- a drive on Barbary Bush but it was of no avail. Flames continued to wear him down and won by a narrow margin. Barbary Bush beat Beginners Luck five lengths for second place and the others were strung out Sam Louis supplied the winner of the closing race when CIpaaslee, ridden by jockey R. Williams, outran her opponents from the start and after bearing out badly drew out to win with ease from Fred Tarals Monna Vanna while W. J. Boths Bright Idea was third.

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