Phil Mayers a Surprise: Beats Shifty Band of Sprinters In Main Race at Maple Heights, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-09


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PHIL MAYERS A SURPRISE 1 Beats Shifty Band of Sprinters in Main Race at Maple Heights. Ferguson Triumphs Over Fair Rowena Aided By Skillful Riding of J. Wallace . . Albert L. Narrowly. MAPLE HEIGHTS, Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 8. Phil Mayers, racing for the veteran turfman, E. W. Moore, provided somewhat of a surprise when he defeated a band of shifty sprinters in the fourth race, which attracted the best field at Maple Heights Park this afternoon. It was only after a keen stretch struggle, however, that he earned the verdict in a driving finish from Ege and Sun Brae. The latter pair contested the leadership closely all the last quarter but were headed by Phil Mayers in the last few yards after the eventual winner succeded in working his way up next the inner rail during the stretch run. Finishing with a Well timed rush through the stretch, under skillful riding by jockey J. Wallace, Ferguson was returned the winner over Fair Rowena and Pest in the fiftn race, a dash of one mile. El Astro, the early leader, tired badly in the final eighth. Following the rain of last night the track was again slow when the racing commenced but it improved rapidly as the afternoon progressed. A good crowd for a Monday witnessed the sport despite the threatening weather outlook at times. After being outpaced by Esther Grindell to the turn for home Flag Lieutenant proved much the best when the stretch test came in the curtain raiser and drew away to an easy victory. It marked the initial victory for the Ragan representative and started the form followers away to a good start. He was a top heavy favorite. Neptune showed a return to his best form when he accounted for the second race. Banker Brown cut out the early pace with Neptune close up. When straightened out in the stretch the latter drew away to a handy victory. Black Deer came again in the final eighth after going wide entering the stretch and outstayed Roma for the second portion of the purse. A keen stretch struggle came with the running of the third race. Copyright, after racing Spring "Vale into defeat, held on with rare courage to stall off Biddledee and Rough and Ready, both of which closed fast and gamely on either side of the winner. Rough and Ready was in close quarters on the inside at the end. Following the running of the race Rough and Ready went to the stable of C. B. Marlman via the claiming route for ,100. After racing John Hoshor into defeat Albert L. was forced to a hard drive at the end to stall off Grass Tree in the sixth race. Glenn was a creditable third after suffering interference shortly after the start. Closing up on the outside of his field after going five-eighths, Hillman C. was returned a handy winner over Uncle Velo, the early leader in the concluding contest. At the conclusion of the racing a thunderstorm broke over the course at Maple Heights and the mud larks should have an inning tomorrow.

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