Beatrice by a Nose: Scores Hard Earned Victory in Champagne Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-11


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BEATRICE BY A NOSE 9 Scores Hard Earned Victory in Champagne Stakes. Little Chief Shows Return to Best Form in Winning Great Neck Purse. BELMONT PARK, NEW YORK, N. Y., Sept 10.: Beatrice, a homebred daughter of Jim Gaffney and Medora II., ridden by Jockey George Fields, carried the silks of the Belair Stud to a hard-earned victory in the running of the Champagne Stakes, which was offered as the feature attraction at Belmont-Park this afternoon. A nose away was Frank Farrellls Goldbeater, which had a much wider advantage over William Zeigc" Jr.s Star Lore, while Cloudland, from le J. S. Cosden stable, was fourth. The Champagne was over the seven-eighths distance and engaged a well balanced band to compete for the ,500 added and the winning of which enriched the Belair coffers to the extent of ,275. There was but little delay at the barrier and, from a good start, Beatrice, Goldbeater and Extreme, dominated the early running. After the first eighth had been run, Maiben, astride Star Lore, moved into contention with a rush following a bad beginning, whilo the others with the exception of Nina and Reminder were closely aligned. Entering the stretch Fields chose the best going with Goldbeater on the outside while Star Lore was on the outside of the pace. At the eighth post it appeared as if any of the three leaders would be returned the winner, and all were giving up their best. Goldbeater gained steadily and took a brief advantage but Beatrice Avas not through and under urging came again and through the final strides gained the advantage by a narrow margin. Star; Lore tired badly through the final sixteenth after making up so much ground during the early stages and at the end was doing his best to save third portion of the stake from Cloudland, which showed a good performance all the way. CHILLY AUTUMN WIXDS. A chill autumn wind swept Belmont Pari this afternoon and rendered conditions in the stand any thing but comfortable for the crowd which was well above the average. The track was muddy and holding and as a result several surprises were in order. Jockey L. Fator and P. H. Sims Caligula proved a winning combination in the first race of the afternoon and at the end led home ten other platers by a wide margin over the three-quarters route. Cano, a recent arrival from Canada, was the one tc finish second while King ONeill II., was third. There was but little delay at the post and the winner was away with the leaders, Apex and Yankee Princess. The latter twe went farther than usual but entering the stretch dropped back. Rounding the fax turn Monday Morning, which was racing in a forward position moved up steadily bul dropped back again in the stretch. Caligula in the meantime had drawn away and Cane after racing up quickly chased the leader bul at the end was tiring and driving to outlast King ONeill II., which finished with a rusn. G. A. Cochrans Spic and Span was winnei of the Elkwood, which was at one mile and engaged a field of five starters in a mild drive over the Log Cabins Resolution while Eaglet from the Rancocas Stable was third. The winner was ridden by jockey Hastings and after following the pace moved into the lead at the stretch turn but at the end was ridden out to stall off Resolution, The latter came again through the final sixteenth when out in the best going. Eaglet from a slow beginning finished fast through the final sixteenth. FRIDAY 13TII IMPROVED. Little Chief, racing for I. B. Humphrey, and ridden by Steve ODonnell, showed a return to his best form and was winner of the Great Neck at one mile in a drive over the vastly improved Friday 13th from the stable of F. M. Kelley, while J. E. Davis Reparation was third by a wide margin over II. M. Howards Nose Dive. The latter was the one to cut out the early running while Rep- . aration racing closer up than usual was the one to force the pace with Little Chief and Friday 13th bringing up the rear. Leaving the half-mile post Maiben appeared to be in a hurry with the Davis starter and before the far turn was reached he was in the van. Little Chief was rated along under restraint and ODonnell never made a move until the stretch was reached. Friday 13th moved at the same time and both went wide in search of the best going. Reparation faltered at the sixteenth post and Little Chief went into the lead. He was driving hard however, at the end to stall off Friday 13th which would have been winner in another stride. Reparation tired badly but had a wide advantage over Nose Dive. S. H. Harris supplied the winner of the fifth race, which was at one mile and a quar- Continuetl on sixteenth page. BEATRICE BY A NOSE Continued from first page. ter, when Prince Hamlet was triumphant over Bar Gold while Scare Crow was third. The winner was ridden by jockey R, Pierce and after following the early pace under restraint moved into the lead at the stretch turn and Avon with speed in reserve. Bar Gold was taken very wide at the stretch turn and although he closed some ground at the end the advantage so lost was too great to overcome. Chatterer was home first in the closing race of the afternoon, which engaged a band of maiden two-year-olds at five and a half furlongs. Barbary raced to second place while Lupine was third. The winner was kept close to the pace all the way and did not lose any too much ground rounding the turn for home. Between races trainer Sam Hildreth sent Grey Lag for a half-mile gallop. The big horse was under restraint and turned in the half in :45.

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