No Outstanding Features: Good Sport despite Ordinary Program at Aqueduct, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-20


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NO OUTSTANDING FEATURES c Good Sport Despite Ordinary Program at Aqueduct. 4 Diagram and Miss Star the Winners of the Most Pretentious Offerings of the Afternoon. AQUEDUCT RACE TRACK, NEW YORK, N. Y., Sept 19. It was a program of overnight races that was served up to the faithful at Aqueduct today, but there was some good sport and the attendance was surprisingly large. The nearest approach to features were a three-quarters dash under handicap conditions for fillies and mares that went to Miss Star and a mile and a sixteenth claiming handicap that brought out seven good ones. The claiming handicap saw August Belmonts Diagram rather an easy winner from E. F. Cooneys Athelstan with Frank Her-olds Rejection beating Charles H. Thier-ots Prince James for the short end of the purse. Rejection was the one to cut out all the running and from a good start Dawson had her three lengths clear in the first eighth. Diagram was rating along back of the filly and two lengths before John Mad-dens Check with Athelstan following, while Modo, Prince James and Costigan brought up the rear. It was rounding out of the backstretch that Prince James made a great move on the outside and it carried him into third place, but Rejection was still clear and Diagram continued to hold to second place and running well under restraint. Athelstan in the meantime had dropped back rather badly and he and Modo brought up the rear. It was not until straightened out in the stretch that Maiben shook up Diagram and he quickly went to Rejection and on by to a safe lead of a couple of lengths. Once out there Maiben had only to sit still and have the four-year-old home an easy winner. Rejection was hanging on. with good courage but in the meantime Caliahan had swung to the outside with Athelstan and he was closing in great fashion. He raced on by the others, but there was no chance to catch Diagram, though he was there in time to beat Rejection. Prince James, after his great bluff in the middle running weakened badly when the final pinch came, but he beat Costigan by a head for fourth and Check and Modo followed along back of the Daniel plater. It was a nice band of fillies that came together in the Flying Fairy Handicap, a three-quarters dash that was run as the third race. It resulted in a victory for the Audley Farm Miss Star and the Marrone Stables Anna Marrone II., took second place and H. P. Whitneys Margin a close third from the W. R. Coes Elvina and Lady Belle. The others, in the order of the finish were the Greentree Stables Rinkey, H. W. Maxwells Blue Moon and the Glen Riddle Farms Off Color. There was some delay at the post, which is usual when a lot of fillies come together, but the start was a good one and Off Color was first to show from the start but it was only for an instant when Anna Marrone II., took command and Blue Moon and Miss Star were right after her and Lady Belle followed. Off Color in fact rapidly dropped out of it until she was soon last, Avhere she remained for the remainder of the journey. Anna Marrone II., and Blue Moon set a lively pace with the Maxwell filly on the inside, McAtee had Miss Star right after them and when well into the stretch he made his first move. As the pace quickened Blue Moon dropped back and after a short fight Miss Star went on by Anna Marrone II., to Continued on sixteenth page. NO OUTSTANDING FEATURES Continued from first page. draw out to a winning margin of four lengths. In the meantime Margin was working her way up on the inside while Lady Belle and Elvina were both gaining strongly on the outside. Anna Marrone II. was tiring at the end, but she lasted to save second place from Margin by a head while Elvina was a length and a half further away and the others were well strung out Fourteen plater two-year-olds came together in the opening three-quarters dash and P. S. P. Randolphs Rockstone proved best when he led home W. R. Coes Kit Carson and the Marrone Stables Gertrude D., readily saved third place. From a good start it was Gertrude D. and Kit Carson that showed the most early speed but Rockstone was never far away and when the others went a bit wide in the stretch he drew out but Parke took no chances and rode him out vigorously to have him the winner. After Kit Carson had put Gertrude D. away he was coming again and finished with good courage while the filly tired slightly. The first three were well out from the others and it was Sandy McNaughtons Hoot Mon that was fourth by a close fit Mark Over had a bit of bad luck running, after closing some ground he had to go so wide in the stretch as to have scant chance. It was a good finish came out of the mile of the second race when W. Robinsons Briggs Buchanan just beat home R. A. Forshas Blue Hill with Edward Arlingtons Honfleur saving third handily from George Willing Jr.s Drumbeat. Jefferson Livingstons Levoy was the one to cut out the running and Blue Hill was used up considerably following the pace. Honfleur also raced forwardly and Briggs Buchanan followed him. Bear Grass had no speed and Drumbeat took a long time to find his racing stride. When the stretch was reached Levoy began to tire and for an instant Honfleur showed his head in front, but Blue Hill was right with him and Briggs Buchanan closi-ing fast back of the pair of them. Then in the last eighth it was Honfleur that tired and in a battling finish Briggs Buchanan came on to win with something to spare, while Blue Hill beat Honfleur three parts of a length for second place. Levoy, after all his pacemaking. quit so badly that he was last, but the real surprise of the race was Bear Grass. His was a disgraceful performance in the light of his previous effort and there was no time in the running that he cut any figure. John S. Wards Malt, under a well judged ride by Steve ODonnell, was winner of the mile for cheap ones that was the fifth offering. Boatman raced to second place and third was the portion of the Belair Studs Sunshot Sunshot was used up considerably racing Dicks Daughter into defeat and Fields did not give him a chance to take a long breath all through the race. Malt on the other hand was reserved behind the pace and when Sunshot went a bit wide in the stretch ODonnell slipped through with his mount to win going away. It was natural that Sunshot should tire from the use that had been made of his speed and at the end lie lost second place to Bowman. W. J. Salmons Primrose was the winner of the closing race of the afternoon, which was for two-year-olds at five-eighths. A. G. Blackelys Stampdale raced to second place while Thundering was third. The winner closed resolutely under pressure, finished fast and held Stampdale safe at the end. The latter finished going gamely.

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