Ladkin Brilliantly: August Belmonts Colt Wins Edgemere Handicap in Fast Time, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-21


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LADKIN BRILLIANTLY August Belmonts Colt Wins Edge-mere Handicap in Fast Time. Victory Enhances His Chances in International Special No. 2 to Be Run Next Saturday. AQUEDUCT RACE TRACK, NEW YORK, N. Y., Sept 20. August Belmonts Ladkin by a brilliant victory in the mile and an eighth of the Edgemere Handicap at Aqueduct today, qualified handsomely for his meeting with Pierre Wertheimers Epinard next Saturday. He was an easy winner by five lengths and when he ran the distance in 1 :49 he was just the fraction of the second behind the track record. Consummate ease with which the son of Fair Play won sent his stock soaring for his engagement with Epinard and he will surely be a hard colt to beat The Edgemere was worth ,200 to the winner. There was a decided chill in the breezes that blew in from Jamacia Bay, but a goodly half-holiday crowd was out for what was offered. The sport was first class and the performance of Ladkin made it a great day of racing. It was A. C. Bostwicks consistent Spot Cash that chased Ladkin all the way to tho finish in second place and two lengths back l of him came J. B. Siths King Solomons j Seal. He in turn was well out from E. H. j Garrisons Catalan and the others in the order of the finish were Rialto, Wilderness, Barbary Bush, Cherry Pie and Little Chief. SETS DAZZLING PACE. The start was a good one, but both Cherry Pie and King Solomons Seal were slow to be under way. Kummer shot Ladkin away at a sprinting clip and he raced to the first quarter in :23 to open up a lead of six lengths on his company. He went to tho half in :46 and the three-quarters in 1 :1Q to reach the first mile in 1 :36. It was natural to expect that such a killing pace would take something out of him, but he finished out the mile and an eighth full of run and it was apparent that had he been forced to do so he could readily have lowered the track record. Spot Cash held to second place throughout and through the early stages. Rialto raced alongside of him and three lengths further back Barbary Bush and Wilderness raced side by side. The others were more or less strung out and it was King Solomons Seal that was last. Before the stretch was reached Rialto showed signs of tiring, and, as he faltered slightly, Catalan improved his position and was lapped on Spot Cash in the chase of the Belmont colt Cherry Pie had found his racing legs and was on the heels of the Garrison colt, but Wilderness had dropped back badly, and it was apparent that he would not share in any part of the stakesl Not until well into tho stretch did King Solomons Seal begin to move, but when he did he made up his ground rapidly. But by that time Spot Cash had drawn away from the others, and while he in no way threatened Ladkin, he was holding the others perfectly safe. An eighth from home King Solomons Seal was in third place, and he could come no closer. Ladkin had a margin of victory of five lengths, while Spot Cash was two lengths before the Smith colt Altogether the race run by Ladkin was one of the most sensational of the year, for on the scale he was giving away weight to every starter. BALANCE SHEET GAMELY. George D. Wideners Balance Sheet a chestnut daughter of Hourless and Bellan-coire, proved the best of the two-year-old fillies that met in the opening five-eighths dash, but at the end she was giving up her best to beat home Myrtle Belle, starting under the silks of John E. Madden, and F. R. Hitchcocks Mixture just saved third under a drive, with Sea Tide fourth and Lithuania fifth. The start was a good one and Balance Sheet was first to be under way. Coltiletti hustled her right along and she never surrendered her command. Myrtle Belle was off well enough but she could not find her way through the early stages, but when she found room on the inside she gained fast and was catching the winner through the last sixteenth. It was rather a good band of three-year-olds that started in the three-quarters of the third race under claiming conditions and the Rancocas Stables Finn Lag proved easily best Forcing all the pace he was at no time threatened and at the end he was leading Carlton home while Nautical was a close third. start was a good one and Delmor was first to show after Finn Lag with Cano leading Variation and the others in fairly close order. Then after leaving the bach stretch Finn Lag drew away into a long lead and Carlton took his position back of him, showing the way to Variation and Nautica, Continued on sixteenth page. LADKIN BRILLIANTLY Continued from firstpagc. had moved up slightly but was in rather close quarters. Fator merely rated Finn Lag to have liim -widen his advantage when the stretch was reached and at the end he was four lengths clear of his opponents. Through the last eighth Nautical closed some ground and was catching Carlton at the finish, but the Salmon Gelding lasted to save second place by a length and a half and it was Variation that was fourth and well lapped on Nautical. Boatman, the homely little gelding that races for Sam Louis, was winner of the short course steeplechase over the Green-trees Stables Pirate Gold, while Mrs. Alexander Browns Ruine beat the Dosoris Stables "Vox Populi II., the only other .starter, for the short end of the purse. There was little to the running, for Smoot rat once sent Boatman into a good lead and he was never headed.. He was jumping cleanly and showed an abundance of speed on the flat At the end he was beginning to tire, but his early lead stood him in good stead, and permitted him to be home winner. Pirate Gold was under restraint for a turn of the course, but when called on he .jumped rather badly and tired under a drive through the final quarter. "Vox Populi II. blundered slightly at the first jump and did not have the dash that has characterized most of his races. He was also swerving badly at some of the jumps and tired badly .at the end. Ruine, outrun early, was only third because Vox Populi II. ran such a dull race. He closed some ground when called on "but did not seriously threaten the first two. It was a spirited finish came out of the "last race in which Thomas Welshs Despot was up in the closing strides to beat Harry ;Payne Whitneys Courageous while the Greentree Stables Sancy was third. Cour-.ageous was the one to cut out the early running but raced a trifle green which evidently cost him the purse. Despot finished fast through the stretch and at the end had a :head margin. Sancy from a slow beginning finished fastest of all. A mile and five sixteenths for cheap ones -was the fifth offering and it resulted in rather a handy victory for the Laurel Park Studs Fraternity II. The Salubria Stables ;Rock Pocket took second place and Mrs. J. A. Coburns Maryland Belle beat the Somerset .Stables Bar Gold, the only other starter. Approaching the far turn Bond attempted to go through on the inside with Rock Pocket, only to be blocked when he ran up on the heels of Maryland Belle. Barnes, in the meantime, had Fraternity II. under restraint back of Maryland Belle and it was not until the stretch was reached that he called on his mount. There he easily overtook the mare to go on by and be home the winner. Rock Pocket beat the tiring Maryland Belle and all of Maibens energy and skill could jioi bring Bar Gold close to the .money.

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