Donaghee Proves Erratic: Delays Start in Laurel Main Race and Then Runs Poorly, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-23


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DONAGHEE PROVES ERRATIC Delays Start in Laurel Main Race and Then Runs Poorly. Sun Flag and Whetstone Finish in Front of Him Osprey Takes the Secondary Attraction. LAUREL, Md., Oct 22. The Albemarle Handicap, at a mile and an eighth, featured the program at Laurel Park this afternoon. It was an overnight race for a ,000 purse. It was marked by the disappointing performance of J. W. Beans Donaghee, which returned here after an impressive victory at Empire City last Saturday. Sun Flag won todays race with Whetstone second and Donaghee third. The latter delayed the start twelve minutes, lunging and refusing to, face the webbing. When the barrier arose the unruly son of The Curragh began well but could not outrun Sun Flag in the race for position at the first turn. Barnes took a steadying hold on the son of Sun Briar and showed the way throughout, while using excellent judgment in the setting of the pace. In the stretch Whetstone reached the heights of a charge that brought her from a bad last to a good second in a field of five, but Barnes saved so much of Sun Flags speed, despite the top impost of 117 pounds, that the Cochran representative won easily by two lengths. Whetstone beat the tiring Donaghee by six lengths for second place. The Grislield brought out a high class field for six furlongs cf endeavor. It was the sixth race on the program. Osprey, which E. Lin-nell trains for John P. Mills, beat the others home. At the end he was two lengths in front of Cherry Pie. The latter finished five lengths in front of Champlain, third in the procession past the judges. Osprey was highly regarded because of his victory last out He ran a different race today. On the occasion of his last appearance he followed the leaders to the stretch and then came around them with a rush that earned the reward in the closing strides. Today he led from fiagfall to finish under the guidance of C. Lang. The 1 :12 hung out represents one of the fastest of the meeting, in view of the fact that the inner rail has been cut deeply by the hoofs of horses competing and working over it for fourteen days. J. H. Sheas Cordelier, the favorite, annexed the opening dash, which was at one mile and seventy yards, for three-year-olds and over, and a claiming condition. It Avas Maibens rating of Cordelier that sa,ved enough of the geldings reserve speed to draw away in the stretch, after it appeared as if he had been beaten by Cimarron. The latter headed Cordelier in the stretch by saving ground at the turn, but Cordelier came again and earned the decision by a half length. Cimmaron tired badly after taking the lead, but had no opposition for second place. A long shot, in Goldmark, landed third place. Continued on sixteenth page. DONAGHEE PROVES ERRATIC Continued from first page. Four of the seven starters in the steeplechase finished in strung-out order. Ethereal Blue was first, twenty lengths in front of Owen Tudor, which beat Saint Savin by the same distance. Fifty lengths back of the first three came Beaux Art, the only one of the other starters that finished. Warren-ton and Fredden Rock bolted inside of the inner wing. Warrenton was brought back and took the jump, but refused the next one. Draft lost his rider at the seventh fence. Ethereal Blue was always in front, under the guidance of J. Tamaro, a maiden rider, and increased her lead as she went jumping cleanly all the way. The Woodlawn Stables Laddie Buck showed the most speed and tired again today as upon the occasion of his last outing, but he did not tire so soon or so completely, for he finished half a length in front of Sweeping Away, a "good thing" from the Xalapa Farm Stable that never had been to the post before. Panic was beaten by a length and a quarter by Sweeping Away after following Laddie Buck closest from the beginning of the first quarter until being passed in the final sixteenth. B. Kennedy donned the silks of the Woodlawn Stable to ride the winner. Laddie Buck led all the way and Kennedy kept him coming long enough to get the verdict. Eddie Barnes rushed A. Brents Turbulent into the lead going to the first turn in the fourth race and kept her there through the mile and seventy yards. With whip cocked Barnes showed the way down the straightaway, maintaining a length advantage to the end. At one time the daughter of Broom-tick was five lengths in front. Sligo followed the winner closest all the way and beat Gray Gables three-quarters of a length for the second portion of the purse. The latter was going fastest of the leaders at the end.

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