Rigel in Reversal: Shows Vast Improvement in Winning Fordham Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-24


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RIGEL IN REVERSAL Shows Vast Improvement In Winning Fordham Stakes. Sleepy Head and Forest Flower In Direct Contrast To Previous Good Form. YONKERS, N. Y., Oct. 23. J. F. Richardsons Rigel, showing vast improvement oyer recent starts, was winner of the Fordham Claiming Stakes at the Yonkers track today. It was over the mile and seventy yards distance and was worth ,210 to the winner. At the end he was showing the way to F. M. Kelleys The Poet, while Marshall Fields Modo beat James Butlers Sleepy Head for third. The race was rather a startling upset of form not only in the victory of Rigel, but the bad showing of Sleepy Head and Richard T. Wilsons Forest Flower. It was a delightful day for the racing and the rise in temperature was grateful to tho big crowd that remained faithful. The track was at its best and there was plenty of contention that came out of the six races. Two that declined the issue in the Fordham were King Albert and High Prince and it left seven to race. Little time was lost at the barrier and the start was a good one. M. Fator at once took Rigel out in the lead and The Poet chased after him, while Sleepy Head was climbing on thand heels of the latter going around the first turn. Forest Flower was in a good position, but she was subjected to some interference from Athelstah. Roseate II. was racing forwardly and Modo brought up the rear. Through the backstretch Rigel drew out until he was three lengths clear of his company and galloping along strongly. Tho Poet was rating along back of him and Roseate II. was in third place. Forest Flower had circled around until she had headed Sleepy Head and Athelstan was also racing a bit wide. RIGEL DRAWS CLEAR. Taking a line through his recent races it was expected that Rigel would tire, but he was in a running mood and never for an in-stant faltering he held to his advantage as he swept around the stretch turn and he was still a couple of lengths clear at the end. Tho Poet readily outfinished the others and was four lengths before Modo, one that had closed a considerable lot of ground to take down that part of the purse. At the head of the stretch Sleepy Head made a bid on the inside, but he did not have the speed that marked his two recent races and while he ran well lapped on Modo he was tiring badly. The others finished in fairly close order with Forest Flower last of tho field. Henry J. Butlers Rosa Yeta was winner of the opening mile and a sixteenth race for cheap ones. To score she beat homo Jefferson Livingstons Humorette and Richard T. Wilsons "Broomfield. Broomfield was the one to cut out all the pace and Rosa Yeta chased after him with Blue Hill and Scare Crow both well placed and going strongly back of these two. Leaving the back stretch Broomfield drew away from Rosa Yeta and he looked all over a winner until well into the stretch. Then, in tho last eighth he tired badly and Rosa Yeta camo again and caught him, while Humorette In turn just failed to catch the Butler filly, only being beaten by a head. Scare Crow raced into fourth place, while Blue Hill was doing his best to finish fifth. He had been forced to go a bit wide, but it was not excuse enough for his poor showing. While at the post Anne was fractious and while lunging about she unseated H. Thomas. Sho did not show anything in the running. HAYWARD TO THE FORE. A short three-quarters claiming handicap for two-year-olds saw Mrs. T. O. Webbers Hayward rather a handy winner from G. C. Winfreys George Demar and Master Billy beat Flying Al for third place. The start was a good one, and Master Billy was just showing tho way to Flying Al as they left tho barrier, but before the first turn was? reached Hayward had raced over the pair of them and gone into a good lead. Once clear of his opponents, Marinelli rated Hayward along and there was no time thereafter that he was really, threatened. Through tho stretch George Demar came around tho others, to finish with a determined rush, while Master Billy was slightly shut off In his final drive, though he out-gamed Flying Al. The others cut no figure in tho race. Though there were only three starters in tho mile and seventy yards of the Keystone Handicap, It resulted in a good finish when tho Greentree Stables Rinkey led home Frederick Housmans Lockerbie by a narrow margin, and R. J. Murphys Thimble I was third. This was a handicap for fillies and mares. No time was lost at the post and Harvey at once went into command with j Rinkey. Marinelli rushed Lockerbie up be- Continucd on sixteenth iiage. ! RIGEL IN REVERSAL . Continued from first page. hind the Greentree filly and when Thimble was outside of her she was pocketed though there were only three in the race. Harvey saved ground on the turn into the back stretch and when Lockerbie finally came clear of Thimble and charged up on the outside, Harvey held to his lead with Rinkey, and there was no change in positions to the end. Going to the stretch turn Thimble closejd some ground, but she dropped too far out of it in the early stages,, and though Rinkey was tiring at the end and bearing out, she was in better condition than Lockerbie and accordingly beat her home. C. A. Stonehams Dry Moon, a receding .choice in the betting, was an easy Avinner of the fifth, which was at three-quarters, for all ages. Joe Marrone III. raced to second place while Bright Steel was third. The winner followed the pace under steady restraint, and drew away when called upon to win, with speed in reserve. "Joe Marrone III. showed high early speed, but tired badiy at the end, while Bright Steel closed a big gap to be third. The Rancocas Stable pair, Watts and Silver Fox, finished first and second in the closing race of the day, while Campfire Tales was third. The winner dominated the running all the way and was not persevered with when Silver Fox closed fast on the outside. Campfire Tales came from a long way back to be third. Edward Arlington claimed- Forest Flower from R. T. Wilson, Jr., for ,000. J. L. Price lost Flying Al to J. L. Donovan for ,500. Jockey L, McAtee was forced to cancel his engagements, due to a slight attack of illness.

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