United Verde First: Downs Graeme in Last Stride of Versailles Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-15


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UNITED VERDE FIRST Downs Graeme in Last Stride of Versailles Handicap. Scores After Game and Sparkling Contest in Principal Race of Lexingtons Friday Card. t LEXINGTON", Ky., Nov. 14. Spirited sport was witnessed by another large attendance at the Kentucky Association this afternoon. Tho ,rain that came at an early hour dampened the racing ground considerably and slowed the course to a certain extent, but it in no wise affected the racing. It continued during the afternoon, but occasionally the sun broke through and shed warmth over tho plant. The principal race was the Versailles Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth, and it brought to the post four well matched ones and also served as the medium for diversified play of considerable volume. The winner turned- up in the veteran, United Verde, which performed particularly gamely to get up in the last stride after a hard drive to down Graeme. The latter, under hustling riding, showed improved form and went into the lead immediately after the start, with United Verde closest in attendance and Dare Say and Hopeless in their wake. Hopeless was racing under hard restraint, but Dare Say was giving her best and she proved inadequate and was done Avhen the real test came. Graeme seemed well along to victory in the last eighth, though he was being urged, but United Verde refused to give way and in the hard battle that followed United Verde got up in the last stride. Hopeless was a short margin back of the pair. CHICAGO "WINS. The sport began with a victory for tho Chicago-owned Sequel, which, under good riding, was up to win by a short margin over Meddling Mattie, a winner in her former start here. Tho pair indulged in a spirited duel during the last sixteenth, with Sequel proving the gamer in the final strides. Spanish Rose, accorded considerable attention, finished in third place. Another Chicago-owned one, "Will "Wells, came near duplicating Sequels feat, missing the victory in the second race by a matter of inches when Fire On beat him home. Eight maidens were engaged in this race over the Futurity Course and the field raced in compact style until the last sixteenth, where the leading contenders drew out from the others to fight it out and Fire On just outstaying "Will Wells. Spandor finished third. There was much activity about Amir in a betting way and he- gave considerable promise by moving into the lead and showing the way until reaching the stretch. From there on he faded as a result of his exhaustive effort in racing up the hill at top speed from a slow beginning. OUR OPTION TO FORE. Our Option performed in her best style in tho third race and she was aided to victory by Hay, her jockey cutting across in front of tho others at the first turn, causing a bad jam and giving her a good lead. She held on determinedly when challenged and had littlo difficulty staying in advance of the poorly ridden Escarpolette. The latter was all over the track in addition to suffering interference at the first turn. Delectable, tho favorite, was a sufferer from the crowding at the first turn and she came determinedly in the stretch to finish in third place. Hats Up, a former winner of the meeting, made good again in the fourth race and won well in hand from Statler, with Dusty Mary following. Hats Up had to be best to win, for ho was away slowly and had to work his way to the front steadily, but he mowed down Statler in the last eighth to win going away. Muldraugh was the disappointment here. He began fast but retired in the first few strides and brought up far in back of the others. Tho Applegate colors threatened for a while to make it a double for the afternoon when My Destiny set out boldly to lead the others in the sixth race, but her reign in command was brief, Mary Johnston, the favorite, wearing her down and once the latter was in advance, she held to her task determinedly and finished in the van of My Destiny, "White Wings leading home the others in third place. The concluding race brought eleven ordinary ones to the post to race a mile and seventy yards. Snow Maiden was a pronounced favorite and, racing in her best form, she never left the result seriously in doubt 1 Beginning fast, she raced under restraint for a half mile and, wearing down Lee En-j field at this stage, won thereafter with much in reserve from Miles S. and Asa Jewell.

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