Bowies Opening Day: Donaghee Easy Winner of the Prince George Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-18


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BOWIES OPENING DAY I , t i Donaghee Easy Winner of the Prince George Handicap. Radio Purse to Dry Moon Bed- well Furnishes Surprise With Batonnier Swinging Wins. BOWIE, lid., Nov. 17. James W. Beans Donaghee was an easy winner of the Prince , George Handicap this afternoon. It was the opening feature of the Bowie meeting and a race over the mile and an eighth distance. The son of The Curragh was so much the best that he simply galloped along in front of the Audley Farm Stables Princess Doreen from end to end, to win under restraint. Princess Doreen did not seem to like the Bowie going, but she easily saved second place from Trince Hamlet, and it was the jumper, Relentless, that was fourth. The race was worth ,420 to the winner. It was overcoat weather fcr the opening of the last of the Maryland meetings, but the day was bright and an immense crowd came from Baltimore and Washington for the occasion. The track was fast, but, as usual, the peculiar footing was a handicap for some of the starters, and that seemed to apply to Trincess Dcreen, for her race was far below what she has shown. The start of the Prince George Handicap was a bit ragged, but Princess Doreen was one that had no excuse on that score, while Plough Boy was so unfortunate as to have no chance when he left the post. McAtee at once went into the lead with Donaghee and when he had him clear of Princess Doreen he rated him along. Chick Lang had the Jones filly under restraint back of the colt, and for the first half mile it appeared that she could close on him at the iirst asking. The pair of them drew out twenty lengths before the others and it was a two-horse contest. SCOKES BY FIVE LEXGT1IS. Then, when Donaghee showed no signs of coming back to her, Lang called on Princess Doreen. It was of no avail, for Donaghee was only loafing along in front and he held to his lead without any effort, to be home an easy winner by five lengths. Princess Doreen beat the fast-linishing Prince Hamlet by two lengths for second place, and Relentless was a distant fourth, with Plough Boy many lengths away, having been virtually left at the post. An evidence of how Donaghee is favored at the Bowie track was had when he ran a mile and an eighth in 1:55, establishing a new track record. The best previous time was 1 :56, made by Crepuscule under 94 pounds in 1017. II. G. Bed well is always much at home over the Bowie course, and he furnished one of the surprises of the day when his Batonnier was home an easy winner in the mile and seventy yards of the fifth race. Edward F. Whitneys Joy Smoke was a close second and H. P. Whitneys Initiate beat A. C. Bostwicks Shuffle Along for third and Wilkes-Barrc was the only other starter. Shuffle Along went right to the front from a good and he was going along well clear, ears pricking in the run through the back stetch. The others were in fairly close order back of him and on the far turn Stevens made his first move with Batonnier. The Cudgel . colt moved up to Shuffle Along, but still the four-year-old was going so easily that the challenge did not appear to be dangerous. small wnrxrxG zharglts". Shuffle Along was still showing the way around the bend and the fact that Stevens had gone to the whip on Batonnier made it appear that he was being held perfectly safe. But Batonnier ran from the whip gamely, and he soon had Shuffle Along straight. Then he was in front and winning easily when suddenly Joy Smoke shot away from the others and closed with a rush that made the Batonnier margin of victory a nose. Shuffle Along collapsed badly in the final stages and fell a victim to Initiate. The first offering was a three-quarters dash for two-year-old maidens and it fell to Mrs L. A. Livingstons Prince of Power, but at the end he was doing his level best to beat J. W. Youngs Cardiff by a nose and it was X. K. Moores Transformer that was third. Prince of Power had forced all the pace and Cardiff was alongside the Livingston colt The pair of them drew out well in the early stages and it was the pace that caused the winner to weaken badly in the final sixteenth where Cardiff was coming again and ho would probably have reversed the order in a few more strides. The companion piece to the Prince George Handicap was the Promenade Purse for two- Continucd on twelfth pace. BOWIES OPENING DAY Continued from first page. year-olds over the three-quarters distance It was a condition race and proved little more than a canter for H. P. Whitneys good filly, Swinging. "Woods Stocktons Finland raced to second place and the Brookmeade Stables Cloudland, racing as an entry with him, took third before "W. M. Jeffords Flagship. Swinging was so much the best that, after going into command at the rise of the barrier, McAtee had only to sit still and permit her to gallop along in that position. Finland was heading the others and both Senor and Flagship were not far away. For an instant it looked as though Flagship would save second place when Finland went a bit wide in the stretch and Cloudland, coming up outside of them, was carried out, but they both outran Flagship when the pinch came in the last eighth. The six and a half furlongs of the Radio Purse brought a New York victory when C. A. Stonehams Dry Moon led home a good band. Reparation was second and Miss Whisk saved third. Heeltaps, Dry Moon, Reparation and Miss Cerina were the ones that cut out the running and they were fairly closely lapped in the run down the back stretch. Indian Trail was away well, but it was evident early that the peculiar Bowie going was not to his liking and before the first turn was reached he had begun to drop back and continued to lose ground until he was far out of contention. Swinging into, the stretch Maiben took Dry Moon well out from the rail, where he found the best going, and he readily held the others safe through the final eighth. Miss Whisk closed some ground resolutely and Reparation, after getting close up at the . stretch turn, tired -badly- right at- the .end though he outran the Whitney filly, Senator Norris finished strongly, and. would doubtless have done better over a long journey. Potentilla was an easy winner over Leisch With Skirmish saving third from Quotation. Potentilla found, his .way through on the first turn and he showed the way through the back stretch, but at the half mile ground Ed "Pendleton moved up to-him and went on by so readily that it appeared Potentilla was well beaten". However, Ed Pendleton did- not last long and Potentily. again regained the lead before the stretch was reached and he drew out until the result was no longer in doubt Leisch as uual was sluggish through the early running and had to close a big j gap to take second place, while Skirmish came from behind to beat Quotation for third. As for Ed Pendleton he quit badly after his flash of early speed at the mile distance.

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