Bonnie Omar Again: Maryland-Bred Colt Wins 0,000 Thanksgiving Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-28


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BONNIE OMAR AGAIN Maryland-Bred Colt Wins 0,000 Thanksgiving Handicap. Hangs Up New Track Record in Taking- Rich Prize Before One of Bowies Largest Crowds. BOWIE, Md., Nov. 27. There was a. real Maryland victory came out of the running of the Thanksgiving Handicap this afternoon, when B. Reuges lightly weighted Bonnie Omar, in a rattling finish easily led the big band of starters home. This three-year-old son of Omar Khayyam and Bonnie Mary was bred by William Woodward at his Belair Stud, not far from the Bowie course. At the end of the mile and three-sixteenths the colt was winner by four lengths, followed by the Joaquin Stables Plough Boy, which in turn just beat H. P. Whitneys Initiate for second place, while the Lilano Stables Sunsini was a fast running fourth. The race was worth ,310 to the winner. Never was there a greater crowd out at the Bowie course. The skies were overcast all afternoon, but the track was at its best and when Bonnie Omar hung out a mark of 2:02 for the distance he established a new track record. Both Washington and Baltimore sent tremendous holiday crowds to the course, while many New Yorkers were oh hand for the occasion. After Fraternity II., Senator Norris and Setting Sun were withdrawn from the big handicap there were eleven left to race and starter Milton had no end of trouble in lining the horses up, owing to the unruly action of Donaghee principally. The start was a good one and Plough Boy was first to show out of the company. Bonnie Omar was right after him and Donaghee and Reparation were close at hand, with the others well bunched and Prince Hamlet, as was to be expected, bringing up the rear. WEIGHT BOTHERS DONAGHEE. Both Plough Boy and Bonnie Omar were under a steadying restraint, and Spot Cash quickly joined them. Through the back stretch Spot Cash had moved into second place, but Bonnie Omar was right there and racing so well that it was evident that he would have to be reckoned with before the end of the journey. Donaghee was racing alongside of Reparation and it was evident that he did not relish the 117 pounds he had been required to shoulder. He was on the outside of the Davis gelding and utterly unable to better his position. Both Initiate and Sunsini were outrun through the early stages and they were far back. Of the leaders. Spot Cash was first to tire. As he faltered Stevens moved up with Bonnie Omar and he quickly went into the lead. Once in command he was taken under restraint and from that instant the result was no longer in doubt. Plough Boy was coming again and when Initiate made a good turn into the stretch she moved into contention. Stevens swung out well from the inside rail in the run home, but his mount had much in reserve, and any course would have done as well for the son of Omar Khayyam was home winner by four lengths. It was a thrilling light among the next three for second place, when Plough Boy just lasted to nose out Initiate and Sunsini was closely lapped on the Whitney filly. Spot Cash was fifth and the others followed in strung out order. FIRST RACE TO JOELLA J. Thirteen cheap ones made up the field for the opening six and a half furlong dash, and Joella J., from the Victoria Stable, and sold as a field horse in the mutuels, proved ivinner over R. W. Carters Captain Costigan, with Sam Louis Wild Goose beating home Mrs. A. Alexandras Sweepstakes. Peter Piper was the one to cut out the pace, but he was all through after making the turn for" home, and there was a general closing . up, with Joella J. coming away to be the winner. Captain Costigan, after having raced forwardly, tired right at the end, while Wild Goose finished well. But one of the unlucky ones of the field was Sweepstakes. This one was crowded back right after the start and forced to go wide. He saved ground on the stretch turn and closed a big gap to be fourth. Elemental, at one time rated as a particular brilliant prospect, was winner of the second six and a half furlong dash. It was another cheap field, and the son of Ultimus was so much the best that he took the lead at the rise of the barrier and never left the result in doubt. It was Mrs. J. T. Donahues Admirer that raced to second place, after a miserably weak ride by J. McTague, and with better riding he would undoubtedly havo turned the tables on the winner. Despair, coupled with the winner, after racing forwardly all the way, saved third from Sextant The third of the six and a half furlong dashes brought out the best field of sprint- IContinued on thirteenth pase. BONNIE OMAR AGAIN Continued from first page. crs that performed during the day, and it also brought about the best contest when G. Rabins tAVO-year-old filly, Edinburgh was winner from J. F. Richardsons Tester, Avith AAr. Laws Bigheart third, by a narrow margin oer C. A. Stonehams Dry Moon. Back of them were Abu Ben Ahdem, Ballot Brush and Pepp. Tester, showing a return to good form, . was the one to cut out the pace, and Big-heart followed him closely and Edinburgh was not far away. Dry Moon and Pepp were slow to be under way and they were followed through the back stretch. It was not until after turning for home that Tester showed signs of weakening there. As he tired in the last furlong both Edinburgh and Bigheart closed resolutely, while Dry Moon also improAed his position. Pepp, by this time, had dropped back to last and it was apparent that he would be no better at the end. In the last gruelling yards of the race the two-year-old proved best and he earned the decision in the last stride, while Tester lasted long enough to save second place. Though there were only four s.arters in the mile and seAenty yards of the fifth race, it was marked by disgraceful rough riding with Harry Payne Whitneys Miss Whisk tho sufferer and II. G. Bedwells Senator Norris and AAr. J. Howards Maclean the offenders. This rough riding brought about the defeat of the filly by Senator Norris, while she beat Maclean for second place. The other starter was Pathan and he was outrun all the Avay. It Avas unfortunate for Miss Whisk that she had the inside post position and Senator Norris Avas alongside. The filly and the Bed-well colt went to the first turn well lapped when Fields came over with Senator Norris and Hudgins Avas forced to take the filly back. Down the back stretch L. Lang rushed Maclean up on the outside until the AVhitney filly was in a close pocket. Then when Hudgins attempted to moAe she was knocked back by Maclean and her last chance for victory was gone. After all the mishaps Senator Norris and Maclean, Avell lapped, drew out well from Miss AVhisk, but Hudgins held to his rail position and through the stretch the filly waa gaining gallantly, but she could not offset the rough journey she had been forced to take all through the race, with the result that Senator Norris Avas home an easy winner by five lengths. Mrs. AV Rosens Potentilla proved best of the platers that Avere brought together in the mile and a sixteenth of the sixtli race. He was ne-er far from the pace and outgamed Intrepid and Mary Agnes in the run through the stretch, though doing his best at the end. Triumph, Mary Agnes and Hyperion all cut some figure in the running but the last named was forced to go wide most of the way and he tired badly when called on. Gray Gables was another that raced forwardly throughout and lie was the one to finish fourth. .

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