Nichavo by Nose Margin: Rancocas Color Bearer Beats Ruskin in Sparkling Finish., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-07


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NICHAYO BY NOSE MARGIN I Rancocas Color Bearer Beats J Ruskin in Sparkling Finish. * L. Fators Brilliant Hiding Big Factor in Victory — Overnight Contest at Jamaica a Thriller. , ♦- i NEW YORK. N. Y.. May 6.— It was only : an overnight handicap that featured todays card of the Metropolitan Jockey Club at Jamaica, but it brought about one of the best finishes of the meeting when, in a desperately fought out finish, the Rancocas Stables Nichavo just nosed out the Carlton Stables Ruskin. The race was over the mile and seventy yards distance, and Laverne Fa-tor gave one of his truly brilliant riding exhibitions to have his mount the winner. Conditions were pleasant for the sport, after the rain of the forenoon, and the crowd was surprisingly large for an off day. With the exception of this overnight handicap, the program was a bit ordinary. Just half a dozen went to the post in the feature. Juggler being the only absentee. Copiapo, the outlander, was top weight, under 120 pounds, and Nichavo just a pound less, while Ruskin, which battled it out so gamely, took up 115 pounds. As the barrier arose, Nichavo reared and was last away, but Fa tor wisely permitted him to settle into his stride before he attempted to make up the lost ground. Mary-lander was rushed out into a long early lead, and Ruskin and Copiapo closely followed him, while Nichavo had found his way into fourth place when the back stretch was reached. Through that back stretch run Fator gradually made up ground, with Nichavo moving up on the outside of the leaders until it was apparent that he would be in the argument at the finish. Copiapo was just showing the way to Ruskin, and the English colt was hanging to him stride for stride and racing well. Marylander, by this time, was through and Nichavo, on the outside, was well lapped on him and still moving to the front. PACE TIRES COPIAPO. Copiapo was next to crack under the pace and, as he faltered and dropped back. Ruskin showed in front, but Nichavo had circled around and he was charging along on the outside with a determined rush. But Ruskin was not stopping and Fator sat down to hand ride the son of Lucullite and the colt responded to every call. It looked almost like a hopeless chase, but he drew up stride by stride until at the end Fator fairly lifted his mount to have him drop his nose down the winner. This fight through the last eighth took the first two out three lengths before Copiapo, which, in turn, only beat Marylander a head for third, while Washakie and Easy Money were further back. The third race was another three-quarters dash for maidens, and it brought a victory to Jack Richardsons Oiant. The latter ran a smart sort of a race, Hhen he was home Rancocas Stables Grange, which, in turn, just beat the Belair Stud Stables Sun Hawk for the place, with the Carltons Stables Son o Battle finishing- rather a distant fourth. Oiant carried the race from the start and, I | in the early racing, he was a couple of lengths clear, with Sun Hawk racing along in second place and Son o Battle third, while Grange followed the Man o War three-year-old, and the others were a bit strung out. Swinging out of the back stretch, McCoy was hard at work on Son o Battle in an unavailing attempt to send him to the leaders. Ciant still held to his lead and Sun Hawk was racing well, but was unable to close the gap. Cirange moved into contention at the head of the stretch, but in the run home Giant showed no signs of weakening, to be winner with something in reserve. Cerulean, the four-year-old son of Broomstick, that Max Silvers purchased from L. T. Cooper during the Miami meeting, was winner of the mile and seventy yards of the fifth race, and Luke Cassidy proudly called attention to the fact that it made three of the six races to go to Miami horses. The others were Agaphanthus and Giant. And this fifth race brought another thrilling finish with Laverne Fator on the wrong end of a close decision. He rode Scat, which was rating for the first time under the silks of C. W. Landers, and it was just in the last stride that Cerulean was up to earn the decision. «

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