Chance Play Scores: Wins Toboggan Handicap With Top Weight of 128 Pounds.; Weather Conditions Disagreeable, But Large Crowd Journeys to Belmont Park for Inaugural., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-20


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CHANCE PLAY SCORES Wins Toboggan Handicap With Top Weight of 128 Pounds Weather Conditions Disagreeable DisagreeableBut But Large Crowd Journeys to toBelmont Belmont Park for Inaugural NEW YORK N Y May 19 Chance Play xnaking his first start of the year under the silks of the Arden Farms Stable and ridden by Earl Sande was the star of the opening of the Belmont Park meeting when he was winner of the threequarters mile Toboggan Handicap feature of the inaugural At the end he was a length and a half in front of Robert L Gerrys Sarmaticus winner of the same race last year while five lengths further back was W R Coes Pompey just in front of Cheops an added starter from the Rancocas Stable The prize was worth 58200 to the winner and the threequarters was run in 111 over the Widener Course and a sloppy track trackThe The mile and a sixteenth condition affair run as the fifth race was only a formality for the Rancocas Stables Sweepster He was at no time extended and got home an easy winner from the Rosedale Stables San ford while the other two Marylander and Crossfire were so far back they were being eased up in the stretch to finish in the order named namedThere There was some delay at the post for which Chance Play was largely to blame but the start was a good one with Sarmaticus first to show in front but both Chance Play and Pompey were close after him and right from the start Pompey was under pressure Cheops began fast but he swerved over from the outside position in the early racing as he followed the leaders leadersTAKES TAKES 3TO CHANGES CHANGESSande Sande was content to keep Chance Play alongside of Sarmaticus in the early racing but an eighth from the finish he drew out slightly From there to the finish the result was never in doubt though Sande took no chances and hustled his mount along right to the end Sarmaticus hung on with excel ¬ lent courage but he was the only one to give a semblance of contest in that last eighth for the others were five lengths back Pompey had to be driven to the limit to outstay Cheops for third place placeThe The race was a truly run one and no ex ¬ cuse could be found for any of the starters Chance Play carried top weight of 128 pounds and his effort was one to establish his fame as a remarkable sprinter sprinterConditions Conditions could hardly have been more disagreeable for the opening A cold wind blew over the course and shortly before 2 oclock there came a rainfall that drove mercilessly into the big stands until the seats were drenched But the crowd was out and there was shelter to be found under the big structure even if one had to come out to watch the running of the r ces All of this was a bitter disappointment after all the wonderful arrangements that had been made for the opening The driving rain prevented the first day patrons from thoroughly en ¬ joying all that had been done in the way of beautifying the grounds but there was a hearty appreciation of the comforts that had been provided providedAnd And the weather naturally brought a num ¬ ber of scratches in the card that promised so much The Belmont Park racing strip is one that never becomes deep and holding but the rain left the course slippery and in bad con ¬ dition for strictly fast track horses after superintendent Pels had worked so diligently to bring it to its best condition conditionCUOWI CUOWI SEEKS SHELTER SHELTERSitting Sitting in the stands and looking out on therain soaked and deserted lawns the crowd seemed to be small but when one wont under the stands and the other places of shelter there was an appreciation of the big crowd that had braved all the discomforts for the opening It was surprising when the con ¬ ditions are taken into consideration considerationSamuel Samuel D Riddle had the honor of win up but at the head of the stretch Revolver beat a rather good band of platers over the mile distance In this Monose and Roseate II made the pace with Fine Manners close up but at the head of the stretch Revolver raced around them to come away to a handy victory Fine Manners saved second place and Pop Bell by a belated rush on the inner rail beat the tiring Roseate II for third thirdThe The Brookmeade Stables Fredden Rock which was seasoned by racing at Pimlico was winner of the International Steeplechase Handicap when he led from start to finish of the twomile course to be showing the way to the Greentree Stables Brantome while Bayard Warrens Upal was a distant third The only other starter was Joseph E Widenors Lizard and he went down at the front field Liverpool when he slipped as he landed over the fence Fortunately Dolly IJycrs who had the mount was un ¬ hurt ard was promptly oh his feet The race was worth 3125 to the winner Continued on fourteenth page CHANCE PLAY SCORES Continued from first page Breuning sent Fredden Rock away from the post at a sprinting clip and he vas well clear of his field at the first fence Once out there he held to the command and it seemed that he Avas making too much use of his mount but Fredden Rock jumped fault ¬ lessly and while the Breuning tactics saw him tiring at the end he had enough left to hold Brantome perfectly safe while Upsal Avas so soundly beaten that he was being eased up from the last fence home homeUp Up to the time of his mishap Byers was trailing the three Avith Lizard but the old fellow was galloping easily and he made no mistakes until the fatal slip as he landed over the Liverpool At the time he was mov ¬ ing up on his company and it is possible that he had plenty in reserve reserveUpsal Upsal Avas none too sure at his fences but Brantome Avas racing exceedingly well through the last half mile and OAer a longer course he would have undoubtedly have caught Fredden Rock though it is probable the Brqoknieade Stable fencer Avould have been handled in different fashion oAer a longer distance distanceGroucher Groucher the wellnamed son of Whisk broom II Calamity Janes was Avinner of tho four and a half furlongs of the second race for twoyearolds when lie led home Nassak from the Rancocas Stable with the Greeritree Stables rate a remarkably close third and five lengths before Richard T Wil ¬ sons Sun Fire Avhich led the others othersGroucher Groucher Avhfch Avas left at the post in a previous start was off in motion today but Xassak and Prate Avere also aAvay running as Avas Always the K E Hitt starter Al Avays did not long remain in the first divi ¬ sion but Nassak Groucher and Prate were lapped virtually all through the running Througli runningThrougli the final eighth Fator was hard at Avork on Nassak in an effort to catch Groucher but it Avas of no avail and the Whitney colt Avas still a half length to the good at the end Nassak and Prate were so closely locked that the order in which they finished Avas in doubt until the numbers Avere displayed

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