Great Day Of Racing: Three Big Features Entertain Belmont Park Patrons.; Dice Takes Keene Memorial--Black Maria Wins Ladies Handicap Impressively., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-23


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GREAT DAY OF RACING Three Big Features Entertain Belmont Park Patrons Dice Takes Eeene Memorial Black Maria Wins Ladies Handicap Impressively NEW YORK N Y May 21 It wr day of racing that was furnished for an immense Saturday crowd at Belmont Park but interest in the progress of Captain Lind ¬ bergh in his hop to Paris was about as great as it was in the sport itself judging from the number of inquiries that were made all afternoon for news of the intrepid flyer flyerAnd And it was a day of features when the Wheatley Stables Dice was winner of the Keene Memorial and W R Coes queenly filly Black Maria under a burden of 127 pounds took down the Ladies Handicap Then there was a steeplechase that fell to Thomas Hitchcocks Ravel and the Panama champion Copiapo won a race that might readily have been considered a feature featureThe The Westchester Racing Association was robbed of a big opportunity when the weather was so unseasonable for the opening Thurs ¬ day but there was atonement for the first Saturday Bright sunshine was the order and as a result a tremendously big crowd was out and it was racing that was Avorthy of the monster gathering gatheringOf Of the five that raced in the Ladies Handi ¬ cap which was worth just 3500 to the win ¬ ner it was generously agreed before the running that Black Maria despite her heavy impost was best and that estimate proved correct when the filly led the Rancocas Stables Jumbo by five lengths with Cor ¬ vette from Samuel D Riddes Glen Riddle Farm Stable just half a length further back and Recreation and Bonnie Khayyam follow ¬ ing as named namedFator Fator got Jumbo away fast and taking full advantage of his weight he rushed the filly into a long lead Recreation was in second place and Black Maria was a length and a half further back and galloping along under restraint Horvath was unable to get Corvette into her full stride and she was last of the company companyJumbo Jumbo continued to show the way until into the stretch but by that time she had shaken off Recreation but Black Maria was gradually wearing her down Corvette was making up some ground but it was apparent that she would not catch Jumbo though it was just as apparent that Black Maria had run over the Rancocas filly Continued on twentieth page GREAT DAY OF RACING Continued from first page In the last eighth Black Marin came away until she was winner by five lengths and while it is possible that Corvette might have saved second place under a stronger rider the best Horvath could accomplish was to have her nose at the saddle skirts of Jumbo JumboWhen When Dice was winner of the Keene Me ¬ morial for the Wheatley Stable which is the nom de course of Mrs H C Phipps arid Ogden Mills he added just 7575 to his score and he at once took a new importance among the juveniles of the year His was a gamely foughtout tattle when he held the Rancocas Stables Narnak safe all through the final eighth to win by a head while Harry Payne Whitneys Groucher was five lengths further back and two lengths ahead of Walter J Salmons Stephanus an added starter starterLittle Little time was lost at the barrier and the start was a good one In the early run ¬ ning Mowlee the stablemate of Nassak met with some interference and was crowded back when he did not have speed enough to come clear Nassak and Dice were always in a forward position and until the final eighth was reached Nassak had a slight ad ¬ vantage but Dice proved the gamer and after he had his head in front at the final eighth post he gamely held to that advan ¬ tage to the last stride though he could draw no further away awayGroucher Groucher did not break as promptly as he might have done but he seemed to have clear sailing and while he ran over the others he was never close enough to seri ¬ ously threaten the first two twoThere There were three falls in the Coligny Steeplechase when C V B Cushmans Flight of Time went down at the first fence with W Collins and both R C Winmills Calife and Joseph Wideners Light House came down at the last fence At the time Calife came to grief he was right in the con ¬ tention and he had led to the fence that brought him down Fortunately all the riders escaped serious injury and walked from the field fieldThe The race resulted in a spirited finish in which Thomas Hitchcocks Ravel outgamed the Greentree Stables Greenhorn in a drive from the fence to the finish Fifty lengths beck of the first two the Victory Stables Volunteer saved third from Sandstorm a running mate to Light House from the Wide ner string stringThat That took so much out of him that Calife took to the lead and he continued to show the way until he fell at the last fence At the time he was tiring badly and it was ap ¬ parent that he would have been beaten by both Ravel and Greenhorn even had he kept his feet feetFranklin Franklin waited with Ravel until well into the back field where he moved up but at the time Calife was a halfdozen lengths in front of the others Ferguson also called on Greenhorn and he caught up with the winner The pair then steadily wore Calife down in the last fiveeighths and they were just about on even terms with him when he went down at the last fence fenceRavel Ravel was first over but Franklin had to ride him out furiously to withstand the de ¬ termined challenge of Greenhorn the margin of victory being a scant length Volunteer after his unfortunate stumble at the last jump lost much ground but he recovered quickly enough to save third place and he could have been closer at the end but he was not punished when it was seen that third was the best that could be hoped for by KlenckMarshall Klenck Marshall Fields Nomad wore blinkers and and being far out of the running throughout Laverne Fator seems to understand R Espinosas Panama champion Copiapo thor ¬ oughly and he got him home winner of the onemile Ballot Handicap by a drive in the final quarter Only four started and Copiapo was last of the four until Fator made his move but it was timed to a nicety and at the end the old horse was a langth to the good and going away Jefferson Livingstons Son of John was second and just a neck back of him came Frederick Johnsons Bumpkin while the Log Cabin Stud Stables High Star was beaten off

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