Sensational Contest: Jack Alexander Defeats Florence Mills in Thrilling Drive.; Exposition Park Taxed to Capacity by Large Memorial Day Crowd--Myrtle Belle in Front., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-31


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SENSATIONAL CONTEST Jack Alexander Defeats Florence Mills in Thrilling Drive Exposition Park Taxed to Capacity Capacityby by Large Memorial Day Crowd Myrtle Belle in Front AURORA 111 May 30 Before a Memor ¬ ial Day crowd numbering close to 25000 en ¬ thusiastic followers of the sport H C Mc Connells Jack Alexander further distinguish ¬ ed himself among the handicap division by virtue of his victory in the 3000 Decora ¬ tion Day Handicap feature attraction offered by the Exposition Park Jockey Club at the popular Fox River Valley course this after ¬ noon noonAt At the end of the closelyfought feature a hectic finish resulted with the confidently backed favorite Jack Alexander winner by a length from O Viaus Florence Mills after a furious drive in the final eighth of the stretch Florence Mills was the leader to the last eighth where Jack Alexander after passing the others challenged the filly and won under the energetic riding of jockey A Pendergrass PendergrassFlorence Florence Mills gave her best endeavored to hold her advantage and tried vainly to stall off the final rush of the winner but she was forced to bow in defeat to the chal ¬ lenger in the final seventy yards when he caught and passed her Florence Mills held on determinedly and outstayed The Wild Rose Farms George De Mar for the place money moneyGeorge George De Mar coupled in the betting with Aregal cut a considerable figure in the race and gave an impressive performance finish ¬ ing in a manner to suggest that had the race been at a longer distance he would probably have proved a dangerous factor factorHis His performance was the more remark ¬ able taking into consideration the fact that George De Mar was shipped here from Louis ¬ ville over the weekend he having taken part in a long race at Churchill Downs on Sat ¬ urday last George De Mar landed in the third place three lengths in advance of Magic Wand the latter tiring fast at the finish and taking fourth place after having been a forward factor in the early stages stagesArabian Arabian Paula Shay Aregal and Balboa were in the rear and completed the field in the handicap which was staged at one and oneeighth miles Balboas showing was both a distinct surprise and a great disap ¬ pointment the son of Ballot showing poor speed and finishing many lengths behind the leaders leadersIdeal Ideal weather prevailed for the sport and Continued on twentieth page SENSATIONAL CONTEST Continued from first pace an excellent program provided for the oc ¬ casion satisfied the large holiday crowd in quest of entertainment and excitement excitementThe The introductory dash at the course brought to the post a large field of fairly good platers and resulted in an upset when Whats the Time was returned an easy win ¬ ner at bountiful odds Whats the Time given a hustling ride by the veteran jockey W Taylor displayed the most speed at all stages and won from his opponents all the way Ann Grogan annexed second place verdict after racing High Joy into defeat entering the stretch while Play Hour finished with good speed and outfinished the remainder for third High Joy one of the choices was done in the stretch after having shown early speed in the first half Who Knows Me was the disappointing favorite here hereMy My Valet ridden by jockey J Dillea ac ¬ counted for the threequarters dash which was second on the program in which another limit field of fair sprinters were entered Clem Theisen raced to second place while Topango just lasted to save third Tamale Dick flattered with a burst of early speed and was in the lead in the first quarter mile Topango and Clem Theisen raced in closest pursuit with Col Toka and My Valet also close up My Valet was under restraint and saving ground on the inside Clem Theisen moved around the outside into the lead when Tamale Dick was done entering the stretch and drew into the lead an eighth out Topango continued to hold on well and so did Col Toka My Valet was taken to the outside of the leaders and when released from restraint soon over ¬ hauled them and waj up at the end to win drawing clear clearW W R Padgetts Myrtle Belle racing in her best form atoned for her Vecent poor show ¬ ings when she took the measure of some good sprinters in the five and a half fur ¬ longs dash which came fourth on the pro ¬ gram Quin Chin well backed raced into second place at the end getting up in the final strides to head Boomerang Boomerang finished third The early pace was set by Boomerang which led until well into the home stretch Myrtle Belle followed Boomer ¬ ang closely all the way and challenging in ¬ side the last eighth overtook him and easily won going away by a three lengths margin

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