Hydromel American Derby Winner: Carries J. N. Camdens Popular Colors to Gloriously Achieved Triumph, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-20


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HYDROMEL AMERICAN DERBY WINNER . Carries J. N. Camdens Popular Colors to Gloriously Achieved Triumph ; . . I Handy Mandy and Buddy Bauer Second and Third Respectively Whiskery Badly Beaten Remarkably Fast Race HOMEWOOD, 111., June 18. Johnson N. Camdens Hydromel, son of Light Brigade Honeydew, was triumphant in the American Derby, decided at "Washington Park today and, in addition to contributing 2,750 to his owners stable coffers, gained distinction for himself by the handy manner in which he defeated the four rivals that tried, conclusions with him. Hydromel registered his success in the most approved fashion and it left doubt whether he alone was the only one of the field that favored the mile and a half distance. Harry Payne Whitneys Whiskery, winner of the Kentucky Derby, was the sad disappointment. He was an outstanding favorite and raced with the leaders for a mile and a quarter but, when asked the question in serious style, he was found badly wanting, and finished a badly defeated and hard-punished last. The time of the race was hung out as 2:29, which established a track record, but the timer probably erred, for private time showed 2:32. Boot to Boot raced the mile and a half last year in the fast time of 2 :30y5. The new layer of dirt has slowed the course materially since that running. Five of the eight originally entered over- . night, faced the starter, the absentees being Bob Rogers, Aregal and Black on White. Whiskery was a pronounced favorite, with Hydromel, Buddy Bauer, Dolan next in order, and Handy Mandy the outsider. BUDDY BAUER SETS PACE. Alfred Johnson, immediately after the start, took the Bradley representative, Buddy Bauer, into the lead, intending to duplicate his success with Boot to Boot and he flattered considerably when the colt raced under restraint, commandingly in advance of Whiskery, and Hydromel following, with Dolan and Handy Mandy a considerable distance away. There was no material change in the leadership, excepting that Hydromel and Whiskery alternated in second place, until just after the mile and an eighth had been covered. At this stage McDermott, on Hydromel, sent him into the lead. Ellis, on Whiskery, tried to keep pace, but in this he was thwarted and the big following of the Whitney colorbearers grew alarmed when Ellis began applying the whip to Whiskery. The colt, however, was all in and he steadily dropped back to ultimately finish last. After rounding into the stretch McDermott took a restraining hold on Hydromel and the colt had the race safe at all stages of the final quarter. Buddy Bauer struggled on gamely and sought to wear down the flying leader, but in this he showed failure, and a new menace developed in the last sixteenth, when the lightly weighted Handy Mandy began coming with determination and was successful in the closing strides to wear down Buddy Bauer, to land second place by a head and earn ,000 as her portion of the prize. Buddy Bauer received ,500 for being third and Dolan, which finished fourth, took down 00. VICTORY POPULAR. The victory was immensely popular, judging by the prolonged cheering that greeted the colt and rider on their return to the judges stand. Memories of the halycon Derby days at the old Washington Park were refreshed at tho new Washington Park today when the second running of the revived American Derby had its decision. True, the occasion was minus its tally-hos and gladsome occupants and its red coated postillions sounding fans fares ; there were no smart turn outs drawn by gala bedecked liveried horses ; the numerous crowds in the infield were missing, but what It lacked in color and size the crowd made up in enthusiasm. Summing the occasion concisely, it was highly satisfactory in all respects. Wealth and fashion mingled in the clubhouse and enjoyed itself in the fullest The sport derived benefit as a result and the possibility of restoring American Derby Day Its former glory was made manifest. As the years progress, the Derby will gain momentum and Its possible transfer to Lincoln Fields will give It the social caste it enjoyed when the old Washington Park was the daily rendezvous of the elite in Chicago. The crowds began arriving at an early hour, bent on securing vantage places. The Continued on twenty-fourth page. AMERICAN DERBY WINNER Continued from first page huge grandstand, with its capacity of over 10,000, readily accommodated the early comers and the late arrivals found the greatest outpouring at the Homewood track since the inauguration of racing there. The opener, in which ten started, found H. G. Bedwells La Morte showing a sudden improved performance and he led for the entire distance to beat President by a short margin, with Chaff in third place and only a slight distance off from the leading pair. The winner had to race in his best form to gain the victory for President was pressing him hard at the finish and he would have reversed the decision with him in a few strides more. Chink had the call in the race and he raced prominently for half a mile, when he suddenly bolted at the stretch turn and it eliminated him completely. The second race furnished another beaten favorite when Hawk Eye, after apparently having the race won, bolted at the stretch turn and it enabled Dixie Smith to come away to a handy victory, Kinsley finishing in third place. The race was at a mile and a quarter, the first of this kind during the present meeting and six platers accepted. Bosh showed the most early speed, but Hawk Eye wore him down readily when hard urged and probably would have been the winner but for bolting at the stretch turn. The race was run in 2:09, which marked a new track record. Smiling Gus previously having established one of 2 :10 over a slow track. The third favorite failed when Rival succumbed in the Hyde Park Handicap, which brought out a good band. The winner turned up in H. G. Bedwells Bulletin, which, taking an early lead, held on long enough to outstay the favorite. Rival finished gamely but was short by half a length of downing the leader. Scotland raced well and accounted for third place. Bad actors in this race kept the field al the barrier for ten minutes before the starter could effect a good start Yeddo, daughter of Man o War, proved that her victory in the Illinois Oaks, in which she vanquished Mary Jone, was no fluke when she accounted for the Oakwood Handicap, at one mile, beating home some of the best that could be mustered here. She won by half a length from Flagstaff, Iron Mask II. finishing in third place. Yeddo followed the fast pace maintained by Cudgel-ler for three-quarters, passed him on call, and held Flagstaff safe in the final drive. Iron Mask II. came from far back to overhaul the others. St Valentine raced a fast mile to gain the victory in the sixth race that brought out some of the better grade platers at the track. He led for the entire distance and had a good margin over David L. at the end. David L. succeeded in taking second place by a rush through the stretch after he had saved much ground. Smiling Gus was benefited by the absence from the saddle of S. Cooper, L. Hardy having the mount

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