Big Day at Latonia: Large Attendance despite Rain and Muddy Track, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-20


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BIG DAY AT LATONIA Large Attendance Despite Rain and Muddy Track. Happy Time Scores in Harold Stakes Single Foot Takes Enquirer Handicap. . LATONIA, Ky., June 18. Over a muddy track and with showery weather Latonia today offered before a surprisingly large crowd of enthusiasts the renewals of the Harold Stakes, for two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Enquirer Handicap, for three-year-olds and upward. The former, which was having its forty-fifth annual running, and carried a winning value of ,780, resulted in a popular victory for Happy Time, from the Island Farm of L. T. Cooper. This unbeaten one defeated E. B. McLeans Toro by a length at the end of the five and one-half furlongs,, which the winner traversed in 1:09. Al Fergusons Kentucky Ace finished in third place, with six others starting. Happy Time was ridden by Willie Garner, whose brilliant work was a feature. The seventh running of the Enquirer Handicap developed an easy victory for Single Foot, which led the full one mile and one-sixteenth and appeared to have much in reserve as he led home Percentage, with Cotlogomor in third place, eight lengths further back. Single Foot completed his engagement with one and one-half lengths to spare over Percentage, a margin which he held from the first quarter without a display of his best speed at any juncture. It was Single. Foots race throughout and, while Percentage was able to keep within a short distance of the leader, he was driving hard almost the entire final quarter, during which he and the winner bore out as a result of Single Foots making a wide swing at the stretch turn. M. Garner rode the winner. Cotlogomor, after getting away poorly, was forced to close a big distance of ground to finish in third place, and his fine rush at the end overshadowed those of any of the other participants. The race had a net value of ,400 and E. B. McLean, the prominent Washington and Cincinnati publisher, provided an additional award in a beautiful silver flower tray, which was presented by Mayor Daniel A. ODono-van of Covington to Harry Rites, trainer of the winner, who accepted the gift for Mr. Griffith, who was not present to witness the success of his fine horse. Second, third and fourth money, in both stakes, was alike, second amounting to 00 ; third, 00 and the four horses saved entrance and starting fees for their owners. Weather and track conditions could not Continued on twenty-fourth page. BIG DAY AT LATONIA Continued from first page have been more unsuited for the presentation of the brilliant original program, and the coming out of an attendance up to the track standard for such an important afternoons racing. Almost continuous rain for several hours preceding the opening of the program did most to reduce the attendance, as there was a strong possibility of favorable overhead conditions during the early morning, when the skies cleared slightly following the almost uninterrupted all night downpour. It was the third consecutive Saturday of the meeting that disagreeable track conditions prevailed and, by a wide margin, the worst afteroon during the meeting. The Harold Stakes came through with a big majority of the overnight entries going to the post, but the Enquirer Handicaps original field was reduced by twelve when only eight out of the twenty paraded to the post. There were four withdrawals from the Harold Stakes overnight field of thirteen. The opening race, at three-quarters, was held in a driving rainstorm, but was productive of a close finish in which Royal Omar, which had raced from far back, dropped his head in front of Red Grange to be the winner. The latter had raced in the lead from the start and, while he made a game finish, the winners rush was just a bit too much for him to withstand. Only a short distance further back, Capistrano accounted for third, after having been a forward factor throughout H. P. Whitney provided the winner of the daily race for maiden juveniles in his Queens-ton, on which W. Garner had the mount Queenston was away slowly, but moved up fast on the stretch turn, where he saved much ground and, after getting into the lead at the top of the stretch, drew away steadily, winning by six lengths from Hengist, with Wellet in third place. Colonel Trick bolted almost to the outside fence at the stretch turn. He was in second place when he started to run out Flying Cloud found the going to his liking, and his five opponents were unequal to the task of giving him much of an argument over the one mile and a sixteenth route of the third race, with the result that the Meehan Bros. representative scored a handy victory. He was followed by Broadaxe, which set most of the pace, while Alloy led the others to be third. Mose Goldblatt, who saddled Queenston, furnished his second winner of the afternoon, when Good Shepherd, racing in the Cincinnati turfmans colors, triumphed in the third race over seven-eighths. The winner ran the three-quarters in 1:14, to finish a neck in front of Acirema, which gave him a head-and-head battle for the entire distance. The mentioned pair did their racing far in advance of the others, of which Fair Star proved good enough to beat the unfortunate Scimitar for third place. The latter was racing forwardly approaching the stretch turn, where W. Lauscher, his rider, in some way lost his footing in the right stirrup. The youngster eased up his mount and, taking a dangerous chance, returned his foot to the stirrup, but not soon enough save any possible chance for his mount to figure in the result Happy Time raced coupled with Charley J. S. and Gold Handle, also from the Island Farm Stable, and the success of the entry proved immensely popular, as it prevailed as the public choice. In the first stride Happy Time made his way into the lead and, after showing the way to the eighth post began to bear out as Toro menaced his place and, while the latter suffered by the winners swerving, he faltered so badly in the last fifty yards that there was scant room to doubt the winners superiority. Toro, only a head away from the lead when an eighth out, failed to reach the front, but easily held Kentucky Ace safe for second place, the latter finishing six lengths behind the McLean colt and a length in advance of Charley J. S. For the first three-eighths Charley J. S. raced only a short distance back of his successful stable companion, but when approaching the stretch turn he bore out badly and both Toro and Kentucky Ace raced through on the Inside.

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