Opening at Blue Bonnets: Record Crowd Turns Out for Inauguration of Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-20


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OPENING AT BLUE BONNETS Becord Crowd Turns Out for Inauguration of Meeting. V Seagram Stable "Wins "Windsor, Hotel Cap Handicap, "With Recently Purchased . Itoi des Montagnes.. MONTREAL, -Que., June 18. As predicted, racing: is in for .a. big boom at Blue Bonnets, due, no doubt, to the big- improvements made in the. plant, looking to the convenience of the public This afternoon a record crowd turned out to witness the sport; The spacious grandstand was filled and the overflow made themselves as comfortable as possible on the lawns. It was an ideal day for outdoor sport and spirited racing was In order. A majority of the finishes were close enough to be exciting and in several the winners were in doubt until the final strides. TThe program was a good one, with the ,000 added Windsor Hotel Cup Handicap as the feature. The Seagram Stable furnished the winner in its recently purchased Roi des Montagnes, which was sporting the silks of the Canadian sportsman for the first time in this race. The victory was a popular one, not only that a Canadian-owned horse won, but also that he was ridden by O. Bourassa, a local lad, who is the main rider for the Seagram establishment Roi des Montagnes had the inside post position and when the start came he left the barrier with a great rush of speed, drawing away into a five-length lead rounding the first turn. He set a dazzling pace and was never headed. At the end he was tiring, but lasted long enough to stall off Punjabs rush, to beat the latter by a length and a quarter. Punjab, although beaten, showed a smart performance. He was in rather close quarters in the first sixteenth and, dropping back to last place, followed the others until well around the far turn, where Richards took him to the outside. . Entering - the home stretch, Punjab lost ground, but at the end he was charging on the winner and, in the final drive, he outlasted Harry Baker and finished a head in front of the latter. UPSET CALCULATIONS. Grey of Dawn, making her initial appearance under colors, upset all calculations and returned one of the largest dividends at this xneeting when she scored brackets in a severe drive to annex the opening race that was exclusively for juveniles. Partake was made a prohibitive choice and she gave a good account of herself after being away slowly to take down the second portion of the purse. Springald, another that received but meagre support, raced into the third position. The second race on the program, confined to. the medium grade of platers, found a field of seven to test their ability over the mile journey and the result of the contest proved to be a mild surprise, when Mohamed Jamal was the one to account for the major portion of the purse. Unionville finished second and Golden Bloom led the others in the field of seven to the finishing mark. After several failures, J. S. Hickeys The Vintner found a field that he could cope with, when he matched strides with six other contestants that strived for honors in the third race, in which he was installed the choice for the mile journey. In a sinew-straining drive he made good for the talent when he flashed by the finishing mark with just a head margin over Watch the Time. Back of the pair and beaten two lengths for second place came Midinette, to beat Teluride a short head for the minor end of the purse. CONTINUES WINNING. The fourth race on the program brought out a good band to race over the five and a half furlongs route. R. A. Johnsons Long Point continued on his winning way, when he duplicated his previous effort to score without being urged, winning by a length and a half from Rock Thorn. Ensign had very little trouble in saving the short end of the purse from Hobcaw, which, with the winner, was heavily backed. Long Point was away from the barrier fast and, racing with Rock Thorn for the first three-eighths, took the lead rounding the far turn and kept to his task in game fashion, to draw away in the stretch. Eight platers of cheap caliber started in the mile and an eighth sixth race. Another upset occurred when Compass, sadly neglected in the wagering, started out to make a runaway affair of the contest by sprinting into a long lead directly after the start and, in the early racing, enjoyed a five-length advantage. However, in the final stages he began tiring and at the end was under a drive to lead Sporting Editor to the finish by a length, while six lengths further back. Bright Idea saved the show portion. In his previous race Compass showed very little of the speed he displayed in his winning effort of today and it was a suddenly improved effort Among the distinguished visitors were: George ONeill of the United Hotels Corporation, David Nicholson, Joseph Murphy and William McLean, well-known to all of the old-timers, and J. J. McCambridge, a prominent New Yorker, owner of several horses in the J. P. Smith stable. 1

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