Robert M. Sweitzer Handicap to Flat Iron: Flat Irons Greatest, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-27


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ROBERT M. SWEITZER HANDICAP TO FLAT IRON FLAT IRONS GREATEST Displays Best Form in Taking the Robert M. Sweitzer Handicap. Lowers Track Record in Scoring Before Tremendous Crowd at Washington Park. HOMEWOOD, 111., June 25. The Green Briar Stables Flat Iron continues in his winning way and probably gave the best performance of his career at Washington Park today, when he carried 120 pounds in the Robert M. Sweitzer Handicap, at one mile and an eighth, worth ,490 net to the winner, and took into camp the best that could be mustered in these parts. Not alone did he win with ease but he also reduced the track record by one-fifth of a second, as he ran the distance in 1:52, against a strong wind that blew directly up the stretch. Had he been urged hard in the last quarter it is almost certain that he could have raced much faster and won by a bigger margin than his two lengths margin over Barbara at the end. The fractious George de Mar and Bob Rogers, both extreme outsiders, kept the fieh. of twelve horses at the post for some time, and also kept the starters doing yeoman work in an effort to get them in alignment. When the start came it found the entire band away closely grouped, with Flat Iron off well and instantly rushing into the lead, jpursued closely by Barbara and Jack Alexander. By an odd coincidence, this was the order of the running for the entire distance; excepting that the distance between them at different periods varied. Near the end Jack Alexander was the one to tire and he just succeeded in outstaying Spanish Lay, which had come from far back in the last eighth. " WONDERFUL PROGRAM. Ideal weather, an excellent program probably the best of the meeting were factors in bringing an attendance to the Homewood course this afternoon that rivaled the banr ner throng which witnessed Hydromel triumph in the American Derby last Saturday. The crowd was a representative one and it seemed to extract keen enjoyment from the sport and its attendant incidents. In the Garfield Handicap, which served as the secondary feature, the best sprinters in these parts started and it brought about a stirring contest, terminating in a close finish between Girl Scout and Pigeon Wing II., with Prince Ronald and Sun Altos following closely. Girl Scouts improvement was noticeable under a good ride. Her last effort was a winning one in spite of her failure to get a portion of the purse. The close observers of her last race backed her confidently and she raced to their expectations, staying with the early leaders until reaching the stretch, where she raced into the lead rocket-like and in the last sixteenth, under alert handling, held Pigeon Wing II. safe to win by a neck. Pigeon Wing II. ran a remarkable race. He came from last place and finished with determination. Sun Altos, his stablemate, also raced impressively and would have displaced Prince Ronald in third place in another stride. The disappointments in the race were Rival arid Bulletin, both tiring after half a mile. CHICAGO OWNER WINNER. The second race found J. J. Coughlins La Dentelle the victress after a hard effort to stall off the determined going Domesticated, which just succumbed in a game effort. Coronel finished in third place, with Fair Anita also a strong factor. La Dentelle had shown the most speed in the early stages and had been followed by Seventeen Sixty until reaching the stretch, where Domesticated displaced Seventeen Sixty and fought it out with the winner strenuously to the end. Coronel, coming with a good rush, headed Fair Anita. Seventeen Sixty quit almost to a walk in the last sixteenth. The opener found a good band of platers trying conclusions and it resulted in a close victory for Red Pennant, which just succeeded in getting up to win from Best Friend, with Gossoon just inches away. Geo. Groom was the favored one in the race but the diminutive Jenner was unequal to the task of rousing the sluggishly starting horse into full action in the early stages, resulting in his being completely out of it by the time the stretch was readied. He closed a good gap in the last eighth but was a considerable distance off the leaders at the finish. The fifth race, at a mile, from the chute, Continued on twenty-fourth page. FLAT IRONS GREATEST Continued from first page developed into one of those thrilling finishes which thrills the spectators to a pitch of frenzy. In this race the Coldstream Farm Stables Ledge and the Bloomfield Stables pair, Breisacher and Marshall Ney, figured as the principals in the spirited duel, with Ledge getting up in the last stride to down her rivals. Teh yards from the finish Breisacher was in front, with Ledge in third place and it looked then as if the Bloomfield pair would finish first and second, but R. Jones gave his mount a masterly ride and sent him between the leading pair to gain the verdict in the last stride.- Marshall Ney beat his - stable companion also by a nose for second place. . The sixth race was another hair raiser and culminated in a victory for the outsider Guerdon winning, after coming from far back to overhaul President, with .Nat Evens in third place and Parii Roma and Lord Julian only a short distance back. Pani Roma had been the leader here until the last ten yards, where she was passed by the leading trio. Moses was winner of the final race. He was benefitted by saving much ground in the stretch, whereas Bolivar Bond was raced wide. The latter came like a rocket through the stretch, but had been fully a sixteenth out of it in the early stages. Scotland Forever had raced into a long lead in the first three-quarters, but found tlie distance too far and was tiring at .the end. The former track record was reduced and the new mark set at 2:07 which wiii not endure for long, when some of the better grade horses run this distance. - A .

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