Dixie to Mike Hall: American Record Breaker of Last Year Wins Famous Race, Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-02


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DIXIE TO MIKE HALL 0 American Record Breaker of Last Year Wins Famous Race. 0 Carries Off Pimlicos Inaugural Feature — Scapa Flow Second and Sir Harry Third. PIMLICO, Md., May 1.— Weather conditions were ideal for the opening day and attendance was the largest that ever attended an inaugural here. The lure of the Dixie Handicap attracted a goodly number of New Yorkers who commuted for the occasion, while Philadelphia and Washington were well represented. The track was at its best and as usual it was a program that was worthy of the beginning of the meeting. The hoi ses appeared en the course for the Dixie Handicap to the accompaniment of "Dixie," given over the loud speaker, instead of the strains of a band as has been the previous custom. It wr.s right there that the broadcasting machine lacked just a little of the color of other years when the band paraded on the lawn to introduce the horses with the same stirring music. There was a considerable delay at the post, for which Edith Cavell was chiefly to blame, but the start was a good one. As they left Jock swerved over a bit from his outside position and he interfered slightly with Edith Cavell. Knapsack and Scapa Flow were showing the way past the stand and Strolling Player, racing on the inside, was close at hand, while Jock, under a steady restraint, was racing on the outside and not far from the leaders. On the turn Strolling Player was sent through on the inside and he joined Scapa Flow, both going nicely and under a slight restraint. Jock and Knapsack were close at hand, and the McLean colt was under restraint and in an excellent position. Edisto was in the front division, while boh Mike Hall and his stablemate, Helens Babe, were far back, as was Frederick Johnsons Brown Flash, which followed the others. Scapa Flow raced alongside of Strolling Player in the run down the back stretch, and there Ambrose moved up slightly with Jock. At the same time Buddy Bauer made a threatening move as he was rushed up on the inside, but his threat was of short duration. Before the stretch was reached Scapa Flow had disposed of Strolling Player and he looked all over a winner, but there was a closing up back of him and Jock was forced to go a trifle wide. It was the first call Ambrose had made on the son of Coin, but he was not there and tired under punishment. Sir Harry, on the inside, and Mike Hall, on the outside, were charging along an eighth out, but Scapa Flow still held command and was showing gameness after having forced the pace. Mike Hall was coming with a rush Continued on twentieth page. DIXIE TO MIKE HALL Continued from first page. that would not be denied, and right at the end he was winner by a length. Sea pa Flow was three lengths before Sir Harry, and Brown Flash, closing an immense gap, was a close fourth. Kentucky made a successful invasion of the East with the running of the Dixie Handicap. The Nevada Stock Farm Stajjle horses have dominated the two-year-old races this spring, but it was supposed that when trainer Burch hit the Pimlico meeting he would find the opposition a bit stiffen The stable still kept up its winning streak, however, and in the opening ran Kulaman, a good looking youngster by Whiskaway, which scored a runaway victory, taking into camp a band of fourteen which were supposed to be the best two-year-olds in training at the Hilltop course. Kulaman was ridden by Peternel, dashed to the front when the start came and, setting a fast pace, was never in trouble. At the finish he beat J. E. Griffiths Fair Beth by a head, and then followed Samuel Ross gray filly Shepherdess a length away. There were some good looking youngsters among the fourteen that sported silks. In the paddock Mayor Walker and False Colors attracted the most attention. Both are handsome youngsters and both looked fit. Neither of the pair ran their races, due to a lot of interference and jostling, in which both suffered. Fair Beth, which finished second, is game. She came from behind after making a wide turn into the home stretch to finish with a great rush in the last sixteenth. The Harford Steeplechase furnished many accidents wdien only four of twelve starters completed the course, with Joseph E. Wideners Sanstorm winning. B. Behrs Mas-sillon second. Jefferson Livingstons Kekon Boy third and W. K. Leverings Barb Wire fourth. As the race was run Eider, from Victor Emmanuels Dorwood Stable and topweight of the company, was much the best and would surely have been winner had it not been that he was taken around the inner wing of the last jump. YVarfain, from the Lattington Stable, which was racing second at the time, followed him, attempted to jump the wing and sprawled badly. George Duller had the mount on Eider and it was his first appearance wearing silks in this country. It was unfortunate that both he and Eider were robbed of victory at the last jump. Mrs. George Saportas Gold Coast II. was the first to go amiss when he unseated Murray at the water. Bolauder next lost his rider at the fourth jump. Joseph Davis* Kathleen Crosby was a keen contender when she went down in the front field at the second turn of the course and Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks Madrigal II. fell over her.

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