Shasta Lad Scores At Long Odds: Unexpectedly Carries Off Collinsville Handicap, Chief Offering of Fairmount Parks Inaugural Card---Attendance Records of Opening Day Shattered, Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-28


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SHASTA LAD SCORES AT LONG ODDS » , Unexpectedly Carries Off Collinsville Handicap, Chief Offering of Fairmount Parks Inaugural Card— Attendance Records of Opening Day Shattered » COLLINSVILLE, 111., May 26.— Shasta Lad, carrying the colors of B. Haughton, was successful in the Collinsville Handicap, which featured Fairmount Parks opening program this afternoon. McTinkle finished in second place and Broadside was third, beating Witchmount for that position. The stake was worth ,170 net to the winner. Shasta Lad was one of the extreme outsiders and his vistory was unexpected. Probably a different result might have ensued but for Edward B. McLeans Algol bolting clear across the track when approaching the stretch turn. It impeded several of his closest pursuers as well as destroying his winning chance. • Algol was favored over the eleven starters which comprised the field and he promptly moved into the lead when the start came and was in advance by a short distance when he bolted. His elimination gave the lead to McTinkle, which had followed Algol the closest. At the sixteenth post it looked as if the Coyle representative would earn the main part of the purse, but Shasta Lad, coming with a big rush, was up in the last ten yards to win by a neck. Broadside also came fast after he had been impeded by Algol and he finished fast to wear down Witchmount, which had escaped the stretch turn interference by staying close to the inner rail. Another disappointment in the race was Dinner Dance, which finished far back. Mazetta acted unruly at the barrier and wheeled when the start was effected. Citizens of Collinsville, for which city the race was named, gave the owner a silver set ; the jockey and trainer each received a gold watch, and the horse was remembered with a huge floral decoration and a blanket. The presentations were made by Mayor W. F. Niehaus. All attendance records for Fairmount Park track on opening day were surpassed this afternoon, when a crowd far in excess of what was expected taxed the spacious plant to capacity. Persons prominent in social, industrial, financial and mercantile circles were abundantly in evidence. The club house was a reminder of Derby Day and it was difficult to move around in comfort. Betting activity surpassed former big days, excepting Derby Days. The auspicious beginning was highly gratifying to director general M. J. Winn and general manager C. Bruce Head. Maiden two-year-olds inaugurated the racing and eight of the mediocre variety started over four and a half furlongs. The race resulted in victory for Tanglefoot, on which W. Lauscher had the mount. He wore down Georgia Herget and Oceanid in the last twenty yards to gain a neck decision. Georgia Herget was a email margin in advance of Oceanid. The public made Virginia Flynn the favorite, but any chance she might have had was destroyed as a result of the incompetency of her rider, who allowed her to swerve repeatedly and he finally . eased her up in the last sixteenth. Focus carried R. Brownleys colors to a victory in the second race, in which ten other Continued on twenty-fourth page. SHASTA UD WINNER Continued from first page. rather ordinary ones started. The race was started from the Waite gate installed at the three-quarters point. Half of the field consisted of bad actors ar.d they indulged in their bad behavior for a considerable period before they would even move into their respective stalls. Master Sweep would not remain in his position in the stall and was dispatched outside of the gate. He had a big advantage when the start came, but Body Guard and Focus joined him in pacemaking and, in the stretch, both passed him. Focus won handily and Body Guard landed in second place. Last Cent and Blaze were others that failed to get away properly. The start in the third race, also from the gate, at three-quarters, found the field on even terms at the start and Post Mistress, Whizzing Cloud and Euclid moved promptly into the lead and dominated the race for the entire distance. Whizzing Cloud succeeded in getting home by a matter of inches in advance of Euclid. The latter was the favorite one and but for being raced wide at the stretch turn he would have won. He passed Whizzing Cloud one stride beyond the finish. The locally owned Chief Sabattus furnished one of the afternoons surprises by winning in easy style from some well regarded platers that raced at a mile and a sixteenth in the fourth race. The Nugent Brothers representative was always a strong factor and after giving way to Scotland Forever in the early running, regained the lead in the stretch and won well in hand. Scotland Forever landed in second place, b?fore Torcher. The latter was far out of it in the early stages and had to overcome interference, but he finished stoutly. The inexperienced Mumm, on Lady Stone, had her in trouble for most of the way and she was always far back. Divot was the first favo: ite to score. He was a handy winner from Queer, with Salutation in third place. Salutation had been the leader from the start, but began tiring in the last sixteenth. There was considerable betting attention for Colonel Seth and Southern Kiss, but they never figured seriously and finished far out of it

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