Feature Race Thrills: Spanish Play and Pittsburgher Stage Spectacular Stretch Duel, Daily Racing Form, 1931-06-12


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— 3 FEATURE RACE THRILLS ] I ■ Spanish Play and Pittsburgher Stage Spectacular Stretch Duel. . I Itnebelkamp and Morris Colt Outstays Son of In Memoriam by a Head — Knights Call Third ♦ HOMEWOOD, 111., June 11.— Spanish Play £ andnd Pittsburgher, considered two of the fore- f most contenders for the American Derby, t staged as thrilling a battle as one would t care to witness when they met in the Chi- cago Retail Coal Merchants Purse, feature : Park today. After race at Washington fighting it out with his adversary all through the long stretch, Spanish Play was a head in front as they flashed past the finishing line. Third money fell to the improving Knights Call, while Burning Up | Vas fourth and Bonfield last in the field pf five. Sentiment was about evenly divided between Spanish Play, Pittsburgher and Knights Call when the field reached the Starting point, and all three acquitted themselves in creditable fashion. Spanish Play ran an exceptionally game race and earned his victory. Forced to race the speedy Burning Up into submission in the early stages he displayed rare courage in standing a hard drive to stave off the stretch Challenge of Pittsburgher, and with a less Capable rider than C. E. Allen in the saddle might have been beaten. Pittsburgher also 1 displayed courage in challenging after be- , ing in close quarters during the back stretch run, while Knights Call, bothered by the long priced Bonfield in the early stages, finished fast on the outside, and, although beaten three lengths by the first two, looms up as a dangerous contender for Washington Parks feature race, to be run June 20. RACE LIKE A TEAM. Spanish Play and Burning Up began on practically even terms and raced down the back stretch as a team, with Pittsburgher Close up and Knights Call following. On reaching the far turn Burning Up showed Signs of tiring, and the Knebelkamp and Morris colt increased his advantage. On the stretch turn Pittsburgher moved •up to make his challenge and when he drew close to Spanish Play an eighth out, the battle was on. Meanwhile Knights Call was coming fast on the outside, but the leading , pair were too far in front and with jockeys Allen and Corbett riding with all their skill, they came to the finish line heads apart. Continued pleasant weather was again instrumental in bringing out a large crowd and, although the skies were cloudy during , the day, rain did not materialize and the track remained fast through the afternoon. The many supporters of Durango were rewarded when that horse won the first race. The gelding was neglected in the ; ■wagering until a few minutes before post i then the influx of money lowered him iime, rom one of the outsiders to near favoritism. [ le performed well, racing close up in the early part and catching Mintoh, the pacemaker in the stretch, won easily. Minton held second place, while Delven was third. fThe latter would have been much closer but for losing ground. The race was for maiden two-year-olds and twelve started. ODDS-ON CHOICE FAILS. Form players suffered a severe setback When Major Lanphier, the odds-on choice in he second race, failed to finish in the | jiioney. Jockey C. E. Allen, who was in the saddle, got the colt off last, then met with interference while attempting to get through i on the inside in the early stages and finally came to the outside when it was too late. ,The race was won by Phantasime, while ! Dusky Boy was second and Asbury third. Jockey E. James was astride the winner, Which led most of the way. The race was l for non-winners and was over the seven i furlongs distance. Suns Son won his second success of the ! meeting when he defeated a large band of I two-year-olds in the third race. The winner was close to the pace at all times, and I moving to the lead in the stretch, opened up I a long lead and won easily. Prefer was I second, and Prince Farthing, making his J Continued on eleventh page. FEATURE JtACE THRILLS Continued from first page. first start since last winter, finished third. Cold Check, which was well backed, showed some early speed, but tired badly in the stretch. Suns Son had many supporters, and was ridden by jockey R. Jones. After racing close up from the start Joey Bibb came gamely in the stretch to out-finish Royal Ruffin, an outsider, in the fourth race. Eight went to the post and Royal Ruffin, showing improvement, set the pace, but Joey Bibb, under hard riding by jockey K. Russell, came fast in the last furlong to win slowly drawing away. Royal Ruffin was an easy second and the third fell to Black Belt. The latter and Try It were I favored, but Black Belt got the better of jockey Lewis and bore out badly in the stretch, while Try It was far back most of the way. Tred Avon and Plutarch had early speed, but tired in the final run. M —

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