Finnerty in Limelight: Pilots Four Winners over Slow Track at New Orleans, Daily Racing Form, 1932-02-24


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FINNERTY IN LIMELIGHT . Pilots Four Winners Over Slow Track at New Orleans. Stimulator Suited by Footing and Wins Bayou La Fourche Purse. Pleasant Weather Prevails. NEW ORLEANS, La., Feb. 23. Stimulator, a consistent winner under the silks of Robert A. Fairbairn, New York owner, here this winter, added another purse to - his earnings and carried Bob Finnerty, local boy, to his third victory of the day when he easily accounted for the major award attached to the Bayou La Fourche Purse, best race on an ordinary program at the Fair Grounds. Finnerty had the Fairbairn three-year-old in front from the end of the first sixteenth and he completed the three-quarters an easy winner, with two and one-half lengths over S. W. Labrots Open Hearth. Green Wave, the A. B. Letellier starter among the six three-year-olds engaged, saved third money from Noahs Pride. Stimulator, a son of Stimulus and Mal-vina B., was well suited by the soft, slow going that prevailed and, while Open Hearth outbroke him, was not long reaching the lead, which he retained in commanding fashion throughout the last four of the six furlongs. Going into the turn Open Hearth appeared to lack ample room as he strode along between Green Wave and Noahs Pride, but was clear before reaching the last five-sixteenths, during which he decisively disposed of Green Wave as Noahs Pride steadily dropped back. Heavy rains during the night left the track in a muddy condition for the opening of the program, but under a warm sun and whipped by a brisk wind, the track improved rapidly and Stimulator ran the three-quarters of the feature in 1:13. The pleasant weather that prevailed resulted in the usual off-day crowd turning out. Finnerty equalled the best riding mark for the winter here when he scored his fourth victory of the afternoon astride Sun Friar, the starter under the colors of Mrs. Olive Curtis, in the fifth race. Sun Friar won in a romp, with Sun Thorn second and Lena M. third. Half Day, which came in for strong support, suffered a severe hemorrhage after going a half mile. Moving up fast after reaching the final half mile, the winner swept his rivals into defeat entering the last furlong and, drawing away fast in the late stages, won "by five lengths. Sun Thorn chased after Lena M. as she showed the way in the early stages and outstayed her by two lengths.

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