St. Johns Park Opens: Jaz Age Scores in Headliner on Inaugural Days Card, Daily Racing Form, 1932-03-22


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ST. JOHNS PARK OPENS Jaz Age Scores in Headliner On Inaugural Days Card. Mistake Made in Displaying Number of Placed Horse Winner Lowers Track Record. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 21 Jaz Age, which raced so successfully under the silks of J. Parmalee through the Miami season, moved to St. Johns Park to win the opening day feature, the St. Johns Handicap, a six furlong dash. He also established a new track mark for the distance which he ran in 1:13. The record had been broken earlier in the day by Donny Johnny, when he set it at 1:13. It was unfortunate that after the feature race through a mistake, the number of jQluniu was displayed as second to Jaze Age, with Jack Howards Street Singer third and Fortunate Youth fourth. This mistake was not discovered until Rafter the "official" board had been displayed, but later the numbers were changed to give .the place to Flag Bearer, the one that actually finished second and in fact, was only beaten a head by the winner. For the opening of the meeting, there was a good crowd on hand and while the morning was clear and warm, showers occurred during the afternoon and immediately after the running of the feature there was a heavy shower, and the horses went to the post for the fifth in a downpour. There was a considerable delay at the post in the feature, where the starting stalls are used. Both Flag Bearer and Chatford caused some .trouble and others added to the troubles. SPARKLING PERFORMANCE. Finally, the field of ten got away in alignment and Chat-ford, from the outside, was first to show in front. He was almost at once headed by Flag Bearer and Roderick sent the old son of Porte Drapeau along at his best pace with the result that he was soon four lengths clear. Chatford was unable to keep pace and as he dropped back it ,was Jaz Age that raced into second place and was soon challenging the flying leader. As the son of Great Jaz drew up on Flag Bearer, the pair were soon five lengths before the field and going along closely lapped. Malolo was racing third and the others were well bunched, but driving in an effort to catch the leaders. Flag Bearer hung on with greater courage than usual and right to the end gave .Jaz Age a stern battle, but it was Jaz Age that "dropped his head down in front. The early pace had taken its toll and the others were gaining in the final sixteenth, with Street Singer lapped on the first two and just half a length back, while he was only a head before Fortunate Youth and then followed Blue Day and First Mission in close order. The fifth was the second best race of the day. It was a mile and seventy yards contest and brought victory to Edward R. Bradleys Chicsu, which led all the way. R. B. Allens Garlic was a close second and J. C. Fletchers Fair Bill saved third from Bagiel. In this, while the race was run in a driving rain, the track record of 1:46 was equalled. No time was lost at the barrier and as it went up Riley at once went out with Chicsu and, saving ground all the way, was never headed, though closely pressed most of the journey. Continued on third page. ST. JOHNS PARK OPENS Continued from first page. Bagiel was the one to race second almost to the stretch, where Garlic moved into con tention and took second place when the stretch was reached. Riley had the mare doing-her best at the end to be winner by a neck, while Garlic saved second place by a length. It was in the final eighth that Fair Bill caught the tired Bagiel to save third. The opening race was a five and one-half furlong contest for the cheap ones and it saw O. F. Woodwards Wave Top the winner over Mrs. M. Merciers Chattahoochee, with O. A. Simmons Weatherproof, one that sold in the field, saving third from Bob Blackburn. There was a considerable delay at the tfost, but the start was a good one and Bounder and Unlucky, leaving from the outside, were the ones to show the way. Wave Top was racing closely after these and of the lot it was Unlucky that was first to tire. Bounder had opened up a lead on his opponents going around the far turn, but Wave Top was chasing after him resolutely while Chattahoochee, in rather close quarters early, was beginning to move up on the inside and Weatherproof, after a slow beginning, was also moving up. Bob Blackburn dropped back badly in tho run through the backstretch and did not seem to fancy the footing. Later he began to improve his position. In the meantime Wave Top had disposed of Bounder and she took command in the stretch. Remillard found his way up with Chattahoochee and gave battle in the last sixteenth, but was beaten by a length and Weatherproof was just a neck back and a length before Bob Blackburn. There was a good finish in the second race when H. A. Coulsons Donny Johnny caught H. M. Woolfs Out Bound to be the winner, with J. C. Ellis Ellice quitting badly in third place to just save that part of the purse from John Mill. The time, 1:13, established a track record for the distance. From a good start, Ellice and Out Bound went out to set the pace, while Clancy rated Donny Johnny along back of them. Out Bound hung to the faint-hearted Ellice long enough to make her quit, but it had cost him considerable effort and, when Donny Jornny challenged in the stretch, he soon gave way. Crossing the finish, Donny Johnny had three-quarters of a length to spare, while Out Bound had beaten the tired Ellice by two lengths. The third was a split of the first, being a five and a half furlongs race for the cheapest sort. Thirteen went to the post and Mrs. H. S. Harts Coots proved an easy winner, with Marabou racing into second place and "Valley saving third in a close finish with Josephine D. There was scant delay at the post and the start was a good one, and Barnes at once sent the winner into a safe lead, where he restrained his mount and rated him along to never be threatened. He was winner by eight lengths. Marabou steadily improved his position to take second place from Valley, which always was in the front division, but tired slightly. Hypoluxo, which had won frequently in Cuba, was never a contender and finished far back.

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