Plucky Play Triumphant in Hawthorne Cup: Veteran Son of My Play Scores Notable and Unexpected Success, Daily Racing Form, 1932-08-29


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0 Hawth Cup PLUCKY PLAY TRIUMPHANT IN HAWTHORNE CUP i Veteran Son of My Play Scores Notable and Unexpected Success . Comes From Rear With Great Gameness and Speed to Beat Faireno, Mate and Gusto for Prize of 1,450 and Gold Cup CICERO, III., Aug. 27. Plucky Play, five-year-old son of My Play Plucky, which races for the California-owned Northway stable, had one of his good days at Hawthorne this afternoon and was returned victorious in the fifth running of the Hawthorne Gold Cup, outstanding race of the current meeting. The son of My Play, an outsider in the wagering, staged a strong charge down the inside in the stretch and squeezing through an opening on the inside of Faireno nearing the finish, won by almost one length going away. Faireno, the odds-on favorite, was second, while Mate, A. C. Bostwicks four-year-old was third, and Gusto finished fourth. The race was contested by a field of eight and was worth 1,450 to the winner. Plucky Play ran the mile and a quarter distance in 2:04 and paid 4.34 for . Evergold, which was racing coupled with Minton as the Shandon Farm entry, caused some little delay at the barrier, but the start was good and Faireno went to the front at once with Mate following closely. Faireno, under slight restraint, raced around the first turn over two lengths to the good, while Mate was about a like distance in advance of the others. Plucky Play was under a tight hold, while Gusto was far back. At the half way mark Faireno, running easily, was three lengths in advance of Mate and Plucky Play was moving up. They entered the stretch with Faireno still retaining a good margin but Mate was beginning to tire slightly and the Shandon Farm entry, which had been racing third and fourth, were also tiring, while Plucky Play and Gusto were beginning to move up. Midway of the stretch it was apparent that the race would be a tussle between Plucky Play and Faireno. Although the latter was holding on well Plucky Play, which had saved ground at the stretch turn, was charging strongly and gaining with every stride. Entering the last sixteenth jockey Woolf on Plucky Play saw an opening on the inside of Faireno and moved in. Just as Plucky Play was about through the opening Faireno came over slightly and a less timid rider than Woolf might have pulled up, but the lad stuck to his task and, although bumped slightly, got his mount to the front and Plucky Play was drawing away at the end. Faireno ran a erood race and held on well, while Mate showed one of his best i efforts of the year. Gusto was the disappointment. The American Derby and Glassic winner dropped far out of it in the early stages and was never a contender, although making up some ground in the stretch. Lieut.-Gov. Fred Sterling of Illinois was present in the stewards stand during the running of the race, and in a brief speech presented th Hawthorne Gold Cup, a handsome solid gold trophy, to E. L. Fitzgerald, trainer of the winner. A crowd of well over 20,000, by far. the largest gathering of the meeting, jammed every vantage point to witness the running of the last important stake race of the Chicago season. The weather was cloudy and pleasantly cool and the track was at its best. Chrysostom graduated from the ranks of the maidens in winning the opening race from ten other two-year-olds. The winner, a slow beginner, came from behind and just got up in time to catch Oziti. The latter acted as pacemaker and, holding on well, was only beaten in the last stride. Fair Image finished third. It was the third start for Chrysostom, a son of Pompey, which gives promise of developing into a useful distance runner. The winner, which is owned by J. J. OByrne, was ridden by M. Calvert. Continued on twenty-second page. PLUCKY PLAY TRIUMPHANT Continued from first page. The Point, favorite in the second race, had little trouble winning. Gifted with speed enough to keep close to the .early-pace, the son of Apex went to the front in the stretch and was galloping easily at the end. The ancient sprinter, Martie Flynn, carried the S. Peabody, colors to second place, while Doris Jean finished third. The race was at six and one-half furlongs. Dixianas good filly EsseTf led all the way to win the Brae Loch, a condition race for two-year-olds, which came fourth on the program. The winner was coupled with Spartan Lady and the pair were second choice in the wagering, Gloritone being the favorite. Jockey C. E. Allen, a last minute substitution for jockey B. Hanford on Esseff, had the youngster off well and, racing away from Single Stripe and High Line, a couple of outsiders, arter going a quarter, Esseff was never in danger thereafter. Gloritone closed a big gap and was going gamely at the end, while Pot au Brooms outfinished Spicson for the short end of the purse.

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