Chicagos Major Season Begins At Homewood: Big Crowd Surprised by No Mores Washington Handicap Victory; Mr. Sponge and Isaiah Furnish Real Thrill of Race in Furious Stretch Battle for Second Place--Double for Shandon Farm Stable, Daily Racing Form, 1933-05-23


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CHICAGOS MAJOR SEASON BEGINS AT H0MEW00D i » Big Crowd Surprised by No Mores Washington Handicap Victory « Mr. Sponge and Isaiah Furnish Real Thrill of Race in Furious Stretch Battle for Second Place — Double for Shandon Farm Stable ♦ HOMEWOOD, 111., May 22.— An unexpected and lucky victory for C. E. Davisons No More, in the featured Washington Park Handicap, shocked a large crowd as Chicagos major race season was ushered in this afternoon. In motion, when the field of eight were sent away, and beating the start by at least two lengths, No More never was headed and E. Arcaro drove him to his victory two and one-half lengths before C. Leroy Kings Mr. Sponge, the favorite. The Kentucky colt, Isaiah, carried J. W. Par- rishs colors into third place, a nose back of the choice, and Cathop, under the Strathmore Stable silks, finished the three-quarters in fourth place. Others of the contestants were Sobieha, Evergold, Marooned and Morsel, and they followed the leading quartet in the order named. The race, having its sixth renewal, was worth ,295 to the winner. With the winner almost assured of victory when he was capable of holding the advantage gained at the start, the crowd watched Mr. Sponge and Isaiah fight it out behind the Davison five-year-old, and they furnished one of the big thrills of the day. After a quarter Isaiah was in second place and, when Marooned, the early runner-up, again fell back on the stretch turn, Mr. Sponge took third place. SPARKLING DUEL. The duel between Isaiah and the favorite developed just inside the final furlong and they were at it head and head the remainder of the dash. Cathop came through with a smart performance to garner fourth money. Leaving the back stretch, he was last and from that point to the wire steadily bettered his position. No More carried 109 pounds over the three-quarters in 1:12% while Mr. Sponse had up top weight of 122 -pounds. No More holds the track record of 1:11. While the attendance narrowly missed the largest opening day figures here, the crowd "vas as representative as any ever entertained at a Homewood inaugura. Notables made up many box and cluKioi e parties and Chicagos business, political, professional and sporting realms were we 1 rj resented. No finer weather ever j retailed for an opening and, in addition to I eing a contributing factor to the large cr.wd, it aided the track crew in whipping HM course into good condition. While a degree or so away from its best condition, the track was good and but for a strong head wind, which swept through the main stretch, faster time might have been recorded. COL. WINN PLEASED. Col. M. J. Winn, president of the Washington Park Jockey Club, expressed himself as being greatly pleased with the opening. "A successful start is a big thing, and, from the manner in which we opened, I believe we will have a great meeting," Colonel Winn said. The Shandon Farm, nom de course of Patrick A. Nash and Richard J. Nash of Chicago, brought off a double when Minton accounted for the mile Riverdale Claiming Purse, the secondary feature. Previously the stable scored with Grand Prince, and both horses were ridden by the young rider L. Ruder. After leading from the start, Minton got a neck decision over Pigeon Hole at the end. Pot au Brooms, the favorite, could do no better than third, outracing Spartan Lady and My Charlotte. In tone with the spirit of the Century of Progress Exposition, the opening three-quarters race was titled "Lets Go, Chicago," and it resulted in a bristling finish and surprise when Sandwrack, racing for the Lone Star Stable, nosed out the stanchly backed Knight Commander. Going to. the front in the final eighth, where he wrested the lead from Flag Bearer, the victor barely was able to earn the verdict. In the late stages he faltered badly and this aided Knight Commander in making up ground until at the wire they were the smallest of margins apart and a length before the retiring Flag Bearer. Beau Jolie, second, choice, also tired in the final drive and after reaching Continued on twenty-third page.. w CHICAGOS SEASON BEGINS Continued from first page. the last eighth in second place dropped back steadily. The consistent Prince Drake, racing for E. G. Drake, was a driving winner of the second race, or Blue Island Claiming Purse, for two-year-olds. He scored by a length over Mariana and it was a very popular victory, the successful son of Prince of Um-bria drawing such support that he was among the shorter priced choices of the day. Third honors went to Paper Profits, and My Turn was next in the field of seven. Taking the lead under strong urging and before going a quarter, the winner reached the stretch in command. Approaching the last furlong he increased his advantage only to tire, and S. Renick applied the lash freely as the finish neared. Mariana was a strong factor throughout and Paper Profits came up fast in the final drive and was showing the best speed as the race closed. The Lone Star Stable furnished a second winner when the veteran Morsun took Hamilton, La Salle and seven others into camp in the third race, at three-quarters. The winner started out as if to register by the widest margin of the day but tired badly after five-eighths and was whipped out to beat Hamilton by a short length and one-half. Hamilton, pronounced favorite, came on gamely after saving ground at the turn and, while unsuccessful in a rather bold attempt to overtake the winner, took second place by six lengths. La Salle raced from last in the field of ten to gain the minor honors over Oziti. The fourth race resulted in a local victory when Grand Prince, veteran sprinter in P. A. and R. J. Nashs Shandon Farm Stable, outgamed Madwind in a long, hard drive and won by a nose. A length and one-half back Plumage completed the three-quarters in third place, and she was clear of Sun Memory and the four others. Sun Memory was the favorite, and the winner a strong second choice. Displaying fine speed from the start, the winner followed close to Sun Memorys early

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