Burch in the Limelight: Saddles Two Winners at James Butlers Empire City Track, Daily Racing Form, 1933-08-02


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BURCH IN THE LIMELIGHT Saddles Two Winners at James Butlers Empire City Track. Apprentice Sullivan Completes Double When He Pilots March Step to Victory in Feature. NEW YORK, N. Y., Aug. 1. Trainer Preston M. Burch saddled his second winner of the afternoon when he sent March Step, a four-year-old gelded son of Light Brigade Flower of Yarrow, postward for Mrs. Thomas H. Somerville, of Wilmington, Del. This fellow was ridden by apprentice Sullivan who also shared in the double. The race was styled the Pelham Purse and was the feature offering of an off-day program. Modern Ace was second with St Omer third. There was no apparent let-up in the heat, but fortunately the sun was clouded during the afternoon and conditions were more comfortable on the lawn and ,"n other unsheltered points. Despite the quality of the fields, racing was of an interesting nature and the majority of the wnners were forced to hard stretch drives to earn brackets. March Step, due to his lack of stamina in his past few races over a distance of ground, was neglected in favor of Enchanter and St. Omer. The former turned in a dull effort under Wholeys somewhat weak riding while Landolt, astride St. Omer, made the mistake of trying to squeeze his way between March Step and Modern Ace, entering the stretch. This move was a costl;- one as the Moran colorbearer was tightly squeezed and forced to take back and then come to the inside. At the finish, he tired badly. Wholey, astride Enchanter, had his mount close up in the early stages, but on the first turn took up sharply and tried to go to the outside. Enchanter dropped back there and then making the stretch turn, Wholey went to the whip in a vain effort to make up ground. In the meantime, Sullivan was rating March Step along in front with St. Omer in second place while Modern Ace was close up. The latter improved his position on the outside when called upon and turning for home, formed the outside wedge of the pocket that ruined St. Omers chances. In the final furlong, the Somerville starter was good enough to hold his opponents safe. Two Tricks, racing for J. R. Schuster and ridden by J. Stout, came from the near pursuit of the pace of the second race to wear down Mrs. J. E, Nagles Zaidee and draw away to score harfdily. Zaidee had no trouble in saving second place, while Brad was third. Seven started in this race and Zaidee was the one installed the choice. She had no mishaps in the running and when called upon to withstand the determined challenge of Two Tricks in the stretch tired and gave way rapidly. George McMitchells Oriley was much the best of the band of platers that started in Continued on eighteenth page. BURCH IN THE LIMELIGHT Continued from first page. the third race, a five and three-quarters sprint. Bidden by Johnny Maiben, he overcame early interference and through the stretch forced his way between the leaders and, after assuming command in the final sixteenth, drew out steadily. Troyian, racing for Miss Mary Powers, came from far back to finish second, while Oconnell was third. The winner was a successful choice and the victory proved popular with the crowd. The veteran, Johnny Maiben, completed a double when he brought Samuel Rosoffs Walda from the rear to account for the fifth race, a five f rlongs dash for two-year-olds under claiming conditions. Maiben had previously scored with Oriley in the third race. The victory marked the first success of John Loftus as trainer for the subway magnate. Loftus took over his horses during the latter days oi the meeting. Wise Nat was the one to race to second place, while Giggley Ann was third. Twelve started and Wise Nat was installed the favorite. He had no mishaps in the running.

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