Cattail Stays a Mile: Son of Sweep Outgames Fingal in Saratoga Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1933-08-10


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CATTAIL STAYS A MILE Son of Sweep Outgames Fingal in Saratoga Feature. Mohawk Claiming Stakes Heads Spa Program Miss Merriment Takes Opener Before Large Crowd. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., Aug. 9. William Ziegler, Jr.s Cattail, winner of, a recent sprint race, stuck it out for the mile distance to win the Mohawk Claiming Stakes here this afternoon. It was the feature offering of the Saratoga Association and resulted in a fighting finish when the son of Sweep outgamd Edward R. Bradleys Fingal to score by a narrow margin. Far back of the first two, Morton L. Schwartz Clarify was third. Weather and track conditions were all that could be desired for the sport and another big crowd was out. It had been swelled by the arrival of prospective purchasers at the yearling sales. Little time was lost at the post for the Mohawk and the start was a good one. Mills got Cattail away fast and he was first to show the way with Character following closely and Clarify just showing the way to Fingal and Eva B. Th? only other starter was How High and he did not show his usual alertness away from the post. FINGAL SERIOUS THREAT. Early in the race, Character headed Cattail to go into a lead of a couple of lengths. Mills had the Ziegler colt under slight restraint as he raced al-ng three lengths before Clarify and Fingal was racing strongly back of the Schwartz colt. Eva B. was at the heels of Fingal and How High continued to follow well back. As the half mile mark was reached, Meade moved up with Fingal to come seriously into contention. Character was tiring as tha Bradley colt ran into second place, but Cattail -was hanging on well and was right with the Bradley hope. Eva B. had dropped back badly and How High had her headed. There was a general closing up as the field swung into the stretch turn and there Meade found his way through with Fingal to show in front. Cattail was running outside of the tiring Character and as Fingal made his move, Mills roused him sharply. The colt responded and in the final furlong he was alongside Fingal to stage a rare duel to the finish. It was a battle right to the end and only in the last twenty yards did Cattail have his head in front to earn the decision by a neck. Clarify was four lengths before Eva B. The race had a net value of ,845 to the winner. The first offering of the afternoon was at five and one-half furlongs for plater two-year-olds and it resulted in an easy victory for Miss Merriment from Victor Emanuels Dorwood Stable. C. V. Whitneys Elf Lock finished second and R. Pinchp; carried the silks of the Newtondale Stable into third place before God o War. STEEPLECHASE TO HATBROOM. The steeplechase of the day was under selling conditions and over the short course. It went to Miss Charlotte Dorrances Hat-broom, ridden by the amateur E. H. Allen. Ward A. Wickwires Forbis raced to second place and third went to Roor y, from Mrs. Dodge Sloanes Brookmeade Stable. Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks Rockdale was fourth and the only other starter was Sardaneza, which had been purchased from Thomas McCreery before the running by Mrs. Marie Goodwin. He made a bad landing two jumps from the finish and unseated E. Ball. Fortunately, both horse and rider escaped serious injury. Hatbroom had the speed and Mr. Allen made no mistakes with him. He was showing the way from the drop of the flag and as Rooney joined him, the pair drew away into a lead of ten lengths over the others. Rooney was racing under steady restraint but in the front field the second turn of the course, he bobbled rather badly at a fence and it seemed to take considerable out of him. Mr. Allen made no effort to draw away . from the Brookmeade jumper until the last half mile. There he permitted the son of Mad Hatter to step away and the race was as good as over. At the finish, his winning margin was ten lengths and he was in hand. Rooney had quit when asked for his best and Forbis, which was rather a distant last in the early stages, readily caught him down to take second pla-j by fifteen lengths. Rockdale showed a flash of speed the first turn of the course, but dropped back badly Continued on second page. CATTAIL SMS A MILE Continued from first page. later to be entirely out of the contention, while Sardaneza was never close tothe contention. The son of Sardanapale always runs his best races from behind and Ball was just beginning his run when the old gelding pecked badly at a fence and lost his rider. But for the accident, he would undoubtedly have been second. It was a close finish in the third race when Maxwell Howards True Romance, after setting the pace, just lasted to earn a nose decision over Mrs. Sheldon H. Fairbanks Playing On and Miss A. Pender-gasts Aileen C. barely saved third from Flying Cherokee, which was making his first appearance under silks since the winter racing in Florida. The start was a bit straggling, with Gon-spray and Carsono so far back as to have scant chance, but True Romance was away fast and Donald Meade made good use of that advantage. Chain and Transen were close after the daughter of Eternal. Seb was not far back of these, but he almost at once was securely pocketed with no chance to extend himself. Aileen C. was in the front division, while Flying Dragon, the stablemate to Seb, was one of the unfortunates at the start. True Romance was rated along a length before Chain as he set the pace and when Flying Cherokee rushed up into contention It served to more securely pocket Seb, which was bottled up until Coucci had no chance to find racing room. This continued to the stretch turn and there Playing On found her way into contention. Chain had tired and Flying Cherokee dropped back slightly, but Aileen C. was still in the battle. Thus it was the final eighth was reached and all the way home Playing On continued to gain on True Romance, but the Howard filly still had her nose in front at the end. Playing On beat Aileen C. by a length and a half and as Flying Cherokee was coming again, Aileen C. barely lasted to beat him for third. Spy Hill, one of the Greentree Stables Saratoga Special eligibles and a well formed son of Spion Kop and Marvella IL, earned his first purse when in a courageous finish, he scored in the fifth race. C. V. Whitneys Trumpery raced to second place and William Woodwards Vicar closed a big gap to be third. All three, as a matter of fact, are Saratoga Special eligibles. There was a delay of eleven minutes at the post before Cassidy could get an alignment to his liking. As the barrier went up Soon Over, the stablemate of the winner, was first to show and he was attended by Physician and Spy Hill was lapped on the son of Wise Counsellor. Vicar had left from the outside position in the field of thirteen and that was some handicap and he was forced to race wide to find his position. Trumpery came into the race as the stretch was reached. By that time, Physician had dropped back and Soon Over was unable to hold the Whitney. colt Spy Hill was going well back of these but a furlong out, Trumpery had taken command and was a length to the good. Then in the final furlong, Spy Hill wore him down to win going away by a length. Trumpery was a length and a half before Vicar, which had finished resolutely on the outside to earn his share of the purse. Eastern racegoers will have their first glimpse of Singing Wood in the Saratoga Special, Saturday. Ivor Anthony, well-known English steeplechase rider and trainer, joined his brother Jack as a guest of John Hay Whitney for the season. 1 . I l . 1 :

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