Brevity Beaten Again: White Cockade Takes His Measure in Valuable Withers Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-25


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BREVITY BEATEN AGAIN White Cockade Takes His Measure in Valuable Withers Stakes. Widener Star Finishes Second and Teufel Third Novelty in Steeplechase Dead Heat. NEW YORK, N. T., May 23. White Cockade gained entirely new importance at Belmont Park, Saturday afternoon, when he carried the silks of the young sportsman, Ogden Phipps, to victory in the famous old Withers Stakes, at one mile, earning 8,200 and moving directly into the picture for the Belmont Stakes to be decided June 6. Joseph E. Wideners Brevity, beaten in the Kentucky Derby by a narrow margin when M. L. chwartz Bold Venture led him over the line, was again second, and third went to the Wheatley Stables Teufel, winner of the Wood Memorial, and a stablemate to to winner. Memory Book, from the Green-tree Stable, was fourth, and C. V. Whitneys Red Rain, of which much was expected, ran a dull race to finish far back in the field of ten that went after the prize. With ideal weather for the sport the greatest crowd of the present season was out, and the sport furnished was worthy of the large attendance. The Withers failed to come up to expectations, when the time turned out by White Cockade for the mile was 1:37, but there was a fast early pace that took much out of the sprinters in the field. There was a measure of excuse again for Brevity when right after the start he was bumped badly by Mr. Bones and knocked completely off stride. Red Rain, as usual, broke slowly and was last of them all from the stalls, but he left in stride. White Cockade, Postage Due and Teufel were responsible for a long delay at the post, but the field left in good alignment, though the bumping gave Brevity such a handicap that when he was under way he was only leading one horse, Red Rain. Delphinium, always an alert horse, dashed away in command. Bien Joli and Coldstream attended him closely with White Cockade and Teufel next in order, and then came Mr. Bones. It was not long before Mr. Bones had Continued on third page. ; BREVITY BEATEN AGAIN Continued from first page. raced through to join Delphinium in a first quarter that was run in :23. The pair, closely lapped but with Mr. Bones showing the way, was soon three lengths before White Cockade, which was going along under slight restraint and galloping strongly. Coldstream was soon beginning to tire as the half-mile post was reached in :46 and the six furlongs in 1:11. It was in the third quarter that White Cockade began to make up ground. Meanwhile Brevity was many lengths back of the contention and. in the early racing Wright made no effort to jnake up the ground that had been lost when he was so badly bumped. Rounding into the stretch the Widener colt was still a full dozen lengths back of the leaders. When White Cockade was taken to the outside of Mr. Bones and Delphinium he began to run -in earnest. Coming on straight and true, the son of Diavolo made no mistakes, to be over the line winner by two lengths. Brevity; when he found racing room; was weaving his way through gallantly and he closed an immense gap, but the fact remained that White Cockade still had something left at the finish: This belated rush of the son of Chance Shot or Sickle carried him four lengths before Teufel, which had also finished with excellent courage and had some good fortune, in finding his way through on the inside in the stretch run. Memory Book also finished fast, to beat the tired Delphinium, while Mr.-Bones also weakened badly after his early sprinting. The running of the Withers could not have been other than a surprise for, in his only start this year, the son of Diavolo ran out badly: He had been working exceedingly well, and the manner in which he finished suggested his being a bright prospect for the Belmont at a mile and a half. After the running, Wayne Wright told Mr. Widener that before Brevity was in stride he was so badly bumped by Mr. Bones that he did not have his foot under him until badly out of the running. Never was there such a thrilling finish in a steeplechase as was furnished in the Appleton Memorial, over the short course when H. R. Bains Rock Lad, and Thomas Hitchcocks Rioter crossed the line locked. It is not possible to use the camera in steeplechases, and it appeared that no mistake had been made in the placing. It was a bitter fight, with Paul McGinnis riding Rock Lad, while R. McKinney had the leg up on the Hitchcock four-year-old. They were closely lapped at the final fence, and first one nose, and then the other showed in front in the short run home, but it was impossible to split them out right at the line. This prize had a value of ,525 to the winner, but, with the division of the purse, plus the second money, there was a net earning of ,525 for each.. . ...... Four lengths back of the battling pair, third went to Stephen Sanfords Golden Meadow,; and he was ten lengths before Mrs. A. B. Durants St. Francis and Mrs. Gwladys Whitneys Rideaway, the only other starters. The Commando Handicap, over the seven-furlong distance, was a contest of importance on the big holiday card, and it brought victory to John Hay Whitneys Gleeman, the three-year-old son of Royal Minstrel and Brocado. He left the post running in a start that was a bit straggling, and j with that advantage was never headed. A. G. Vanderbilts Identify, the top weight of the field, took second place, and Thursday, which now races for R. A. Moore, was a close third, with Exhibit fourth. As the horses left the stalls, Maeriel had scant chance, while Thursday was also away so slowly as to have a handicap. While there did not appear to be any really good reason to call on the camera to decide the opening race, a photograph was called for by the placing judges after the Green-tree Stables Chicolorado was plainly winner over the Joseph E. Wideriers Fencing, and the Brookmeade Stables Top Radio barely beat Advocator, another Widener starter for third. There was a mishap before the start, when H. P. Headleys Clingendaal unseated her rider at the post and cantered down the Widener course and around on to the main course to cover a. mile and a half before being caught. He was only galloping and while it could have done him no good, it did little harm. A. G. Vanderbilts Balkan Land, a three-year-old son of Balko and Trapland, won his second race at the meeting when he proved best in the first division of the Sweep Handicap, a gallop of a mile for those of class C in the graded handicaps. At his heels, J. H. Louchheims Kungsholm took second place, beating Dewey Benthams Abner for that part of the purse. Another photograph was demanded by the judges after the finish of the second division of the Sweep Handicap over the mile distance when Mrs. Ethel Jacobs Jesting and Andy Schuttingers Fortification crossed the line closely lapped with Mrs. Charles S. Bromleys Excite beating Crystal Prince for third.

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