Grey Count by a Head: Son of Reigh Count Accounts for Cicero Purse in Close Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-26


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GREY COUNT BY A HEAD Son of Reign Count Accounts for Cicero Purse in Close Finish. Outlasts High Polish in Sparkling Performance, With Spring Flood Taking Third. Several prospective Hawthorne Juvenile Stakes candidates paraded before a good sized crowd of thoroughbred followers Monday afternoon at the Hawthorne course and provided some thrills. It was a close finish in the Cicero Purse, with the locally-owned Millsdale Stables Grey Count triumphing by the margin of a head over T. C. Wordens High Polish, the choice in the field of six contestants. Milky "Way Farms Spring Flood barely headed the Calumet Farms Gallant Eagle for the show portion of the purse. The placing judges called on the camera for this result before it was posted on the board, which showed the gray son of Reigh Count Grey Duchess gaining the verdict by a head margin. Grey Count came through with a powerful performance to triumph. Breaking tardily, the big gray colt trailed the others for the first furlong of the five furlongs, while Nellie Mc, Tedall and High Polish dominated the first three positions. Grey Count improved his position rapidly after the opening furlong and moved up to fourth place as Nellie Mc, which held a slight lead, bolted for the outside fence and Tedall took a slight lead over High Polish on the turn into the stretch. CORBETTS STRONG FINISH. High Polish saved ground and moved into a two lengths lead when straightened away for the wire, thus appearing to have the situation under control. Grey Count came on and on with tremendous courage and strong urging from jockey Charlie Corbett, who was in the saddle. Gaining with every stride, Grey Count reduced the margin separating him from the leader and within the last twenty yards of the dash succeeded in having his efforts rewarded. Small but good fields contested in the majority of events on the eight-race program, which was headed by two-year-olds and named the Cicero, bringing out a half dozen juveniles to compete in the days headline attraction. All of the juveniles competing have been winners this year with the exception of Gallant Eagle, which was making the initial trip to the post under colors. The Western, sixth on the card and a claiming event at a mile and one-sixteenth, served as the secondary feature, with a field of eight starters lining up for the contest. The weather was ideal during the afternoon, though there was a threat of rain earlier in the day. However, there was no precipitation and the course was in fine condition for the staging of the program. OPENER TO DAINTY JEANNE. Dainty Jeanne, favorite in the field of eleven three-year-old fillies and mares, scored a driving victory in the six and a half furlongs sprint that was first on the program, taking the measure of Diane S. by half a length, with Schuie taking down the short end of the purse. The bay filly forced Furtive to set a stiff pace for half a mile of the journey, then assumed the forward position, which she managed to hold to the end by warding off the stretch challenge of Diane S. The winner returned .80 for investments on the straight end, thus getting the favorite followers off to a good start. Making the third start of his career, Foyot Continued on thirty-fourth page. GREY COUNT BY A HEAD Continued from first page. graduated from the ranks of non-winners in the second race, which was designed for three-year-old maidens, over the six furlongs route. Ceallaigh finished second and Kai-mask account for third money. The black son of Epinard Ruddy Light performed in a manner that indicated he outclassed his ; rivals, for he was away to a flying start and remained on the head end of the procession throughout, crossing the finish line with a margin of two lengths over his nearest competitor. Foyot ruled the choice .and was the second in a row to register for the bettors. The success of the favorites was brought to a temporary halt in the third race, in which Cheraw gained a nose decision over Frost Bite, with Sorcery in third place. Though the finish was a tight one, the judges did not deem it necessary to call for a negative and the result was posted immediately instead of awaiting the development of the negative. Cheraw was an outsider in the betting, rewarding with odds of 5.40 for straight wagers, barely lasting long enough to outstay Frost Bite in the stretch as the latter came again after dropping back of the pace for a half mile. Black River, the choice in this event, showed a flash of speed for a quarter of a mile, then began sulking and finished" in "the ruck. Whiscenda, favorite and hailing from the E. K. Bryson stable, which scored a double on Saturday, kept the winning streak intact when the chestnut two-year-old defeated Autograph by a neck in a drive from start to finish. Howard G. finished third. The son of; Whiskalong Polycenda, winner of three races in Maryland prior to coming here, displayed an impressive performance, never allowing Autograph to hold more than a head advantage over him until turning into the stretch, where Whiscenda obtained a slight advantage, and, by a courageous effort, outlasted his rival, resulting in the success of the third choice during the first four races on the card. After suffering two close defeats during the afternoon, the T. C. Worden colors were borne to victory in the sixth race when Navanod easily trounced Miss Vince by two lengths in the mile; and a sixteenth affair. Pomposity came from far back to be third. Navanod was never far from the leaders and moved past Miss Vince after straightening into the stretch and overhauled the bay filly, increasing his lead in the run to the wire with something in reserve. Dandy Jay dominated the early running, but gave way to the challenge of Miss Vince after three-quarters of the journey was completed.

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