Marriage Outruns Rivals in Grey Lag: Has Three-Length Margin at Jamaica; Market Wise, Boysy Finish In Dead Heat for Place--Race Run on "Off" Track, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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Marriage Outruns Rivals in Grey Lag Has Three-Length Margin at Jamaica Market Wise, Boysy Finish In Dead Heat for Place — Race Run on "Off" Track NEW YORK, N. Y., May 9.— R. A. Cowards Marriage, the former selling plater, splashed his way to victory in the mile and a furlong of the Grey Lag Handicap at Jamaica today, taking down the most important prize of his career and adding 3,600 to his earnings. Three lengths back of the son of Strolling Player, Louis Tufanos Market Wise and T. H. Heard, Jr.s Boysy were locked in a dead heat for the place, and John C. Clarks Waller was fourth. This was the big event that brought the twenty-seven-day meeting of the Metropolitan Jockey Club to a conclusion, and conditions for the final session were about as disagreeable as could be imagined. Despite the unfavorable weather, a crowd* of 20.546 was recorded at the turnstiles, which made the stands uncomfortably congested, with most of the customers seeking overhead shelter. Only mud-runners had a winning chance and the card was marked by several surprise winners, including the Grey Lag itself. Eleven appeared under silks for the handicap and there was little delay at the post, with the lot moving away in good alignment. Gramps had actually beaten the others away, but almost at once Johnny Longden stepped Marriage by him to take command, and a command he was never to surrender. Boysy was chasing after the old Strolling Player gelding as they rounded the first turn and Sir Marlboro was a close third, though he had gone out somewhat on the turn to lose ground. Market Wise Trails Early Gramps had dropped back to fourth place, but he was under a steadying restraint and galloping strongly. Market Wise had left the post slowly and, as in most of his races, he was far back as the field swung into the back stretch. Through the straight, Longden permitted Marriage to increase his lead to three lengths while keeping a snug hold of his head, and there Sir Marlboro headed Boysy as they followed after the leader. Well I back of these, Gramps held to fourth place , steadily and Tola Rose moved up to be at his heels. Market Wise had moved up slightly, but he was still many lengths from the leaders, and it was apparent at the half-mile ground that he had a big contract before him to reach the contention. Longden gave Marriage a breather after he was safely around the far turn, but he was still well clear and as he headed into the short stretch with a lead of three lengths and galloping strongly, it was evident he was to be the winner. At the end Longden drove the gelding out smartly to , make the score certain, but his winning margin was three lengths. Locked for Runner-Up Award • In the meantime Sir Marlboro had tired j ] of the chase and as he dropped back beaten j j ] Boysy was in second place and well flat- ; ■ tened out in a vain effort to run down the I I winner. Then, on the outside, along came I Market Wise with a determined charge that I i saw him locked with Boysy for the place, i They were two lengths before Waller, who had closed a big gap to reach fourth. ] Marriage does not enjoy any engagements at Belmont Park, but in this score he took the measure of five eligibles for both the Metropolitan and the Suburban in Market Wise, Boysy, Gramps, Our Boots, Pictor and Sir Marlboro. The race run by Market Wive was one to suggest that he will come back to his top form racing through the long stretch of the Nassau course. This was his first racing effort since The Widener, in which he was badly buffeted about to be beaten.

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