Count Fleet Wins Withers With Ease; Signator Again Best in Crete Handicap: Leads Stablemate, Pig Tails, to Wire; Woolford Entry Dominates Running of Lincoln Fields Stake--Burnt Cork Is Third, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-24


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HERBERT M WOOLF His Woolford Farm silks were onetwo in the sixteenth running of the Crete Handicap Saturday with Signator finishing first and Pig Tails second Count Fleet Wins Withers With Ease Sianator Aaain Best in Crete Handicap Leads Stablemate Pig Tails to Wire Woolford Entry Dominates Running of Lincoln Fields Stake Burnt Cork Is Third ThirdSTICKNEY STICKNEY HI May 22 The LincoU Fields Jockey Club entertained the largesj crowd of its meeting with a program fea ¬ tured by the sixteenth running of the Cretft Handicap at the Hawthorne course this afternoon Bad track conditions prevented racing secretary William H Shelley from staging the kind of program he would have liked to present on Lincoln Fields first Saturday but the headliner a sixfurlong sprint for threeyearolds drew some of the speediest thoroughbreds assembled here and the prospect of a stirring battle among them did much to stimulate interest of racegoers and to bring out a throng of approximately 15000 persons personsWhile While the track was still heavy when todays racing began after having been muddy ever since the meeting opened on Monday the course was drying out to give rise to hopes for better conditions next week when the better horses here will ba seen under colors regularly regularlyInaugural Inaugural in 1926 1926The The Crete Handicap which carried a 5000 added purse is one of the oldest stakes on the Lincoln Fields schedule hav ¬ ing been inaugurated when the track in Crete had its first meeting back in 1926 and since that time it has been contested by some of the fleetest thoroughbreds in modern turf history A few of the former winners of this slake were Supremus Nor Easter Blackwood Misstep Pansy Walker Marica and Knight Commander whila among horses who tried in it but failed to win were such as Reputation Gibbons Brown Wisdom My Dandy Princeton and Myrtlewood MyrtlewoodTodays Todays stake was the first of six 5000 features to be presented this meeting the others in order being the Joliet Stakes and the Francis S Peabody Steger LaSalla and Lincoln Handicaps HandicapsWoolford Woolford Farms Signator making hia first start of the season won the Crete Handicap at six furlongs for the second straight time and in the process enriched himself by 4140 while his stablemate the filly Pig Tails captured second honors Eddie Andersons Burnt Cork who made his last previous start in the Kentucky Derby was third while in his wake came four others who rounded out the field fieldSignator Signator shouldering top weight of 117 pounds and ridden by Nick Jemas ran the six furlongs on a heavy track in 116 116Continued Continued on Page TwentySix JOCKEY F A SMITH Has been en ¬ gaged to ride Take Wing in the La Salle Peabody and Lincoln handicaps Signator Duplicates Last LastYears Years Victory in Crete Leads Stablemate Pig Tails to Wire in Lincoln Fields Stake StakeContinued Continued from Page One Oneand and won by two lengths while Pig Tails who was not persevered with to be second accounted for the place by threequarters of a length lengthSignator Signator who with his running mate was made a pronounced favorite took the lead before going a quarter mile and was never headed headedThe The secondary feature the Morrison Hotel Purse at six and onehalf furlongs saw Brolite Farms King LeRoy make every post a winning one and the favorite Kanopolis stumbled and unseated his rider Lyle Whiting at the start Though he was thrown heavily Whiting was believed to have escaped serious injury injuryKing King LeRoy ridden by Eugene White broke in front and quickly opening a com ¬ manding lead was never seriously threat ¬ ened He won by two and onehalf lengths as Real Sad who was in second place all the way was the runnerup six lengths in advance of Valdina Rex Fire Dust and Kanopolis were the only other starters startersAlthough Although ordinary horses met in the first two races both of them produced close fin ¬ ishes The first at six furlongs saw A E Overtons Town Lace get a narrow decision over Hooks and the second a sixfurlong affair found Mrs F P Haldys Hazel Lee narrowly beating Hillfilly HillfillyTown Town Lace ridden by Walter Warren was among the leaders from the beginning and upon reaching the home stretch moved up to challenge Hooks who earlier had moved into the lead The two battled it out furiously through the last eighth with Town Lace outfinishing her rival to take major honors Third to complete the dis ¬ tance was Tip Your Hat who showed the way for the first quarter mile mileHazel Hazel Lee also had speed in the second race She followed Codoll and Hillfilly for a half mile and worked her way to the front holding her advantage in the drive and winning by threequarters of a length Hillfilly held on well enough to save the place but Codoll faded away into fourth place third going to Real Man ManEarl Earl OHaras HyCop ridden by Frank Zehr scored his second victory of the meet ¬ ing when e accounted for the six and a half furlongs third race HyCop sprinted into a lead before going a quarter mile in ¬ creased his advantage swinging around the turn and held his advantagerto the end He won by two and a half lengths Rejectable who finished second and Paul Lee who ran third were always closest to the winner winnerFortress Fortress owned by Mrs Victor Sovinski and guided by Lyle Whiting proved himself best in the third in which a field of three yearolds met at six furlongs Held in re ¬ serve for a half mile during which he raced wide Fortress responded to urging there ¬ after and after getting to the lead gradu ¬ ally drew clear to score by a length and a half Cideam came from a long way back to be second while Rose Bane was a tiring third

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