Grey Wing in Third Straight Triumph: Wins Empire Route Feature over Haile, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-30


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Grey Wing in Third Straight Triumph Wins Empire Route Feature Over Haile Recent Christopher Claim Repays Part of Purchase Price at First Asking JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., June 29.— Grey Wing ran his sequence of victories on Long Island this season to three straight as he captured the Dalmatian Handicap of a mile and a furlong this afternoon at the Empire City Associations transplanted Jamaica meeting. Claimed for ,000 at Jamaica last week, Mrs. Tilyou Christophers blocky bay, Halcyon, four-year-old, moved into grade "C" and raced Mrs. Ethel Jacobs Haile into submission in a pace duel, then drew off steadily through the last sixteenth to win by a length. B. W. Millers Equinox was third in the headliner, four lengths off the runner-up and slightly before Greentrees defaulting favorite, the three-year-old Famous Victory. Bolingbroke, holder of the American mile and a half time mark, brought up the rear in a small field of five assembled for this affair. Jockey Steve Brooks, who had the mount on Devil Diver in his successful Brooklyn sally only last Saturday, was astride the front-running Grey Wing, who was one of the light weights of the field under 108 pounds. The Christopher acquisition paid .10 in the tote" and finished out in a creditable 1:52 flat. Famous Victory Outrun Famous Victorys dismal effort was not mitigated by any untoward racing luck. He also is known to be partial to the sloppy footing that obtained. However, he was burdened with 116 and conceded actual weight to all but Bolingbroke. The attendance this afternoon held up remarkably well in view of the inauspicious elements, with the Geddes staff reporting 12,099 in attendance. This number was not j too far below the 12,347 on hand the cor- I responding afternoon in 1942, of the Empire Clubs hilltop grounds. Only a couple of the first half dozen favorites could race to their backing, however. Grey Wing drew the outside station at the starting point midway the frontstretch and scooted to the paddock turn in a tussle for the lead with Haile. Around that bend, he shut off the Jacobs runner and drew out momentarily but Atkinson moved Haile to him again on the outside entering the backstretch. These two had the race virtually to themselves throughout. Haile made repeated Continued on Page Twenty -Seven Grey Wing Accounts For Third Straight Victory Recent Christopher Claim Whips; Haile in Route Test at Empire Continued Irom Page One and resolute attempts to wear down Grey Wing but at the end the latter drew away conclusively enough. Equinox, never a rapid beginner, closed ground the last part of it to be a distant third, five lengths off the runner-up. Probably he never before had] two such distinguished runners as Famous Victory and Bolingbroke behind him. Bolingbroke was used up trying to remain within striking distance early and Famous Victory, after lagging lengths back to the last bend, responded only feebly to Woolfs driving. Only four paraded for the six furlongs of the Top o th Morning Handicap with the disappointing declaration of Foxbrough due to the adverse going. Mrs. Ralph Mcllvains Bright Willie was the favorite and Longden sent him to the front killing off De Kalb in a few furlongs, then drawing off to win emphatically by three lengths in a very creditable 1:12 and Kingfisher was outrun early, cut the corner and beat De Kalb out of the place by a long patch of daylight. Dit appeared to sulk most of the way despite Woolfs Intermittent use of his stick. After apprentice Givens lost an iron astride the confidently backed Everget in the five and a half furlongs of the fourth ace. the dsh proved a soft touch for the J. E. Wideners Stepwisely, a winner back at Belmont. She slipped right to the lead under Gilbert and all but drowned this field with Thread o Gold finishing second some two lengths back and three lengths back and three lengths before the favorite. The runner-up had blinkers on for the occasion of this test among seven fairish two-year-old fillies. The spray of slop and water stopped several of the field of 14 platers almost before the six furlongs second race was fairly under way. Mrs. W. H. Canes Star-goo was among those less discouraged by this shower kicked up by the pacemaking Victory Play and Gold Tint and drove to the stand a head in advance of the latter, who had blinkers on." Victory Play stopped and the favored Magdala, ridden by the inexperienced D. Rienzi, was third, something over a length back. The time was a roaring 1:1535 and the pay-off 2.30. The Daily Double return was 90.90. The third event, a mile and a furlong claimer that attracted a field of five, resolved into a futile pursuit of H. Kerrs Maryland-bred Blue Flight, ridden by Atkinson. Under a comparative feather of 109 she sped along in the lead all the way, winning comfortably by two and a half lengths at the direct expense of the highly fancied Caduceus. Almost as great a margin separated the latter from the Latin-American Don Juan II., who finished in third place It was not much of a contest. The winner returned .10 and was timed in l:54:,b.

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