Sir Cleges In The Lead.: Wins The Bluegrass Stakes In Convincing Fashion And Fast Time.; Hasty Agnes Sets a New Track Record at Three-Quarters--Churchill Downs Track Much Improved by Its New Top Dressing., Daily Racing Form, 1908-05-13


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SIR CLEGES IN THE LEAD WINS THE BLUZGRASS STAKES IN CONVIN ¬ CING FASHION AND FAST TIME Hasty Agnes Sets a New Track Record at Threo Quartcrs Churchill Downs Track Much Im ¬ proved 1 y Its New Top Dressing Louisville Ky May 11 Todays racing it Churchill Downs could not IKJ improved on The track was lightning fast and is some speedy horses contested In the l est offerings track records were in dimmer throughout the afternoon one that had stood for more than twenty years being shattered into smithereens This was the threequarter mark established by Force September 24 188 as a live yearold carrying 1111 pounds Force ran the dis ¬ tance in 11 flat and while it has been tied this lias stood until this afternoon when Hasty Agnes carrying ninetytwo pounds won over sonic of the fastest sprinters in these parts and reduced the time to 112J In the early running Al M tiller and Clm llta the latter making her first start of the year set a tremendous pace but l oth tired perceptibly in the final furlong and allowed Hasty Agnes and Colonel Jim Douglas to Hash by them Al Mnller outgaming the Labold lilly at the end for third money Chulita plainlr showed that she was just a trifle short and if benefited by this race as it is thought she will lie she looms up as the most dan ¬ gerous contender for Kentucky Oaks honors honorsThe The Bluegrass Slakes which featured the card was another fastrun race and demonstrated that in Sir Cleges the winner 1 Long has one of the best threeyearolds in this section It al o proved that had the track IH CII in any kind of good condition Derby day he would have won that event witli ease instead of suffering defeat by Stone Street In todays race he forced steady pace for a half then wore Darknight down and withstood W T Overtoils final rush with rare gameuess The net value of the stake to the winner was 11100 11100The The tabulated history of the Bluegrass Stakes is us follows followsYear Year Winner Wt Jockey Val Time 1100 Grayless 112 Wcdstrand 01512U 1001 Ben MacDhui 112 Cilmore 0451214 1002 Emathion IOOWinklieId 1K55 122 100 Monsr Beaucairell2 A W Booker 1505 1214 1214inOJ inOJ Cood Cheer l jMindcr Iil5 1221 1105 Martin DoylelI7IIolller 155 121 f 10M The Minks 112Munro lrrO l22J 11107 Prince Ahmed 112 T Tavlor 1410 l2 g 100S Sir Cleges 1 1 2 1 Warren I20O t2i t2iHim Him at six and onehalf furlongs previous to 1007 By wimwng the closing race at a mile and a six ¬ teenth in 47 Margaret Randolph tied the track record for the distance established bv Cambrian May 5 1000 Incidentally the Hawkins lilly showed n sterling performance inasmiicli that she had to overcome early interference She came fast through the stretch nnd after a slight brush with Beau Brumuicl easilyOne came away to win easily One of the closest finishes of the meeting resulted In the second race when Inela and Iinion wound up the half mile trip noses apart Inela in the van The placing of Inela did not meet with approval from some of the spectators and they gave vent to judgesVon cat calls and hisses against the judges Von Iliielow took down another purse for L A Colla when he won the fifth race from Transform and Woolwinder Von Binlow was favored by good racing hick which enabled him to go into a long lead from the start He appeared beaten in the stretch but stood the drive gamely and forged into the lead again in the last few strides Transform under hard urging managed to last long enough to retain second place Woolwiuder and French Cook coupled as the Milton Young entry ran im ¬ pressively Both were in a bail tangle and away in a rear position at the start and closed a big gap French Cook will probably beat the winner with a little experienceThe more experience The opening nice went to Estclla C in a canter after she hail given her backers much uneasiness on account of trailing far back for a half Mondella managed to hold on long enough to outstay Potter for second place placeConstant Constant working on the track with all available harrows has made the Churchill Downs course one of the fastest in the country Last year the el ¬ lipse was given a coating of from three to eight inches and this fresh dirt has now settled firmly An Instance of its speed was shown this morning when Kings Daughter was sent a half In handy style under fortyseven seconds secondsTodays Todays attendance was exceptionally large and ideal weather conditions prevailed The betting on the different races was uniform the inutuels handling nearly 50000 and the auction pools al ¬ most ij000 Margaret Randolph and Inela straight tickets were the best paying inutuels Jockey inutuelsJockey E Martin was fined 50 by the starter for disobedience at the post in the second race Track raceTrack superintendent Harry Carr is still working hard to make the track faster and promises before the end of this mectting to reduce every former track record

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