Fair Plays Grand Speed: Belmonts Great Colt First in Municipal after a Nobly Contested Race, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-11


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FAIR PLAYS GRAND SPEED. BELMONTS GREAT COLT FIRST IN MUNICIPAL AFTER A NOBLY CONTESTED RACE. Tranco Takes the Rich Nursery Handicap in Easy Fashion Delirium Equals tho Roseben Record at Thrco-Quartcrs. New York, October 10. August Belmonts superlative raw horse. Fair Play, with jockey J. Lee up. captured the Municipal Handicap of one mile ami hree-quarters at Belmont Park today from .six lightly weighted opitouents in 2:5S tint. The ehum-pion three-year-old shouldered weight. 127 pounds, that would have staggered a less .sturdy horse, fought Jin up-hill hattle from tho start, ran farther than :inj of his competitors and then survived through sheer sameness. The winner made prodigious weight oueessious, lift cen pounds actual weight, and mic year to such a high-class racer as Frank Gill. twe;uj lour pounds to Master Robert, a colt of his own aire, which has been knocking at the door all season in the important stakes, and thirtv-tivc pounds to such a fast: horse as- Beancoup. The held of starters for he Municipal Handicap included Tourenne. Brother Jouatluu and Miss Crawford, besides those already mentioned. The substitution of a more vigorous rider than Gilbert engendered public confidence iu Fair Play, and the occasional race-uocr accepted with enthusiasm the very lucrative odds of it to 5 epioted against him. llie misguided wagering of the experts on Frank n-ll was responsible for this liberality on the par; of the layers. Only a few hud Ike temerity to bet on any of the others in the race, except for show. In the ruuniug the favorite broke last and was sent along from the start. The scarlet, maroon sleeved Jacket and black cap could be seen going around the others on the sweeping first turn, steadily passing oue by one on the backstretch aud far turn until hey showed slightly in front ou the giant cliestir.it us the Held entered the stretch. From there ou Fan-Play dominated the situation and relentlessly increased his lead, shaking off first one and then tlif oilier of his two challengers. Frank Gill and Masti lbe.rt. and linaliy drew out so powerfully striding and triumphant that with one accord the -1.0H spectators present acclaimed him with voice and gestures the champion race horse of the late season of the year. No excuses were framed up for Master Hubert this occasion. Whatever of racing luck, disad-va.tihn.voui 4-n orothenvl.se. was encountered bv the two ieauers in the grand struggle, the runner-up was much more favored than his opponent at every stage of the running, while Frank Jill, the other placed horse, received from Joe Notter one of the most artistic rides seen on a race course. The tabled history of the Municipal Handicap since 1000 is given below: Year. Winner. A. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. IJOO Kthelbert .. . . .4 12! Odom S3.125 2:5S1 1001 Latsou 0 05 Wondcrlv . . 3,405 2:5SS J002 Advance Guards 127 Odom 2.730 3:00 1003 M. Daingerfleld4 120 Odom 2.S05 2:57 .100-1 Gunfire 5 11." Shaw 2.850 2:501 1005 St. Bellaue ...3 102 W. Knapp.. 2,i20 2:50 1905 Dishabille 1 115 y. Knapp.. 3,230 2:57 1907 Nealon 4 120 W. Knapp. . 3,045 2:."S4 1008 Fair Play 127 J. Lee .... 3.025 2:5S Aside from the big r.ic, the card bristled with features, including the Brook Cup Steepleehaso. tb Nursery Handicap, the Manhattan Handicap and two attractive overnight races. The Brook Steeplechase developed into as interesting a eross-eountrv contest as has been seen this year, despite the fact that three out of the eight starters fell. Sanctus, Ironsides, Waterspeed aud Agent were the most proiniuent until the first mile hud been covered, when Agent drew out like a rocket and. never atter-nards headed, won with ridiculous ease. Sanetus. the favorite, which seuns unable to set over the Belmont Park course, was eliminated by falling at ho tenth obstacle. Agent is one of the most iui-kWed jumpers in training. He again tried to bolt t the last fence, but his nerrv jockey whipped 1 ini over with great energy. The tabulated history of the Brook Cup Steeple- base Is as follows: Year. Winner. A. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1103 Graudpa C 145 E. Holder. .,250 5:34? HKHi Altar 4 141 Fiunegan .. 2.825 rt:7 J!07 Collgny 7 l.r2 Donohuo ... 3.100 0:15 10OS Agent C 140 Kellehcr ... 005 5:031 One of thu very best two-year-old races of the season developed for the Nursery Handicap, at six furlongs. Seven of the best juveniles now in training were engaged, including the wonderful Trance. The wiry daughter of Ben Brush picked up top weight. 124 pounds, and tripped lightly iu the van of her masculine and feminine oppswition for the six furlongs jouruey in 1:10. She simply smothered her six struggling lightly weighted opponents with speed aud race-goers did not cease talking aliout her exploit durlug the whole afternoon. There was an intensely exciting struggle for second place. Selectman nasslng Field Mouse in the last stride. The proverbial blanket would have covered the second, third, fourth, fifth and six horses at the finish. The condensed history of the Nursery Haudicap since 1100 is as follows: Year. Winner. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1100 Bellario 123 Henry ,020 1:101 1001 Kiug Hanover ...114 N. Turner.. 0.735 1:11" 1002 Eugenia Burch...ll5 Spencer .... li.OOO 1:12 3003 Race King 114 Gannon .... 7.125 1:10H 1004 Pasadena 10S J. Martin... 4.S25 1:12 1005 Perverse 100 Shaw 0.050 1:12? 3006 W. H. Daniel ...120 J. Jones 5.875 1:11 1007 Doraute 00 Sumter fs.200 1:13? 1008 Trance 124 W. Miller.. U.G50 l:10j The Whitney colors on Delirium Hashed to the front hi the last fifty yards of the Manhattan Handicap. The big gelding won in one of the fastest run six furlong races in turf history on a circular track. Tfce time. 1:112. equals the lest record for the Belmont Park course, made b3" Roseben October . 1105. Fashion Plate, however, was the hero of the race. The wonderful two-year-old broke llatfooted on the extreme outside, went around horses ou the turns srnd was only beaten a half length, nc covered at least fifty yards more ground than the winner and is race was equal to 1:10 fiat. The layers took liberties with Fashion Plate because of his bad position at the post and an Incapable Jockey. Wise Masons effort was also remarkable in view of the fact that for tho middle quarter his jockey did nothing but pull him up. Knlf Sovereign. De Mund and Besom were in front, heads apart, when beginning the final sixteenth. Right at the end. when it appeared the three would share the honors between thcui. Delirium squeezed through and got up in a sensational rush with Fashion Plate dropping from the clouds into third place with, equally bewildering suddenness. Affliction, the highly touted Keone filly and de-1 fdert choice, began proceedings with an ignominious L failure Royal Captive simply played with the 1 to 2 chance all the way and Lady Selina kept her r7 busy to Have secoud place at the end. Had Afllictiou 1 won with the inaldeu allowance claimed, a contro-I vcrsy would probably have arisen as to her standing v i a iter running second in the walkover for the Matron Stakes. It is said that tho question will be raised whethqr she should or should not have beeu legally Placed second in a race to her stable- companion and if not second sho would have to be considered a part of Maskette. and therefore equally a winner. The Sullivan clan put one over with Samuel n. Harris lu the closing dash of a milo and an eighth. Vral outrode Sweot at the- finish. The latter seems err unlucky on oddsron favorites. He had a Rood in Be-auclere, but the distance was not quite far enough. The weather was cold and cheerless, probably -the most disagreeable of the season. The splendid card,

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