Wins at Oriental Park: J. J. Murdock Beats Early Sight in Santa Clara Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1917-12-29


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WINS AT ORIENTAL PARK J. J. Murdock Beats Early Sight in Santa Clara Handicap. Fourth Race Furnishes Best Finish with Blanchita Winner by a Nose. Havana, Cuba, December 2S. The Santa Clara Handicap, a dash of five anil a liair furlongs, to which a purse of 000 was added, was featured by the Cuba-Americaii Jockey Club this afternoon. It brought out a field of good, sprinters and furnished a stirring contest, in which J. J. Murdock beat Early Sight three parts of a length, after forcing the pace all the way. The best finisli of tlie afternoon came with the running of the fourth race, in which three of seven starters passed the winning mark almost aligned. DIauchita raced next to the rail all tlie way and, after being passed by Schemer at the half, came again and in a sinew straining finish, just managed to get up in time to beat Schemer a nose. Scorpii was only a neck behind this pair. Sal Vanity was considered best in tlie first race, but ran a bad race and was never prominent. The winner turned up in E. K. Brysons Scylla. which displayed the most speed throughout and held Lady Spendthrift safe through the final eighth. Tlie second race resulted in a close finisli, although for a time it appeared that Brookfield would make a runaway affair of it. Entering the stretch. Brookfield had a lead of five lengths, but tired badly in the final drive and Liudenthal would have beaten him in a few mere strides. The latter ran an excellent race after getting away slowly. Rochester- scored an easy victory in the third, after assuming a big lead immediately after the start. The closing dash went to Lady Rdwena, which made every post a winning one. Kay Spences filly Violet has Avon throe races out of four attempts since coming to Oriental Park. She is an exceptionally speedy miss and over a fast track is a hard one to beat. Tito has three straight victories to his credit. He is entered in the sixtli race tomorrow, where he will meet stronger opposition than he encountered in his previous starts. Jockey A. McDermott was a new arrival from New York. He came here to ride for W. Short. II. Shilling arrived from New Orleans and will ride for J. Umensetter. The first claim of the meeting was lodged when G. C. Mizell took Black Frost out of the third race from AV. A. McKinney for 025.

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