Springside Wins Fifty-Ninth Running of the Kings Plate, Canadas Most Famous Race, Daily Racing Form, 1918-05-25


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- SPRINGSIDE WINS FIFTY-NINTH RUNNING OF THE KINGS PLATE, CANADAS MOST FAMOUS RACE i j r c i ■ . ] j 5 j j I : " By Francis Nelson. Toronto, Out., May 24. — Finishing three lengths in front of Ladder of Light in time that equaled the record for the race, George M. Hendries Springtide won the fifty-ninth running of the Kings Plate before a crowd of about 8,000 spectators at Woodbine today. The race was run as one of the attractions of the Hunt Club Red Cross Horse Show, the Ontario Jockey Club providing ,250 added money in addition to the fifty guineas donated by King George V. Racing under normal conditions being suspended during the war, there was no other racing item of the Hunt Clubs two day show. It was the appearance of the Platers in competition on the course, though, that was responsible for the great gathering and the utmost enthusiasm was manifest, both during the running of the race and when his owner brought Springside on a white leading rein into the unsaddling paddock. Starter William Snyder, who made the journey from Kentucky for this single event, got a rather troublesome field of thirteen away to a good start, but Bencher swerved and darled behind the others right after leav ing the barrier. The pace was good throughout, the first mile being run in 1:42, with Ladder of Light a nose in front of Springside at this point. The son of Charles Edward — Spring-wells was under mild restraint still and, though Ladder of Light hung on gamely, it required little urging for him to establish a definite lead, which he increased at his riders pleasure, giving jockey Mink no trouble to get his name into the list of riders who have won the Plate. The Brookdale pair, May Bloom and Blackburn, were third and fourth, the latter having been well up throughout. Presenting the cup and the certificate for the guineas to Mr. Hendrie, the Duke of Devonshire, Governor General of Canada, who was making his first visit to Woodbine, expressed his gratification that a race of such historic interest had not been allowed to lapse. The winner wintered in Tennessee, this being the first year that absence from Canada did not carry with it disqualification as a Plater. He was carefully prepared by John Walters and, after a race at Churchill Downs, was brought here by Ed Whyte, who finished him off and saddled him for todays victory. He will return to Kentucky next week.

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