Great Sport at Laurel: Keenest Rivalry Aroused over the Decision of National Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-09


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GREAT ..SPORT AT LAUREL i . ..... i Keenest Rivalry Aroused Over the Decision of National Stakes. On Watch the Winner, Constancy and Wildair the Big Disappointments. LAUREL, Md., October 8. rrobably no race run this year aroused more interest among the horsemen that diil the National Handicap, the ,000 feature event of todays program at Laurel. It was n dash of three-quarters of a mile, for two-year-olds, and the pick of the youngsters here went to thi! post. Much individual speculation among the owners of the different starters was indulged in, one of the last waters to be made before the youngsters faced the barrier being that of 5,000 by J. H. Cosden with Commander J. K. L. Ross that lilazes would beat Constancy. O. W. Loft furnished the winner in On Watch, which came from behind to win by a length from Blazes, which beat Constancy three parts of a length. Wildair was the disappointment of the race. He was away slowly and appeared unable to get going in the early running, and at the end beat out the tiring pacemaker Carmandale. Pleasing autumnal weather, a fast track and the promise of some excellent sport attracted a large and enthusiastic attendance. Nor were the spectators disappointed, as some of the best racing of the fall season was witnessed. Spirited and thrilling finishes marked the majority of the races. Particularly was it the case in the fifth, Duchess Lace scoring in sensational style in the last stride after a terrific stretch struggle with Camoufleur after Ballet Dancer II., the only other starter, had tired from .sotting .the pace.... . .r-- Only the smallest of margins separated Queen Blonde and .loan of Arc in the second, while Celto and Water War were forced to hard drives to win the sixth and seventh races respectively. Trainers were more keenly interested in the National Stakes than in any other race of the meeting so far. Several private wagers were made on the outcome. Trainer Albert Simons bet Max Hirseh ,000 to 00 that Wildair would beat Constancy, the filly that Ilirsch sold to Commander Ross ai Saratoga. Lewis Garth wagered .,200 that Captain Parrs Blazes would defeat Constancy and ,000 that Wildair would beat her. War Strength, the three-year-old jumper that fell in the jumping race Tuesday, is still in bad way, but improving. It has not been determined whether the horse broke his shoulder or tore the ligaments. The final trials of the big string of yearlings owned by Capt. Parr and William Garth were had on Sunday at Benning. and there were found some promising ones in the band, a few that could run eighths in lis-j and others that couldnt do so well. "Some fast and some slow." as Garth put it. The yearling that he wanted to match against any of the high priced youngsters, the race to take place next spring at Pimlico, but which offer was not taken up, is a home-bred one by Theo. Cook Sack Cloth. C. White readied Laurel from Havre de Grace witli Mannchen. Sun Rose and two others. The purses for the six races on the flat Thursday each will be increased in value 20.25, a total of ,575.50, representing the surplus from selling races and claiming races run October 7. This will make them from ,429.25 to ,029.25 each . J. Lumsden claimed Search Light III. out of the fifth race Tuesday for ,400.

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