Grand Sport at Pimlico: Spirited Racing with Close Finishes Thrills Large Crowd, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-11


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GRAND SPORT AT PIMLICO Spirited Racing with Close Finishes Thrills Large Crowd. Elkridge Steeplechase to Roi Craig Ophelia Annexes the Annapolis Handicap. ., PIMLICO, Md., November .10. The Greentree Stable furnished the winner of todays feature at Pimlico when the promising three-year-old fencer Roi Craig beat Kwoueshee out a length and a half in the Elkridge Steeplechase. Roi Craig received a .perfect ride from Vincent Powers and ran a good race. The son of Roi Herode was always- close up, passed Kwoueshee after taking the twelfth jump, and held the Lewis jumper for the remainder of the distance. Kwoueshee fenced in his usual brilliant style, but tired suddenly after assuming the lead. An extraordinarily large crowd for a Monday was present at Pimlico today. The track" was at its best and the racing interesting enough to please the most exacting. The Annapolis Handicap was the main attraction on the flat, and it brought together a good band of fast sprinters. The three-year-old Ophelia, however, spoiled what looked like the real contest of .tUey,d;iy, .by. .scoringin runaway. .fashloandp-tleatling-" throughout and winning by- two lengths, with Valor second and Tippity Witchet third. Ophelia ran the three-quarters of a mile in 1:11, a new track record for the distance. A large band of maiden racers of all ages contested the opening race, which resulted in a stubbornly fought finish. Half of the big field were closely bunched entering the stretch at which the pacemaker Rubber II. began to tire after enjoying a commanding lead from the start. Then a wild scramble ensued and War Duty flashed past the winning line slightly in advance of Ilunnyven with Frcemautle, Rubidium and Duke John following closely behind. Samuel Ross good filly Toucanet rewarded the talent by a decisively achieved victory in the second race, Kings Champion being no match for her in the final drive. The Chesapeake Purse was the fifth race on the card and, under the conditions, two-year-olds and three-year-olds only were eligible to start. Four two-year-olds and six three-year-olds formed the field. Marmite was most fancied by the public, but the . filly My Dear, a two-year-old daughter of King James Rettie Landon, furnished a surprise by defeating the favorite in a hard fought finish. BEST FINISH OF AFTERNOON. Another thriller came in the following race. Whimsy, Knot and Siesta came tearing down the finish so closely, aligned that only the. judges could separate them. Whimsy was awarded the decision by a nose, with Knot second only a head in advance of Siesta, which in turn was but a half length to the good of Ground-Swell. Polroma ran a sparkling race to capture the final contest of the afternoon, leading for the entire mile and throe-sixteenths, gamely and successfully withstanding the mighty closing rush of Dandy Dude. W. C. Daly was an arrival from New York. He is on his way to Havana., where his horses .-will be shipped at the conclusion of the Rowie -meeting. War Smoke was claimed on Saturday for G. AY. Forman for ,915. J. Howard Lewis, acting for his employer, J. E. Widener, is purchasing what looks like promising material for steeplechasers. On Saturday lie secured tit private sale from W. A. Rurttschell the plater Joyful and from J. J. Farrell the three-year-old Wisest Fool. Jockey Weiner, the apprentice under contract to the Triple Springs Stable, will go from hen. to Havana. J. J. Neff, who at different times has acted as assistant to starters James F. Milton, A. R. Dade and Mars Cassidy, has been engaged to do the starting at the Pickering Valley Hunt Club meeting at Phoenixville, Pa. Dee Hammond, acting for G. Holmes, purchased of J. Lumsden the useful two-year-old Hush and of F. 1. Weir the three-year-olds Helen Atkin and Suu-ningdale. He will ship them to Cuba. Hammond was quite successful at Oriental Park last winter and his horses had-a large following.

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