Aqueduct Meeting Ends: Sedgefield Furnishes Surprise and Wins Speculation Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1921-07-09


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AQUEDUCT MEETING ENDS i Sedgef ielcl Furnishes Surprise and Wins Speculation Handicap. Sennings Park Forced to Limit to Beat Game Pen Rose Sandes Brilliant Riding. NEW YORK. N. Y.. July 8. The final days racing on Long Island until fall attracted an immense crowd to Aqueduct. Tomorrow Empire City opens and the Hilltop course will command the attention of metropolitan racegoers until the end of the mouth. For the closing Aqueduct program the Speculation Handicap at one mile was reserved as t he-particular feature. Much of the interest in it was swept aside by the withdrawals of several of its most promising prwpcctives. When the blue pencil had done its work only four remained Valor, Ned-dam, Romany and Sedgefield. Valor, of course, was the pronounced choice, and few there were to risk a selection to best him. However, there are times when the lowly and neglected accomplish the unexpected. This is what Sedgefield did today. Neglected he was, hut nevertheless he caught and passed the Hililreth pride and won the Speculation by a half length after Valor had set a terrific pace to the last few strides. The mile was run in 1:3775. Honest and game Pen Rose ran a sparkling race in the Domino Handicap, second in monetary value, but of equal, if not surpassing, interest with the stake feature. The good Triple Springs Farm mare -was; beaten, but she shared the glory with the victor. She had as opponents Sennings Park and Ralco. The first mentioned was the favorite. His second to Audacious in the Carter Handicap showed that he was near his best form. He had to be today to defeat Pen Rose. She set a terrific pace, the quarter in 23, the half in 40, the three-quarters in 1:11, and forced Sande to do his best on the son of Jim Gaffney to pass her. Even then she hung on with great courage aud only gave way in the last few strides. - It was a great struggle and rightly deserved the long and spontaneous applause of the delighted spectators. Sande figured in another great finish in the closing race of the afternoon. He was astride John E. Maddens Surf Rider, a Superman colt that was making his second turf appearance. Nothing in his first essay, except perhaps his looks, served to attract any undue attention and despite Sandes presence in the saddle lie was given little consideration on the part of the speculatively inclined public. Oceanic, a brown son of The Finn, currying the Man o War stable colors and trained by Louis Feustel. caught the fancy, with J. H. Rosse-ters Firm Friend not lacking admirers. Oceanic, a first-time starter, displayed great early speed, but was green to his new surroundings and tired when the master rider sat down and hand rode Surf Rider with all the skill for which he is noted. It was this and not the prowess of Surf Rider that brought victory for J. B. Madden and defeat for what may be a colt of much promise, Oceanic. Action in the first race centered on Maggie Murphy, from the Quincy Stable, though R. T. Wilsons Kirtle was not neglected. They both followed home Hyperbole, a daughter of Jack Atkin Land League, carrying the silks of the Pelican Stable. Hyperboles winning margin was a head, with the favorite gaining on her with every stride. Kirtle had little chance after being shuffled back in the early stages and forced wide on the stretch turn. She closed witii great determination and fine speed in tlie final eighth, but too lute to be of any avail. The steeplechase, second on the afternoons program, was a farce. There were five starters and all but two met with some mishap or another. Fair Mac was the choice and chose to lose his rider, but was remounted and finished in time to secure third money. The winner was Saywlilch. without serious opposition. The Zeus filly led by a wide margin all the way. Amstello was second a good jumper, but lacking speed. New Haven fell at the second jump and Le Cypriu lost his rider at the third.

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