Surf Riders Grand Race: Brings Victory for J. E. Maddens Colors in Champagne Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1921-09-15


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SURF RIDERS GRAND RACE i Brings Victory for J. E. Maddens Colors in Champagne Stakes. Success Comes in Last Strides, with Galantman Bunner-Up, " as in the Futurity. i : NEW YORK, N. Y., September 14. J. E. Maddens chestnut gelding Surf Rider, son of Superman Sea Spray, faultlessly ridden by Fator, dashed across the winning line a head in front of Galantman in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park today to the enthusiastic plaudits of thousands of metropolitan racegoers. Whatever may be said about the 1921 two-year-olds in comparison with the sparkling juvenile stars of other years the fact remains that they continuo to give race followers plenty of thrills, especially in the decision of stake races. Last Saturday in the Futurity Galantman went down to defeat by a short head before Bunting and again yesterday he went down to defeat by the same margin before Surf Rider. The Champagne was a beautiful race to watch. It brought four youngsters to the post. Sedge, Sun-reigh and Chesterbrook were absent.. Gifford A. Cochrans- June Grass got away in front and started down the back stretch at a fast clip, with Surf Rider hanging on his heels. Galantman got away-just behind Surf Rider, with Modo trailing. Penman took the- Waterbury- colt to the inside at once and stayed next to the rail all the way. The field raced in this order until they entered the stretch. Penman made repeated efforts to forcn his way through with Galantman, but was blocked on each occasion until the turn into .the stretch, nere Carroll carried June Grass, which was still leading, a trifle wide, allowing Galantman clear passage. The Waterbury colt slipped through under pressure and took the lead by n short head. He "was not allowed to hold his advantage long, as Fator took Surf Rider to the outside of the; leaders and swept into the stretch with a grc,at burst o.C speed under the whip. The Madden gelding fought it out valiantly with Galantman through the last eighth, but could not shake him off. The Waterbury colt continued to hang on grimly to the end. although he could not regain the lead after losing it. June Grass was used up by the time he reached the stretch and fell an easy prey for Modo in the argument for third money. Modo was away slowly, but closed with good speed when Ponce took hint around the leaders. He tired badly in the stretch, however, and it seemed probable that the weight was too much for liim. The Champagne was the first race of the year for two-year-olds which required the youngsters to travel as far as seven-eighths. Surf Jtiders time for the distance, 1:25tS, was not remarkable, but the manner in which the race was run accounts for the comparatively slow running. PENMAN LODGES CLAIM OF FOUL. Hie stewards spent little time in discussion before they threw out Penmans claim of foul against Surf Rider. The jockey told the stewards that Fator constantly blocked Galantman in illegal fashion, but his contention was not upheld by Uie officials. From the stands there appeared to be little reason for complaint on Penmans part. He was trying to save ground next to the inside rail and force his way through where there was insufficient room for clear passage. Galantman was forced to shorten his pace repeatedly because of Penmans efforts to get through on the inside and probably lost his chances of winning the race as a consequence, but the blame for this appears to rest on the judgment of his rider rather than on illegitimate blocking. Surf Rider received -an enthusiastic welcome from the spectators as he returned to the judges stand and there was considerable rooting for jockey Fator also. There was a double reason for the enthusiasm admiration for the geldings gallant victory and joy at the first popular victory of the day. The first three favorites had gone down to defeat. One of the largest mid-week crowds of the meeting turned out to witness the running of the Champagne Stakes. The weather was pleasantly cool. Devastation took the Roxbury Handicap at one mile with some ease from Two Feathers and Dim-mesdalc. Scotland Yet started off like an express train, but she was running like a local and following the others at the finish. She raced away from the others in the rush down the backstretch. On the turn Penman made his move with Devastation, and the Wrack gelding raced the early leader into defeat before the stretch was reached. Ambrose almost caught Penman napping in the stretcii when he moved up menacingly with Two Feathers. Devastation, once Penman had become aware of the rally of the Jeffords candidate, dreiv away again and held a length and a quarter advantage at the finish. Dimmesdale made a resolute effort in the stretch, but the best he could do was to draw away from Scotland Yet, which was all through, and take third money, a length and a quarter behind Two Feathers. Devastation covered the mile in 1:38. DOUBLE VICTORY FOR FATOR. Fator completed a double by piloting Lampus to a brilliant victory over Care Free and Esquire in the fifth race, a dash at three-quarters mile for maiden three-year-olds and over under selling conditions. Fators ride on Lampus and also his work with Surf Rider in the Champagne were in startling contrast with his listless performance on the favorite Dimmesdale in the Roxbury Handicap. The apparent lack of effort shown by the jockey in that race was a subject for much unfavorable comment in the stands. Fators ride, as in the Champagne, was the chief factor iu the victory of Lampus. The gelding, owned by George H. Bull, secretary of the Saratoga Racing Association, was constantly shuffled back through the first eighth of the running until .he trailed the others. A less confident rider would Continued on second page. SURF EIDERS GRAND RACE Continued from first page; have given up the effort under such circumstances, -but Fa tor took Lampus to the outside and began the work of overtaking the leaders. Care Free, a notoriously bad post actor, got away -to a good start in this race and gave Lumpus an argument through the stretch, but could not hold out " long enough. Lainpns won by half a length under " vigorous pressure. Esquire, the early pacemaker, was third, half a length behind Care Free. Ohesterbrook, overcoming early interference, came ? through in. the stretch under punishment to overhaul Reparation and win the sixth race, at threc-quar- j tors mile, by a length. Reparation tired and was r; under a hard drive to outlast All Over for second place. ii The race designed for two-year-old maidens r; brought together eleven starters. Reparation was j away in front and set a fast pace for half a mile, j Rounding into the stretch Chestcrbrook and All Over r began to close up 011 the leader with a rush. Chestcrbrook had the most speed left and overhauling Reparation in the last eighth continued to draw 1 away and won by a length. The new scratch rule operated to perfection for , the first time today. Not an absentee was posted : for the oversight dashes. i William Farnums Dark Hill qualified for inein- bership in the "in and out" club by winning the t second race, at a mile and a quarter, with ridicu- 1 Ions ease from Pansy and Rockport. The gelding i showed vast improvement. A few days ago Dark Hill ran a ragged race, showing dull speed all the : way, and finishing far in the ruck. Today he rushed into the lead immediately, drew away stead- ily from his opponents under stout restraint, and galloped easily through the stretch, while Rabin, ; turning in the saddle, watched the frantic efforts of Pansy to overtake him. Dark Hill was five p lengths ahead of Pansy at. the end, while Ruck-port, also under a hard drive, followed Pansy by seven lengths hack. Dark Hill was not extended at. any time, and the time for the mile and a quarter was consequently extremely slow consider- ing tiie fine condition of the track, the gelding covering the distance in 2:07. Max Hirscli purchased Suiinyland from J. S. Cos- . den and sent, him into the first race, a selling dash , at one mile. Well ridden by Clarence Rummer. the old gelding carried the colors of his new owner -. to victory over War Note and Hep, while the . veteran Valor, set up as an oddson favorite, was : running seventh in a field of ten. Suiinyland held ! his position near the leader through the early run- r ning. Kummer gave him a hard ride through the l stretch, and the gelding responded gamely, passed War Note in the last eighth, and was going away at the finish. . Valor was outpaced from the start. Fator tried to move up with him on the last turn, but the old j horse was already beaten and appeared to know it. 1 He was eased up through the stretch. This was 1 Valors first start since the Hancocas Stable got him back from Fred Burlew in a selling race last s week. There was much speculation 011 the race. : with most of the support centering on Valor and J Crack o Dawn, while Suiinyland ruled as third choice. The race gave the backer.? a bad start for the day. , , , Jock Scot was sold to the Hillside Stable for ,: ,200 after his victory in the fifth race on Tues- , day. Houyhnhnm was claimed out of the same , race by J. Kermath for -,800. Jockey J. Mooney, who fell with Joan .Marie in the fifth race Tuesday, will be out of the saddle for some time, trainer James Fitzsinimons an-" , bounced today. The riders injuries an; not serious, but will keep him on the ground for quite a while.

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