Fine Start at Devonshire: Merrimac Defeats Guy in the Windsor Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-27


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FINE START AT DEVONSHIRE Merrimac Defeats Guy in the Windsor Handicap. Marie Blanche Too Speedy for Tycoon Greenland Takes Another Race. WINDSOR, Ont., August 26. The Windsor Handicap, which featured the opening days card at Devonshire Park th.s afternoon, resulted in a victory for F. H. Smiths suddenly improved Merrimac, ridden by F. Wilson, over Mrs. J. Phillips Guy, while Mrs. J. L. Pauls Cotton Blossom was third. The race, which was for three-year-olds and over at a mile and a sixteenth, brought out a field of six, there being one withdrawal. Gourmand. The winner was accorded considerable attention in the betting. Tne start found the field leaving in good alignment with the lightly-weighted Citation making the early running, while Merrimac was in closest pursuit. Wilson called on Merrimac as the field left the half-mile ground and the horse quickly rushed into a safe lead, while Guy displaced Citation. Merrimac was still racing under slight restraint when Guy moved up with a rush, then was roused up and kept under hard riding through the final eighth, but his weight told on Guy and Merrimac drew away to win comfortably. Cotton Blossom came with a rush in the stretch and outstayed Bunga Buck for third money. GOOD CROWD DESPITE WEATHER. Threatening weather prevailed for the opening this afternoon, but overhead conditions had little effect on the attendance, which was large and well pleased. The program which was carded for decision was a well arranged one and provided interesting racing. As a secondary feature a two-year-old race at five and a half furlongs brought out a speedy band, with the winner turning up in Marie Blanche, ridden by M. Fator, in a spirited drive with Tycoon. The defeat of the latter was a severe blow to the backers, as he was accorded extensive support. The start found the speedy Lady Boss away in the van and she drew away into a long lead in the early running. Marie Blanche was racing on the inside, while Tycoon was in early difficulties. Lady Boss began to tire in the final eighth and the winner, under vigorous riding, finished fast next to the rail, while Tycoon finished well out in the track. Buckwheat was a good third. LADY FELIX WINS OPEXER. Lady Felix accounted for the first race of the day, in which she had a wide advantage at the fuiish. Sir Clarence, one of the choices, propped and began sideways, but closed a great gap and took second place. Hemisphere was identifier, and was a starter in the race. There was some rough riding in the sixth race, in which Greenland got the verdict over Walk Up, while Magician was third. Petz-oldt, on the winner, had Walk Up in close quarters through the final sixteenth. Before leaving for Kentucky Mose Lowen-stein made arrangements to reserve a season to J. K. L. Ross stallion Cudgel at Kempland Farm, near Lexington, Ky. F. S. Livingston, secretary of the Thorncliffe Park race track, was a visitor this afternoon and distributed the condition books for the meeting there, which opens on September 9. W. Walker has purchased the contract on the apprentice rider J. Spencer and will take him to Tijuana to ride next winter. A notice was posted in the secretarys office this morning, which reads as follows: "All horses, directly or indirectly under the care or superintendency of any person ruled off or suspended for fraud by any association will be disqualified from racing and any owner or trainer who harbors any ruled off or suspended person will be denied all privileges."

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