First, but Set Back: Blanc Seing Disqualified in the Mineola Selling Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-14


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FIRST, BUT SET BACK ? Blanc Seing Disqualified in the Mineola Selling Stakes. Lanius Unexpectedly Defeated When an Odds-On Favorite Crystal Ford a Winner. 0 NEW YORK, N. T., September 13. William Daniels Blanc Seing. after finishing first in the Mineola Selling Stakes at Belmont Park today, was disqualified for fouling and the race given to Samuel C. Hildreths Thes-saly. which finished a close second, with Sunday Best placed second and Sweep Hawk third. The offense for which Blanc Seing was set back was crossing at the start, a move th3t seriously interfered with Sweep Hawk and Wildrake. The decision was made after all of the jockeys concerned had been heard, as well as the starting steward and the patrol judges. It was a delightful day for the sport and a goodly crowd was out, and, apart from the stake race and its disqualification, the sport was enjoyable. It was unfortunate that such a ruling should be necessary in the feature race of the day, but it was only made after a thorough investigation and the offense of Blanc Seing was such that Sweep Hawk was badly knocked back, while Wildrake was knocked out of any chance so completely that he was pulled up in the stretch by Ensor. Before the start Wildrake had reared up and fallen with Ensor, and that caused a slight delay. The field was sent away in good alignment after this happening and Thessaly was first to show in front. Blanc Seing, after Merimee had crossed with him, was right with her and they were never far apart in the race, while Sunday Best, racing on the inside, was in third place and the others, with the exception -of Wildrake, in fairly close order. WHEN" STKUGGLE WAXED HOT. Swinging into the stretch Thessaly was still showing the .way and on the turn Blanc Seing lost some ground by coming a bit wide. There Thomas rushed Sunday Best up next to the rail until she threatened, but at the same time" Merimee called on Blanc Seing and he was coming again in gallant fashion. The three of them fought it out through the final sixteenth and right at the end Blanc Seing was going away to finish first by a length, while Thessaly stuck it out to beat Sunday Best by a half length. The race was worth 2,350 to the winner and after the running Thessaly was bid up from her entered selling price of 4,700 to ,100, at which figure she was surrendered to Sam Louis. The Southampton Highweight Handicap, over three-quarters of the main course, was a companion piece to the Mineola Stakes and it resulted in something of a surprise when C. A. Stonehams Dry Moon m a gamely fought finish beat Saddle and Boots home. Georgie was a distant third and barely beat the top-weight, Lanius, for that part of the money. The start was a good one and Saddle and Boots left running fast, with the Cosden pair. Good Times and Bigheart, right after him and Dry Moon a close-up fourth Lanius was in rather close quarters as he went away, from an outside position and it was some distance before he had fair racing room. Saddle and Boots continued to show the way until well into the stretch and Good Times held to second place, though the others were all closely lapped and Taplin, on-Dry Moon, clung to his inside position all the way. Lanius had been forced to race around on the outside and was unable to materially improve his position. In the last eighth Dry Moon forged to the inside and near the end he and Saddle and Boots drew away and fought it out to the last stride, where Dry Moon dropped his head down in rront. Georgie was two and a half lengths farther back and beat Lanius a scant head for third place. ANOTHER FOR CRYSTAL FORD. Crystal Ford, one of the most improved horses in training, won another race for J. B. McKee when he was an easy victor in the mile and a sixteenth of the Freeport Selling Handicap. He was only opposed by Slippery Elm and Recount Crystal Ford raced into the lead in the first eighth and never did he surrender the command. At the end he was galloping along well within himself and Slippery Elm easily beat Recount for second place. The last named old horse has gone back badly and tnere was no time in the running that he would fully extend himself. Eleven platers to race a mile was what was offered as an opening race, and the winner turned up in P. S. P. Randolphs King Albert. At the end he was an easy winner from Quesada, while The Peruvian was a distant third, just beating Maize for that end of the purse. Quesada made the running and Esquire was in second place, with King Albert a close third on the outside. It was after leaving the backstretch that Ensor crossed to the rail with King Albert and then swinging outside of the leader had no trouble in putting Quesada away in the rush through the stretch. The Peruvian had begun well and raced prominently all the way, but he was tiring badly in the stretch, while Maize was closing up on him. Joseph E. Wideners Jacky was winner of the short course steeplechase that had been christened the Oyster Bay. He did not have much to beat when only opposed by Domingo, Grenadier and Unar. They finished in just that order. Unar made most of the pace and Grenadier was close up while Smoot was content to save Jacky last of the four until going into the backfield. There he moved up on the inside and Jacky dominated the running for the rest of the race. For three of the jumps Domingo raced with the Widener jumper and held him fairly well until the turn for home was reached. There he tired and Jacky came away though Smoot hurried him along to make the victory certain. Domingo readily took second place and Grenadier was third. The last race furnished a real surprise. Whitneys Picketer and Chickvale, coupled, were deemed certain to furnish the winner and were at 1 to 3 in the betting. Bluemont was an unconsidered outsider at 30 to 1 and in the speculative view had no right to win. But win he did in fast time and his few backers viewed his price with profound satisfaction. Eugene AVayland had intended shipping Exterminator to Toronto Wednesday to have him meet his engagement in the Toronto Cup at Woodbine Park, but was unable to obtain a card. The old warrior will leave Thursday.

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