Interest Maintained: Over 10,000 at Hawthorne on Third Day of Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-04


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INTEREST MAINTAINED Over 10,000 at Hawthorne on Third Day of Meeting. Lightly Weighted Moss Fox H. Triumphs Over High Cost in Armour Handicap. Aa crowd of over 10,000 enthusiastic racegoers gathered at Hawthorne Tuesday afternoon for the third days program of the twelve-day meeting of the Illinois Jockey Club. The afternoons card was made up of six well-balanced fields, with the Armour Handicap of ,000 the feature attraction. Another autumnal day of clear skies, but with a summer temperature that passed the 80 mark, was instrumental in bringing out the big crowd. Kind indeed has been the weather man to the Illinois Jockey Club. Six horses answered the call for the Armour Handicap, with High Cost the top weight and favorite. Despite the handicap of 120 pounds High Cost set a fast early pace and led to the last eighth, where he gave way to the lightly weighted Moss Fox II. The latter was kept within striking distance throughout and when called on entering the stretch quickly overhauled the favorite and drew away to win by a big margin. Lina Clark, ridden by J. Kederis, ran a creditable race, but could not improve her position, although she had no trouble in holding the othei-s safe at the end. Delante, with E. Petzoldt in the saddle, rushed into a long lead at the start of the first race, which he easily maintained to the end. Ormont, ridden by J. Kederis, was the nearest contender, but was unable to gain on the fast-going winner. Miss Jane finished a poor third. Dixie Dick, the public choice, ran a game race, but was unable to finish better than fourth. Layol showed some early speed, but soon dropped back steadily. Stylish Miss and Dentara were never dangerous. DOUBLE FOR E. PETZOLDT. Brown Bill, under the able guidance of jockey E. Petzgpldt, forced the pace from the barrier in the second race and, outgaming Whippet, ridden by J. McGraw, at the stretch turn, drew into a commanding position. However, Whippet raced gamely and gave the winner a game battle to the finish. Black Top saved ground at the turns and finished going fast. Railbird was gaining steadily in the last sixteenth. Harry Rudder had an abundance of early speed, but was unable to withstand the fast pace. Will o the Wisp showed some early speed. The third race of the afternoon furnished a genuine thrill for the speculators and the winner was unknown until the placing of the official numbers. Lady Lillian, with Mee-han up, was the victor, with Croupier second and Black Betty third, so closely bunched that the proverbial blanket would have easily covered the three. Louis caused a slight delay at the post by his bad performances and killed any chances he might have had to finish in the money. Woodie Montgomery tired badly after the first quarter. Louis encountered some interference by Lady Lillian on the far turn. All in all it was a race that stirs the spirit of the lover of the thoroughbred, and a great ovation was offered the winner on his return to the judges stand. WAR PENNY A REPEATER. War Penny, under H. S. Jones, won the fifth race of the afternoon under a hard drive. Skeer Face set the pace from the start and successfully resisted the challenges of Money and Reliability. J. Singleton made a bold attempt with Money in the stretch, but was unable to finish better than third. Bill Blackwell had some early speed, but tired after going a half mile. The others were outrun from the start. The last race of the day was a beautifully contested affair, Sea Way winning from Bond at the finish by the narrowest of margins. Bond had a three-length margin over Walk Up, while the others were following far behind at the end. The high board fence along Fifty-second avenue was literally covered with young boys after the running of the third race, another evidence of the kindness of the Illinois Jockey Club in allowing the youngsters a glimpse of the races from the place of vantage without being molested. In addition to the band which furnished entertainment for the throng between races, the management have brought out several male singers and the twenty-five minute period between races seems only too short. All seven-eighths races have been changed to three-quarters by the Illinois Jockey Club. The change of distances is effective after Tuesdays racing. The fifth race on todays card will be run at seven-eighths, but all other seven-eighths races in the book will bo changed to three-quarters.

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