Last Day at Bowie: Maximac Furnishes Big Surprise in Thanksgiving Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-01


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LAST DAY AT BOWIE i Maximac Furnishes Big Surprise in Thanksgiving Handicap. . 3 Lucky Hour Fails Badly Attendance Record Is Broken at Prince George Park. 1 f a BOWIE, ML, November 30. Maximac, the o three-year-old son of Golden Maxim and r Leonalla that races for G. L. Blackford, which only recently unexpectedly accounted r for the Twin City Handicap, defeating Pad- y die, Hephaistos, Emotion and Rockminister, furnished another surprise today when he triumphed in the Thanksgiving Handicap, I the outstanding attraction of the closing day I at Bowie. Frank E. Browns Hephaistos t raced into second place and Montfort Jones I Rockminister was third, with Nedna in fourth place. Maximacs victory came as the biggest sur- J prise of the meeting when as good a colt as 1 the Lexington Stables Lucky Hour was eased J up last of the fourteen that went to the post. 1 The race was over the mile and a quarter 1 distance and the time 2:09 established a 1 new track record. It was worth ,300 to the 1 winner. Never was there such a crowd in the little track on the hill and never a crowd enter- tained at this course with such high-class sport. The weather was ideal and bright sunshine made overcoats a burden, while the track was at its best. For the first time in Bowies history the parking space for autos i was too small to accommodate those who came by motor, though elaborate preparations for the handling of the holiday gathering s were made. STORY OF THE BIG RACE. Todays sport brought the racing in the East to a close and there was a general 1 scattering of horses and horsemen tonight 1 for the winter tracks and winter quarters. 1 Starter Cassidy did not lose much time at 1 the barrier in the Thanksgiving Handicap, though the start was almost on a turn and i he had several fractious horses in the field. Rockminister had the inside post position and All Over, an added starter from the Quincy Stable, was on the outside, while Lucky Hour was also close to the outer rail. When the barrier was sprung Blazes left speedily and Maximac went right after him, while Lucky Hour was in the first flight, but well to the outside by reason of his post position. Rockminister began a bit slowly, but he had running room and it was not much of a handicap. Nedna and Hephaistos i were racing forwardly going by the stand and the field was well bunched, with Opper-man last. Through the backstretch Blazes continued to show the way, but Maximac was close i after him. Lucky Hour had continued to race wide into the backstretch, but he was , close enough to have a chance almost to the ; half; there he tired slightly and as he dropped back he was soon shuffled out of all contention. Nedna was still racing forwardly and moved into third place when Maximac ! , challenged Blazes and wrested the lead from l him. FOURTH FOR FAIR rnATOM. Montfort Jones Fair Phantom scored her fourth victory of the meeting when she led a i fast lot of sprinters home in the six and a L half furlongs of the Au Revoir Handicap. G. L. Blackfords Gentility took second place j and old Tippity Witchet just nosed out the s Canadian-bred Paddle for third. Back of t them came On Watch, Amusement, Missionary - and Best Love. Little time was lost at the barrier and Gentility . and Fair Phantom quickly drew out t from the others. Then on the turnout of the i backstretch the two-year-old Amusement t dashed up on the outside and the three fillies 3 i were closely lapped until the stretch turn i was reached, with Fair Phantom between i the other two. It was not until an eighth i from home that Fair Phantom had her head 1 in front and Garner rode a confident finish l when he was once showing the way, though i Gentility was racing fast on the inside. :. Amusement tired after her challenge going to d the stretch turn and Paddle was in third 1 place until the last stride, when little Tippity j Witchet nosed him out for that part of the 2 prize in the final stride. Harry Payne Whitneys Fly by Day, the e chestnut daughter of Broomstick and Fly y by Night II., upset calculations in the mile e of the final purse of the meeting for two- - I year-olds when she led home such good ones s as the Nevada Stock Farms General Thatcher, - Walter J. Salmons Vigil, the Greentree e J Stables Moonraker, John E. Maddens Pay y Dear and the Modo Stables Owasco. , On the strength of his recent victories here, :, as well as his close second to Oui Oui in the e I running of the Walden Stakes, General 1 Thatcher appeared to be best of the starters, i, I Continued on twelfth page. i LAST DAY AT BOWIE Continued from first page. though he was giving away weight to all his opponents when he had to shoulder 111 pounds. Vigil, under the feather o 102 pounds, was considered the one most to be feared. It was a good start and Lang at once sent Fly by Day to the front and when the pace 1 was slow he rated him along and was able 1 to hold a good advantage all the way. Koogh, who had the mount on General Thatcher, appeared content to gallop alongside of Vigil and he made no effort to go after the filly. Nearing the stretch turn Moonraker moved up on the inside and for an instant threatened, then Keogh finally called on General Thatcher, but Fly by Day had not been asked to race fast in the early stages to hold the lead and had plenty left. Then General Thatcher tired slightly when called on and Fly by Day was winner by a length and a quarter, while General Thatcher beat Vigil half a length for second place, with Moonraker fourth. The opening dash was a three-quarters race for two-year-old selling platers, and A. Swenkes Belphrizonia was an easy winner from H. E. Bilsons Mabel K., while E. K. Brysons Gold Mount beat J. A. Coburns Little Hope for the short end of the purse. Mabel K. and Belphrizonia were the ones to set the pace and they drew away into a good lead in the early stages, with Mabel K. showing the way. McTaggart was content to have Belphrizonia well within striking dis-, tance until going to the stretch turn. Pen-" man called on Mabel K. and when she bore cut she carried Belphrizonia wide. As the pair of them went wide little Hope moved up with a rush on the inside, but Belphrizonia shook off Mabel K. and came away easily after crossing to the inner rail. Ettahe was much the best in the six and a half furlongs of the second race, but Luns-ford brought about his defeat when he failed to keep him up in the early stages and then was forced to go around on the outside at the head of the stretch. Sling, that formerly I raced for James Butler, but is now in the E. . Denham stable, proved the winner, and he was never far from the leader at any stage. Fluff was third and beat Gaudy, one of the pacemakers, for the short end of the purse. Hephaistos and Rockminister both made up considerable ground when Maximac dashed into the stretch well clear of his company and held on gamely. Hephaistos, under Marinellis energetic ride, was gaining on him and loomed up dangerously an eighth out. Shillick kept right about his business on the Blackford three-year-old and at the end he was a length and a half clear, while Hephaistos was a full four lengths before Rockminister, which was finishing with a great rush, too late, however, to overtake the leaders, though earning third place. L . . , , t t : J 3 1 " ; - 5 1 7 I - I 7 L e . e e c s j 1 s j f r . . a

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