Sun Brae Narrowly: Captures St. Valentine Handicap in a Thrilling Finish.; Ballynew in Easy Victory--Two Veterans, John Spohn and McMurphy, in Fine Contest., Daily Racing Form, 1923-02-15


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SUN BRAE NARROWLY Captures St Valentine Handicap in a Thrilling Finish Ballynew in Easy Victory Two TwoVeterans Veterans John Spohn and Mc McMurphy Murphy in Fine Contest HAVANA Cuba February 14 The St Valentine Handicap was todays feature at Oriental Park and it furnished a stirring contest in which the favorite Sun Brae with Tommy Burns in the saddle just managed to beat East View by a nose It was a corking contest throughout Edgar Allan Poo was the pacemaker and he showed the way at a fast clip Burns kept the favorite in clcso pursuit of the pacemaker and at the eighth post passed him and then gamely resisted the powerful closing rush of East View The latter finishing on the outside displayed a high order of speed and only failed by inches In fact it required the official plac ¬ ing before it was certain which of the two had won Incidentally it marked the third straight victory for Sun Brae BraeBallynew Ballynew proved an easy winner in the fourth which brought out some of the best selling platers here Koran was the one to set the pace and lead to the stretch turn where Ballynew moved up to take com ¬ mand and in the final eighth he won going away awayFour Four of the twelve starters in the opening race received about equal consideration on the part of the betting public with John Spohn going to the post a slight favorite He made good but only after a busy finish and by a small margin McMurphy was the pace ¬ maker and he led from the barriers rise with John Spohn in closest pursuit In the final eighth John Spohn under W Taylors vig ¬ orous riding got on even terms with the leader and after a spirited duel earned the decision in the last stride The battle be ¬ tween those two veterans of the turf John Spohn is eleven and McMurphy twelve aroused much enthusiasm and both were ap ¬ plauded foor their game exhibition exhibitionCAPE CAPE US FIXE RACE RACEAnother Another veteran triumphed in the second race when the eightyearold The Commoner mare Capers beat Who Can Tell by a half length As in the preceding contest it was a case of the ultimate winner overtaking the pacemaker in the last few yards to get the verdict Who Can Tell showed the way from the start and after racing Jill and Good Enough into defeat looked all over the win ¬ ner entering the stretch However it was at this point that Capers got into the picture and in a game finish took the major por ¬ tion of the purse purseThe The Cubanowned Cisqua with the Cuban jockey Hernandos in the saddle won the third race in a canter Cisqua raced into I the lead while rounding the far turn and from there to the finish kept increasing his advantage At the end he had a five lengths margin over Kentucky Smiles SmilesIn In the sixth Ruddles after getting into a jam at the ilrst turn gained steadily in the stretch and wore down Jno R Roche out gaming him in the final drive Ruddles just managed to get up and won by a nose noseJOCKEYS JOCKEYS 1UXISHEI 1UXISHEIJockeys Jockeys H Click A Arvin T Nolan and J Brunner were suspended for three days by the starter for disobedience at the post Jockey Merimee also received five days for the same offense offenseG G Fields was suspended by the stewards for ten days for rough riding on Ballynew BallynewJockey Jockey A Gantner who has been riding here with but little success left Monday for New York to report to trainer R Gunther in charge of the Allied Stable at Belmont Park ParkJockey Jockey Tom Nolan who has been riding in good form at this meeting expects to leave for his home in New York March 1 1Owner Owner S Burnside was notified by the stewards that further entry of his mare Alli van will be refused at this meeting She is unruly at the post and starter Milton and his assistants find it almost impossible to do any ¬ thing with her herJ J F Wallace was fined 10 for usinj blinkers on his horse John J Jr in the first race yesterday without permission of the stewards stewardsJockey Jockey Bert Scheffel resumed riding yes ¬ terday The boy has been prevented from riding by injuries received in a race during the early part of the meeting meetingJockey Jockey C Grace was suspended Tuesday for throe days by starter Milton Grace who was riding Allivan in the sixth nice struck his mount after the starter cautioned him not to do so soDr Dr Ashe reported the mare Chatterbox dropped a fine looking bay colt by Solomon this rnornirs

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