Grey Lag the Mighty: Succumbs Grandly to Snob II. in a Magnificent Race, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-20


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i j | I ! i | l I GREY LAG THE MIGHTY ♦ Succumbs Grandly to Snob II. in a Magnificent Race. ♦ Rancocas Stable Has Compensation in Winning Valuable Youthful Stakes With Tester. ♦ NEW YORK. N. Y., May 19.— J. S. Cos-dens Snob II. showed the big crowd at Jamaica Saturday some of the brilliant speed that induced the Baltimore turfman to pay 5,000 to John Sanford for him as a three- year-old last year. He beat Grey Lag in the twelfth running of the Long Beach Han- dicap, which was worth ,000 to the winner, racing the mile and a sixteenth in the new track record time of 1:43, a second and a fifth faster than the previous mark. Six of the eleven carded to start in the race were withdrawn, leaving Grey Lag, Snob II., Exodus, King Albert and Sedgefield to make the contest. Grey Lag was rather fractious at the post and little M. Fator had his hands full in trying to hold the big horse. When Grey Lag broke through the barrier and tried to run away, however, the lad showed that he could master him. After this delay at the post Grey Lag began in front, but Snob II. began at once to show remarkable speed and passed him while going to the first turn. Once in front Butwell allowed Snob II. to make his own pace and the son of Prestige raced into a long! i lead over his older rival in the rush down the backstretch. Everyone was waiting for Snob II. to slow up and for Grey Lag to bein one of his famous finishes, but the Cosden crack was at his best and the word tire was not in his vocabulary. Butwell had ample respect for Grey Lags prowess, however, and rode the French colt out to make assurance doubly sure. He crossed the finish with a two-length lead over Grey Iag. The rest of the field might as well have remained in their stables for all the figure they cut in the race. King Albert raced his way into third place early, with Exodus and Sedge-field following him in that order. They raced in those positions all the way, but none of them was able to keep pace with the flying leader. King Albert was eight lengths fce- hind Grey Lag at the end, while Exodus had run out on the last turn and was two lengths farther back. Sedgefield was thoroughly beaten in last place, eight lengths behind Exodus. FAST TIME RECORDED. From a lime standpoint the Long Beach Handicap was a remarkable race. The fractions were: 23%, 47%, 1:11%, 1:36% and 1:43. After riding Lady Diana to victory in the first race, little M. Fator completed a double for the Rancocas Stable when he won the Youthful Stakes, the secondary feature, with Tester. H. T. Waters was second and In-victus, an added starter, was third. Bracadale was withdrawn from the race, but the addition of Invictus brought the field up to the original five. This was the first time of the New York season that the two-year-old had been asked to go further than five-eighths. Fator sent Tester into the lead with H. T. Waters and Invictus closest in pursuit. These dominated the running all the way. Thorn-dale and Mr. Mutt — the only other starters — were easily outrun, although they made up some ground in the stretch. When the stretch rush started Tester was drawing away and when he saw that H. T. Waters was Lenten, Fator took the Rancocas colt under restrain! through the last eighth, to win easily by two lengths and a half. H. T. Waters came home a similar distance in front of Invictus, which had saved third money from Thorndale by three parts of a length. The Youthful Stakes was worth ,350 to the winner. Attracted by the fine weather and an exceptionally good card, a large crowd visited the track. The Allies Stables fleet filly Wishbone accounted for the Hercules Highweight Handicap at the end of the program. Lally took second and Missionary outstayed Saddle and Boots for the small portion of the purse. Wishbone took the lead after going a sixteenth, followed by Laiiy, and these two made the running throughout. Missionary, coming with a rush, nipped Saddle and Boots, which had raced prominently all the way, for third place. The straw, cerise, hops and straw cap of Marshall Field was carried for the first time on the American turf by Emotion in this race, but failed to figure prominently.

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