Sturdy Homestretch: Proves Himself Fleet as Well as Good Stayer, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-12


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STURDY HOMESTRETCH -. Proves Himself Fleet as Well as Good Stayer. Defeats Speedy Prince of Umbria Despite Sande s Skillful Riding East Indian Takes Race. 4 NEW YORK, N. Y., Oct. 11. Homestretch, the same good stayer that was the winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, at two miles, at Belmont Park, was also the winner of the best offering at Jamaica today when he scored a victory in the Autumn Handicap, at a mile and seventy yards, and back cf him came S. K. Jacobs Prince of "Umbria and A. J. Contentos Miss Cerina. There were only three starters. It was generally thought that the distance was not far enough for the Cup winner to show to advantage, and Prince of Umbria seemed to have been leniently treated when only required to shoulder 110 pounds. But it resulted in a good race and it was proved that Mr. Vosburgh was not far wrong in his weight allotment. Miss Cerina played her part in the defeat of Prince of Umbria when she forced him along at a sprinting pace through the early running. While all this was going on Homestretch was plodding along ten lengths away from the two and not making up any ground. This was until leaving the backstretch. Then Homestretch began to draw up on the leaders. They were still well away from him and Prince of Umbria had headed the filly. He continued to close up and after making the turn for home Sande realized the danger and drove Prince of Umbria frantically in an effort to save the day, "but Homestretch had just begun to run in earnest and relentlessly drew up on the leader until he headed him and won drawing clear. It was a fairly interesting day of racing and, while the attendance was lighter than usual on account of the big counter attraction of the worlds series, there was a goodly number out. The sky was overcast, but no rain fell and the track was in its best condition. SILENT KING FAILS. George Millers East Indian, by a rush through the sfretch, was home first in the mile and a sixteenth of the second race and beat R. Luries Silent King a half length and two and a half lengths farther away came James Evans Bersagliere, last of the company and dead lame. Bersagliere set the pace and was showing the way to the turn out of the backstretch, where his weak leg went back on him and Sande moved up with Silent King and had a good lead before the stretch was reached. In the meantime East Indian was working his way up on the outside and, when heading for home, was in second place. Sande realized the danger and he rode the tiring Silent King with all his energy and skill, but it could not get him home when he tired badly in the last eighth. Billy Watts had raced forwardly all the way and the race will probably do him good. Bersagliere was so lame when returning to the scales that it is doubtful if he is seen at the races again for some time. R. Luries High Chief, under a well-timed ride by Laverne Fator, was the winner of the third race from the Rancocas Stables Stock-mar and Clarence Buxtons Coeur de Lion was a close third. Stoekmar made the running at a fast pace, but Coeur de Lion and High Chief were never far away, and through the last eighth of the three-quarters, when the son of Wrack tired badly, they swarmed up on him and it was the ride of Fator that told the tale of success right at the end. As the race was run, it was evident that Coeur de Lion was best, but he was brought around on the outside at the head of the stretch and Dugan was unable to give him the necessary help right at the end. HILARITY ALL TITE WAY. Clarence Buxtons Hilarity was good enough to run out in the stretch and still arrive home the winner from Aggravating Papa, and Bel-cross saved third place from Mitau. Hilarity set the pace and won all the way, but in the stretch she swerved so badly that it seemed she would surely be beaten when Aggravating Papa saved ground and finished fast, but a good ride made her stick it out. Selling plater two-year-olds to race five-eighths was the first offering of the day and Robert L. Gerrys Ebony Belle proved an easy winner, with Abe Hallows Florence B. Walker just beating the Audley Farm Stables Fausto home for second place, and Dusk was rather a distant fourth. Fausto showed the most early speed and for a time he was showing the way, but when Ebony Belle joined him she set a pace that had him beaten before the stretch was reached. In the racing home Ebony Belle drew away Continued on twelfth page. STURDY H01ESMTCH Continued from first page. easily to win with speed in plenty to spare. Florence B. Walker came with a rush near the end to beat the tiring Fausto in the closing strides. The funeral of the late J. P. Mayberry will be conducted from his late residence at 171st street and Hillside avenue, in Jamaica, at 11 oclock Friday forenoon. W. Booth claimed Stockmar from the Rancocas Stable for ,500.

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