In a Stirring Finish: H. P. Whitneys Gonfalon Beats Cockney in Deanwood Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-17


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IN A STIRRING FINISH H. P. Whitneys Gonfalon Beats Cockney in Deanwood Handicap. Contest a Thriller Throughout "With Result la Doubt Until Final Strides Wellfinder Triumphs In Glenhurnle Handicap. : LAUREL. Md., Oct. 16. The Dean-wood Handicap, which was offered as one of the features of the day at Laurel Park, was for two-year-olds, at three-quarters, and furnished a stirring finish in which H. P. "Whitneys Gonfalon was winner in a severe drive from Mrs. W. M. Jeffords Cockney, with E. B. McLeans Modest third. The race provided the greatest thrill of the afternoon in a racing way. Throughout the entire contest the field was closely bunched and an eighth from home the leaders were racing heads apart, with the outcome indefinite. In the final sixteenth Gonfalon, through superior, gameness outlasted Cockney. The latter .was forced to race on the outside the entire way and in the stretch "Watts slipped through on the inner rail with Modest The latter tired badly at the end. The Glenburnie Handicap,- which brought together a band of all-aged sprinters to go three-quarters, resulted in a victory for Mrs. R. L Millers "Wellfinder in easy fashion from the Glen Riddle Farm Stables Oceanic and J. K. L. Ross Billy Kelly. The winner was ridden by jockey Legere, who completed a double, having previously piloted Camouflage to victory. Following a brief delay at the post "Well-finder was the quickest to begin. He set a fast pace for the others to follow. Billy Kelly and Miss Whisk were racing in close pursuit, while Oceanic had a wide advantage over Horologe and Blazes. "When rounding the far turn "Wellfinder readily held his advantage, but Miss "Whisk began to falter. Oceanic moved up on the outside. At the eighth post Billy Kelly began to tire and Oceanic challenged the winner. The latter had something in reserve and readily held his advantage. Oceanic was a safe margin in advance of Billy Kelly. The winner ran the journey In 1:12. "Weather conditions this afternoon were of a threatening sort, but rain held off during the day. The crowd was of generous proportions. Simoon, ridden by jockey J. Callahan and racing for G. R. Tompkins, had but little trouble in graduating from the maiden ranks 4 at one mile in the third race. Scotch Broom finished second, while Philosopher was third. The winner was a pronounced choice and followed the pace under restraint. He as- sumed the lead when ready and at the end was going away. Scotch Broom closed steadily on the outside, while Philosopher quit badly after racing Macduff into defeat. "W. C. Baines Normana, ridden by jockey P. "Walls, was an easy winner of the opening race, which engaged a large field of two- i year-olds at three-quarters. J. Arthurs Fehrah was second while "W. J. Salmons Jackson was third. The winner was grouped in the field and drew stout support. From . the start "Walls rush his mount into a contending position on the outside and followed the pace established by Jackson. "When called upon in the stretch run Normana forged to the front and had a safe margin at the finish. Fehrah, under punishment, came again at the finish and had an advantage over the tiring Jackson. G. C. "Winfreys Camouflage, ridden by Legere, was winner of the second race. Saga- more raced to second place, while Reprisal was third. The winner followed the pace cut out by Sea Sand and, after assuming the lead, was hard ridden to stall off Sagamore. The latter worked his way up on the inside and was wearing the winner down. Reprisal ; showed a much better performance this afternoon, but had no excuses.

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