Wellfinder Scores Easily: Defeats Feylance and Blazes in Laurel Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-25


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WELLFINDER SCORES EASILY Defeats Feylance and Blazes in Laurel Feature. Touch of Winter Reduces Attendance to Small Proportions Steeplechase Race to Minata. LAUREL, Md., Oct. 24. Wellfinder, racing for Mrs. R. I. Miller of Washington, was returned the winner of the Wyndhurst Handicap, which featured the program at Laurel Park this afternoon in easy fashion from J. K. L. Ross Feylance, while J. S. Cosdens Blazes gathered in the short portion of the purse. The race was at three-quarters and engaged a small but well balanced band. The winner was ridden by jockey E. Legere and displaying the most speed from the barrier, readily sprinted into a safe lead. Silk Tassel was the one to race in closest pursuit, but she began to falter before the stretch turn was reached. Feylance was racing forwardly, while Blazes had no difficulty in leading Servitor. Feylance made his bid at the stretch turn and displaced Silk Tassel, but was unable to cope with the flying leader. Wellfinder crossed the winning line by a wide margin. Blazes, after going wide at the stretch turn, had but little trouble in displacing Sillc Tassel for the minor portion of the purse. Cold and threatening weather, with a touch of winter, kept the crowd down to small figures this afternoon. The track was in wretched condition and required the best efforts of pronounced mud runners to freely run over it. The program, despite the fact that the majority of the winners led home their respective opponents by safe margins, furnished some interesting racing. A band of long-distance platers paraded for the fourth race and F. Wieland supplied the winner in Blarney Stone in an impressive manner from J. E. Stanleys Fitzrue, While A. Swenkes Red Wingfield was. third. The winner was ridden by jockey B. Mari-nelli and, following the pace established by Red Wingfield, moved up stoutly on the outside and wore down the leader at the eighth post to win going away at the finish. Fitzrue saved ground at the stretch turn and, closing fast, outlasted the tiring pacemaker in the final drive. Trainer Max Hirsch duplicated his performance of yesterday and saddled the first winner for S. H. Harris in Prince Hamlet. Bonnie Omar, from the Belair Stud Stable, Continued on sixteenth page. WELLFINDER SCORES EASILY Continued from first page. finished second, while Mrs. R. I. Millers Spartan was some lengths back to be third. The field narrowed down to small proportions and the winner was installed the choice. Bonnie Omar showed the most speed from the start, while Prince Hamlet, from a slow beginning, was rushed after the leader. The pair raced closely lapped and quickly drew away from the remainder of the field. Bonnie Omar was on the outside, while the winner remained next to the inner rail. At the stretch turn Prince Hamlet saved many lengths which gave him the advantage of a brief lead at the eighth post. He was ridden out, however, to stave off Bonnie Omar, which came again at the end. Spartan was a distant third and never seriously menaced the leaders. Trainer T. J. Donohue saddled his first winner of the meeting for Mrs. Ambrose F. Clark when Minata was home first in the steeplechase at two miles in a drive from J. E. Wideners Philosopher, with the Riverdale Stables Dandy third. The winner was ridden by jockey C. Mergler and was outrun during the first turn of the field. He moved up fast after Philosopher when the latter wrested the lead from Courteous. At the thirteenth jump the pair were on even terms and, after taking the last obstacle, Minata drew away. Philosopher raced well all the way. Dandy labored in the going and pulled up lame. The W. J. Salmon jumper, Courteous, came out of the race in a bad way, having grabbed himself. He made several bobbles during the early stages of the race. Roman Girl, from the M. J. Reid stable, was the winner of the third race, which engaged a field of two-year-olds under claiming conditions at three-quarters. The Audley Farm Stables Sarah Ginger was second, while J. E. Wilsons Without was third. The winner, after beginning forwardly, was sent to the front before the first eighth had been run and was mistress of the situation from then on. Without ran well and had no excuses.

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