Fairmount Derby Notes: Aftermath of the First Running of Collinsvilles Great Race and Wonderful Finish., Daily Racing Form, 1926-06-22


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FAIRMOUNT DERBY NOTES Aftermath of the First Running of Collinsvilles Great Race and Wonderful Finish. COLLINS VIU.F;, 111., June 21.— The inaugural running of the Fairmount Derby was still a favorite topic of" the turfites here. The wonderful attendance, its enthusiasm and hectic action as a whole in addition to the sterling contest that Haste and Bagenbaggage waged was a theme promptly under discussion whenever a group of sportingly inclined met. Close observers unhesiiatingly pronounced the race one of the best Derbys ever decided on an American race course. The 2:03% of its running .would probably approximate 2 :02 at Churchill Downs of Latonia. This track is a bit cuppy. Majority opinion is that Haste earned a well deserved victory, but it was a lucky one. Most are inclined to give Karl Sande the credit for the Widener colts success. He rode in masterly fashion in the early stages of the race, but near the end he put Hastes success in jeopardy when he permitted him to swerve badly. When asked about it before his departure for New York. Sande said, "Haste tried to pull up and I had to take hold of him to nurse him." The general belief still holds that in another stride Bagenbaggage would have won. Trainer O. H. Keene. after supervising the loading of Haste this morning in his private car and seeing it attached to a New York train departed with his brother J. O. Keene for a brief visit to Cincinnati and Keenelatnl Farm near Lexington from where he will go on to New York. Of course he was highly elated by the success of his charge. Bagenbaggage and Boot to Boot were shipped to Latonia Sunday. Trainer Hurley and jockeys Blind and Johnson preceded the colts. Owner Bradley departed Saturday night for his Idle Hour Farm near Lexington. He took the defeat of his pair of crack colts in his usual sportsmanlike attitude. "Cant win them all," was bis jocular remark, aud-ing, "Haste was regarded as among the stars of the two-year-old division ot last year and he amply proved in the Derby that he is a wonderful colt." Mrs. Kmerson Bakers Rock Man was shipped to New York Sunday afternoon. His owner and her party of friends departed in their private ear for the East Sunday. Nearly 35,000 persons witnessed the inaugural Derby running, of which over 27.000 persons paid admissions. The handsome turn out and the rampant enthusiasm was highly gratifying to general manager C. Bruce Head and managing director Matt J. Winn. The marked popularity of the occasion and personnel of the crowd presages that the Fair-mount Derby is destined to be an annual social event and the Fairmount Jockey Club management will strive to improve on it each year. Many in the crowd were not slow in taking advantage of the fact that the Derby appeared strictly a contest between Haste and the Idle Hour pair and they backed them for second place with confidence and it resulted in a cost of nearly ,000 to the club, on account of the rule here of paying at least 5 per cent profit return on all winners. The i-ontributions on the other starters did not total by nearly ,000 the amount to cover the 5 per cent payment. •

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