Gaffsman Triumphs: Wins Prince Georges Handicap for Seagram Stable., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-11


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GAFFSMAN TRIUMPHS « Wins Prince Georges Handicap for Seagram Stable. * Stirrup Cup and Contemplate Finish Second and Third — - Myra M. Again. ♦ BOWIE, Md., April 9.— Gaffsman. from the Seagram Stable, of Waterloo, Ontario, and ridden by O. Bourassa. a Canadian jockey, was a cantering winner of the Prince Georges Handicap, the Saturday feature offering here. The race, over the mile and a sixteenth distance, was run over a track that was deep in sloppy mud and worth ,400 to the winner. Stirrup Cup. from the Greentree Stable, was an easy second and third was the portion of Contemplate, from the Flamingo Farm Stable, while back of him came Aucilla. winner of the Inaugural Handicap on the opening day : Cudgeller, Fly Hwk, Dancing Fool and Wampee in the order named. What should have been the biggest day of the meeting was seriously marred by the worst brand of weather in a season that has been remarkable for bad weather. During the morning hours there was a heavy snow storm, which later turned into sleet and then a cold rain, until conditions were just about as uncomfortable as could have been imagined. In spite of all this there was a good Saturday crowd that braved it all and there was an aboundance of enthusiasm. Secretary McLennan had prepared an excellent program for the occasion and when the entries had been made the prospect was that the going would be fast, instead of a deep sloppy strip. As a result of this change there were several withdrawals, but good contests came out of most of the offerings and right through the day the class of the horses engaged was much better than has been the rule. AWAY TO GOOD START. Tip Top, Ebuford and Flagship were the withdrawals from the original ones named for the Prince Georges Handicap, and that left eight to try for the prize. Little time was lost at the barrier and the start was * a good one, with Contemplate dashing away to set the pace and Stirrup Cup right after him and Aucilla also beat Gaffsman away, although all were in such close order that there was little to choose among any of them. Going to the first turn the leaders went out a bit and Bourassa was quick to take advantage when he sent Gaffsman through on the inside so that when the back stretch was reached he was galloping along in third place under a steadying restraint. Contemplate was a couple of lengths to the jood and Stirrup Cup was another three lengths before the Canadian, but Bourassa was satisfied with his place and made no move. It was rounding out of the back stretch that Bourassa made his effort with Gaffsman and he took him to the outside of Stirrup "up and Contemplate, which, by that time were well lapped. It was apparent right there that Gaffsman was to be winner and before the stretch was reached he had circled around. Stirrup Cup tried valiantly to keep stride with him at the head of the stretch, but it was of no avail and Gaffsman simply galloped away from him with his ears pricking and he was being taken up at the end three lengths to the good. Stirrup Cup was four lengths before Contemplate and the others trailed along in strung-out order. mil SCORK FOR MYRY M. A companion feature to the Prince Georges Handicap was the Old Dominion Handicap, at three-quarters. It brought out the best sprinters at the course and resulted in the third score for Frank J. Kearns Myra M.. a superior mud runner. She led home » . H. Pierces The Heathen by a head, while [. ;. Bedwells Senator Norris was light on the heels of the pair. Senator Norris was a bit unlucky at the start, when he left slowly and was last to be miller way. The Heathen and Myra M.. on the others hand, left fast and Sunsard was right with them. The three, well lapped, drew away in the early stmes ami Millwick was going well until he stumbled at the half-mile ground and dropped hack badly. Sunsard did not stay with the pace long and as he tired Myra M. and The Heathen drew out slightly, while Dubois was hard at work on Senator Norris in ;ln effort to improve his position. Millwick was coming at the head of the stretch and it was a pretty race, as they splashed home through the stretch. Dubois had made a close turn into the straight while The Heathen and Myra M. were well out in the stretch and fighting desperately. This battle lasted all the way and the filly proved the gamer to be winner by a head, while Senaor Norris hung under his burden of 121 pounds, but aed third handily. Cuuutiued oil third page.; GAFFSMAN TRIUMPHS Continued from first page Cheap platers met in the six and a half furlongs of the first offering: and it produced :m excellent contest when D. I,. Richards* Tillie. after closing a big gap was along to the It T. Barkers Candymaker with Frank Herolds Joan Shirley saving third from Mrs. K. Martins Chickvale. Muskallonge was the one to cut out the early pace but he was soon joined by Candymaker and before the stretch was reached Candymaker had the old fellow put away and as he swung for home he looked all over a winner. Then in the final eighth Tillie closing with a great rush swep up on him to come on by and be home the winner by a length. Candymaker in his run drew out three lengths before the others of which Joan Shirley proved the best. Benjamin Blocks Mordine. which met with some misfortune in his previous start at the meeting, was an easy winner of the half-mile dash for two-year-olds that was the second offering. In this race he left the post running while in his previous start he had jumped in the air and he never left the result in serious doubt. Skavar and Maurice were heading the others away from the barrier and these dominated the running throughout. After rounding into the stretch safely in front Mordine was permitted to step right along and at the end was four lengths clear, while Skavar in a driving finish outgamed Maurice to take second place by a nose. William Mahers Reprove closed some ground to be fourth but she was three lengths back of Maurice, while Linen King, a recent winner was so soundly beaten that he was eased up in last place. H. Starks consistent plater Grand Bey found the sloppy going much to his liking and was winner of the mile and seventy yards of the sixth race. T. W. OBriens Forecaster raced to second place, and third was the portion of K. P. Summerfield. Hedgefence, a discard from the Greentree Stable, which was winner of the Tijuana Derby of two years ago. Forecaster, by reason of his unruly post actions, was moved to the outside of the field at the barrier, but even there he misbehaved so that there was a long delay before an alignment could be effected The start was a good one and Kmery quickly went into command with Grand Bey and his mount was good enoush to hold the command throughout. Forecaster circled around on the first turn and was second throughout, and Hedgefence closed some ground to be thud.

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