Inaugural Handicap: Boon Companion Is Victor in Latonias Opening Feature.; Defeats Hydromel in Spectacular Finish, With Badly-Lamed Creek Indian Third., Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-06


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INAUGURAL HANDICAP Boon Companion Is Victor in Latonias Opening Feature Defeats Hydromel in Spectacular SpectacularFinish Finish With BadlyLamed BadlyLamedCreek Creek Indian Third LATONIA Ky June 4 Latonia this after ¬ noon inaugurated its annual spring and sum ¬ mer meeting of thirtyone days more auspic ¬ iously than ever before in the long history of the Covington course with the largest open ¬ ing day attendance ever entertained here The opening program was offered under rather trying conditions as rain during the previous night left a heavy exacting track that resulted in numerous withdrawals and a field of but four horses contested the fea ¬ ture the fifteenth running of the Inaugural Handicap worth 59GO to the winner Despite the smallness of the field the race developed a spectacular finish and a victory for the Coventry Stables Boon Companion by a halflength over J N Camdens Hydro ¬ mel The Audley Farm Stables Creek Indian finished in third place and Cotlogomor an ¬ other from the stable that provided the win ¬ ner fourth fourthThe The race over a distance of one mile and onesixteenth and which attracted thirteen entries overnight was contested in bitter and thrilling fashion the full distance While Boon Companion was the leader for all of the distance except for a slight part of the stretch where the unfortunate Creek Indian assumed leadership his race was probably the hardest of his career and his laurels won after a performance that drew out everything in the way of speed and stamina possessed by the son of North Star III Notwithstanding the excellence of the win ¬ ners race there was a tinge of luck to it as Creek Indian fell badly lamed after lie reached the front and as he was running strongly at the time might have remained in front to the finish finishCREEK CREEK INDIAN LAME LAMEThe The injury caused Creek Indian to falter badly and in the closing strides Boon Com ¬ panion raced back into the lead and Hydro ¬ mel was up in the last stride to snatch second place from the crippled Audley Farm colt coltJockey Jockey S Stretton who rode Boon Com ¬ panion handled the fiveyearold faultlessly the youngsters fine judgment of pace play ¬ ing a large part in reserving the winner for his fast courageous finish finishHydromel Hydromel suffered slightly from failure to get through on the inside of the winner in the first five eighths but had excellent oppor ¬ tunity after reaching the stretch and but for his bearing in as W Garner attempted to start him around the leader he might have won Garner appeared to encounter con ¬ siderable difficulty in getting the threeyear old to leave the path most adjacent to the rail over which he had raced from the start He just managed to get his nose in advance of that of Creek Indian in the stirring finish Continued on twentysecond page INAUGURAL HANDICAP Continued from first page The Coventry entry ruled as a pronounced choice choiceThe The opening dash of threequarters pro ¬ vided an interesting contest particularly in the closing eighth during which Fretwell gamely wore down the tiring Louis Ruben tein to win by a short half length The winner was ridden by W Crump who brought his mount through on the inside and over the worst going after finding a wide opening at the stretch turn My Eva which finished in third place figured in a spirited duel with Helen T for early leadership and both fillies began tiring from the efforts of early usage after completing the final turn turnThe The Foxcatcher Farm of William DuPont Jr provided the winner of the second race which brought out eight maiden twoyear old fillies at four and onehalf furlongs in Golden Fair which led for the entire dis ¬ tance and won in a canter from Kitty Yan Ben The latter was a forward factor throughout and outstayed Clutter in the Etretch run Clutter vas given support but encountered some bad racing luck when D Connelly was forced to take her back soon after the start and raced her around several of the field when sending her after the leaders leadersThe The substitute contest for platers best suited by a route of ground and contested at one mile and seventy yards brought another close finish in which Chittagong defeated Bea Drift by a head after a thrilling stretch duel which brought out the best qualities of the horsesand jockeys T Pascuma and V Crump The former was astride he winner which he permitted to race along leisurely in last place for almost a half mile Thereafter hard urging resulted in the ulti ¬ mate victor rapidly making his way to the leaders and after reaching the stretch in second place he proceeded to slowly wear down Sea Drift which offset bitter resistance only to fall a victim to her challenger in the1 Cnal eighth Third place fell to Pretty Run RunRoyal Royal Pennant from M Goldblatts divi ¬ sion of the H P Whitney establishment ehcwed himself to be possessed of good run ¬ ning ability over the trying going when he raced to an easy victory over Paulina L Golden Racket and two other youngsters in the Rosedae Purse This race was the fourth of the afternoon and after being hard pressed by Paulina L for the first threeeighths the winner drew away fast after recovering his stride following a faulty step and stumble when an eighth from the finislu His margin over Paulina L amounted to five lengths at the end endEight Eight good sprinters started in the sixth race in which J C Ellis Stampdale proved the winner from Muldoon and King Basil In the last seventy yards Stampdale began to tire after leading from the start and this permitted Muldoon to cut down his advantage IClng Basil after working his way through the others in the first half mile and finishing with a rush outstayed Jloycrofter for the short portion of the purse purseKublai Kublai Khan the public choice accounted for his second consecutive purse when he fol ¬ lowed his final race victory at the Churchill Downs meeting with a winning effort in the final race this afternoon Ilacing in good form he led his six rivals for the entire one mile and a sixteenth distance leading IJruneth by a length at the halfmile post The latter suffered interference soon after the start and due to a lack of racing room had to be eased up She finished with a rush and disposed of Saar for second place in the last sixteenth

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