Victorian Triumphs: Preakness Stakes Winner Accounts for Withers Stakes.; Mowlee Second and Polydor Third in Fifty-Third Renewal of Famous Race at Belmont Park., Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-21


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VICTORIAN TRIUMPHS • Preakness Stakes Winner Accounts for Withers Stakes. «. , Mowlee Second and Polydor Third in Fifty-Third Renewal of Famous Race at Belmont Park. « NEW YORK. N. Y. May 19.— Another page was added to the history of the famous Withers Stakes when H. P. Whitneys Victorian, handsome son of Whisk Broom II. and Prudery, splashed his way to an easy victory in the fifty-third renewal of the race. Victorian, fresh from his triumph in the Preakness Stakes and benefited by the muddy going, showed a smashing effort to be winner and, at the end, showed the way to Mowlee, from the Rancocas Stable. William Zieglers Polydor and five other three-year-olds of note that started with him. Victorian followed the heart-breaking early pace that was set by the swift-running Polydor and, entering the final quarter mile, where a gasp of dismay escaped from the crowd when Mowdee moved up on even terms and drew away when Workman urged him. Victorian bounded away from his opponents and. through the final sixteenth of a mile. Workman had a steady hold of his mount, which was striding along easily. Victorian was worked out an additional eighth as a preparatory trial for his engagement in the Belmont Stakes. He was timed the mile and an eighth privately in 1 :55 and. when returned to the stand, did not take a long breath. FAST EARLY PACE. The field was well mannered at the post and left the barrier In perfect alignment. Polydor, recognized as one of the fastest barrier horses in this section, raced into the lead immediately. Garner allowed Polydor to set a fast pace. The first quarter was negotiated in 23 seconds, and Victorian was racing along smoothly but on the outt-ide of the leader, while Mowlee was some, distance back showing the way to Sun Edwin and Propus. while Gerard and Algernon appeared to be hopelessly out of it. Polydor continued his rapid pace and ran the first half mile in :46%. but Workman had taken a steady hold on Victorian and allowed him to drop back of the leaders. Mowlee was beginning to move up at this point and near the far turn Fator slipped through on the inside. Polydor felt the sting of the whip in the stretch, and it was here that Fator brought Mowlee up with a rush. For a few strides the Rancocas Stable starter threatened to take the lead. Workman, however, sensed the danger and called on Victorian. The latter responded in courageous fashion and drew clear. The race for the winners portion of the purse was decided then, for Victorian drew away and increased his lead. Polydor was showing the effects of his terrific pace, and at the eighth post, when Garner called upon him for his final effort, he swerved to the outside, but was an easy third in front of Algernon. The latter gained steadily at the end and had no difficulty in racing into fourth position in front of the tired Sun Edwin, while Propus followed him. with Gerard bringing up the rear. BUI MUMOKIAI, TO SIMBA. The Keene Memorial Stakes, the secondary feature of the brilliant program offered for the half holiday, resulted in a victory for the Rancocas Stables Simba, under a masterful ride by Laverne Fator. Simba suited by the going and conditioned by racing. showed the way to Sun Worship, from the Ardea Farms, while Battleship Grey, from the Glen Riddle Farms, was third. The two-year-olds were among the best shown so far this year, and the race represented a thrilling spectacle throughout. From a good start. Battleship Grey, Jack High and Simba raced on even terms for the first three-eighths, and when the trio came within sight of the stand any one of the three appeared to have an equal chance of earning the glory that goes to the winner of the coveted fixture. Battleship Grey, however, although displaying high speed, was racing along in a green manner, while Jack High and Simba were racing true. Simba drew away in the final eighth when Fator Continued on twenty-first pace. VICTORIAN TRIUMPHS Continued from first rage. called upon him. Sun Worship, under urging, was gaining steadily and came with a burst of speed in the final sixteenth that carried him on even terms with Jack High and Battleship Grey. Simba was drawing away steadily and at the end had better than a lengths advantage. Sun Worship, in a final spurt, outstayed Battleship Grey. The latter tired at U.e end, and the races should improve him considerably. Bargello, the dependence of the H. P. Whitney stable, finished resolutely when called upon and at the end outstayed the tired Jack High. The Keene Memorial Stakes victory added to the Rancocas Stable coffers the sum of ,825, and marked the second time since the inception of the stake that the Rancocas colors were borne to victory. William A. was returned the winner in 1921. The Aiken Hunters Steeplechase enabled the gentlemen riders to display their ability in the sixth race. The winner turned up in Bayard Tuckermans Rock of Cashel, in a drive with Thomas Hitchcocks Belphegor, while Ruine was third. Three added starters were posted for the race, and of the ten to start six finished the course without mishap. The winner was ridden by Mr. F. A. Bon-sal, Jr., and showed a good effort throughout under competent riding. Belphegor finished fast at the end to take second place, while Ruine was a distant third. James E. Gaffneys Jims Bob, ridden by Pony McAtee, was an easy winner of the opening race, whi.h was for two-year-olds, at four and a half furlongs through the Widener Course. Jims Bob had no trouble in showing the way to William Zieglers Fire Glow, while Grey Chief, from the Rancocas Stable, was third. The winner dominated the running throughout and at the end had four lengths advantage over his opponent. Fire Glow responded to pressure to wear down Grey Chief in the final sixteenth to take second place, but did not menace the winner. The field was a big one, but well mannered at the post, and left in good alignment. Tha Rosedale Stables Dangerous, ridden by Pascuma, accounted for the Green Point; Purse, which was over a mile and a Bix-j tecnth. His victory was a narrow one, duoi to the overconfidence of Pascuma, who be-; gan to ease up his mount a sixteenth from the finish after he had drawn away into a safe lead. Sande, on Dolan, came with a rush at the end and just failed by a scant neck to earn the verdict. As the race was run Dangerous was much the best and had Pascuma persisted with his mount the advantage at the end would have been a big one. Honker raced into third place over Hilika, the only other starter. Honker outran the others during the early stages and drew away into a commanding lead. However, turning for home he raced wide and lost much ground. In the meantime Dangerous had worked his way up on the insido and, when Honker bore out, drew into a commanding lead. Dolan had no excuses in the running, despite the fact that he pursued the leaders in the early stages. Ben Blocks Mordine, at home in the going, was an easy winner of the final race of the day. Agapanthus was the one to race to second place, while Short Price was third. The winner dominated the running throughout and at no stage left the result in doubt. J. E. Wideners good jumper Fairmount came back to the races in a fit manner and was an ea;y winner of the Coligny Steeplechase, which was over the two-mile course. Fairmount showed the way to E. M. Byers Skedaddle and V. Smyths Herod Antipas, while Lunar, from the Dorwood Stable, and Paycock, racing for Miss C. I. Drew, were among the unplaced. Fairmount carried his heavy impost in splendid fashion. Making the turn for home, Pairmount drew away under urging and from then on held the others safe, winning with speed in reserve. Herod Antipas did not receive much help from his ridtr at the jump due to the long rein which Hardy used.

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