Toro Victor In American Derby: E. B. McLeans Gallant Colt Easily Defeats Outstanding Favorite Misstep; Solace and Strolling Player Third and Fourth Respectively--Tremendous Crowd Gathers at Arlington Park to See Famous Race, Daily Racing Form, 1928-06-11


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TORO VICTOR IN AMERICAN DERBY ♦ E. B. McLeans Gallant Colt Easily Defeats Outstanding Favorite Misstep • Solace and Strolling Player Third and Fourth Re« spectively — Tremendous Crowd Gathers at Arlington Park to See Famous Race • ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, HI., June 9.— In one of the most spectacular con tests ever witnessed on a racing course, seven of the field of eleven at one stage in the stretch being in cavalry alignment, Edward B. McLeans Toro, by sheer courage, forged his way to the front to land the American Derby amidst a din and tumultuous cheering that could not have been surpassed at any sporting event. Following Toro, and giving his best in determined style, came Misstep, an outstanding favorite, while directly in his wake but a short distance off, was the Canadian-owned Solace, with the English-bred Strolling Player a matter of inches further off and directly in front of the German-bred Galahad. Reigh Olga was also close up. Misstep had essayed the pacemaking task and right well did he go about it. He was attended by Solace and Strolling Player, the latter displaying a willingness foreign to his effort in the Kentucky Derby. He was a serious menace to Misstep from the start and probably tht cause of the favorites undoing. When Strolling Player gave way Solace took up the pace forcing, but Misstep stood the challenge in determined style and by sheer gameness continued to keep slightly in the van. Toro had been away slowly and was kept out of the early suicidal tactics of the riders. As a result, Toro benefited. He move! witli graceful stride at practically his own leisure and responded with a vim when called oi that brought him into prominence with a rush. He was favored with an outer position beginning the stretch run, and when the closing ranks came he wa ; unhampered and was able to stride freely. He began his final effort when about a sixteenth out, when it appeared any one of.the seven contenders race. His concluding endeavor carried him quickly past his rivals, and he won toward the end with ease. SEPARATED BY INCHES. The battle for second place continued until the very last strides, where Misstep finally managed to shake off his nearest foe and ha took second place by a head from Solace, with Strolling Player and Galahad also separated by the same margin. The lime of the race, 2:05%, marked a good performance over the dull track. The race carried a gross value of 1,700. of which the winner received net 1.923 ; Misstep took down ,000 ; Solace. ,000. and Strolling Player ,000 for finishing fourth, and Galahad saved his entry and starting fees, totaling 73, for finishing fifth. Toro had numerous friends in the big crowd and ruled the second choice. The horse, trainer John Schorr and jockey Eddie Ambrose were given a tumultuous reception after the race. Commenting on the race after the finish, trainer Schorr said, with a grin : "I knew Toro would wear Misstep down some time, and I am glad that it happened in the American Derby." Chicagoans at Arlington Park Saturday again were given opportunity to indulge in the old-time glories of Derby Day. True, the running of the American Derby Saturday did not have the color of famed Washington Park, with its brilliant infield of merrymakers on tallyhos and gayly bedecked, horse-drawn equipages. There was missing the fanfares of postillions, but in the matter of attendance the Arlington Park crowd was up to the standard of old-time Washington Park. MASSIVE GRANDSTAND FILLED. Arlington Parks mammoth club house was filled to capacity ; the exclusive Turf and Field Club also had its full share of notable p?r-sons. The spacious grandstand, witli its seating capacity of nearly 20,000. was filled and the overflow ranged on the terraces to the track fence. Ample vantage points and view of the racing was afforded all. Wealth and fashion held sway in the exclusive parts of the massive plant. All were on holiday-bent and made the occasion a memorable as well as a joyous one. Probably no more representative crowd could be assembled. The massive plant had its first real test It proved adequate in spite of the great demand made on it. The estimates as to the attendance present varied, some placing the figures In excess of 50,000. There were not that many present, but it was the largest crowd on a Chicago track Continued on twenty fourth pase. AMERICAN DERBY TO TORO Continued from first pape. since resumption of the sport in these parts. More than 10,000 automobiles conveyed spectators to the coun-e. The seventeen special trains in operation after the noon hour conveyed 15.0M to the, according to report of raiiroad officials. Previously there had been other trains for the accommodation of those desiring to reach the track earlier. Interest in the racing was hectic and an augury that the sport will find favor on all the courses in this vicinity. The mutucl wagering for the afternoon totalled in excess of that on any former day in these parts. In the vast crowd were numerous visitors from afar. There were also present many first-time visitors to a racing course : also an extensive aggregation of the old-time guard that made Washington Park their rendezvous during the June racing period before the spirt was abolished in Illinois. Wildrake was installed the favorite in the opening event and made good, winning handily by a good margin from Donna Sunta, which closcc an immense gap during the stretch and was racing gamely at the end. Minstrel Roy. also finishing steadily, overhauled ifajeste for third place. Roycrofter and Oddfe! v- II. were disappointments in this race. Den Handley was unlucky at the start and was left. Ten two-year-olds engaged in the second race, at five-eighths, and it enabled Credo to score a victory. He won from Marshall Beth, which had been the early leader, but began tiring in the stretch. The start here was somewhat ragged, with Frank D. the one to suffer. Ho closed an immense gap and finished in third place. With an even start he probably would have won easily. Clad Effort, favorite, and Evelyn L., another stoutly bached one, performed poorly and finished far out of it. An outstanding upset came in the third race, at a mile, over the inner track. Color Blind was the winner and he beat out Flaherty, with George De Mar in third place. The favorites Morocco and Capt. George Foster, were utter failures here, The going ■eemed t be too trying on them. The inner course proved to be much slower than the outer one, for the mile was negotiated in Another upset came in the fourth race when Miss Rosedale was badly beaten, mainly-due to her failure to get away from the barrier on even U rms. Her poor start and subsequent interference caused her to be led home by Fairymin and Arno, the former winning handily from the Canadian-owned starter. Miss Rosedale closed a big gap to land in third place. Take a Chance raced poorly and quit after going half a mile. •mm | e. b. McLeans toro ® ___ _ _ Winner of the American Derby s— §

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