King Saxon Triumphs: Hangs Up New Track Record of 1:10 2/5 in Winning Paumonok, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-22


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KING SAXON TRIUMPHS Hangs Up New Track Record of 1:10 in Winning Paumonok. Crowd Exceeding 15,000 Sees Sensational Race Featuring Opening of New York Racing. NEW YORK, N. Y., April 20. King Saxon, the wonderfully consistent sprinter which races for C. H. Knebelkamp, hung out a new three-quarters track record of 1:10 when he was triumphant in the Paumonok Handicap, the opening day feature of the New York season. At the end of the sensational dash, the four-year-old son of Saxon and Poltova was two and a half lengths before Mrs. John Hay Whitneys Singing Wood, winner of the Withers of last year and the Futurity of the year before. Third went to Mrs. Deering Howes Only One, which was shipped from Havre de Grace for the engagement, and Victor Emanuels Miss Merriment was a distant fourth. The others trailed along, utterly unable to be anywhere close to the electrical speed of the winner. The race carried a net value of ,690. Never in its history has the Metropolitan Jockey Club had a more glorious opening and never a more sensational renewal of the opening handicap. Between 15,000 and 18,-000 cheered the son of Saxon, and the victory was a thoroughly popular one for he was the public choice for the running. SIZZLING FAST PACE. Little time was lost at the start for the Paumonok and King Saxon, a notoriously bad post actor, left in full stride. He had the inside position, and as he broke Miss Merriment went with him to set a sizzling pace. As the filly ran a first quarter in :22 she drew out slightly from King Saxon, but Rainey had a slight hold on the eventual winner, and he was galloping strongly at the pace. When the half was reached in :45, King Saxon was making up ground on the daughter of High Time, and as the stretch was reached he looked a sure winner. The pace had soundly beaten Miss Merriment, and she was tiring as King Saxon dashed by her to open up a lead of daylight. Rainey kept King Saxon at his task to the end, where with his winning margin of two and a half lengths, he still had something left. Singing Wood earned his share by a determined rush in the final quarter. He was well back of the terrific early pace, but steadily improved his position in the closing stages, while Only One also finished in resolute fashion when he beat the tired Miss Merriment four lengths for third. v Sgt. Byrne, winner of the Paumonok last v year, was a close fifth, and then came Psychic Bid, Sound Advice and Sailor Beware, all in a close group as named. There is no more consistent horse in train-v ing than King Saxon. He was winner of seven races in eight starts last year, and i before this notable Paumonok victory he J was winner of his only two starts during ? the Florida season. The race was doubly I impressive with the establishing of such a remarkable track record in April. OPENER TO NAUGHTY. i Mrs. John Hay Whitneys silks began the New York season well when Naughty was an easy winner of a five-furlong dash for 5 maidens. Mrs. William Ziegler, Jr.s Golden Lyre raced to second place, and J. J. Mee-hans Patsey Begone saved third from Gentle Tryst, that carried the silks of Marshall Field. Naughty was soon romping along under a slight restraint to make every post a win- ning one. Golden Lyre was second virtually all the way, and Patsey Begone had no trouble saving third, though she was beaten two lengths for second place, while Naughty had galloped home the winner by seven lengths. Several in this field were decidedly green and they will undoubtedly improve with schooling. Lawmaker came back to the races a winner when he whipped a cheap band at six furlongs in the second race. Bright Don took second place, and third went to Nankin. Bright Don was the one to cut out the running and, until the short stretch was reached, he showed the way, but Lawmaker Continued on twenty-second page, KING SAXON TRIUMPHS Continued from first page. was going strongly back of him and, when called on in the short run home, the son of John P. Grier dashed to the front to be winner by a length, going away. Bright Don, though tiring badly, outstayed the others and was two lengths before Nankin, one that had always raced forwardly in the short dash. Cal Rainey, who rode King Saxon to his brilliant victory, came right back in the fifth race, which followed, to complete a double when he won with Mrs. K. Jesberg-ers good plater Thundertone. This was a mile and a sixteenth which attracted rather a nice lot and, forcing all the pace, the winner was going away in the stretch to beat J. J. Morans Firelock, with H. E. Simpsons Stall Man beating Playfole for third. George Boehles Major General, after be-, ing outrun to the stretch, closed a big gap and, racing gamely under a long drive, was winner of the last race at a mile and a sixteenth at the end of the card. He ran down Diseur, which had made the pace, to stop Shot and Shell, which finished a close third, while Machilla and Prince Pompey, the other starters, were outrun badly. Whopper, a well-named immense son of Phafamond II. and Romance, that races for Hal Price Headley, proved he had something besides size as a recommendation when in a good, game race, he was winner of the Glen-side, a six-furlong dash for three-year-olds that brought out the second best field of the day. In a driving finish, he proved gamer than William Ziegler Jr.s Gold Buckle to earn a close decision and, at his heels, William Woodwards Thruster, a Florida performer, took third from Charles H. Thieriots Epical, another that was raced at Hialeah.

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