Omahas Winning Debut: Woodwards Kentucky Derby Eligible Triumphs at Jamaica, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-23


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OMAHAS WINNING DEBUT Woodwards Kentucky Derby Eligible Triumphs at Jamaica. i Opponents Lack Sufficent to Really Test Colt Gray Day for Mondays Sport. 1- JAMAICA, N. Y., April 22. Another Kentucky Derby eligible made good when William Woodwards Omaha, was winner of the South Shore Purse, a mile and seventy yards race at Jamaica today. The son of Gallant Fox won with something to spare over Black Gift, that raced for Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloanes Brookmeade Stable and Buckley M. Byers Thorson was a distant third and George H. Bostwicks Allen Z. was the only other starter. Omaha made, good for the reason that he won and won with something to spare, but his race was not exactly an impressive one and the company was not calculated to give him a real test for his big objective. Omaha is eligible for the Wood Memorial to be run Saturday, and if he is sent back- in that race he will have a test that will be a much more trying one. It was the first start for the son of Gallant Fox, since last September and he went to the post looking more like a colt that had been through a hard campaign than one rested through the winter season. But he ran past his opponents when called on and a good pace was maintained so that it is possible he is after all a colt of some quality. The same race indicated that Allen Z. and Thorson have no business in the Kentucky Derby. DROP IN ATTENDANCE. After the bright, spring-like weather that made the opening Saturday such a brilliant one, there was a gray day for the second at the Long Island course. There was a drop in temperature and some natural falling off in attendance. Of the six races offered three of them called two-year-olds to the post. As the four three-year-olds got away from the stalls in the feature, Coucci had Allen Z. first under way but he was almost at once headed by Thorson and Black Gift moved into second place as Coucci took hold of the Bostwick gelding. Omaha was last of the four, but all were in close order as they went to the first turn. Robertson was permitting Thorson to step right along and he reached the first quarter post in :23 with a lead of a length and a half. Allen Z. had barely headed Black Gift, and Omaha was still last, but losing no ground as he galloped along in that position. The half was reached in :48 and there Saunders shook up Omaha and he began to move up on the outside. Black Gift dropped back and then Coucci made another bid with Allen Z. Thorson was not through and he held his lead as he swung into the turn from the back stretch, but Omaha was soon in second place and as the head of the stretch was reached threatened to take the lead. CLUMSY IN ACTION. He was safely in front heading for home, but tired slightly near the furlong post, where he was headed again by Thorson. Then he came again when called on by Saunders and finished winner by two lengths. Omaha had clumsy action and that may prove a handicap to his ever becoming great. He did not seem to be at his best at the end of his gallop, but at the same time there was much to be desired in his performance. The Wood Memorial should furnish a real test of just where he belongs and he will have to run a better race than he did in the South Shore to win that prize. Right at the end Black Gift slipped through on the rail to beat Thorson by a head for second place and Allen Z. was another eight lengths back. Black Gift is hardly a good trial horse, while Thorson is plainly not a mile and a quarter colt. Silvio Coucci scored with Galsac in the opening race. He won over Secret Vote, and Microbe beat Royal Fox for third. When safely in command, Coucci took a slight hold of the winner and saved ground with him all the way. Going to the stretch turn, Microbe moved up strongly to take second Continued, on sixteenth page. OMAHAS WINNING DEBUT Continued from first page. place, and a furlong from home Coucci swung his whip once to keep Galsac at his task. That was all needed to have him home winner by a length. Microbe tired right at the end to lose second place to Secret Vote, which finished strongly by a neck. Royal Fox wasanother two lengths away and he is one that will doubtless improve over his showing. Sir Beverley gave a dismal exhibition in the second dash, for maidens. He was considered so much the best of the company that he was an odds-on choice, but was utterly lacking in speed and at no time within hailing distance of the pace. The race went to Sorrow. Rust was an easy second before Count Arthur, and Apprehend was third. Apprehend beat the others from the stalls, but he soon gave way to Sorrow, which was sent into an early lead of two lengths by R. Jones. Count Arthur, racing on the outside, moved into third place and the three were well out before the others. Sir Beverley was among the tail-enders and soon under pressure, but was unable to improve his position. Going to the stretch turn, Rust moved up to head Apprehend and at the same time McAtee went to a drive on Count Arthur, but it was unavailing. In the stretch Jones hustled Sorrow right along and he was still a length and a half to the good crossing the line. Rust was four lengths before the tired Count Arthur and Apprehend was another two lengths back, while Sir Beverley was ninth in the field of eleven. Hal Price Headleys Zowie, a filly that was thoroughly educated in Florida by a busy winter campaign, beat the plater two-year-olds that met in the third, and Mrs. A. Phillips Transit Lady, also a winter performer, took second place, with Mr. Pembrokes Glenbroom, a first-time starter, beating Playful Tour for fourth. Education played an important part, for Zowie had learned her lessons in actual racing, and she was soon showing the way. Transit Lady also showed her knowledge of racing by quickly finding her way into second place, while some of the others were decidedly green and slow to find a racing stride. These two fillies dominated the race, and Zowie still had a length to spare at the end. The Transmute filly had saved second place by five lengths, and Glenbroom held to third place most of the way. A double was recorded for James Fitz-simmons when Ogden Fhipps White Cockade was winner of the fifth, the third five furlongs dash of the day for two-year-olds. This was a split of the first race, being for maidens, and the son of Diavolo closed with a great rush to earn the decision over Pullman, from the Sage Stable, and Mrs. John Hay Whitneys Gleeman was third, beating Flavor for that part of the purse.

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