Head Play Triumphant in Suburban Handicap: Runs 1 1-4 Miles in 2:02 to Best Discovery and Only One, Daily Racing Form, 1935-05-31


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HEAD PLAY TRIUMPHANT IN SUBURBAN HANDICAP f c Runs 1 1-4 Miles in 2:02 to Best Discovery and Only One Cavalcade Unseats Jockey Gilbert at Start and Follows Field RiderlessCrowd of 35,000 Sees Memorial Day Racing at Beautiful Belmont Park NEW YORK, N. Y., May 30 Before a wildly cheering crowd of about 35,000 enthusiasts at beautiful Belmont Park this afternoon, Mrs. Silas B. Masons sterling campaigner, Head Play, was winner of the famous old Suburban Handicap. The son of My Play and Red Head ran the mile and a quarter in 2:02, to win with something to spare over Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilts Discovery, and Mrs. Deering Howes Only One beat Identify for third. Then came Mrs. John Hay Whitneys Singing Wood, with C. H. Knebelkamps King Saxon, unbeaten before this year, last of the band. The race was marred when, right at the break, Johnny Gilbert was thrown from Cavalcades saddle, and Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloanes colt, favorite for the running, followed the field riderless. The prize added 2,175 to the earnings of Mrs. Masons good five-year-old and his performance was one of the best of his career. After he returned to the scales Gilbert said that, as he began, Cavalcade stumbled so badly that he was thrown over the colts head. It was a serious matter for many of the players, for Cavalcade was the choice, but he was only one of many that failed, for the big holiday crowd was treated to remarkable succession of long shot winners.. One of these came when the juvenile companion piece to the Suburban Handicap fell to Maeriel, which was quoted at 30 to 1, over two such colts a3 White Cockade and Coldstream. Head Play caused some delay at the post and King Saxon added to the worries of starter Cassidy, but finally Mrs. Masons horse was taken to a position outside the stalls and the seven left in good alignment, but unfortunately without Cavalcade, when Gilbert was unseated. As was expected, King Saxon went to the front and, fairly pulling Rainey out of the saddle, went a first quarter in :23, and got to the half in :46, terrific pace for such a journey. Identify was following the son of Saxon, and then came Only One. The three were soon four lengths before Head Play, which was racing along under steady restraint, leading Singing Wood by half a length. Discovery was in the rear, well back of the field while this sprinting clip was maintained. It was going to the half mile mark with Continued on thirty-sixth page. HEAD PLAY TRIUMPHANT IN SUBURBAN HANDICAP Continued from first page. his electrical pace that King Saxon drew away into a lead of three lengths, but he was still running well within himself and Rainey had him under restraint. Identify was doing his ibest in second place. Carrying on his great pace, King Saxon reached "the six-furlong mark in 1:10, and there Identify had about enough and, as he dropped back, Head Play continued to move up steadily, while Only One was coming again in gallant fashion. Discovery was gradually improving his position, and Bej-shak found racing room for him next to the rail. It was inside the final furlong that King Saxon finally collapsed and, as Rainey went to a drive, he dropped back under punishment. Head Play then went to the front and, coming on straight and true, was past the line winner by a length and a half. Discovery, closing in mighty fashion in the final quarter, slipped through to take second place by three lengths, and Only One was just as far before Identify. King Saxon, after his great exhibition of speed, was last of them all, while the loose-running Cavalcade ran up into the field at the finish. It was unfortunate that the colt should have been robbed of his chance by this post accident, for he appeared thoroughly fit going to the post. He did not appear to have suffered any injury, and he was caught as he pulled himself up after the running. It was right in line with much of the misfortune that has attended the racing of the Brookmeade Stable this year. It was a stunning surprise to the tremendous crowd when Maeriel, from DeWitt Pages Maemere Farm Stable, earned a close decision in the Juvenile Stakes over Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilts Postage Due. Ogden Phipps White Cockade just beat C. B. Shaffers Coldstream for third. The surprise was in the defeat of both White Cockade and Coldstream, a pair that had been rated as the best juveniles shown and each was in receipt of three pounds from Maeriel. There was some little excuse for Coldstream when he was bumped by Teufel right after the break, and Keester was forced to take the Shaffer colt to the outside of the small company. Galloglass also was bumped, in the early racing. Postage Due left in full stride and he was showing the way in the early racing, though unable to draw away from Coldstream, which recovered quickly from his bumping at the break. White Cockade was closely lapped on the son of Bull Dog, and then came Maeriel, racing along, on the inside and running smoothly.

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