Spectacular Contest: A. G. Vanderbilts Dreel Wins Narragansett Handicap by a Nose, Daily Racing Form, 1935-06-24


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SPECTACULAR CONTEST — i A. 6. Vanderbilts Dreel Wins Nar- ragansett Handicap by a Nose. • Outlasts Captain Argo in Thrilling Finish Before 25,00 New England Enthusiasts. PAWTUCKET, R. I., June 22.— The fortune of the youngest member of the Van-derbilt family in New England competition continues to run high. Racing under the silks of Alfred Vrnderbilt, the Maryland-bred Dreel scored a lucky victory over Miss Mary Hirschs Captain Argo in a contest which thrilled some 25,CC0 New England thoroughbred enthusiasts at Walter OHaras popular Narragansett Park this afternoon. The victory of the four-year-old son of Trojan and Blazing Ember was registered in the Narragansett Handicap, main attraction on the week-end program at this track. Dreel was all out to score by a nose over Captain Argo, with Spixi a length back of the runner-up. It was a keen race from flag fall to finish, with the result meeting the general approval of the majority of those present. This was only natural, for the entry of Dreel and Bachelor Dinner ruled a slight choice. The victory of Dreel marked his third of the New England season. At Rockingham Park he was capable enough to win a pair of sprint races, and in todays performance he verified that form. As usual, the son of Trojan was away slowly and badly outpaced in the early stages. He worked his way into contention steadily during the first three furlongs, and in the stretch closed with a nice burst of speed on the outside to gain major honors. EARLY TROUBLE COSTLY. Captain Argo, ever a fast horse, did not break with his usual rapidity and was in tight quarters during the first three furlongs. As the leaders swung out at the turn for home, he came through with a nice flash of speed, but his early trouble proved too great a handicap to overcome. He was beaten in a race in which he appeared decidedly the best. Spixi, racing under feather weight, was right in the pace all the way and had not one apparent excuse. Then came Indian-town, which had been right out in all the pace and then faltered in the final drive. Ke v/as just a half length behind the third horse and a head in front of Gentle Knight. The latter broke off stride and was far out of it in the early stages. He finished in courageous fashion when driven hard through the stretch. Sgt. Byrne, fresh from Jamaica, was away so badly that he never had a chance to show his worth. He wheeled at the start, and that threw him out of contention. Seabiscuit equalled the track record when he traveled the distance in 1:00%, to score by two lengths in the Newport Purse. Stout hurried the bay colt to the front in the run to the far turn and from the half-mile post to the stand he held his company safe. Stef-fen, rider of the runner-up, Ned Rei.rh, entered a claim of foul, which appeared a frivolous one, for Seabiscuit was clear when he crossed for the rail in the final sixteenth. GENERAL A. IN FRONT. General A. chalked up his first triumph of the season, getting up in the concluding strides to defeat Ima Greenock in the opener at six furlongs. Lovito was a length back, in third place, with Strait Jacket finishing fourth. The dash brought together a field of eight. General A. was far back in the early running, while Fancy Flight, Strait Jacket and Ima Greenock were out making the running. Ima Greenock was done on the inside and in close quarters, forcing Corbett to take up approaching the far turn. Lovito, never far back, moved around on the outside to assume the command midway of the turn. Corbett, after easing the Howard filly back, went up on the outside and, gaining clear sailing, went to the leaders with a rush. As the stretch was neared, General A. was still well back in the company. Ima Greenock continued through the stretch with good energy, and wore down Lovito for the command. Despite Corbetts putting out one of his strongest rides, he was just a nose short of holding safe the closing challenge of the winner. General A. started his successful rush on the outside in the final furlong. Though Charley Corbett missed narrowly with Ima Greenock in the opening offering, no mistakes were made in the third. The veteran pilot guided Molly Greenock to an easy victory over the limit field of sprinting platers that were brought together under claiming conditions. The Greenock filly reached the end of the three-quarters with better than two lengths to spare. Antarctic was the one to chase the winner over the line, with Dancing Clouds at her saddle girths. An upset occurred in the Boston Purse, a six furlong condition affair that was placed fourth on the program. R. Robertson furnished the winner in the former C. V. Whitney owned Blackmail. The Whichone colt won decisively over Wise Anne from the Mrs. W. C. Weant stable, while the well-supported choice, Boston Brook, carried the silks of Col. W. W. Jones into third place. Blue Gauntlet, a particularly fast son of Epinard, went out to make the pace, drawing into a good lead as the field sped through the back stretch. Wise Anne was holding to a forward position. Boston Brook and Royal Guard were permitted to drop back soon after the start. Blue Gauntlet carried on in the lead until Hearing the stretch. It was then that the first serious effort was n»ade with the Whichone colt. Wall placed him under punishment and saving all possible ground was In the command by the time the furlong post was reached to draw out rapidly the remainder of the way. When too late, Boston Brook started his run on the inside, and though racing into third place never was in a position to reach the two leaders.

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