Only Two Starters for Detroit Challenge Cup: Head Play is Injured, Daily Racing Form, 1935-06-28


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ONLY TWO STARTERS FOR DETROIT CHALLENGE CUP » ♦ HEAD PLAY IS INJURED ■ Bows After Recent Workout and May Be Retired From Racing. ♦ Race Now Virtually a Match Be* tween Discovery and Azucar — Owners Agree to Reduction. ♦ ■ DETROIT, Mich., June 27.— Not willing to allow the Detroit Challenge Cup to be declared off, despite injuries to Head Play, which will keep him from filling his engagement, and the inability of Cavalcade being ready for the mile and three-sixteenths journey, Clarence E. Lehr, president of the Detroit Racing Association, got into communication with Fred M. Alger, Jr., owner of Azucar, and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, owner of Discovery, and, according to a statement issued by President Lehr this afternoon, the race will be run with the 5,000 added money cut in half. Lehrs statement follows: "While the management regrets the unforeseen accidents by which the Detroit-Challenge Cup has been reduced to two horses, Discovery and Azucar, it will bo run as originally intended. . "In sympathy with efforts of the association, Mr. Vanderbilt and Mr. Alger have voluntarily offered to have the value of the stake reduced in half. The winner will receive 0,000 and starting fees, while the second horse gets ,500." All hopes of running the race appeared hopeless this morning, when J. Tommy Taylor, trainer of Mrs. Silas B. Masons Head Play, announced that the horse had bowed in his right front leg. The management immediately called off the race and hoped to arrange a match affair at ,000 a side between Discovery and Azucar. The new arrangements were the outcome of a conference between Messrs. Lehr, Alger and Vanderbilt. Taylor stated that Head Play came out of his work Tuesday in fine fettle, but that he noticed a light strain that afternoon. A thorough inspection was made, and the member was packed. The packing was removed yesterday, and a light birw appeared. Head Play was forced out of competition last year on account of a bow in his left front leg, and now, with his other foreleg injured, it appears that he will be lost to racing. Horatio Mason, nephew of Silas Mason and manager of Duntreath Farm, notified Taylor that he would be here tomorrow. Taylor hopes that the horse will be sent to the farm and retired to the stud. With the loss of Victorian, which died at Duntreath, last year. Head Play probably will be called upon to take his place as head of the stud.

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