Rushaways Second Derby in Consecutive Days: A. G. Tarns "Iron Horse" Accomplishes Unparalleled Turf Feat, Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-25


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Rushaway s Second Derby in Consecutive Days l-A. G. Tarns "Iron Horse" Accomplishes Unparalleled Turf Feat Captures Latonia Derby Twenty-Four Hours After .Triumphing- in Illinois Derby Remarkable Race Features Latonias Inaugural Program LATONIA, Ky., May 23. Rushaway, A. G. Tarns rising three-year-old star, flashed across the racing horizon today as the iron horse of the age, when he captured the 5,000 added Latonia Derby, just twenty-four hours after he had scored in the Illinois Derby at Aurora, 111., more than 300 miles distant. The three-year-old son of Haste and Roseaway, which his owner purchased last winter from J. E. Widener for a reported 0,000, was rushed here in an express car overnight from the scene of yesterdays triumph, and made turf history when he took the Latonia race for his many successive days, a feat without known precedent in this country or abroad. Ridden by Johnny Longden, who, like Riishaways owner, is a Canadian, the winner soared to even greater heights than yesterday, when he took the mile and a quarter race by six lengths and with something in reserve. Second to complete the journey, which the winner negotiated in the fast time of 2:02, the record for which is 2:00, was the more highly regarded Hollyrood, owned by H. P. Headley of Lexington, while E. R. Bradleys Bow and Arrow, another Kentuckian, finished third. He lost second money by a half length, while defeating a local entry, the Parkview Stables Prince Fellow, four lengths for third. Eight took part in the long contest, and those completing the field and finishing as named were Holl Image, Airforce, Silas and Songmaker, the last named perhaps the biggest disappointment of the race, as he gave the winner and Bow and Arrow quite an argument for the honor of going to the post second choice to Hollyrood. Rushaways victory today earned Tarn another 2,125, while second money was ,500, third ,500 and fourth 50. This tidy sum taken down by the former Widener horse increased his earnings for the year to 2,410, while at the sam time his performance here and sensational stakes double within a span of twenty-four hours catapulted him to the forefront among those of his age. After holding them at the post for four and a half minutes, starter William Hamilton had them away in good alignment. Prince Fellow, which had contributed to the post delay along with the winner, was first to show in front, followed by Rushaway. Then came Hollyrood as they started past the long grandstand. Bow and Arrow, which was destined to cut out much of the pace, left the stalls in fifth position. Bow and Arrow was leading Rushaway by a half length at the end of the first quarter, which had been covered in :22. At this stage Prince Fellow was in third place, with Hollyrood next in pursuit, and Continued on third page. RUSHAWAYS SECOND DERBY IN CONSECUTIVE DAYS Continued from first page. the others, none of which ever figured seriously, already rather widely strung out. Keeping his mount under strong restraint, Louman permitted Bow and Arrow to continue to show the way to the half mile by a clear margin, with Prince Fellow and Holly-rood third and fourth. Running the half-mile in 146, Bow and Arrow led the eventual winner by a length and a half and then had to complete three-quarters in 1:11 to have his head in front of Rushaway at that marker. Here Hollyrood began to make up ground oh Prince Fellow, but they were still about four lengths away from the leaders. A short time later Rushaway brought a thunderous cry from the crowd, which was one of the largest here in several years, when he displaced the Bradley representative in the lead, and it was not long before he was showing the way well in the van. At this point, the race was as good as over insofar as first place was concerned, but there later developed a stirring battle between Hollyrood and Bow and Arrow before the latter relinquished second. Meanwhile Prince Fellows stride shortened and he fell back steadily in the final straightaway. The mile was negotiated in 1:3675 and this time also was to the winners credit, as he was in front at that point. He shouldered top weight of 121 pounds, including a three-pound penalty for having won the Illinois Derby yesterday afternoon. All his opponents carried 118 pounds. Dixianas Erin Torch was the only withdrawal from the overnight field, made up entirely of colts and geldings. The Derby program was presented in an ideal setting with bright, warm weather prevailing. The racing strip was at its best. The management could not have ordered a better day for its inaugural and Derby program which proved a success in every respect. Racing patrons of this area showed their eagerness for the return of racing to Latonia by turning out in large numbers, the gathering being one of the largest at the local track in several years. The crowd began arriving early and by the time the first race was called to the post there was little unoccupied space in the spacious plant and all available seating accommodations were taken. Resident manager Russell Sweeney announced that for the first time since the Halcyon days of prosperity all reserved seats and boxes were sold. Although Hollyrood was the choice of early visitors, the appearance on the program of Rushaways name proved an engaging subject to all. Not in the memory of many has a horse been asked to fill two such important engagements as the Illinois Derby at Aurora which he won yesterday, and the Derby here, in two successive days and at two such distant points. Many doubted the wisdom of such a program, but all agreed that the geldings owner is a shrewd hand in the sport of racing and held the Canadian racer in high esteem. His effort to prove a racer of steel recalled to many the days, years ago, of heat races, when the thoroughbreds ran two or three times a day and little was thought of it. W. E. Smiths Likewise, one of the most consistent performers here last year, but which his connections wanted to withdraw from the race, because he suffered some abrasions about the forehead, proved an easy winner in the six furlongs Netherland Plaza Handicap. Racing behind the pace set by Manners Man and forced by Myrtlewood, the Wise Counsellor five-year-old came through on the rail after entering the stretch and scored off by himself by three lengths. Myrtlewood, one-time holder of the world record for three-quarters, finished second, with Gilbert Elston third. Manners Man finished last in the field of seven. Manners Man and Myrtlewood started off .as if they might dominate the running throughout, for after going a quarter they were four lengths in front of their nearest rival, Likewise. Rounding the turn, however, Likewise gradually closed in on them and, after Manners Man gave up the job, the Smith gelding easily overtook Myrtlewood. Gilbert Elston closed a big gap to land third money, while Miss Melody ran a more or less even race in fourth position. The distinction of winning the first race of the meeting, fell to Walker and Childs whose French Princess triumphed in a drive. Well played, but second choice to Ramrod, French Princess followed the pace of the T. C. Geary racer to the final eighth, where she moved to the front to score by a half length. Ramrod was third, succumbing near the wire, also to Sis Alice, which earned the place by a half length. Dressy, Dixianas home-bred daughter of Sickle and Red Gown, opened the local campaign of that Detroit-owned stable with a victory when, as the establishments first starter of the meeting and making her own debut, she scored in runaway fashion in the Lassies Purse, for maiden juvenile fillie.s. Sweeping to the front in the final furlong, she came on to score by five lengths as Wise Beauty earned second over Navarre. Crulia was the fourth of the twelve contestants to finish, defeating Toneys Girl a nose for the smallest part of the purse. The latter, strongly favored by the crowd, had practically no chance due to adverse racing luck. C. Stevenson rode the winner. A disqualification marred the third race and cost Joaney B. a purse, as she was set back after leading home Rolanda, Camp Cook and the eight others. Joaney B. led practically from the start, but in swerving in the final drive slightly impeded Rolanda, for which she was disqualified. Rolanda came out of the engagement limping badly. They finished about a neck apart, with Camp Cook two lengths away and only a nose before Yankee Waters, the favorite. With Cherry Time performing below expectations though he did finish third, D. W Butlers Forewarned dashed away with the winners portion of the prize money in the fourth race. H. Beasy made every post a winning one, with the California-owned victor, but was forced to a drive to get him home about a length before Lea"ding Article Cherry Time was four lengths farther bade and only narrowly before Gray Jack and Roberta. Except for a brief flurry on the stretch turn, Cherry Time failed to flash the speed many expected him to show. The three-year-old filly Bar Nothing came along as a companion for Bow and Arrow, E. R. Bradleys Latonia Derby starter, which was shipped here from Chicago.

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