Auspicious Return to Races: Abbatoro Makes Debut as Three-Year-Old and Wins Bryan and Ohara Memorial Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1936-06-08


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AUSPICIOUS RETURN TO RACES Abbatoro Makes Debut as Three -Year-Old and Wins Bryan and OHara Memorial Handicap. TORONTO, Ont., June G. Abbatoro, swift running son of Toro and Abbatissa, sporting the silks of R. S. McLaughlin, signaled his return to racing as a three-year-old and made his first appearance of the year a particularly lucrative one for his owner when he was winner of the ,500 added Bryan and OHara Memorial Handicap, a gallop of one mile and a sixteenth, which served as the principal event on the program offered by the Thorncliffe Racing and Breeders Association today. Racing under the light weight of 100 pounds and making the pace throughout, with older horses as his rivals, the Park-wood colt added ,870 to his earnings and became one of the leaders among the handicap division when he swept past to the leading Sweepstaff, from the IT. C. Hatch barn, to win by three-quarters of a length. Tempestuous, racing for Mrs. T. Stevenson, was third over three others that competed for the most valuable prize of the current meeting and decided over a track that was normal for the first time since the meeting was ushered in five days ago. For the lone half holiday of the meeting a crowd that was beyond expectations of the management watched the sport, and with a splendid program, enthusiasm ran high all during the afternoon. James F. OHara, Jr., presented a silver trophy to trainer IT. Giddings, who accepted for his employer. In the feature little time was lost before the half dozen starters were caught in alignment by starter Clark, and with the getaway Abbatoro took the lead, with Sweepstaff in pursuit and Shoeless Joe holding a position behind the pair. Tempestuous brought up the rear. Settled in front after making the turn successfully, Lindberg placed Abbatoro under slight restraint and his move was soon followed by Young and Atkins, who were rating thejr mounts along in close pursuit. Reaching the final turn, Abbatoro had his first taste, of the whip when he was asked to meet a mild challenge from Shoeless Joe. Saving every inch of ground on the turn for home, Abbatoro was placed under a severe drive, and with Lindberg riding a vigorous finish, was able to withstand the closing challenge of Sweepstaff. Through the final stages Tempestuous came along on the inside to reach the leading pair, but he was being held at bay as he easily drove into third place. There was no excuse for any of the others. Ouragan, swift-running four-year-old son of Stimulus and Straight Shot, proved best of a half dozen smart sprinters that measured strides for the Conney Smythe Purse, a test of six furlongs under allowance conditions that was first of the twin features and third on the card. Racing in the livery of R. S. McLaughlins Parkwood Stable and leading for every step of the journey under the energetic C. McDonald, he was under a terrific drive to reach the close leading Mrs. R. B. Fairbanks Hastinola by a short head, with Trey in third place, right at the heels of the leaders. The running was delayed several minutes to await the capturing of Mrs. G. Hardys Sky Warrior, which ran away a mile and three-quarters while on parade. Peden was unable to check his mount, owing to losing the services of his stirrup irons which broke from the saddle rigging. :

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