So roll 'em. Gale affectionately pats Songcan's nose and nibbles on her fingernails. Don says, "Come on, boy, you can do it." Gilles clucks him onto the track. Hy Lattman puffs nervously on a stogie'.
Songcan looks fit, but unfortunately LaChance chooses to set all the pace in the first heat. By the middle of the stretch other colts are challenging Songcan and passing him. They go the last quarter in an astounding 28[3/5] as the big bay holds on to finish third to George Sholty's Flush and Vernon Dancer's Super Bowl.
In the second heat Songcan is doing all right, lying second at the top of the stretch, when Stanley Dancer, inside on the rail, comes out into him, banging against LaChance's sulky and staggering Songcan almost into a break. He falls back to sixth as Vernon Dancer and Super Bowl zip through on the rail to win in 1:59[4/5]. Stanley thumps to the finish on a flat tire. As the drivers head back to the paddock, LaChance, furious, shouts at Dancer: "What do you think you're doing? That's not fair." Dancer—according to LaChance—coolly replied, "When you're racing an entry you can do anything you want."
The judges did not agree. They called all the drivers in for close questioning. Although the finish was made official on the tote board, Presiding Judge Bob Steele was still interviewing drivers and looking at films the next morning and afternoon.
It took nearly 48 hours for the judges to make up their minds. When they did they set Stanley Dancer down for five racing days. That did not help Songcan a whole lot, but then not every movie has a happy ending.