The race figured to produce some sensational performances because the Syracuse track surface was fast—so fast that the timers were shaking their stopwatches and holding them up to their ears after some races. On the opening day of the meet, a 4-year-old pacer named Sly Attorney turned in a 1:54.4, and on Friday Silk Stockings, the 3-year-old filly sensation, paced a mile in 1:55.2. The only trouble is that the track is not all-weather and if it rained the race would be held, but without the ever-cautious Dancer, who was not about to risk Bonefish on a slippery surface.
Before the race a lot of people were talking as if Bonefish were just another horse in front of a cart. Billy Haughton, the driver of Glasgow, said he thought his horse could win, though Surefire Hanover had beaten him in five of seven meetings this season. And Joseph Cowden of Medina, Ohio, the owner of littleknown Excellent Tad, pulled up to the race secretary's office early in the week to discover that he had drawn the eighth pole position, just on the outside of Bone-fish in No. 7. Someone mentioned that Excellent Tad might do well to follow Bonefish and hope for second or third money. "Follow?" snorted Cowden. "Let him follow me!"
The eight-horse field included most of the season's top trotters, with the exception of Del Miller's Songflori. On race day Stanley Dancer learned that his daughter had given birth to a girl. Then he went racing for her dowry, and a bit more.
At the start, Bonefish made a bid for the lead and for a few moments Haughton and Glasgow tried to hold him off, but by the quarter pole Dancer had his horse in front. Glasgow was second with Ronnie Dancer and Surefire Hanover up the track in seventh. In the backstretch Surefire Hanover moved through traffic to edge in behind Bonefish by the three-quarters pole. That was the way they finished, Bonefish on top by 2� lengths in 1:58.1, Surefire Hanover next and Fashion Blaze another half-length behind. Glasgow finished seventh. Excellent Tad followed Bonefish all right, but not closely enough. He finished last. The Dancers had waltzed in again.