Armistice day, now known as Veterans Day, marks the end of the shooting in World War I. But next week when it rolls around again it will signal the resumption of hostilities in one of the best ruckuses Hollywood Park has seen in years. On that date a field of eight hand-picked competitors will meet for the third and last time in the American Trotting Classic. The favorite undoubtedly will be aggressive little Senator Frost, who last Saturday justified the faith his bettors had shown in him by pounding home in front.
The Senator's second-leg victory was doubly sweet in view of the fact that in the first race (SI, Nov. 2) he had been thoroughly whipped by the big Frenchman, Jamin. This time Driver Dick Buxton held the Senator in check along the rail until the stretch. Then, when Trader Horn drifted to the outside, Buxton urged Senator Frost through the hole and took over. The Senator trotted the mile in 1:59 flat, good enough for a comfortable 2-length lead over Jamin, whose defeat was his first in the U.S. Trader Horn finished third. All three were under two minutes.
Said Dick Buxton of Senator Frost: "This is a little horse, but he's all heart." And big, artichoke-loving Jamin's French trainer-driver, Jean Riaud, ruefully confessed that "you cannot race wide all the way and beat a horse like Senator Frost—at least so long as he is not obliged to move off the rail."
The biggest crowd in Western Harness Racing Association history is expected to turn out next Wednesday for the rubber match.