Close Finishes at Harlem, Daily Racing Form, 1900-08-11


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CLOSE FIMSHE* AT HAKI.EM. Tlie continued intense bent is beginning to have an effect on the attendance at the races and yesterday Harlem entertained the smallest crowd of the meeting. There was no special attraction on the program other than a steeplechase, and it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Globe II. would win this with ease, but there was a surprise in store for those that take a fancy to the jumping game in the way of a close finish and a hotly contested race throughout. Globe II. came out the victor in the steeplechase, but he only won by a nose after the hardest drive through the stretch ever before seen at Harlem in a race of this kind. Globe 1 1. wis an odds-on favorite, despite his heavy impost of 165 pounds, and was backed with confidence by the talent at about 7 to 10. and many a case of heart disease was imminent before the judges hung the numbers out. Mr. Brenocks gelding has had no less than four bruising races over the sticks within a week and is perhaps becoming a trifle stale, and that accounts for Reno, who was second, being eo close to him at the finish. Reno went away in front over the first obstruction and was the pacemaker throughout, leading all the way by from two to five lengths. Eggerson rated Globe II. along in third position until the ninth fence, where he made his move, and at the last jump was lapped on Reno. The pair came into the the stretch close together and for about a quarter of a mile had it nip and tuck. Globe II. was tired enough to lie down, but ran gamely to the very end. A peculiar thing happened in the race which probably was the cause of making Globe II. win. Eggerson lost his whip at one of the jumps and was compelled to hand ride the gelding to the best of his knowledge when the pinch came. Considering the tired condition the gelding was in this was probably the best thing that could have happened for had he been struck with the whip he might have swerved and committed a foul. There were two accidents in the fifth race which created a sensation in the grandstand and were the cause of several women fainting. St. Bluff, with E. Morgan up. got into a jam shortly after the start and took an ugly fall. This, however, happened on the backst retch and did not seem to be so startling as was the i accident that befell Telephone Girl in the stretch directly ia front of the crowded part of the grandstand. The Ally started through on the inside and for an instant appeared to have a winning chance, but all of a sudden there was a general mix-up and domn went Telephone Girl, turning a complete somersalt and rolling all over jockey Tally. It was a shocking thing to look at the boy and horse all in a tangle, and it hardly seemed possible that Tally would escape alive. Luck was with him. however, and after beiug carried to the jockeys room ou a stretcher he revived and was up and around before the last race was run. Morgan also i escaped unharmed. After all the falling and interfering Edith Q. proved to be the luckiest one of the bunch and won by a nose from Regea. The mile and three furlong race went to Ad-metus. who should have won off by himself, but Master Tommy Knight got ay in the st ret li and in his effort to draw the fini.-h fine almost threw the race away in favor of Fox Bard who , finished with a tremedous rush. Satin Coat and Propeller had a ding dong I finish in the initial three-quarters of a mile , two-year-old race, the former getting the decision simply through the action of the nod. The fourth race was "peaches and cream" for . Tayon, who was excellently handled by H. Stuart, and Dissolute, despite a bad ride, car. ried off the sixth event. Jockey Bassinger ha6 been suspended for the rest of the meeting by the Harlem judges for "rough riding." Three individual complaints were registered against Bassinger in thp last four days for "Roosevelt" tactics, and although Bassinger was warned by the judges he continued his rough work. In anticipation of a large attendance to-day. Business Manager Miers has arranged for extra trains on all transportation lines leading to Harlem. Hereafter the positions of the horses at the post at Harlem will correspond to the numbers on the program, number one taking the rail. It has been decided by the Harlem management to place bulletin boards in the grandstand and betting ring. These boards will have painted upon them the names of the horses, weights which they will carry and the names of the jockeys who will ride them. Tulla Fonso will be barred in the betting today in the fifth race at Harlem.

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