John Brights Good Race, Daily Racing Form, 1902-08-17


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JOHN BRIGHTS GOOD RACE. The good drainage system in use at Harlom oused the track to dry oat fast yesterday, so that hy the time the crowd had assembled to witness the sport horses in their preliminaries were throwing dust from their heels. This condition of the coarse was good enough to warrant the starting of horses that ran only to their best form on dry going, and the Harlem stakes, the feature event of the day had but three scratches out of the thirteen scheduled to start. It was a dash of one and one-eighth miles, for three-year-olds and upward, with ,500 added. S. C. Hildreths entry, consisting of McChesney and Hermencia was made the favorite at 31 to 1 and was well backed at these figures, but the beat it could do was for McChesney to run third, the winner turning up in John Bright, backed heavily by a select few. After a delay of eight minutes at the post the field was sent away to a fair start, with Flora Pomona in the lead closely pressed by Haviland, with the others well up. Going down the backstretch Flora Pomona fell away beaten, Aladdin assuming command,, with Haviland second and .Nitrate third. Little change toot place in thesepositiohs until wellint o"thefinHl quarter where Winkfield, who had been lying within easy distance of the leaders up to this point on John Bright, called on his mount, which responded with a rneh, easily moving into the lead in the last sixteenth and winning by three lengths going away. Aladdin began to tire in the last sixteenth, bnt lasted long enough to beat the fast finishing McChesney a head for eecond place. The latter met with ill luck throughout, and with any kind of elaar sailing would undoubtedly have given the winner an argument. Haviland ceased to be a serious contender in the last eighth. Nitrate was right there for a mile and a sixteenth, but the track was just a shade too slow for him to show at his best. Six Shooter made a quick move up just before turning into the stretch, but failed to respond when called upon in the final eighth. Flying Torpedo ran an unaccountably bad race, showed scant speed and was beaten off all the way. The days opener proved an easy thing for Somersault, which ran Howendobler into submission in the first five farlongs and then came away, winning by two lengths from Irmas Choice, which just got up in time to nip Ben Frost on the post by a head for second place. Queen of Dixiana, all tangled up at the start, had little chance when she got clear sailing. The second race was marred by a poor start, Small Talk being left at the post and Hattie Walker having but little chance from where she got off. Ahola, cleverly ridden by Ranch, ran second to Vestry for the first quarter, but when well straightened for home took an easy commnnd, winning by one and a half lengths from Vestry, which beat the fast-finishing Hattie Walker a half for second placo. Vostry tired fast in the last sixteenth. Lucien Appleby put up another good performance at a mile, winning The Owners Handicap by a half length from Autumn Leaves, which beat Favonius seven for second place. The winner was slow about getting into his stride, but after the first half had been run closed up fast, gotting on even terms with Autumn Leaves when a sixteenth from home. After that it was an easy matter. Autumn Leaves ran a good race, but was simply outclassed by the winner. Favonius was beaten after running well up for a half mile. Lass of Langden was much the best at the weights in the fifth, race, a dash of six furlong-:. She and Ed Adack ran as one horse to the last eighth post, where he tired, and sho bad little trouble about coming away and winning by three lengths from Huachuca, which beat the fast finishing Gold Bell a head for second place. Huachuca tired fast in the closing strides and would have lost second position in a few more strides. Topsoil ran well up for a quarter, but fell away beaten before the head of the stretch had been reached. He runs best through the mud. Muresca simply played with the field in the sixth race, a daah of six and one-half furlongs. Off none too well she worked her way to the front after the first quarter had been run and easily held command thereafter, winning by two and one-half lengths from Haydon, which beat Ida V., one and one-half for second place. The last race of the present meeting was taken by Compass, by one length from About, which finished the same distance in front of Pirates Queen for second place. About appeared the winner whan a furlong ont, but tired fast in the closing strides. Strangest showed scant speed and was never in the hunt. A crowd of at least 10,000 persons was on hand and witnessed one of the best days sport seen here in some time. The betting was heavy and spirited throughout the day. Clear, cool weather and a steady sunshine dried the track out so fast that it was in pretty fair shape when the fourth race was run.

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