Gregor K. in Form, Daily Racing Form, 1903-04-17


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GREG OR K. IN FORM. The fair weather of yesterday failed to draw out as large a crowd to Lakeside as that of the opening day, and this in the face of a ranch better card, The sun and a rather cool wind that blew all afternoon caused the track to dry up fast, especially from the center to the inside rail. Toward the outside rail, however, it was still somewhat sloppy. Interest in the days sport centered in the three-year-old debut of Gregor K., which was undoubtedly one of the beBt youngsters in the mud hereabouts last year. The scratching of St. Minor, which was generally regarded as the only horse entered in the race that was likely to give him an argument, sent Gregor K. to the post a 1 to 3 favorite, but even at these lopsided figures he was generously supported. The race was the fourth on the card, a six furlongs dash for three-yoar-olds. OS well in his stride, Gregor K. suffered Angelo to run in close company to him for the first quarter, after which he assumed an easy command and, running well within himself thereafter, won in hollow fashion by three lengths, Angelo finishing a head before Dan McKenna for second place. Angelo had about enough after running well for five furlongs, and was tiring so rapidly at the end that he would have lost second place in a few more strides to Dan McKenna. The latter was under a hard drive all through the last quarter and clung gamely to his work. He is said to be a good colt and was probably a little short. Reeves and Manzano were never serious contenders. As Haviland was pretty well banged up from sev eral mishaps in a race on the day previous, he was withdrawn from the third race, a mile dash for three-year-olds and upward, leaving but three to start. War Cry was made a slight favorite over Prince of Africa which ran Borne fair races around Chicago, but was evidently not ready and ran far llow his best fqrm.After the first quarter had been run War Cry waB taken to the lead and spreadeagled the field, winning in a canter by nine lengths from Double O, which beat Prince of Africa two lengths for second place. The last named made a determined hut ineffectual effort to close up on Double O in the last eighth. The opening race of the day, a five and a half furlongs dash for four-year-olds and upward, was won by Fake, the second choice in the betting. The Rabbit led by a fair margain for the first four furlongs where Fake, which had been running in fourth position, moved up with a rush and took command, winning handily by one length from Optional which boat Haydon the same distance for second place. Haydon ran a good race, making up ground in the final eighth. Optional had just been taken off the cars. She is in good shape. Lawndale was easily the best of the field of seven two-year-olds in the second race, a dash of four furlongs. He won in a canter by four lengths from Plea, which beat Capitol a neck for second place. The fifth race, another spin of four furlongs for two-year-olds, went to Shaitan, which came with a rush in the final eighth and won by two lengths from Miss Mollie, which beat Gassie Schuler one and a half for second place. Miss Mollie tired very fast when challenged by the winner. The last race, a dash of one mile and seventy yards for three-year-olds and upward, was won by Dodie S. in a drive by three-quarters of a length from The Bobby, with Miss Liza a fair third. The batting was not so heavy as on the opening day. In case no rain falls today the track will be in pretty fair condition. The impressive manner in which Greeor K. disposed of his field, left no room for doubt that he is a high-class racer and showed that he has lost none of his speed and ability to negotiate heavy going. The colt, in yesterdays race, was under restraint for the entire distance and fighting for his head. Angelo, which attempted to race with Gregor K. in the early stages, put up a good performance, but was outclassed and racad into submission before the half mile post was reached. After the race it was announced by OLeary that the price against Gregor K. for the American Derby had been cut from 40 to 20 to 1. St. Minor was withdrawn from the fourth race, in which he was carded to start, on account of having incurred a penalty of eight pounds for winniDg the day before. His absence robbed the race of much interest and left it practically a foregone conclusion for Gregor K. Haviland, which was carded as a starter in the third race yesterday, had to be withdrawn on account of an injury received in his previous start. The ailment seems to be of a serious nature and his trainer is of tho opinion that the horse will not be in racing condition again for a long time. Jockey J. Morris, who rode Goodsense in the opening race, had his collar bone fractured, caused by his mount falling when about to be pulled up after the finish. A. Forbes arrived at Hawthorne yesterday from California with the horses 8am Fullen and Beau Ormonde, which will be raced on the local tracks this summer.

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