Off Day At Worth., Daily Racing Form, 1903-05-01


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OFF DAY AT WORTH. The unseasonably cold spell that prevailed here yesterday played havoc with the attendance at ■ Worth. Still the crowd was as groat as could have . - been expected under the circumstances. The rain rendered the track somewhat muddy, but Btill there wss a good bottom and horses were able to get a firm foothold. Despite the unfavorable conditions for racing there was comparatively little scratching indulged in and the fields, bar one, were fairly large. The moBt important race of the day was the fourth, a dash of one mile and seventy yards for three-year-olds and upward. C. B. Campbell opened at 2 to 1 in the betting, bat steady backing cut the odds down to 6 to 5. He rewarded the confidence placed in him by winning somewhat handily after a little shaking up at the last sixteenth post, Albula, as was expected, set the pace for the first seven furlongs where Scotch Plaid and C. B. Camp-hell moved up on even terms with him. The three swung into the stretch together, but in the final sixteenth C. B. Campbell outstayed them,Uwinning bylaneck, Albula lasting longenoughJto beat out Scotch Plaid a neck for second place. Bondage finishod fourth, twor.lengths iback. Scotch Plaid, under a hard drive, stuck to his work tenaciously all through the final quarter. Ahola mado a show of the field in the third race, a dash of once around the track for three-year-olds. The minute the barrier went up she shot to the front and, displaying keen speed throughout, never left the result in doubt, winning in a canter by five lengths from Prodigal Son which beat Angelo eight for second place. The last named tired rapidly just after turning for home. In the opening race, a four-furlong scramble for maiden two-year-old fillies, Pocassat, held at 7 to 1, proved to bs the best, finishing one and a half lengths before Interrogation, which beat Shades of Night one for second place. Interrogation began slowly, but made up ground fast after turning for home. In the closing strides, however, she tired perceptibly. Tayon, the even money favorite in the second race a six-furlong dash for three-year-olds and upward, had little trouble in annexing the purse to his owners credit. He carried Marco along at a fast gait for the first four and a half furlongs, where the latter retired and he then assumed an easy lead, winning by one length from OHagen, which finished three and a half lengths before Double O for second place. OHagen, under punishment, finished going fast. Doeskin was well spent when a furlong out, although pocketed at the time. Marco showed spaed and bears watching, especially over a soft or a heavy track. There was somewhat spirited backing for Vulcain, but he never gave his backers the slightest hope for success, showing scant speed throughout. It was conceded on all sides that Claremont held the field safe in the fifth race, a four and a half farlongs dash. He was made a 1 to 2 favorite and won as the odds indicated he should. Off flying, he darted to the front, and soon opened up a gap of four lengths, easily holding the lead throughout. In the last sixteenth Dominick eased him up a little, but even then he crossed the line two and a half lengths before Salto, which finished the same distance before Elie for second place. Salto began slowly, but made up ground fast in the last quarter. Elie tired slightly when the pinch came. The last race of the day, a spin of one and a sixteenth miles for three-year-olds and upward, proved to be an easy thing for Bonnie Liesak, which was the medium of heavy backing, opening at 6 and closing at 4 to 1. Haydon, showing his customary speed, led until jnst before the final quarter had been reached, where Bonnie Lissak passed him easily at call, winning as her rider pleased by six lengths from Goldaga. which beat Haydon three for second place. Goldaga ran right to his best form and met with no mishaps. Haydon maintained his speed for about seven and a half furlongs only. Zonne showed scant speed and can do batter. Mies Liza was never a serious factor. Branch showed a little early speed. The track will be slow today at its best. Despite the diminished attendance the betting was spirited and somewhat heavy. A rumor was current among the horsemen yesterday that Mr. Spiers, acting as agent for E. E. Smathers the owner of McChesney and Dick Bernard, had requested S. C. Hildreth to handle the horses. The latter agreed to do so, and presented an order to Fred Foster, who has the horses in charge at present at the Hawthorne track, to ship them to Worth. This, the latter is said to have refased to do, claiming to have a contract with Mr. Smathers to train the horses. Mr. Hildreth is reported to have secured the necessary papers and will try to force Foster to turn the horses over to him. The cause for the change in trainers is causing much speculation and various are the explanations concerning it. The principal one and which probably is the correct one, is that Hildreth understands McChesney better than anybody else, having developed him and roally made him the grand racer he is.

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