Neva Lee Fails Backers: Poor Judgment of Her Jockey Probably Spoils a Tremendous Coup, Daily Racing Form, 1906-08-10


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NEVA LEE FAILS BACKERS. POOR JUDGMENT OF HER JOCKEY PROBABLY SPOILS A TREMENDOUS COUP. Sir Lynnowood, However, Equals the American Seven Furlongs Record in Defeating Her Running Water Wins the Alabama Stakes. Saratoga, N. Y., August 0. An attempted killing on a large scale failed to go through with Neva Lee in the first race today. The fleet filly had been skillfully and patiently manipulated in an effort to beat the handicappor and the official fell for It to the extent of assigning the beautiful daughter of El Rio Itey, a feather impost of 102 pounds, as against 119 pounds on Graziallo in a handicap at seven furlongs. On the lest and most reliable recent form the weights carried by these two should Iiave been reversed. But the god of chance stepped in and spoiled tlds elaborately planned coup. Unfortunate at the start and ridden with colossal stupidity by C. .Miller, Neva Lee succumbed right at the end of a heart breaking, as well as record breaking, seven furlongs to both Sir Lynnewood and Inquisitor, when, had she been intelligently handled at the start, the westerner could not have lost. The time, l:24i, equalled the American record made by Halifax at Sheepshead Bay In June. Walter Miller, who rode Inquisitor, heat the barrier and, making the most of it, proceeded to force a killing "pace. C. Miller, the little jockey, who on the other hand got away poorly with Neva Lee, went into such an immediate and strenuous pursuit of the flying leader that he passed him at the end of five furlongs. The filly was timed separately In 37g seconds. I Every book in the ring was deluged witli wagers k on the good thing which went wrong. Every poolroom in the country shared the same experience, likewise numerous handbooks. Charley Gates commission alone was 5,000. One record wager with William Cowan was 4,000 to ,000. J. A. Drake fell for 0,000. There were hundreds who bet ,000 and over, all directed by the same mysterious hand. Estimates vnry as to the amount Neva Lees hackers would have won had she been successful. Some say 00,000. However, 50,000 undoubtedly approximated the real sum. The historic Alabama Stakes for three-year-old fillies was the magnet of attraction today and a crowd equal in proportion to that which attended the opening day was present to see Andrew Millers splendid new purchase, Running Water, win a fast race with superlative ease from the others. Brook-dale Nymph, Comedienne and Belgravia. The time, l:52j, stamps it a sparkling performance. The steeplechase over the short course developed into an exciting affair. Allegiance proved the steadiest of the unruly and erratic members engaged and won outright at the end. Glengate, the heavily hacked favorite, made a bad mess of it, nearly falling early in the race and then taking the post that marked the course on the first turn along with him in his wild career. Rodrock, the unlucky rider, finally pulled up and limped back to the scales with a badly bruised left leg. Champ Elysees, the leader for nearly the entire distance, qualified handsomely for more important engagements at this sport. "Big Bill" Knapps vigorous and persistent efforts on Flowaway, the favorite in the two-year-old selling race at five and a half furlongs, were rewarded with success over the poorly ridden Big Store. Woolwich, another favorite at profitable odds, signalized ids transfer to a new owner by winning nearly all the way in the mile selling from the Inadequately handled Yorkshire Lad. Frankie ONeill sold Woolwich just before the race to W. A. Mc-Klnney for ,000. The Belmont castofl was entered to be sold for 00. J. D. Odom, owner of Angler, bid him up to ,000, McKInney retaining him for an additional . The big field had no terrors for the hackers of Victoria B. in the closing race for maiden two-year-olds, at five and a half furlongs. Mr. Longs filly is notor!6usly a bad breaker and as a receding favorite was left at the post when Koerner rode her In her preceding race at Brighton, but she was In a different humor today. Backed at a ridiculously short price she came out of the ruck with incredible speed and pursued the pacemaker so persistently that she caught and passed him In the stretch as If he was anchored.

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