Ballot Whips Dandelion: Thrilling Struggle for the Invincible Handicap at Brighton, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-02


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BALLOT WHIPS DANDELION. THRILLING STRUGGLE FOR THE INVINCIBLE HANDICAP AT BRIGHTON. Mr. Kccnc Declares His Colt Should Have Won Easily Dissatisfied with Millers Ride Jockey W. Walsh Injured. New York, August 1. A vast throng was al-iracled to tlie Brighton Beach racecourse today hy the alluring prospect of seeing a great horse race for the rich prize In the Invincible Handicap at one mile and a piarler and eacli of the 110,000 racing devotees who were fortunate enough to be present on this memorable occasion got his or her moneys worth, l.allot. Dandelion, Cairngorm, Far West, Cottontown and rountainbliie were dispatched out of the chute at exactly -1:10 oclock, and after two minutes and three and two-lifths seconds of sustained speed and stamina .Tames It. Keenes three-year-old chestnut wilt, Ballot, by Voter Cerito, passed the finishing line barely the width of a hand in front of Dandelion, with Cairngorm, in receipt of IS pounds, third, four lengths away. Itallot hail grandly emulated his stablemates, Colin and Peter Pan, who blazed the way in a series of brilliant successes, and, like them, he was followed by the public with blind confidence and backed with implicit faith at even money and :i to 10. Miller rode Itallot and rode him badly, the experts said. Both owner Keene and trainer Howe declared that he rode the colt contrary to instructions. That fact developed after the race. Ballot outbroke the Others and made the running, hut by an unnecessary and too wide gap. Fast horses like Far West, Fountainblue and Dandelion came at him in succession. Miller partially re-liiniuislied his pull to sprint away from Fountain-blue on the backstretch. The pace at this stage of the running was tremendous and those most interested In the son of Voter were uneasy as they watched the carefully ridden Dandelion, saved and nursed and beginning to improve his position until lie loomed up menacingly close to the leader at the beginning of the turn for home. It was at this critical point of the race that Miller gave Itallot a moment of respite and saved him for the final heartbreaking struggle. When the pair straightened out in the stretch for a fraction of time Dandelions rush had carried him ahead of his young opponent and a groan went up as it seemed that he was beaten, but he rallied unexpectedly and for the entire length of the closing drive there ensued one of the most thrilling and exciting duels between two game horses that has ever been witnessed on the turf. They finished so nearly aligned that they were seemingly like one horse, yet the placing judges hung up figure one, Itallots number without an instant of delay. The scene of enthusiasm that followed was indescribable. There never was such wholesale handshaking on a race course. Mr. Keene hurried down to the paddock where a great crowd of hero worshipers were already awaiting him. After receiving numerous congratulations witli a gratified smile, he suddenly strode over to his trainer ami in vigorous langauge denounced what lie termed Millers shocking and lly-by-night ride. He berated Rowe for not riding Notter instead, declaring that the colt would have won easily by several lengths because that less fashionable rider would have obeyed their instructions to keep in behind a pacemaker ff one showed up; otherwise make the pace a slow one, if forced to keep the lead, by waiting in front. The fractional time or the various quarters of the race tell a different story. The six furlongs in 1:12s and the mile in l:37i, with 117 pounds to carry over a long distance of ground are unique to say the least. Anyway, the horse cooled out long before his owner did. Millers finish was a marvelous piece of horsemanship. No other jockey now riding could have pulled his mount out of the hole as he did and lKith gave an exhibition of persistency and gameness that has never been surpassed. Fountainblue came hack quite lame and may be 1 broken down. Radtkes horsemanship on Dandelion received much favorable comment. Dandelion had no mishaps and not another ounce could have been 1 gotten out of him. It was the best race in his : long and distinguished career. i The Invincible Handicap was first run in 1000 1 and its history Is: Year. Winner. A. Wt Jockey. Val. Time. 1!MM Dandelion ..4 100 Sewell SO, 700 ii-OtlJ 1007 Ballot 3 117 XV. Miller . 0,525 2:0.!s The third race was marred by the worst accident if tills year and one that may cost the life of jockey W. Walsh. Saylor was the favorite, and he won all right, but the crowd was not interested in 1 the race after the first furlong. It was there 1 that the accident occurred. The field was rounding I the first turn when Vino, ridden by Walsh, got in some sort of a mixup and went down. As he did i so Walsh fell under him and the horse in getting up stepped on the boys face and body. The lad was picked up delirious and an examination showed that one of his arms was broken and that he had i suffered other serious injuries. A telephone mes- 1 sage from the physician at Coney Island tonight says j that Walsh is resting easily and there is a chance : tliat lie will pull through. : a The first race was delayed fifteen minutes because j Corncob, the second choice, had to be reshod be- i hind. The stewards excused trainer S. S. Marshall on his explanation that the colt was properly plated when he left Gruvesend, but that his plates must have become loosened and dropped off while he was being led over to Brighton. The road was rough and part of the way paved with cobblestones. Corncob was unruly and jumping around continually. The bugle had called the horses to the post and 1 the jockeys were "already up when the trainer, lifting the colts hind feet to pick the dirt out, discovered the absence of plates. Confederate and Gold Lady are recent important additions to the schooling list. Neoskaleeta was claimed out of the last race by C. C. Smithsou for ,800.

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