Colin Wins the Special: James R. Keenes Unbeaten Colt Whips the 0,000 Uncle, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-11


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COLIN WINS THE SPECIAL. JAMES R. KEENES UNBEATEN COLT WHIPS THE 0,000 UNCLE. Frank Gill Canters Away with the Travcrs Stakes and Commodore Fontaine Takes North American Steeplechase. Saratoga, N. Y., August 10. The fortieth running of the Travcrs Stakes, the oldest tixture in America exclusively for three-year-olds; the seventh running of the rich Saratoga Special, that distinctive sporting event, which has taken rank second only to the Futurity as a test for the quality of the two-year-olds, and the fourth North American Steeplechase, entailing a trying journey, were the features of a card of six races, decided under ideal weather and track conditions, in the presence of some twenty thousand Of race-goers, numbering the wealthy and fashionable, at the local course today. All of the races, with the exception of the Special, which in truth was the star number, were won in leisurely maimer and by wide margins. The lirst four races were won by favorites, a third choice took the fifth and the last went to a second choice, so tiie rolls of the layers were lighter when they departed than when they came. The sport opened with a sprint at seven-eighths of a mile for selling platers. In which Herman Brandts speedy, though rheumatic Tom MeGrnth, led all the way under the pilotage of Walter Miller, who was roundly cheered at the finish, for the hundreds of regulars in the throng had not overlooked the fact that the champion jockey had earned the uniipie distinction of having ridden the winner of the lirst race every day this week. Next came the North American Steeplechase with only three starters. All named overnight to start nave Commodore Fontaine and ltocket had declined the issue, but John C. Ferriss, Jr., the young westerner, thought he saw a chance for a piece of tin; money and added St. Volma, but the fates were against him. St. Volma fell when he was in the lead and seemingly dangerous. After this mashap it was no trick at all for Commodore Fontaine, admirably ridden by Harry Stone, ills lirst mount since his accident at lirighton Beach, to dispose of ltocket. Incidentally this is the second time this stake lias gone to .1. W. Colt, for lie won it with Sandhurst in r.Mr and he now has a handsome piece of plate to match that which caiuc to him through the triumph two years back. The race for the Saratoga Special, which came third on the card, was practically a match between Colin and Uncle, they being the only two to go to the post and James it. Keenes great son of Commando--Iastorclla, is still undefeated. In taking the measure of Uncle, Colin scored bis sixth victory, discounted the boast of John K. Madden that the son of Star Shoot would show his heels to this wonder from Castleton Stud with the thoroughpiuueil hock, and brought chagrin to S. C. Hildreth, who hud just paid 0,000 for this hero or bis three previous races, lint Uncle was not disgraced in this defeat. He ran a rattling good race and is a grand colt. Colin simply proved himself Uncles master, as everyone who makes a close and proper study of racing expected he would. The Saratoga Special is so conditioned that the winner takes it all. This year there were nineteen subscribers, those having representatives in the race to pay ,000, and those not starting a horse to pay 00. Seventeen of the subscriptions were not represented, making ,50O. To this is added the ,000 from starters, making the gross value of the stakes 0,500. The Saratoga Association added a piece of gold plate valued at ,500. This is the second time Mr. Keene lias won the Special. Sy-fr-onby brought him the prize, the honor and the glory in 1001. This race brings the total of Mr. Keenes winnings for the year to 19,011. of which Colin has contributed 1907.sh2,551, or ,850 more than the earnings of Electioneer, the leading winning two-year-old of last year. As a race the Travers Stakes was a disappointment. Frank Gill, Golf Hall and Cork Hill were the only starters. They were backed anil finished as named, a margin of eight lengths separating the winner from the second horse and there was the same distance between second and third. Marbles led all the way and easily won the fifth race from Tenancy by Courtesy, with the favorite James B. Brady, third. The closing race was a canter for Cairngorm. Notasulga, the great two-year-old filly, owned by AI Ilamel and Harry Brulatour, stepped on a nail while being walked at her training quarters yesterday morning. Her trainer discovered the nail immediately and pulled it out, but whether it will cause a let-up in her preparation for raciug it is too early to determine. Dallas Koons, a young gentleman rider of Philadelphia, will have a leg up on Joseph E. Widenors True Boy in the flat nice for non-professional jockeys next Saturday. True Boy has worked well for Howard Lewis since his arrival at Saratoga and young Koons, who is a successful horseman, expects to make a creditable showing with him. Jay OBrien, the gentleman rider who was badly hurt in the Saratoga Steeplechase on Mouduy, when Grandpa fell at the Liverpool, is improving, though not as rapidly as his physician had hoped. Mr. OBriens father and brother arrived from New York to look after him. Old Faithful is one of the junipers P. A. Clark bought from the Whitney stable last fall.

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