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VAILS WINS THE DELAWARE SANFORDS SPEEDY FILLY RUNS THE MILE IN 1:38 AT SARATOGA. Fourth Time in Seven Years that This Handicap Has Been Won by Horses from the Hurricana Stud. Saratoga, N. Y., August IS. The feature of the rani today was the seventh running of the Delaware Handicap at one mile, In which John San-fords threc-.re:ir-ld iilly, Vails, by Gonsnlvo Retaliation, achieved a remarkable victory and established herself as one of the very best of her sex and age in this country. On the strength of her victory at three-quarters of a mile last Friday, licr first start this year, and from the fact that she was carrying thirteen pounds less than her scale weight as against Kunning Waters one pound off, she was backed as the favorite with the. Newcastle Stables lilly ranking second in the choice of the public. Sir Lynnewood, Cairngorm and Hen Han found some following, but the others were neglected. The handling of Vails was intrusted to tliti lightweight lieckman and lie rode her well. He got her away on even terms witli Dr. Gardner and must have been the first to per-eive that the Sullivan horse bad improved suddenly and most unexpectedly, for he urged the lilly to the front in the lirst few strides and kept her up and at 1 for the entire mile, to win in the fast time of 1:3S by a nose from Dr. Gardner, lie a nose In front of Sir Lynnewood, which might have won in another stride, for he was going like the wind after having come from far back. It was a rip snorting race between Vails and Dr. Gardner, and the prowess. of the filly Is further strengthened by the fact that she was in receipt of only four pounds by the scale from this son of Bannockburn, which is when at his best one of the fastest milers in America. This is the fourth time in the seven years of the race that a San ford horse has won. The wonderful Chuctnniiuda won it as a four-year-old In 1902, running the mile in 1:3S, the record for the race, which Vails equalled today. Molly Brant won it in 1!04 and again in 100.1, the first time in 1:392 with 112 pounds and the second time in 1:39s with 11" pounds. The sport began with an upset for the talent. Royal Lady, from the Sullivan barn and mounted by Miller, was backed at odds-on, but the best she could do was third to Belle of Irocpiqis and Anna May, the former at 20 and the latter at 10 to 1. It Appeared for an instant in the stretch as if Itoyal Lady would win, hut she tired suddenly and could not withstand the rush of the other two.. For the handicap at a mile, which came second on the card, Clare Hussell, True Itoy and Don Hamilton carried the money of the public, but they were not among the placed horses. DArkle, smothering Fancy Bird and Poquessing In tiie stretch drive, won at S to 1. Itlg Chief was the one the talent chose from the field of seventeen to support for the third race and lie lasted just long enough, after leading all the way, to win by a head from the fast coming Iolly Watts. Dig Chief and Vails were the life-savers for the talent. All Alone beat Single Stone every foot of the route in the liftli and Easton, receding in the betting to the favor of Sam Bernard, took the last race. At the request of a number of owners the water jump in the steeplechase course has been lowered ly taking out the loose brush, leaving only the growing hedge. Few of the horses took this fence well, though having no trouble to get over the other jumps. The ditcli on the take-off side is very wide :ind the brush was so high that a horse could not see tin? water and gauge his leap accordingly. There is much interest in the work of John M. 1. This distinguished steeplechaser, which crossed the ocean three times In twelve months. Is going along nicely liere. His trainer is making every effort to get him ready for the Great Autumn at Shecpshead Hay, a race he won last year. John M. P. Is in excellent condition and it is predicted that he will race better this year than last. Ho may get a race or two here as a part of his preparation for the big Slieepsliead Hay event. It is not believed now that any serious result will follow the injury Notasulga received a few days ago by picking up a nail. She is ready to gallop ngain, and her owner expects to start her here before the meeting ends. She is eligible for a great many of the rich autumn stakes. The dispute as to who was entitled to first call on K. Dugan, now that Durnell has no use for his services until his apprentice time expires in September, has been settled by the stewards in favor of It. T. Wilson, Jr. The yearlings from Hamburg Place to be sold here Thursday are a good-lookiug lot and have been inspected by many prospective buyers.