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BLACK OAK A BIG SURPRISE BELMONTS ENGLISH FILLY WINS THE HANDICAP IN A CANTER. Welbournc, Right Royal and Sam Bernard the Successful Favorites Masquerade Defeats Half Sovereign by a Head. Saratoga, N. 1., August 23. Then; was nothing particularly attractive about the card here today and the sport was only passing fair. In a hotting way the supposedly wise among the race-goers were all awry. They failed miserably and it is said that the layers had a highly prolltahle day, notwithstanding the fact that three favorites won. Tiie attendance was augmented by the arrival of a number of New Yorkers who are here primarily to see the running of the Saratoga Cup tomorrow. The racing began with a handicap for all ages at seven-eighths of a mile and the public selected Welbourne as best of the half, dozen that faced the starter. They were right in their deductions, but had it been known just how good Colonel Nevilles gelding was today he would never have gone to the post at 2 to 1. Rockstone, the second choice, set the pace, with Welbourne under restraint until they made the far turn. Entering the stretch Welbourne drew away and won in decisive fashion by four lengths from Cressina, which got up in the last stride to beat Kockstone a head. 13. Dugan clearly made a mistake in setting the pace with Kockstone. lie had nothing left when the pinch came, but under more judicious handling would surely have earned second ylace and saved a lot of money for the many who backed him in the belief that he could not possibly he worse than second. -The support that came to Oxford was misguided. McLaughlins horse could do nothing in the somewhat cuppy going. A group of moneyed sharpshooters thought they saw in Red Friar in the second race a real good chance to hand the layers a jolt. They were about oiie race too soon. Ked Friar was fresh and good," hut lie did not find his speed until it was too late. Sam Lazarus Itight Koyal, the favorite, was so much the best that he easily beat Phil Finch five lengths. This was the fifth start for Will Finch aince John Murphy took him away from Captain Jiin Williams the day he won the Merchants Selling Stakes at Latonia, and he hasnt returned enough to pay his feed and shipping bills. In lieu of a stake feature the third race, the handicap for two-year-olds at live and a half furlongs, served as the stellar number of the card. August Kolnionts Black Oak, neglected in the betting, got away to a Hying start, spreadeagled the other six and won witli astounding case by six lengths from Dennis Stafford, with Magazine, Tenancy by Courtesy ifnd Onatassa lighting for third place in the order named. Ileknows, the favorite, was shut iff on the far turn and did not run his race. K. F. Carman and his party had an abundance of confidence in Magazine, and his failure to finish better than third was surprising and costly to theni. There was much sparring for a choice out of the mediocre collection of three-year-olds carded for the fourth race at a mile and the public finally landed wrong. Itightly they would have none of Smiling Tom, but at that he was better than Molesey and as good as Prince Hampton, the two that finally were chosen to carry the money. The winner turned up in Koyal Lady, easily three lengths better than the neglected lieggar Maid and the layers had much to pay to K. Angarola and Ills following, for they hacked the laughter of Koyal Flush III. through the board, sending her to the post at sixes from a top price of ten. The fifth race, for two-year-old fillies at five and a half furlongs, produced a nip and tuck contest between Masquerade and Half Sovereign, respectively, representatives of the Keenc and Belmont Stables, and resulted in another upset for the public, for Masquerade gained the decision by a head. Keep Moving, Whip Top and Sungleam finished heads apart and eight lengths hack. The westerners gave their support to Grande Dame. George Ilendries filly has not been right since her arrival here. She was shuMlcd back in the early running today, but made up ground fast near the end and may be coming back to her western form. A great future was predicted for Masquerade after her performance In this race. She displayed a marvelous burst of speed. Sam Kernard, outclassing his company in the closing raw., though not as heavily supported as he might iiave been because of the plunge on Loudoun Light, rushed into the lead at the start and won cantering by six lengths. Tins and Needles finishing second and Kamrod third. Nealon had his final trial for the Saratoga Cup Wednesday afternoon. He worked a mile and a quarter in 2:10, then went on and was pulled up a mile and a half in 2:11. The move to Sheepshead Bay began this morning, but the express people say the shift will be much later this year than at previous seasons. It looks a? if the owners have combined to stay to the end In order to keep the dally program attractive. William Lakeland shipped his string to Brighton Reach. He says Electioneer has been entirely cured of his nervousness. He was brought here for no other 1 purpose. Considerable comment was caused by the running of East End in the colors of C. E. Durnell in the first race yesterday. The horse did not run in the name of Durnell, but of the Burlingame Stable, with W. A. McKinney, Durnells old registered trainer, as the trainer for the new stable. Durnell announced some time ago that ho was going to quit the American turf and go over to England, t and his horses were sold last week. In explanation it is said that Durnell is not going to England after all, where there is some doubt of his ability to obtain a license to train, but will remain in this country and train horses for a well known New York plunger. Durnell will not be able to act as the ollicial trainer f6r the new combination, as he has no license, but will be the power behind the throne. Scallop also ran under new colors, having been purchased from, the Newcastle Stable ,by James Corrigan of the Chelsea Stable for a pricc uot made public. W. L. Oliver has purchased Ocean Spray. Terms private. President Fitzgerald of the Brighton Beach Racing Association was among the arrivals today.