More Upsets at Saratoga: Running Water Wins the Coveted Cup Race from Nealon, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-25


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MORE UPSETS AT SARATOGA. RUNNING WATER WINS THE COVETED CUP RACE FROM NEALON. Restigouche Beats Jim Gaffney In the United States Hotel Stakes Paul Jones Breaks Down and Is Destroyed. Saratoga, X. Y., August 24. This was another day of surprises in the racing and disaster for the followers of favorites and the wise division as well. With the Saratoga Cup at one mile and three-quarters, the United States Hotel Stakes at three-quarters of a mile for two-year-olds, and the Bev-erwyck Steeplechase over the trying course of two miles and a half as the features of the last Saturday card of the meeting, a tremendous throng, disregarding the rain of the early morning which left the track heavy, gathered at the track side. For the opening race the public chose Fleming, the recent Carman acquisition, as most likely to win, while Momentum and Aletheuo, mounted respectively by Miller and Dugan, found considerable support from the followers of these fashionable jockeys. Aletheuo was never a contender, but the other two went out and raced their heads off, only to tire early enough to let Sir Toddington, Botanist and Clare Itnssell fill the places as named. Paul Jones was the choice for the Beverwyck Steeplechase, backed from 3 to 1 to 0 to 5. He broke down after going the first six furlongs. Palm and Bnrnctt fell at the fourth obstacle, leaving McKittredge to win easily by two lengths from Commodore Fontaine, the only other starter. Had Stone not tried 1o force the pace after going the first mile and a quarter, Commodore Fontaine might have won. McKittredge, however, fenced cleanly .and showed general improvement. He must bo .given serious consideration whenever not too heavily weighted. The destruction of Paul Jones was necessary to end his misery. Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., lias lost three steeplechasers this season from severed tendons in front or cuts and injuries sustained by the horses overreaching themselves in jumping. Ho was forced to destroy Good and Plenty, Paul Jones and Phantom. He hopes to patch up Ilylas and California King, now out of commission, so that they can race next year. James It. Keenes Commando gelding Restigouche scored his first victory in the United States Hotel Stakes at the lucrative odds of t to 1, taken by a few who observed closely his running in the Hopeful Stakes last Saturday, and who further made allowance for the concessions Jim Gaffney and Fair Play were asked to make to him. The majority, however, gave their support to Jim Gaffney, and he went to the post backed from 2 to 1 to 3 to 2. It would be difficult to convince these that the victory of Restigouche was not due to fortunate circumstances rather than to his better quality. It is true that he was favored somewhat by the fact that Knapp made a mistake in attempting to follow the fast pace set by Fair Play, which tired both the favorite and the second choice when the pinch came, but there is no disputing the fact that he won on his courage after avoiding the pace, and that he is a much better horse than the friends of the Farrell colt are willing to admit. He will be heard from again. The greatest disappointment of the afternoon was the failure of Frank Gill in the Saratoga Cup. The hore was not in condition for such a trying journey too fat. He led under sufferance for a mile and a quarter and succumbed to both Running "Water and Nealon when they made their moves. Running Water won easily, though Nealon put up a game effort. Holscher never figured in the running. He ran a good race though. R. F Carmans Arimo was a wisely backed good tiling for the mile selling race and won as if thirty pounds the best. Tony Boneros race was ghastly. After showing some speed with Vendor and the winner, ho stopped to nothing and was eased up. Police sergeant Myers of Coney Island is said to have won 5,000 on Arimo. Fort Johnson trimmed the Keene Stable much-louted Poter Quince in the closing race all the way very easily. The going probably handicapped the latter. Fort Johnson was the only favorite to win. He wore blinkers today and forgot to bolt the course as lie tried to do in the Albany Handicap. There was tremendous betting on the Sanford colt. It. T. Wilson, Jr., sent a ,000 commission into the ring at the last moment on him. The commissioners were hardly able to place any of It at 7 to 10. Some were taking any price, even 1 to 2 at the close. Peter Quince closed at 3 to 1. Barney Schreiber, J. O. Keene, I. Kelly, T. Burns, P. Meeny, J. Fitzslmmons, Paul Miles, Vic Hollar, Henry Mason, the Chelsea Stable and about a dozen others will ship their horses to Montreal for the meetinj; which will open next Saturday. The stable of William Garth, including the horses belonging to Paul J. and Roy A. Rainey, will be shipped to Sheepshead Bay tomorrow. Woods Garth will superintend the shipment, his brother having gone to Virginia to look after matters at the farm until the opening of the Coney Island Jockey Clubs meeting next Saturday.

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