Big Tim Sullivans Dilemma: How Rye, So Good to the Betting Public, Fools Him, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-26


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BIG TIM SULLIVANS DILEMMA. How Rye, So Good To the Betting Public, . Fools .Him. New York, September 25. When Rye, the pride of the Sullivan clan, won the fifth race at Graves-end Monday, the most disconsolate man in the grandstand was Big Tim Sullivan, who had wagered ,300 on Golf Ball, the 7 to 10 favorite. It was not the first setback he bad suffered during the afternoon, for he lost ,500 on De Mund at 13 to 20, and at the same time advised his followers to refrain from betting a dollar on the winner. Chief Hayes, who bore the colors of Larry Mulligan, a relative. Big Tim has experienced a series of disasters on the turf this year that is remarkable. From the outset, when he started off the campaign with Dr. Gardner as the star of his string, the big fellow has steadily dropped thousands of dollars to the bookmakers. Up to yesterday he was 25,000 in the hole, with little or no prospect of getting out, but, as ho explained, he was afraid to stop betting for fear that chances to recoup might be lost. "It Is a fact that I have not won so much as a dime on Rye since he first began to race," said the Tammany man, as he saw the little Greenan gelding come back in triumph to the scales. "I have read stories about Tim Sullivan winning, 0,000 on Rye, but they were all nonsense. I bet ,000 on him once at 7 to 10 and saw him beaten, and that shook my confidence in him. That was why I bet on Golf Ball today to beat him. I also told all my friends that Chief Hayes didnt have a chance in the world to beat De Mund. in the third race, for didnt De Mund make Chief Hayes look like a cheap skate the other day under almost the same conditions? Yet here we have De Mund running like a yellow dog, while Mulligans horse at the fat price of 8 to 1 rolls home. Isnt that enough to jar your nerves? I never lost so much money on the horses in my life, and yet Ive played the best ones when they seemed to have chances second to none. Im afraid to quit, however, because the chance to get back some of my coin may be lost."

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