An Incident of the Race Track, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-20


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, a j j. j , j. . -t J j 1 AN INCIDENT OF THE RACE TRACK. "ne was the kind of chap who is never known to have more than three dollars," writes A. B. Smith in the New York Telegraph, "at one time, and he could cut to the ace infallibly, in his sleep, the boys said, who occasionally fell so low as to make a small touch. Nobody ever saw him win a bet, yet he talked horse incessantly and nosed as a pedigree sharp. No one will- ever know how it happened, but when, at Belmont Park, Dorante won the Nursery at 50 to 1, he was there. Now he surely will loosen up, said one of the trio who gathered around the lucky one near the cigarstand. But there was no movement in that direction as he counted over his twenties and tens. " Well, aint you going to buy a drink : finally burst out one of the thirsty three. " Im not drinking craftily said the wiuner as he tried to edge away. " Youre not drinkin. Well, Im . "Then the speaker reverted to type the type of other and vastly different times. He seized the unwilling winners hand, took all the money, peeled off a twenty, returned the balance to him, and taking an iron grip on his arm, marched him up to the bar. " You need a drink worse than anybody I ever saw and Im going to buy, he said. Give us a a quart anil have it cold. "The lucky ones protests were drowned in the laughter of his fellows and the line against the bar eyed the jolly party enviously. "When the quart had gone the way of all good things, the chief of the party paid, gave each to his two friends, pocketed , and then said a few forceful words to the backer of Dorante in an undertone which evidently impressed that gentleman. "All this happened at Belmont Park and there was no complaint and no one was pinched. But then it may make n good fellow out of a bad one, for as the great and good philosopher Mulvaney said of liis high-handed reformation of Deersley, a ronionstrince may change the cliuue of a mans life. "

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