Gretna Greens Surprise: Overcomes Brookdale Nymph in the Pierrepont Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-22


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GRETNA GREENS SURPRISE OVERCOMES BROOKDALE NYMPH IN THE PIERREPONT HANDICAP. Jamaicas Opening Day Disastrous to Favorites Royal Lady Wins Again Jacobite Badly Beaten. Now York, October 21. At the Jamaica course today, in the presence of 5,000 spectators, composed mostly, of regulars, Gretna Green, from the Keene stable, Hddep by Walter Miller and declaring four pounds overweight, turned an astounding ilipllap by winning the Picrrepont Handicap at a mile and an eighth from a couple of high-class horses, Rrookdale Nymph and Bedouin, and four others in 1:53s The winner was one of the extreme outsiders in the betting at 32 to 1 and was able to survive early interference to beat the heavily hacked Whitney representative. Aside from the stake feature, the card was moderate in quality and, excepting the first and fifth laces, which were won by the short-priced favorites, .Tames B. I.rady and Royal Lady, outsiders monopolized the racing honors. Smiling Tom, Jacobite and Kialto, first and public choices respectively in the second, third and sixtli races, ran poorly. Davy Johnson, so rumor lias it, was 0,000 loser up to the Royal Lady race and the bulk of the money wagered in the ring on Anga-rolas filly came from him. He is credited with winning 30,000 on the victory of Itoyal Lady. James B. Brady was at short odds for the first race of the day and fully worthy of the preference, lie went out Into the lead at once and, never relinquishing it, won eased up. St. Ilario came along, iast in the stretch and outiinished Tartar Maid for second money. The second race, a selling dasli of a mile and a sixteenth, resulted in a surprise. Smiling Tom was mil tic the favorite, with Samuel II. Harris second choice, but neither had anything to do with the finish, Poquessing winning in a close fit witli the Canadian veteran, Merry England, with Marster a close up third. Poquessing had been running well of late and was really at a false price in the odds. The six furlongs sprint that was the third race on the card, resulted in another disaster for backers of favorites. Jacobite was served up warm and went to the post at odds-on. lie led at a fast pace until well into the homestretch, then gave way and when it came to a finish, the long shot, Quadrille, was first, with Sewell a rapid going second and Zienap a close third. Chantilly ran an excellent race here and may do well on this track. Although beaten, Jacobite was close up. The Picrrepont Handicap at a mile and an eighth was the leading race of the day, and had seven starters, with ISrookdale Nymph a decided favorite. Bedouin and Temaceo -were next in betting estimation. The favorite wrested the lead from Temaceo in the first quarter and set the lead to midway of the strotch, where Miller brought Gretna Green up with a rush and, after a struggle, the Keene colt drew out and won by a clear interval. Bedouin ran si capital race and finished lapped on Brookdalc Nymph, as also did Faust. The latter was knocked back on the far turn and came so fast in the stretch that Bedouin only beat him a head for third place. Welbourne and Temaceo ran below their true form. Gretna Green had been ridden by light and inexperienced boys recently, and the change to .Miller worked wonders. The tabulated history of the Picrrepont Handicap is as follows: Year. Winner. A. Wt Jockey. Val. Time. 1004 Dolly Spanker.:: US Kedferu ... ,550 1:53 1005 Eugenia Burch5 120 Buchanan .. 15.075 1:52 1001 Bclraere : 110 J. Hennessy 3,120 1:54 1007 Gretna Green.:! 104 W. Miller.. 2,025 1:53 Royal Lady made an example of her opponents in the fifth race, a dash of a mile and a sixteenth lor three-year-old fillies. She ran under restraint lo the stretch, then passing the leaders in a jiffy, won off by herself, being pulled up. Pins and Needles heat Killiccraukie as decisively for second money and the finish was quite straggling. Eudora and Workmaid carried on the running to the stretch, but fell away in the final action. Berry Maid has been running well of late and at long odds scored in the last race of the day. Ainiee C. was the favorite, but was off poorly and unlucky in the running and finally brought up in third place lapped on King Cobalt. Rialto .was a good second choice, but never prominent, although away well and having Miller on his back. Many Improvements have been made during the wroimer months for the comfort of patrons at the, Jamaica course. Both the clubhouse and grandstand and field stand Inclosnres have been enlarged and inclosed. Sol Lichtcnstein failed to. put In an appearance in ihe betting ring today for the first time this season. Ulic weather was cold but clear, and the track fast.

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