Merry Maker Wins Steeplechase: Closes Fast and Takes Pimlico Feature Botanist Scores His Fourth Win, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-05


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R c v ii a , . j t ; . j , , MERRY MAKER WINS STEEPLECHASE. Closes Fast and Takes Pimlico Feature-Botanist Scores His Fourth Win. Baltimore. Mil., Xovember 4. Pimlico s track ivas fairly well dried out today, but was still wet next to the rail. The good going was on the outride, and the boys who swung wide when entering the stretcli got tin m -y in most cases. A very good card of seven races had been provided, but it was marred by scratches. The feature was the Greater Baltimore Steeplechase, and nine good steeplechasers started. Lester L. Haynian was lukewarm favorite, with Pioneer and Merry Maker next in demand. Lester L. Haynian took the at once when the ting fell and. showing a high turn of speed and fencing beautifully, went through the field like a sure-enough winner. Old Merry Maker was on his good behavior and ran true, always keeping within striking distance. In the last turn of the field Lester L. Haynian begin to come back. When they struck the Hat lie was still leading, but .Merry .Maker, finishing with a rush, caught him at tiie sixteenth post. It was all over. .Merry Maker coming on to a handy victory. Lida Woodlands, with Mr. Taylor up. showed a good performance and finished third. Spencer Belli showed much speed and furnished the contention for half the way but tired. Botanist was dropped into a soft spot in the second race and won off by himself. This was Ids fourth victory of the meeting. Oxford started here and ran into second place, but was evidently not quite ready. Botanist is a very good horse just now and probably the best sprinter at the track. Junes Boden will take him to the coast tills winter. Frank Hcrold attempted to pull oil a good thing In the second race with Octoic. the colt being backed to win a barrel of money. Octoic. however, was not good enough, the race going to Filbert, a Hastings filly, which won all the way. Grenadier showed a good performance., coming from a long way back and. getting -second- place. Some dissatisfaction was expressed over the? result of the last race, which was won by West Over. High Jumper was the best horse here, and hut for being badly fouled would have won. Coining down the stretcli West Over, High Jumper and Wilton Lackaye were running close together on the outside, wth High Juniper in the middle. At the sixteenth post West Over bore over against High Jumper on one side and Wilton" Lackaye on the other and pinched ldin out. Christian claimed foul, but after some deliberation the stewards let the race stand. Mr. Gleniver is in hard luck with High Jumper. Last week the horse was disqualified for a foul, this week he loses another race by being fouled. Starter Dade got busy in the steeplechase and fined McClain, Grantlaud and Ilufhani 5 each for cutting up at the post. Miss Catesby and Woolspun will probably be added in the Walden tomorrow.

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