Mud Runners Have a Day: Rain at Washington Slows the Track but Favorites Win, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-19


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MUD RUNNERS HAVE A DAY. RAIN AT WASHINGTON SLOWS THE TRACK BUT FAVORITES WIN. The Squire Easily Successful Flying Virginians Steeplechase Ardri Runs Away from Countermand. Washington, D. C, November IS. The rain which commenced last night anil continued all day made the track very heavy and mnddy and the mnd horses had the host of it in all sis races. A largo number of turf followers came over from New York, hut there was not as much money in sight as there was Saturday and some of the bookmakers did not take up their places on the lawn today, only seventy-one laying prices this afternoon. Among the more prominent arrivals from the metropolis were Orlando .Tones, W. Beverley and Thomas Welsh. The latter came over to see his colt The Squire qualify for the Grand Consolation Saturday, which he did when lie won the third race over the Columbia Course in a canter from fairly good opponents.: Sanguine, always partial to heavy going, found the track to his liking in the first race and won after running a splendid race at a good price, being as high as 5 to 1 part of the time. In the second race, which was a selling handicap for steeplechasers, Flying Virginian proved much the best of the starters and set the pace throughout to finish cantering under the faultless handling of Mr. Taylor. Yama Christy, well favored by the soft going, fenced well and was able to hold second place safe throughout the last mile. The Squire only cantered through the mud to win the third race and his well-known prowess in the going justified the short price of 1 to 2, which was eagerly taken by the many admirers of the Prince of .Melbourne gelding and his price at post time was 1 to o. The Shaughraun, which made his first start at Aqueduct Friday, was well backed for place and show and never gave his backers a irio-nient of suspense during the running of the race. Ardri was immeasurably best in the fourth race. Greatly favored by track conditions and first to break, he soon had a commanding lead and won eased up to a canter. Countermand tired in the final drive, permitting Saltram, which came with a rush, to take second place in the last stride. Countermand was favorite in the closing betting and was well thought of for the bg race Saturday, but it is not thought that he will start after his poor showing today. The others were distant trailers, Tee Tick being the only one to show much speed in any part of the running. The fifth race was but a canter for Monacodor and he was in front from the rising of the barrier to the finish, followed several lengths back by that old mudlark Graziallo, which was never threatened for second place. The Texas turfman, Sam Lazarus, had much the best horse In Right Royal for the last race. The black horse took the lead at the start and only cantered through the stretch, but pulled up very lame. Ocean Spray had no trouble In taking second place from the tiring Bauker, which showed lameness after the race, but that is a chronic ailment with him and he wU probably be a good horse during the rest of the meeting. He will show to the best advantage in some of the longdistance races next week.

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