Montgomerys Peculiarities, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-23


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MONTGOMERYS PECULIARITIES. When Montgomery was defeated by Jack Nunnally In the Opening Handicap at Oakland a good many observers blamed Sandy, his rider, for the unexpected result, but not all. On this point the Chronicle said: "About the only person among those heard to express an opinion who did not lay the blame for Montgomerys defeat at Sandys door was Herman Radtke, who was originally scheduled to ride the horse. Whether from professional courtesy or what not, Radtke said he did not think Sandys ride was a bad one, but he also said Montgomery will loaf if not held together. . I rode Montgomery three times in the east and won with him each time, said the crack jockey. The first time I rode him I knew nothing about him and 1 was told not to use the whip. He broke slowly, just as he did yesterday, and 1 hand rode him for all I was worth for more than a quarter of a mile, but he kept dropping hack all the time. Then 1 gave him a few cuts with the whip and he closed a big gap in the next furlong and finally got up and won going away. The next time I did not let him drop out of it the first part, but whipped him into second place early and kept Uiui there to the last eighth and then sent him to the front. The last time I rode him he had an inside position with good horses, and to keep from being cut off and knocked out of .tho race in its beginning, I went away from the post whipping, took the track and never did put up my whip. So the notion that Montgomery wont race in front, but wants to come from behind, is wrong. He can run the first quarter of a mile under pressure In 23, and there never was a gamer horse. What he docs want is to loaf thats all there is to his liking to come from behind. "

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