Perseverance a Failure: At Odds-on Never Has a Chance in the Dixie Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-28


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PERSEVERANCE A FAILURE. AT ODDS-ON NEVER HAS A CHANCE IN THE DIXIE STAKES. Glaticus First but Is Disqualified Firebrand Wins Again Fancy Bird Defeats Hooray and Dolly Spanker, " i Washington, I. C, November 27. Out of twelve nominations to the Dixie Stakes only one eligible. Paul J. Uaineys Perseverance, appeared in the overnight entries, and much of the usual interest in the probable result of what was intended as the mid-week feature of the closing week, was lost to to the average race-goer, who looked upon it as another walk-over. Hut this was not to happen. George Odom withdrew Oraculum from the first raee, in which lie was carded to start, and added him to the Dixie, with the intention of taking down the 5H second money. Here again the unexpected happened. The seventy-three bookmakers made Perseverance a 1 to :: favorite, while 2 to 1 could be had against Oraculum in the opening betting, and the price went up to IS to 5, and that part of the big crowd always taking the price and no the horse, backed Oraculum, while the price on Perseverance went begging for takers at post time. The running of the race proved sensational in result. Xotter held Perseverance under hard restraint for a mile, but the horse failed dismally when called ou and his performance today would not have permitted his winning the race in any other way than a walkover. McDaniel Simply cantered Oraculum throughout, increasing his lead with every stride, and was nearly a sixteenth of a mile in the lead when he passed the judges stand. The crowd enacted a merry scene at the finish of the race, and Perseverance finished amid the derisive sdiouting of the surprised spectators, and none were more surprised than Odom and his friends. The condensed history of the Dixie Stakes is as follows: Ycaiv Winner. Wt. .Tockey. Val. Time. 1902 Adelaide Prince. .11., Itcdfern . ..,540 3:0Gj l!M3loloiisay 11! Odom 1,77.0 3:4l 1904 The Southerner... 110 Odom 3,510 3:05? l!0r. Kianiesha 11:: r. OXeill.. 2,225 3:0s llKlli Ilolscher 125 Xoone 2.S00 3:I0J 1107 Oraculum 110 McDaniel . . 2,175 3:11! Walkover. An all-age highweight selling race opened the program, and Firebrand proved easily best, although Uillie Hibbs was favorite and Sanguine second choice, while Firebrand and Kiglit and True were both Jield at 0 to 1. There was a long delay at the IKist due to Heardall getting the best of Hergen and running away two miles, and the others were finally dispatched without him. Xotter rated Firebrand close up and finished with a rush. Sanguine, away none too well, closed up steadily and was gaining at the end. The favorite set the early pace but tired badly in the stretch. Right and True and Little Woods ran good races, but the others were always outrun. XorbHt was made the favorite in the second race, dosing at even money with the others neglected. Heckman raced Xorbitt Into a long lead right after the start and only lost out in a weak finish. Malaga finished fast and just got up to win in the last stride. Silver Hall finished with an amazing burst of speed and outstayed Octoic for third place. Glaucus was disqualified iu the fourth race for bumping Iliacko after being given a splendid ride by Xotter. Iliacko showed the most early speed and was only beaten a head after being impeded by the winner in the stretch. The clubhouse crowd lost heavily when the well-backed choice was set back by the stewards for fouling. The fifth race was between Aiken and Kempton, of which Aiken was easily best and finished accordingly. Dullield obtained third place in the last stride of a fast finish. J. L. McGinnls, who was one to lose on Glaucus, backed the winner of the sixth race and more than recouped his losses when Fancy Hird won by three lengths after racing Hooray and Dolly Spanker into defeat. Dolly Spanker was favorite and, but for a mishap ou the first turn and being dropped into a number of pockets, might have won. The finish between the Wilson gelding and Hooray was very close. The other two starters were never contenders. Howard Sliean won the last race on the card as his rider pleased. The favorite won nulled up. Gramsar showed the way for the first half mile and then faded away. The holiday card for decision tomorrow again offers seven races, two of which are steeplechases. The Junior Steeplechase and the running of the tenth renewal of the Washington Cup will be the features and the handicap for two-year-olds will add additional zest to the days races.

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