Good Racing at Oakland: Track is Muddy and Slow but the Horses Run to Their Form, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-31


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GOOD RACING AT OAKLAND. TRACK IS MUDDY AND SLOW BUT THE HORSES RUN TO THEIR FORM. Blanche C. in a Canter Northwest Defeats Massa and Deutschland Miller and Marian Casey Wln. Oakland, Cal., December 30. Climatic conditions at Oakland were acutely .disagreeable today. An, ever-changing- track was the result of the frequent showers that fell during the afternoon. Nevertheless, the racing was both formf ul and interesting. Tlie"card was unusually attractive for an off day. The various, trainers showed a commendable desire to help the sport along by contributing1 a full quota of starters in each race. .!,There were no distinctive racing features, but good horses were engaged in the two condition affairs, the fourth and sixth, the remainder of the program being devoted to selling platers. Favorites more than held their own with the wins of Vronsky, Blanche C, Gromobol and -Marvel P. Gromoboi was the best-backed horse and actual public choice in the third race, although Beechwood was quoted a shade less in some books. The plunging contingent suffered severe losses over the defeat of Deutschland and Boas, the odds-on favorites in their respective races. Walter Miller had only one outside ntount durbng-the afternoon and that was on Marian Casey. The severe criticism that, his previous defeat oii John. Lowes filly evoked, seemed to have had a salutary effect upon the champion jockey, for he reversed his losing tactics today and brought her home In front with plenty to spare in the concluding race. Millers long string of recent failures in the saddle is generally attributed to his willingness to ride, any kind of a horse, no matter whether he figures to have a chance or not. He has always insisted on adhering strictly to the first come first served policy in the matter of accepting outside mounts. Henceforth his riding of outside mounts will be restricted to such horses as appear to be probable winners on paper. Barney Schreiber was a fresh arrival from the south and was a visitor at the track today. Mr. Schreiber, who arrived in time to lose a 00 wager on Ids horse, Deutschland, said that ho would remain at Oakland for the remainder of the season. He is racing a big string on the local track and the majority of his horses are good mud runners, therefore the condition of the track will be no handicap. In speaking of the Arcadia venture, Mr. Schreiber declared that its ultimate success was assured. A. M. Covipgton, owner and trainer of Royal Maxim and other horses, has been suspended for thirty days and his entries ordered refused by the stewards for assaulting T. Fitzgerald, a fellow trainer, with a hammer this morning. Thirty-eight books did business in the big ring and the attendance was approximately 0,000.

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