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STARTER DWYERS BAD DAY UNLUCKY WITH HIS SEND-OFFS AND LEAVES BEECHWOOD AT POST. Burleigh Wins in Gallant Fashion in a Close Finish — Winning Long Shots Are Numerous. Oakland. Cal.. December 31. — The pretensions of the favorites were swept aside, and outsiders and second choices held sway in every one of the six races at Oakland today. The starter contributed materially to this unsatisfactory state of affairs. Dwyi-rs work was of the crudest description, and in the fifth race he rapped the climax to a long series of blunders at the barrier by sending the field away without Beech wootl and Magraue, the first and second choices. The flrst-nanied was left absolutely and only cantered the journey, but Magranes namesake was sent after the leaders in a sub-idal attempt to overtake them, eventually landing a close fourth. The public sustained its severest financial reverse in the chief race, the Creeiibrae Handicap, in which Arklirta, .the- best supported favorite of the afternoon, suffered an uncommonly bad defeat with Miller up. Frank Farrells cast-off was backed to the exclusion of almost every tther Becag i;i the ran Burleigh, with odds receding steadily in tile lietting. earned a brilliant and decisive victory, whereas Altln :. uas . eming... gallop. iue forward running ol the ineo-iipreheiisible Clou.llight evoked idrisive h-« ; . Km! UimIv for BO defeat during the last sixteenths gruelling struggle between the pair and a great Cheat went up when Burl.igh got liis bead. in front in the very last stride. Walter Millers winning ride on All Ahlaae in the third race was the real outstanding feature of the days si ort. An aftermath of scandal has develoi ed from the defeat of Boas In the last race on. Monday. Jack Keenes gelding was an even-money favorite and finished unplaced. Several layers with short bankrolls overlaid themselves on Boas throughout the betting. Keene dismissed jockey Mclntyre fiXCr bis ■alike forthwith, leaving the Inference tli% his home was dishonestly ridden. The forward running of Sister Frances was one of the unpleasant features that cropped up during the afternoon. Rogers the owner, has been riding I.eiitz on aha mare in five-furlong sprints. Today the alert stewards would not allow him to sub stitute a good jockey for his pliable stable boy. with the result that the latter bungled the job and Sister Frances was just beaten iu a race she should have won. Sister Frances was claimed from the race for St. 425 by H. Q. Bedwell. Jot-key J. Butler was suspended by the starter for three days for lieing slow at the post.