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f 0 _ ■ I a a a of h o of 1 n o f t v Ii b I | t v h r t t t ., i t i $ c ■ i i: a , | , i I OAKLAND BETTORS PAINED. OVERLOOK A. MUSK0DAY AND HE WINS BY NOT WAITING IN A WAITING RACE. Seattle Defeats Trance and Coppit — Mandator the Only Winning Favorite — A Better Track in Prospect. Oakland. Cal.. January 9. — G. W. Dodges imon sistent racer. A. Muskoday. won a fluke victory in todays feature race, the Melrose Handicap, from quartette of trailing opponents, ridden by a lot procrastinating, dilatory joclseys. who one and all had to exceed their waiting orders to the point ludicrousness. The odds about the winner were liberal and, as usual with the horse when well meant, persistent support was awarded him throughout the betting. A. Muskoday made the running from the start, the slow pace enabling him to establish without much effort such a long lead that when the race was reduced to a sprint, he held bis own and got home by a scant margin from the badly ridden Gromoboi. The card, while fully up to the standard of excellence which has been maintained at Oakland throughout the present meeting, failed to enthuse the spectators. This was due to the frequent upsets which occurred, five of the six races being captured by unconsidered outsiders in the betting. Mandator ridden by Walter Miller, was the solitary favorite to reward his backers, and he was at such a prohibitive price that the rank and file of bettors bet all around him in an effort to laud a wager. Ba :iey Sehreibers Seattle finally made good in the juvenile race after securing an equitable chance at the start. The starter had overlooked this trifling di tail in the case of the grand looking filly in her tw-o preceding races. Keogh rode Seattle with unusual vigor after having previously distinguished himself by a piece of successful horsemanship on Dick Wilson in the opening race. Trances defeat under the circumstances of being given a flying start aroused the ire of her lilliputlau owner. Tommy Griffin, who protested vehemently after Ike race against his filly being favored in that way. Coppit. the second choice, was the victim of hold-on tactics by the whipper-in and eliminated as contender at the outset. The stewards are pursuing an investigation into the running of the first race ou Wednesday won by Reene W. They have an idea that Belle of Iroquois iiiui Emma G. were not trying on that occasion. Lady Vera, which broke down very badly in the third race today, was subsequently destroyed by shooting. Her right hiud leg broke off just above the attack. The arrival of William Walker with his big string of tlun ughbreds from Arcadia is expected daily. Splendid weather is prevailing and the track is drying Ml rapidly. The average attendance is 7.000. but there was a slight falling off iu the ntiuil i r of layers, only thirty-four doing business today. H. I. Wilson, the Butte racing magnate and owner of Gemiuell, returned to Oaklaud yesterday. He was accompanied by Eddie Sachs, who was the i lunger at the Butte meeting.