Massa in a Hard Finish: Takes the Chief Oakland Race in a Heads Apart Drive of Three, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-17


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MASSA IN A HARD FINISH TAKES THE CHIEF OAKLAND RACE IN A HEADS APART DRIVE OF THREE. Altanero Wins the First Race for Breeding Bureau Stallions — Tavora Defeats College Widow — Patois a Fast One. Oakland. Cal., January Id. — Todays fine card of Oakland contained a unique feature. The New California Jockey Club Br line Bureau race for stallions exclusively, run as the sixlh race, and which was so conditioned that the winner reverted to the recently established State Breeding Bureau. This race was very appropriately won by Thomas II. Williams, its originator and main supporter, with his splendid-looking fonr-year-eid Altamax — Picnic. stallion. Altanero, from Integrity. St. Ceorge Jr., Judge. Tryconnel. ami Roscoe. all stallions anil in at least two eases of fashionable breeding. In a purely racing way. the program was adorned with an overshadowing feature iu the Napa Handicap, at a mile and an eighth, in which a quintette of really good horses were engaged, including Massn. Johnny Lyons, Edwin Cum, A. Muskoday and Los Angeleno and which developed high-class sport. The ring held the new Arcadia arrival, Edwin Gum. favorite throughout the betting, but the Walker horse just failed to get up by two short head . due to the stupidity of his rider, Lyctirgus. The winner turned up in Hie third best horse. Massa. ridden by Keogh. which won by a nose in the last stride from Johnny Lyons, after having enjoyed a monopoly of the good luck and jockcyship in the race. The unexpected happened in every one of the six races decided during the afternoon. Reversals were frequent, beginning with the easy victory of Belle of Iroquois in the first and the astonishing improvement displayed by Mitre, the runner-up, in the same race. Then Patois, backed with confidence in the juvenile race when op]K seil by a big band of starters and ridden by an incapable novice like A. Walsh, beat her opposition with all ease. Tavora. came to life suddenly in the third, easily defeating the cratch and hitherto invincible College Widow, which, however, is said to have been cut down. Warning was the medium of a "killing in the fifth. Barney SChreibers Emily M. pulled up bb-eding in tin- opening race. Hildreths promising two-year-old. Work Box. was claimed for .02." by F. W. I i ss. Frank McMahon bid Warning up from *40o to .s;700 and bought him. I. K. Cooper has acquired Blanch,, c. at private sale. Cood weather prevailed. The attendance was immense. Thirty-eight bookmakers drew in. The racing was interesting and the sport is at present enjoying prosperity unprecedented on the Vfcetf* coast. coast.

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