George S. Davis Takes the Handicap: Defeats Good Band of Sprinters-Pretension Again in Winning Form, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-17


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coast. coast. GEORGE S. DAVIS TAKES THE HANDICAP. Defeats Good Band of Sprinters — Pretension Again in Winning Form. Los Angeles. Cal.. January It!.— P. T. Chintis Pretension was the medium of a coup here today by the eastern contingent, although they had to take a short price for their money. The aged gelding was at his best and simply played with his opponents. R. F. Carman and his following tried to put over Jane Swift in the fourth race today, several henvy commissions being sent into the ring, but the tilly faltered "badly just when her chances looked good. The accident to San Nicholas in the first race was e.uised by Cruzados swerving into him as the barrier went up. causing the former to stumble and lose his jockey. The racing was featureless and the card of mediocre quality. The crowd was the largest of the week. Alleviator, which won his last start with the luera five odds of 100 to 1 against his chances, was much the best in the opening race, leading all he way. He was at a good price in the betting, and there was considerable activity just before post time when a wise set backed him down from S to I to G to 1. R.nshaw. which ran a number of good races on the Texas circuit last fall, was overlooked by the public and took second place. The veteran campaigners. Cruzados and San Nicholas, both of which were well supported, bumped into each other as the barrier was sprung, the former swerving into the latter and caused him to throw his rider. The mile race, which was second on the card, went to Entrada, which was heavily backed. Round and Round, the favorite, finished second after Lois Cavanagh tired from makiug the pace. The finish ol the others was badly strung out. Pretension won the third race in fast time aud led all the way. Timothy Wen, a double winner, was second choice and finished three lengths behind the winner. El Cazador lost what chance he had with the .irst two by bolting right after the start. Ceorge S. Davis won the highweight handicap by coming to the front in the stretch with n rush. Sir Edward, an outsider in the betting, was second and Ingham third. Jane Swift and Botanist, both recent winners, were contenders to the stretch, where they retired.

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