Platers Day at Oakland: Selling Races Monopolize the Card, but the Contests Are Spirited, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-18


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; PLATERS DAY AT OAKLAND. SELLING RACES MONOPOLIZE THE CARD, BUT THE CONTESTS ARE SPIRITED. Heather Scott Wins Again — Castile Breaks a Leg and Is Destroyed — Miller to Ride Cloyne in California Oaks. Oakland. Cal.. January 17. — For the third consecutive time this season the veteran trainer, Harry M. Mason gave the local race-going public a pleasant experience by sending a horse to the |K st lit and ready for a liest effi rt. and which made good at the first asking. Mr. Mason did not find it necessary with Orninz, the winner of the first race today, nor with his winning predecessors. Herodotus and Wood lander, to run them in races for work in order to key them up to that point where they could be backed with such absolute certainty of getting a run for ones money. Neither did he try to keep the brilliant private trials of his horses from the public, but. on the contrary, took every body into his confidence, with the result that he had to accept very short odds about them. Nearly, all the wagering in the first race centered on W. OB. Macdonoughs improved Ossary — Lovelight thnje-year-old maiden, Ormuz. Walter Miller was in the saddle and Ormuzs victory was of the cantering kind. Barney Schreiber backed his Bannock Bob very heavily and laid against the winner. Bannock Bob Buffered from early crowding and lost his rider, but escaped unhurt. Another favorite in Chitterlings rewarded his backer- in the juvenile race, which was next decided. After that the choices all went down to defeat. Jaco.uo in the third race, with Miller up. finished last. McCaffertys horse was palpably unfit to race. Millers connections had appealed to the stewards during lie morning to excuse the jockey from taking the mount, but Mr. Nathansons reply was that, although they were cognizant of Jacomos soreness, they had decided to allow him to start anyway, but that Miller would be fully protected in the event that the horse ran a bad race. The official veterinary faIed to report Jacomos unfitness. Judge K. C. Hopper said after the race that he had not perceived any unusual or alarming signs of soreness in the horse and that he went to the post in apparently good condition. During the running of the fourth race Castile, the .*5 to 2 favorite, broke his leg and was subsequently destroyed. Matador, at 13 to 10, was unable to deliver the goods in the fifth, and Sidney 1., another at the shortest odds quoted in the last, wound up a disastrous days sport by just failing of his mission by a head. Heather Scott. Arcourt and Cloyne in that order were the successful horses in the last half of the card. Walter Miller has been engaged to ride Cloyne in the California Oaks. He will also ride Montgomery in tomorrows big stake, the Lissak Handicap. Since Frank Keenan assumed charge of selecting mounts for the champion jockey his success has been marked. Millers other engagements for tomorrow are Mansard, EI Ph-aro, Burleivji, Margaret Randolph and Blanche C. Today W. K. Applegate turned MM over to the California Breeding Bureau.- Colonel Dan Burns also donated Colonel Wheeler. Eddie Lynch, the crack lightweight jockey, re cently suspended. " lias re-entered the public schools and will complete his education. It is said that Judge Joseph J. Burke, the noted racing judge of New York, will be offered the posi-■ tion of presiding judge and steward at the Seattle meetiig next summer.

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