Montgomerys Grand Race: Wins the Burns Handicap from Start to Finish Under Top Weight, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-26


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, , , t I . l 1 I I , . 1 , ; MONTGOMERYS GRAND RACE 4 WINS THE BURNS HANDICAP FROM START TO FINISH UNDER TOP WEIGHT. Clamor, Off Hopelessly, Finished Second and Would Probably Have Won if Off Well— Record Crowd Views the Race. Oakland, Cab, January 25.— Californias greatest race, the Burns Handicap of 0.KtO, at one mile and a quarter, was gloriously and convincingly won at Oakland today by the greatest race horse that has ever participated in its running, and over close to the worst track ever known iu its history. Furthermore, Montgomerys brilliant achievement was witnessed by the greatest throng of spectators ever seen on a race course west of the Rocky mountains. The morning opened inatispicic.usly. rain falling at intervals until just before noon. After that the finest of weather prevailed and a multitude came by land and sea to grace the occasion. * The forty bookmakers who composed the big ring were wholly inadequate to satisfy the wants of thf speculatively inclined public, and thousands of intending bettors failed to get on in even one of the six races decided. Thirteen horses of tried ability faced the starter in the big race. Montgomery, tin-top weight. 128 M unds, ridden by Eddie Diigau. was always a favorite around 2 to 1, but of the lukew.ini variety. The bulk of the wagering among all classes really centered on Jack Keenes redoubt ahle mudlark. Clamor, which carried 105 pounds and had Walter Miller in the saddle. The fame of Clamors phenomenal work in private, both at Santa Anita before coming here and at Oakland since his arrival in preparation for the Burns, had become public property, and it is safe to say that seventy-live tier cent, of the wagers recorded were on the Keene entry, which also included the unconsidered Gromoboi. Clamor, the selling plater, was the real hero of the race. He was unlucky in drawing the inside position where the going was a deep and as holding and sticky as- mucilage. His crowning misfortune, however, came with being all but left at the post. While Montgomery, his great rival, was out in" front from a flying start, the second choice was laboring for nearly six furlongs an almost hopeless trailer next to the rail where an ordinary horse would have been anchored carl.x . The immensity of the gap he closed, ami the marvelous final etlort made, despite inqieding and pocketing by Johnny Lyons all through the stretch. makes one conclusion possible only, that Clamor was the best horse in the Burns Handicap for MSB. The majority of the exerts agreed that with racing luck reversed Clamor would have won off and Montgomery would probably have finished nn- placed. The condensed history of the Burns Handicap is as follows: Year. Winner. A. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. lS«4*I.issak 2 lOti Choru,700 2:52 ISM Hawthorne ...5 118 F. Carr 3.000 2:17 1890 W. of Fortune. 4 100 Shaw 5 850 2-noi 1897 Ruinart 4 US Bergen . . . . SJGB 2:O0 OH Satsuma 0 122 II. Shields. . f.,850 2 :ti7V 1890 Fleur de Lis. .5 110 Spencer ... S.88S 2:12 1 ISSS Imperious 5 90 Devin S.88S 2:H» 1901 The Fretter ..5 109 Mouiice ... O.S5o2:o7V ISSS Eonic 4 98 L. Jackson.. 0.850 2: 101 1SQS Hortoti 7 104 C. Kelly ... 0.850 2:10i 19i»4 Modicum 4 100 Hildebrand . 0.S50 2:i s; 1905 W." R. Condon. 5 112 H. Anderson 0,850 2:17 1000 Dr. Leggo 4 114 Prior SJ8S 2*0* HS7 Kercheval 4 102 C. Koerncr. 0.85O 2:0sj 1908 Montgomery .4 128 E. Ihajaa l.lrJO T 1I| •Ran as Spreckels Handicap. - Good horses were* liberally engaged throughout the card, which was one of the best of the season. There were hundreds of visitors from the surround-" ing cities, including Los Angeles. George Rose and a number of prominent horsemen came up from Santa Anita to see the handicap. .1. L. Hollands candidate, Colonel Jack, failed to arrive. The owner was bitter in his deuuncia-s tion of Carmans and Blutes unsportsmanlike action iu refusing him st|ll room in their car wheu no other was available. Carman backed his horse. Rifleman, extensively. but the Pess.-ira four-year-old was outclassed at even weights by such a horse as Montgomery and Clamor, which beat him off. Four favorites were successful. This is nearly a record for a holiday or a big race day. Short-, priced horses in the past have suffered defeat aa such occasions.

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