Still Muddy at Oakland: Conditions Discouraging to Owners of Best Horses but Patronage Good, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-05


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STILL MUDDY AT OAKLAND CONDITIONS DISCOURAGING TO OWNERS OF BEST HORSES BUT PATRONAGE GOOD. Smiley Corbett Runs Away from Opponents — Fred Bent Recovers His Form Quickly — Galves- tonian Wins Breeding Bureau Rest. Oakland, Cal., Februaiy 4. — This was one of the mosl disagreeable i.-ns if the season and the card engaged a peat class of horses throughout. Only four favorites finished in front. Duke of Orleans in the first. Smiley Corbett in the third. Dorado in the fifth and Galvestonian in the stallion race. William Cahill. the owner of Smiley Corbett, the gigantic three-year-old, was supremely confident of victory, and won a small fortune over the colts victory. Smiley Corbett is the largest horse in local training, stands over seventeen hands, is muscular and splendidly proportioned, and as quick and handy on his feet as a cat. Experts pronounce him the I»est prospect for a steeplechaser ever seen here almnts. His victory today was of the dazzling kind. The Pleasanton Handicap, run as the fourth number on the program, at a mile and a sixteenth, was the racing feature of the afternoons sport. It engaged five good performers. Throughout the betting an average of four to one could l e obtained about each of the starters, Fred Bent. A. Muskoday. lee Coyne. Tavora and Morti-boy. They finished in the ..r.ler uanie.t. The wieners sudden improvement over his preceding effort confirmed public opinion that he was not well meant on that occasion. A New California Breeding Bureau race was decided for the third time and won by Galvestonian. a four-year-old stallion by Galveston— Dovey Mont rose, which k.h-s to the State Breeding Bureau. Rumor has it that the officials for the meeting at Seattle next summer will be K. C. Hopper, presiding judge: Martin Nathanson. handicapp.r and steward, and Richard Dwyer. starter. Thai BteJl of officials will bring the meeting up to the high standard of racing anywhere in the country outside of New York.

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