St. Francis Fails Badly: Runs Unplaced in the Feature Oakland Race, an Outsider Winning, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-08


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ST. FRANCIS FAILS BADLY RUNS UNPLACED IN THE FEATURE OAKLAND RACE, AN OUTSIDER WINNING. Watchful Graduates from Racing โ€” Joe Coyne Wins Cantering โ€” Oakland Track Becoming Dangerous from Long-Continued Rain. t Oakland. Cal.. February 7. โ€” The running of Ihe Kenwood Handicap, todays five and a half furlongs feature at Oakland, developed into one of the notable upsets of the meeting. Seven horses faced the starter, including two stars of the local sprinting division in St. Francis and Cloudliglit. The former, on the strength of his recent victory over Gemniell. was backed at odds-on as if the race was all over but the shouting. The Bright Phoebus inure was a strong second choice. These two raced out into a big early lead and were completely ex-hausted in the stretch, letting up a trio of unbacked outsiders in Tom Shaw. Elevation and Bucolic, against any one of which 19 to 1 was obtainable at some stage in the betting. Kxcepting this one race the betting public fated well, two favorites and one second and two third choices accounting for the card despite the uiiiisit ally deceptive going. The racing today was marked by probably the slowest time in the history of the truck. The unprecedented long s[ ell of wet weather is beginning to tell on the track, which is now full of holes, some a foot deep or more. Cnless a change for the better materializes s k ii, the footing will lie too unsafe to race over. There were two very bad-looking spills today. Gold Bar and St. Francis stepped into a hole after the finish of their races, and, with the exception-of Hildebrand on Gold Bar, they all escaped serious injury. Hildebrand, who is a brother to the one-time champion jockey, was picked up iu an unconscious condition and conveyed to the hospital. Latest reports say that he will recover. A secondary feature on the card was the fourth running of the California Jockey Club Breeding Bureau races, which opened the proceedings. Tin-starter left the heavily backed favorite, Confessor, at the | xist and Watchful, which had hobbled n the track so sore and lame that it seemed as if he could hardly stride over a straw. Beared an unex-IKM-tedly game victory from Tancleil. integrity and Joe Kilcy. The beautifully bred five year old Wadsworth -Wary stallion now goes to Hie State Breeding Bureau for sluil purposes. Jockey Met la in. who rode The Englishman in the sixth race, was lined $." ยป by the stewards for pulling bis mount up at the end and letting Ku-dora up Bar seiiunl place in the lust si ride. Bright, cleur weather prevailed. Approximately .".KKl spectators viewed excellent sport and ihirty-iiiti layers laid the odds.

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