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1 £ , ! IMPROVEMENT AT OAKLAND STEADY GOOD WEATHER TELLS ON THE LONG DRENCHED TRACK BENEFICIALLY. Walter Miller Reappears and Is Welcomed with Applause — Import Continues to Win — Ramus Scores — Lady Rensselaer Surprises. Oakland. Cal.. February 14. — The overshadowing feature at Oakland today was Walter Millers reappearance in the saddle on Steel Blue, a charge of Andy Blakeleys. which started iu the first race. The jockey was heartily applauded by the grandstand occupants, but could not do much with the Emery three-year-old. which, with any other rider up. would have been a 20 to 1 shot instead of a hot second choice. Miller, however, rode a green but fast colt from the same stable in Ertiert into third place in the juvenile dash after getting away lH orly. and then followed this up by achieving au easy victory on Ramus, the third choice in the longdistance race. First-class weather prevailed and an excellent card was decided over a fairly good track. Three favorites. Rotrou. Senator Beckham and the consistent Import, rewarded their backers. Yet it Is doubtful if the speculatively inclined public broke any better than even on the days ring operations. The heaviest wagering of the day having centered on Madrileno in the second race, which was beaten by Lady Rensselaer. Todays showing of Griffins filly confirms the general opinion entertained on the occasion of her recent defeat that she could have done much better. c. Miller, tie rider of Graphite, the lieaten favor, ite in tlie fourth race, was questioned by the stewards after the race. The old horse ran a dull race despite his jockeys alertness and vigorous ride. Owner A. F. Bayton placed one of his big liets on iraphite today and could not account for his horses shortcomings.