Jack Atkin Is Defeated.: Keenes Restigouche Is Added And Runs Away With The Freeport Handicap.; Thistledale Takes the Winfield Steeplechase--Madden Wins with Chaperon and Has to Stand a Runup--Great Attendance Views the Races., Daily Racing Form, 1908-04-19


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JACI ATIIN IS DEFEATED KEENES RESTIGOUCHE IS ADDED AND RUNS AWAY WITH THE FREEPORT HANDICAP Thistlcdale Takes the Winfield Steeplechase Madden Wins with Chaperon and Has to Stand a Run ¬ up Great Attendance Views the Races Now York April IS Whipped away from the post and standing a drive throughout the long stretch James H Keenes Kestigouche beat Jack Atkin the Carter Handicap winner of last Wed ¬ nesday in the feature event at Aqueduct today The race was the Freejwrt Handicap and the dis ¬ tance was the same as the Carter seven furlongs Restigouoho was an added starter under ninety seven H unds while Jack Atkin took up live pounds more than he carried in the Carter Handicap mak ¬ ing bis impost 127 The latter was a heavily backed favorite as Mr Schreihers sprinter lias shown that weight in reason makes little or no difference to him At one time to 2 was obtained but 1 to 5 was the quotation at post time Although Itestigouche held a prominent place in the ante post gossip of the Carter where he would have met Jiack Atkin on four pounds better terms he was not looked upon with much favor today th6 odds receding from 4 to 1 to C to 1 In fact except for a slight following accorded Rialto and Zienap Jack Atkin completely dominated tlia bettln Dei a by rode Kestigouche and this did not in the opin ¬ ions of the wiseacres enhance his chances to any great degree But Delaby got the Commando colt away from the post well and forced him to maintain the load by a liberal application of the whip After going a quarter the colt found his speed and began to draw away opening up a gap of three lengths on the bend Jack Atkin was bothered a trifle just after the start but the interference was not enough to have seriously affected bis chances After turn ¬ ing for homo Jack Atkiu worked up to second plac and just after passing the furlong post was al ¬ most on even terms with the pacemaker appear ¬ ing all over the winner But Delaby who had been at work on Ilestigouehe redoubled bis efforts and Mr Keenes colt got a severe trouncing for the next half furlong He proved his stoutness of heart by responding in a thoroughly courageous manner while Jack Atkin tired under pressure and Itestigonche drew away to win by three lengths with something left IJestlgouclic by bis gamcness and speed gave every indication of making a dis ¬ tinctly useful threeyearold for the master of Castleton There was very little contention behind the first and second horses Itialto easily beating Hifieman for third money moneyThe The sidelight to the Freeport was the Winfield Steeplechase Like the other crosscountry races at the meeting the field was small only three going to the post with Thistledale a 0 to 20 chance and legitimately so as he outclassed the others rind simply ran away with the race but his fencing was far from faultless as he has not forgotten bis old trick of swerving at the jumps Palm fell but was remounted and took third money moneyThe The tabulated history of the Winfield Steeplechase ls as follows Year Winner A Wt Jockey Val Time 1907 Califnia King4 K5S Ray 1000434 1000434aDOS aDOS Thistledale 7 155 Stone 1110427 1110427A A J Joyner showed up what may prove to lie a useful member of the seasons twoyearold divi ¬ sion in Indomitable a goodlooking daughter of Watercress and Victoria Cross which stood a long hard drive to beat James R Keenes Mystify the pacemaker pacemakerAfter After Chaperon backed from 15 to 1 to S to 1 had won the fifth race J L McGinnis bid the filly up from 800 to 1100 trainer Paterson put ¬ ting in the protecting bid and keeping Chaperon This Is an indication that the selling race differ ¬ ences between Mr McGinnis and John E Madden were not forgotten over winter The trouble dates back to the purchase of Salvidere from W Harry Brown almost two years ago when McGinnis claims be was deterred from bidding on Salvidere on the information of Mr Madden that the horse had been fired and gave evidences of unsoundness McGinnis lias been active ever since when the Kentucky turf ¬ man won a selling race and there is no likelihood of a letup letupThe The weather was disagreeable again today being cloudy raw and windy throughout with showers at times The attendance was firstclass but one thing that four days of racing under the new regu ¬ lations governing betting demonstrates Is the big increase In attendance for the cheaper inclosure Many racegoers do not care to be compelled to wager 5 or nothing and have switched their patronage to the field where the admission Is less nnd where one can get down a modest 2 wager JThe crowd In the field stand today would have done credit to a Brooklyn or Suburban gathering gatheringAn An amusing incident occurred after Palm had unseated bis rider four fences faora home during ilie running of the steeplechase Palm Is owned by Courtland H Smith and Jay OBrien botb skilled amatenr riders and both of whom saw tbfe race from tlie Infield With Palm out of the race there was 4100 third money going to waste The two owners Jhad a foot race across the field but Mr Smith i proved the fleeter and remounting Palm rode him et IB time to relieve the Aqueduct treasury of the

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