Cock Sure Takes Merchants Handicap.: Pimlico Track Deep in Mud and Many Good Horses Withdrawn in Consequence., Daily Racing Form, 1908-05-07


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COCK SURE TAKES MERCHANTS HANDICAP Pimlico Track Deep in Mud and Many Good Horses Withdrawn in Consequence Baltimore Md May i The Merchants Handi ¬ cap one of the annual fixtures of the Maryland Jockey Clubs spring meeting was run and won today by Cock Sure The withdrawal of Martin Doyle the top weight robbed the race of much of its interest and the result proved a big surprise Cock Sure was an outsider in the betting and was ridden by Murphy When the start came he dashed to the front and was never headed winning with great ease by almost three lengths from Edgely EdgelyThe The going was deep and holding and horses that did not fancy that sort of a track might just as well have remained in their stables The weather was cold and raw and a steady drizzle fell all through the afternoon The attendance was light tlie regularsOf crowd being made up of the regulars Of the sixteen carded in the stake eight were withdrawn and Holscher added Sugar Pine on tlie strength of his good races here was made favorite and heavily backed with El Dorado and The Clown also having a following Outside of these three there was little choice among them Sugar Pines race was a disappointment He appeared tillable to extend himself in the going and at no part of the struggle was he even pronilnint In the stretch run Brady eased him up and lie finished last lastThe The second race which called for jockeys who had never ridden a winner proved a good contest the finish resulting in a hard drive In whicli the favorite The Wrestler got up in tlie last stride and beat Kempton out a half length lengthIn In the Baltimore Steeplechase which was over the twomile course Beltie Landon was the favorite and managed to win after a driving finish with Uel demo The winner came from tho rear in the last turn of the field and after taking the last jump her saddle slipped and Davidson had all he could do to keep from falling off at the finish finishLurid Lurid running In the colors of her breeder Mrs L A Livingston made a runaway affair of tlii fifth race in which she beat After All out a length and a half halfCaptain Captain W F Presgrave has arranged to ship the horses which Thomas Clyde is racing liere to Montreal at the conclusion of the present meeting Captain Presgrave and Mr Clyde according to present plans will spend some time in the province of Quebec visiting the many friends which both these gentlemen have In that section of Canada Tlie presence of Clydes colors at Blue Bonnets will meetingThe be one of the features of the meeting The stables owned by Dr W F Mathews and O Hak were shipped to Belmont Park tonight There Is some good material In both these strings Parkview and the Benuing Spring Handicap winner Bellwether being in the Mathews stable while the star of Haks string is the good crosscountry horse Kemp RIdgeley

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