Lawrence P. Daleys Canadian Derby.: Great Crowd in Attendance on the Opening Day of the Fort Erie Meeting., Daily Racing Form, 1908-07-28


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LAWRENCE P DALEYS CANADIAN DERBY Great Crowd in Attendance on the Opening Day of the Fort Erie Meeting Buffalo N Y July 27 The inaugural meeting of the new Niagara Jockey Club began today at Fort Erie under conditions that could not well have been Improved upon The crowd was the largest that ever witnessed a race run over this course The opening augurs well for the success of the new club and every indication points to the present meeting being the greatest ever held in this section sectionReports Reports had been sent out by the clubs repre ¬ sentatives of many improvements having been made to the plant but the public was not prepared for the transformation witnessed today Fort Erie in its present dress resembles the course at Brighton Beach very much except that the old ocean is lack lackThe The gathering was an enthusiastic one and a ma ¬ jority of the races furnished keen contests and when Lawrence P Daley the oildson favorite beat Dennis Stafford out a neck In the Canadian Derby it brought the vast throng in the stand to their feet feetThe The hordes that went to the post although num ¬ bering only five were fairly evenly matched and made a stirring contest At some stage of the race every one of the starters ai Mred to have some chance of winning Lawrence P Daley was always the public choice and was heavily hacked The fact that Nicol had the mount influenced many to back the colt In the early running the Canadianowned lTnile Toby went to the front aud showed the way until rounding the turn out of the backstretch where he began to tire Dennis Stafford which had been following the leader closely then moved up and at the middle of the far turn Nicol elected to make his move When called on Lawrence P Daley re ¬ sponded with great courage and when enter ¬ ing the homestretch showed in the lead by a small margin Lawrence P Daley had come through on the inside at this point while Dennis Stafford bore out and went wide The pair hooked up at the eighth post and from there to tli1 finish a desperate struggle ensued At the end it seemed that the favorite tired a bit and that Dennis Stafford would have beaten him In a few more strides Pinkoht the Latonia Derby winner was third beaten a length and a half Minder rode a waiting race and had him under slight re ¬ straint for the first five furlongs He made a game challenge on the far turn where he moved up fast but in the stretch was unable to improve his posi ¬ tion tionThe The tabled history of the Canadian Derby is given below belowYear Year Winner Wt Jockey Val Time 1S9S Miss Gussie 109 Walker S1C90 2tl 1S9 Martinmas 114 Mason lliSO 237 11HK Advance Guard 127 Taral 1415 20 1HU Ben Mac Dhni 122 H Lewis Lewis1M 1415 208J 1M 2 Red Robe 127 Ulake 1415 14152171 217J 1903 Claude 127 J Daly 21SO 215 1904 Fort Hunter 127 Wonderly 21SO 2OSJ 1905 King of Troy 125 D Austin 2180210 1905 Peter Sterling 125 Foley 2180 211 1907 Charlie Gilbert 110 J Ivelly 2180 2074 190S Lawrence PDaleyllG Nlcol 2580209 2580209One One and onehalf miles in 1S9S and 1899 1899One One unpleasant incident transpired in the after ¬ noon and came with the running of the fifth race when Dixie Himmel favorite ran such a poor race that her performance elicited unfavorable comment The judges were dissatisfied with her showing and questioned jockey Ott but no action was taken Al takenAl Midler showing a rare turn of speed sprinted Into the lead from the start but nearlug the end lie tired perceptibly and barely lasted long enough to withstand the rush of Miss Strome StromeBridoon Bridoon which had been prepared at Hamilton and shipped yesterday proved his superiority over a mediocre band of youngsters In the opening race and throughoutKminola led throughout Kminola proved the afternoons surprise by win ¬ ning in a sharp drive over Snake Mary Dan do Noyles and Tom Dolan both favorites in their re ¬ spective races were easy winners winnersAn An announcement was made today by the manage ¬ ment that no purses will at any time during the meeting be less than 400 Through an error the program book has the purses scaled to 300 Jockey 300Jockey Delaby was today engaged to ride the horses comprising llie P T Cliinn stable during the term of racing at Fort Erie ErieMcadowbreeze Mcadowbreeze contracted a severe fever while being shipped from Windsor and will be out of training for some time timeJ J Hal Woodford came from his home in Paris ICy DerbyEdward to see Piukola run in the Derby Edward Corrigan and P Dunnes strings of horses were the latest arrivals from Latonia

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