Lady Isabel Pleases Washingtonians, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-17


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LADY ISABEL PLEASES WASHINGTONIANS. Washington. D. C. October 1G. The gentlemen who contemplate giving a fall meeting at Benning to follow that at Baltimore received much encouragement today from several sources. Promises were made by a number of persons to lend their support and if some of the merchants and hotel proprietors fall in line it is almost a sure thins: that the meeting will be given. In speaking of the plans of those interested. General W. T. Townes said: "Our only idea in giving a meeting at Benning this fall is to keep the sport alive in this section and provide some sort of entertainment for Washingtonians. We do not expect any financial returns out of the venture and if there should happen to be airy it will go into a reserve fund to he used to defray the expenses of a meeting next spring. The attendance at Benning this afternoon was by far the largest of the meeting. There was much enthusiasm manifested and those present appeared to thoroughly enjoy the sport. The result of the third race, which was won by Samuel Ross filly. Lady Isabel, after a whipping finish with Lally. brought the crowd in the grandstand to their feet. Lady Isabel was an odds-on favorite and was ridden by the apprentice Uaynes. Just as the barrier was sprung the field bunched up and Euripides collided with Lady Isabel with force enough to unseat Haynes. The lad grabbed the mare around the neck and in some manner managed to scramble hack into the saddle. When Haynes got straightened up the others were rounding the first turn twenty lengths in front of him. but he set out after them and, gradually working his way up on the back-stretch and while rounding the far turn, caught the leaders as they made the turn for home. Lady Isabel came through on the inside at this point and after a hard drive managed to stagger in a head in front of Lally. Haynes received an ovation when he trotted the little mare back to the scales and was also complimented bv the stewards. Keen contests and spirited finishes were in order during the afternoon. In all but the second race the shortest of margins separated the first two horses and the winners in each of them were in doubt until the official placing was displayed. R. Tally purchased of Woods Garth this morning the two-year-old. Flat Creek.

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