Brilliant Beginning at Oakland: Eyebright Wins the Opening Handicap Before 10,000 Applauding Spectators, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-08


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BRILLIANT BEGINNING AT OAKLAND. Eyobright Wins the Opening Handicap Before 10,000 Applauding Spectators. Oaklaud. Cal.. November 7. Eyehright. at 10 lo 1. captured the big one-mile Opening Handicap at Oakland today in 1:3SS. Bight of the best thoroughbreds in training, including the recent metropolitan turf celebrities and stake winners. Firestone. Dandelion, Angelus. Fitz Herbert. Montgomery and Uoyal Tourist started. The four-vear-old Rubicon Chartreuse II. gelding dominated the running throughout and could have broken all existing local records for the distance had lie been forced to extend himself. Dandelion was the only one of the formidable Ilildreth quartette able to run into a place and he only saved second place by a narrow and lucky margin from another outsider in Neva Lee. The .winner had a Wg local following and the ring suffered .heavy financial losses. Eyehright is a California-bred horse, was sold as a yearling for 00 to "Pop" Kennedy. n rubber for thirty years on local tracks. Kennody disposed of the colt as a two-year-old to .T. Davis, Ills present owner and developer. Eyehright never raced until nearly ifour years old and showed extraordinary form last spring. Davis, when asked to price his horse, was ridiculed for wanting ,500. The ownejs judgment was amply verified by todays achievement, which was sensational irr the extreme. His success was acclaimed by ten thousand spectators. It was the largest crowd that has ever attended any opening day of racing at Oakland. The condensed history of the Opening Handicap Is as follows: Year. Winner. A. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 189GThelma 5 00 H. Brown.. $ GG5 1:4U 1S07 Satsuraa 5 110 "E. Jones ... GG5 1:391 1808 Recreation ...3 :S J. Woods.. 015 1:41$ JS99 Cromwell 7 117 Macklin ... GG5 1:41 1900 The Fretter...4 110 J. Martin... 1.150 1:411 1001 Hagerdon 4 100 Vititoe 1.130 1:401 1002 Corrigan 3 113 Ranch 2.050 1:421 1003 Eonic 5 00 Chandler . .2,G60 1:45i 1101 Gold Money... 4 110 Domlnlck .. 2.410 1:401 1005 San Nicholas. .0 110 W. Davis... 2.450 1:40 1005 Corrigan 7 100 Sandy 2,::40 1:40J 1007 Jack Nunnally.3 102 C. iMiller... 2.220 1:39 1908 Eyehright 4 100 Klrschbauin. 2.070 1:3SS Called Inaugural Handicap this year. Public choices fared poorly. Smiley Corbett. which was a receding favorite in the closing race, being the only one to win. An unexpectedly small and inadequate number of lavers. twenty, did business. Thrice this number would have been Insufficient to handle the wagers of the public today. Their names are: W. R. Engstrom. J. Glenn, F. Bain, J. Harlan. George North. Charles Bowman. W. Jackmau. Sam Shaen. S. Bradley. Edward Soule. John Coleman. B. Meyers, W. Yanke. J. S. Kennedy, A. Koenigsberger. J. McCarthy. Sam Summerfleld. E. T. Martin and Willie . Applegate. L; President Thomas II. Williams, who is leaving for Mexico tomorrow, said that it was the most successful davs inaugural of racing in the history of the California Jockey Clnb and predicted unexampled prosperity for the sport through the coming season. He received a telegram from A. Daingerfield during the afternoon wishing him success. A. G. Blakeleys arrival with fourteen racers Is expected on Sunday. . Walsh. Colonel W. E. Anplegates lightweight apprentice, was the outstanding feature in a jockey wav. The stewards, however, lined him 5 for reckless rjding. , . . Achieve was cut down in her race. Tom Shaw telegraphed a friend here that bis exact losses on the defeat of Chanler amounted to. 9,800. Barney Schreiber has- notified Secretary -Treat that lie will arrive in San Francisco next Monday. Thomas McCrearv has been engaged to make Walter Millers riding engagements for the season. . Phil Chinns serviceable two-year-old. Madrileno, died today of pneumonia. Mose Goldblatt is due with his string tonight.

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