Astronomer Wins in His Early Form: An off-Day Program, but Good Racing, at Oakland-Spooner an Arrival of Note, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-14


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r ASTRONOMER WINS IN HIS EARLY FORM. An Off-Day Program, but Good Racing, at Oakland Spooner an Arrival of Note. San Francisco. Cal., November 13. A makeshift urogram of six selling races was decided at Oakland today. This was due to the fact that three attract-ire and! valuable overnight races originally scheduled failed to fill and were declared off because owners of inferior horses were unwilling to enter their animals against those from the formidably equipped Hildreth eRWithUDlentV of available material in the other three races It was decided to split them an run each half in place of those which fell through. By this arrangement of the card the greatest stable here was deprived or the chance of running three or more iiorses r and was only represented during the afternoon l v Toll Box, which started favorite for the closing lash and suffered defeat by Sempronium. The return to the races of Astronomer and his win-niug effort in the fifth race attracted more than passing Interest. A majority of the horsemen doubted the young trainers ability to get the live-year-old son of Dieudonne to the post without breaking him down in his work and. after the feat was fully accomplished, W. II. Spence was congratulated on all sides. In the local running he was backed almost to the exclusion of every other horse in the race. Astronomer originally belonged to David Gideon and was considered one of the best two-year-olds of his year. lie was once valued at 0,000 by his owner, who had refused to entertain an offer of 5,000 for him. Edward Trotter won the introductory sprint with Ilaziet. Of the three starters sent to the post by this trainer since the beginning of the meeting two have won and one has finished second. Though, only two favorites. Be Thankful and Astronomer, were successful, the other four winners, particularly llazlet and Sempronium. were well fancied by the public and the result was another bad day for the layers. The exquisite weather was the chief contributing factor to the unusually big off-day attendance. 13. W. Hcffner arrived today with Killcreen. Oken-ite and Prosper. Eleven of Alax Hirschs horses were in the same car, including Spooner. B. L. Thomas left tonight for Los Angeles. He has an even dozen of racers in training at Oakland. Shilling will put in the time during his week of suspension in daily exercise of the horses of his em-plover. Air. Thomas said that they are all big and high. Alose Goldblatt and I. II. Miller are other late arrivals. The first named brought Keep .Moving. Alortiboy, Hampton Beauty, Be Brief and several yearlings.

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