view raw text
LAYMINSTER WINS THE PREAKNESS. Capt. E. B. Cassatts Colors Carried to Victory in Feature of Pimlicos Closing Day. Baltimore. McL. May 7.— This was the closing biT of the spring meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club and a monster crowd turned out to witness the racing. Long before post time for the opening race the grandstand was jammed and if was found necessary to throw iqieu the Infield to accommodate the overflow. A conservative estimate placed the attendance at 10.000. An excellent program was provided ior the occasion. Tliere were eight races, with the Preakness Handicap and the tlreen Spring Valley Steeplechase, oyer the two miles and a half course, as features. A round dozen went to the post in the 1 reakness. and the finish resulted in a duel between I.aytnlnster and Dalliousie. witli the former first home by half a length. Dalliousie showed a tine performance lie w-ent to the front at barrier rise and led until the lightly -weighted Leyminster passed him in the last Md yards. Lay minster carried the famous red. white and blue colors that the great horse. The Bard. sported so oftea. Laytninster ran coupled with Medallion as the Captain Cassatt entrv. and while at the post Medallion kicked his stablemate on the "boulder and inflicted an ugly gash from which the blood flowed profanely. Sager. which finished third, showed a remarkable performance under a bungling ride. Nicol bad the colt in close quarters most of the time and he was repeatedly Interfered with. At tlie finish he closed with a great rush and would surely have wou hud the distance been a sixteenth farther The Oreta Spring Valley Steeplechase proved easy tor Algie. which fenced well and wort under restraint. Rossfenton was the onlv one of the six that failed to finish. He .lost his rider at the tenth jump. The flags on the clubhouse and grandstand were displayed at half mast out of respect to the memory of the late King Kdward. Just after the starters for the Preakness. warmed up. the tour-year-obl Statesman, the colt that was favorite in last years Preakness. and which broke some of the smaller Inmes in one of his fore ankles in that race, was paraded on the track and galloped from tlie furlong post to the paddock. Statesman has been agate put in training bv his owner F K Garten; and it looks as if he will stand. Mrs. A. H. Bradley sold the promising two-vear-V-Ao Ivvt"n- ■ Ir- J- S". Tyree this morning for The Clyde stable, numliering thirty head, will be shipped to Toronto about May 17.