Purse Day at Saratoga: Rain Impairs the Going but Attendance is Big and Racing Good, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-11


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PURSE DAY AT SARATOGA. BAIN IMPAIRS THE GOING BUT ATTENDANCE IS BIG AND RACING GOOD. Robert Oliver Lands the Steeplechase Dick "Williams Defeats Green Jones in the Feature Race Lady Eileen Wins at a Good Price. By J. L. Dempsey. Saratoga, N. Y., August 10. In the absence of any stake offering, the steeplechase over the about two miles and a quarter route, served as the feature and produced a ratline contest, Robert Oliver, the favorite, triumphing at the end by a small margin over Crest Hill, with Syosset following. Only four started, Superhuman coming to grief at the nineteenth hedge. The quartette ran closely grouped and fenced in faultless style for the first two rounds of the field. After the fifteenth obstacle had been covered the pace quickened and Crest Hill, Syosset and Robert Oliver took turns at showing the way. Crest Hill was the leader over the last hurdle, with Robert Oliver and Syosset close to him. In the final drive Williams hard riding on the favorite prevailed and he got up to win by a scant margin. The hard rain of this morning caused changed track conditions and gave opportunity to those racers which run well in going to race to their best. Ideal weather was again the order during the- afternoon and a generous attendance -was present. The talent was in great form and lauded frequently on winners, the choices accounting for most of the purses. The Meehanievilh! Handicap at one mile was reduced by withdrawals to four starters, with Dick AYlllianis and Faux-Col absorbing th most attention. Fanx-Col flattered extensively by showing the way .until reaching the stretch, where lie was passed in quick succession by all the others, Dick Williams winning after a slight shaking up from Green .loues. The latter ran a good race In going supposed to be unfavorable to him. little Nearer was an overwhelming choice in the fifth race, but while he succeeded in landing the purse, his margin was a small one and his victory extremely lucky and largely due to jockey Lykcs inability to keep The Grnder from running out on the stretcli turn. This cost the Looney starter much ground and enabled Little Nearer to slip through next to the inner rail. Dovedale finished third and at one time .loomed up as the probable winner. The -winner, entered for ,000, was bid "urTto 1,503 by George Lund, but was bought in. The third race, in which some ordinary two-year-old fillies started, produced the only outstanding upset of the afternoon in the victory of Lady Eileen over Aileen O. Both Allies are by Celt and ran well in the going. E. R. Bradleys Blue Purndise was given vast attention in the race, but Shilling, killed her chances by the excessive use he made of her in the first half mile, which left her exhausted when she rounded into the stretch. Really Good Colt Is Lanius. A really good colt was uncovered in the closing race by trainer Joyner in J. E. AVideners English colt. Lanius. He showed a high order of speed in the stretch and won in easy style from Amelita witli another foreign bred youngster, Ianaman taking third place. The favorite, Rifle, had a rough race. Nomination blanks to the fifteen stakes to be run during the joint meeting of the Queens County, Metropolitan and Empire City Jockey Clubs, at Aqueduct, were distributed to owners this morning. The entries to this imposing and diversified list of fixtures close August 20 and entries to the stakes can be made with Secretary Rehberger at Saratoga. Jockey Butwell, having passed the physical examination test, will probably be enrolled in the first contingent of men called to the colors, about September 1, as he waived claim to exemption. Marshall Cassidy and Tex Dean, assistants to Starter Cassidy, each claimed exemption on the ground of having a wife and child dependents. The nine colts and fillies that W. S. Kilmer has bought at recent sales, were shipped today to the Kilmer farm, near Binghampton, N. Y., whore they will be put through their initial racing lessons. The choice band of yearlings secured by James W. McClelland are intended for shipment south in the near future. It is Mr. MeClellands intention to winter at Oaklawn, Hot Springs, if that track is available for winter stabling. lies is also considering the building of a small stable at Memphis in the event he is unable to secure winter quarters at Hot Springs. A carload of miscellaneously-owned yearlings that were secured at the Keene-Long and Schorr sale will be shipped tonight to Kentucky. The Star Shoot Willful colt that was bought by G. 0. Baker at last nights sale was transferred to Schwartz Bros, this morning at an advance over the ,100 that Baker paid for him. R. F. Carman Secures Option on High Cost. R. F. Carman has secured an ontion on High Cost. The offer of 0,000 made by" H. K. Knapp for him has been refused. H. T. Zollicoffer and W. A. Burttschell, who came here with the filly Fruit Cake, that A. K. Miicomber purchased for 0,000, returned this morning to Baltimore, where the rest of their stable is now. Mr. Burttschell. commenting on the respective abilities of Sunbonnet and Fruit Cake, said facetiously: "If the two fillies meet in different interests and they are both good and fit, dont bet all your change on Sunbonnet straight. Have a saver on her for the place, for Fruit Cake will heat her sure." Jockey Frank Keogh intends to rest from the saddle for a brief period. General Manager John Ilnchmeister, who is expected here shortly, will find on his arrival an unexpectedly heavy list of entries to his rich stake offerings. Many owners, who have here- tofore refrained from engaging in Kentucky fall racing, have signified their intention of being represented there and try for the big stakes and purses. According to Thomas C. McDowell, the four colts and fillies that he retained at Ashland Farm for racing purposes next year, give promise of being the best that has been bred at his noted farm. Many distinguished visitors were present this afternoon and included Senator James, who will jnake a brief stay. W. P. Riggs, who is identified with the Pimlico track In Baltimore, was an arrival this morning. J. S. Barbee, the well-known breeder, has fully recovered from his illness and was at the track this afternoon. The Ballot La Venganza colt, that was knocked down to Thos. Monahan on his bid of ,000, was bought for J. E. Wideners account. Frank D. Weir will continue to train Jack Hare Jr., though he has been leased to R. T. Wilson to run in the Grab Bag Handicap and will be fitted for this race by his present trainer. IL C. Hallenbeck has donated his five-year-old Iron Duke to the New York Breeding Bureau. The horse- was bought by Hallenbeck from J. E. Madden at the same time that The Finn was sold. Ho ban been ailing with a bowed tendon, whicli has prevented his racing. He should make good in the stud.

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