Superb Saratoga Racing: Crack Horses in Exciting Competition for Rich Prizes of the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-26


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SUPERB SARATOGA RACING. CEACK HORSES IN EXCITING COMPETITION FOE EICH PEIZES OF THE TUEF. Sun Briars Grand Union Hotel Stakes Merchants and Citizens Handicap to Clematis II. Dodge Breaks Sown St. Charlcotes Stake Eace. By J. L. Dempsey. Saratoga, N. Y., August 25. Tlie usual tremendous Saturday attendance was again present this afternoon and witnessed tlie decisions o an exceptional card of great merit, which had as features the Grand Union Hotel Stakes of a net value of 8,550 to the winner, which was ,050 in excess of tlie guaranteed sum of 7,500 gross. Tlie Merchants and Citizens Handicap, with its ,825 net and the Saratoga Steeplechase, worth S2.265 to the winner. The Grand Union Hotel Stakes naturally absorbed the most attention, as It was expected to decided the much muddled question of championship in the youngster brigade. W, S. Kilmers Sun Briar, carrying even weights with Papp, triumphed in it over the recently acquired Hallenbcck representative Kashmir, with War Machine following and the others fairly close up. Tlie drive during the last, eighth was a strenuous one, with any of the foremost six having a chance for the major portion of the prize. Sun Briar held to his task in gallant style, despite having been forced from the start to do his utmost and was a good neck in advance of Kashmir, which had gained considerable ground through the stretch by staying close to the inner rail. War Machine, however, was going the gamcst and in the estimation of most close observers, was the best in the race, for he had began in sluggish style and at one period during the early running, was far in the rear. He finished witli a tremendous rush and nipped Recount for third place. Recount also showed a good effort and so did American Eagle. The latter tiring slightly, but would have been placed but for losing considerable ground on the stretch turn, where Martin took him wide. Papp acted badly at the post and figured but slightly. There were twelve starters in the race, Debadou having been added at a late hour. t. .Hodges Eacing Days Probably Over. The A. K. Macombcr stable suffered the loss of another of its cracks when Dodge, winner of last years Latonia and American Derbys, broke down hopelessly in the running of the Merchants and .Cltjzcns Handicap, for which he ruled an outstanding favorite. The mishap came after the field of- six starters had covered the first half mile. this point, was well up with the leaders, but he gave way in his left fore ankle and Ixrftus eased him up. Oscar Lewisohns Clematis II., found the going exactly to her liking and. standing a hard drive through the stretch, held the much-improved Crimper safe to win by a scant length. Ticket following a distance back. Dodge was with difficulty led back to his stable and his racing days are probably over. Tlie Saratoga Steeplechase furnished an interesting contest, likewise a couple of mishaps, Pe-beto and Maitre Corbeau coming to grief during the running. Tlie last-named was going easily at tlie time that he fell and had a sufficent lead to warrant the belief that he would have won but for falling at the next to the last jump. His elimination enabled St. Charlcote to race into the lead and win from Bet after a spirited drive. An umvieldly number started iii the opener witli the winner turning up in Producer from Blue Paradise, with Vocabulary following. An immense coup was attempted on Kewpie ONeil in the race, but it was spoiled on account of the geldings dislike for the soft track, track conditions for this race being especially bad near tlie rail, where ho had to travel. Capt. E. B. Cassatts colors were carried to victory for tlie first time during tlie meeting, when his Buckboard, ably ridden by Schuttinger, outstayed Torchbearer in the fifth race after a gruelling drive. The closing race also furnished another upset when Burlingame, an outsider, overhauled Assume and Bonkiss to win in a canter, Ronkiss taking second place in the last stride from the James Corrigan representative. There were a number of departures tpnight for St. Louis to take part in tlie Maxwclton track meeting, scheduled to open next Wednesday. Tlie scarcity of cars to transport horses from here is becoming acute and shipping plans will have to bo changed considerably in the next few days. Most of those owners intending to race at Belmont Park are arranging to ship most of their horses immediatcl3 reserving here only those that they actually intend starting during the next four days. H. C. Hallenbeck Pays" Big Price for Kashmir. W. Clancy sold this morning tlie two-year-old colt Kashmir, by Delhi Gingham, to H. C. Hallenbeck for the reported price of 5,000. The youngster ran in tlie name and colors of his new owner in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes. Kashmir was bred at the Kingston Stud of the Wickliffe Stable when it was operated by Messrs. Corrigan and McKinney, and he was broken by Clancy, who had charge of their horses until the beginning of 1917, when he was succeeded by John Whalen. Kashmir did not do well in his early training last spring and was among the number sold at public action during the Empire City meeting. Clancy bid him up to 00. W. Shields bid 00 and, upon learning that Clancy was eager to own his former charge, surrendered Kashmir when he was knocked down to him. Clancy won a race at Empire City with the son of Delhi and stood to win a fortune when he was beaten a neck by Papp in the race for the Saratoga Special, in which he carried 115 pounds to the Loft colts 130. Negotiations for the purchase of the colt was at once opened and his sale this morning followed. Nashville, which was beaten yesterday, was claimed after the race by C. J. Quinn for ,300. Secretary Joseph McLennan of the Laurel track, reported that the entries to the twenty-two stakes, which closed for that track this afternoon, will total oyer 1,500, or un excess of thirty-three per cent over last year. Jockey J. Loftus is the latest of the riders to Phss the physical examination in the draft and will apply for exemption on the grounds of having a wife and child dependant upon him for support. C. J. Fitz Gerald has added Onwa to his stable and will ship him and Top o the Wave to Belmont Park for the racing there. The next meeting of the Jockey Club will be held during the Belmont Park racing. Among matters of business to come before the stewards on that occasion is the request of jockey T. Mc-Taggart for a restoration of his license. Iron Duke has been sent to J. B. Scully at Auriesville, N. Y., where he will do stud duty. S. J. Nesbit, the well-known Canadian sportsman and breeder, was among the visitors this afternoon.

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