"Snapper" Garrisons Tale: Some of the Close Finishes in the Great Races He Rode, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-07


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"SNAPPER" GARRISONS TALE H B But Some of the Close Finishes in " and the Great Races He Rode. ol of w 01 How the Salvator-Tenny and Tarn- i ti many-Lamplighter Matches w Were Lost and Won. J BY THOMAS .7. GALLAGHER. b r P. XEW YORK, X. Y.. November 0. Several nn- p F. iisiinlly close finishes which have lieen features of the racing at Jockey Chili tracks the past season Q caused Edward II. "Snapper" Garrison to liecome J reminiscent. Among the sensational events which f he recalled were the match between Salvator and Tenny at Shepsliead Hay June 25, 1S90; the Subur- y ban of 1892, and the Sweepstakes, won by King Cadmus, at Morris Park June 2, 1892. Speaking of the match between Tenny and Salvator, the "Snapper" said: I There never was a closer finish. I thought 1 t had won. As we were turning to come back to the t stand after the finisli I said to Isaac Murphy: Well, c eld lady, I got you. He answered: I dont think you did. I offered to bet him 00 that I had won and. lie wouldnt bet. As we rode back, when he saw his number up, he shouted: Im there. I .shouted papk: Yes, you are, but did you win? "Tlint was a queerly run race. It was for ,000 and the association added ,000 more. The guide says ;500 tl side, but the guide is wrong. The weights were 122 pounds and the distance a mile and a quarter. " Snip Donovan, who trained Tenny, gave me my orders. He said: If Murphy goes a two-minute clip, you do the same. If he goes a thirty-nine clip, you lie in behind him. I will be over in the field opposite the half mile post and will signal to you what to do. Murphy went to the quarter in :25 nnd the half in :49. I was about two or three lengths behind him. When we were about half way -along the backstretch Donovan motioned to me to go on. I was wearing spurs. When I touched Tenny with them he began to sulk, threw up his head and hit me on the nose. He sulked until we got to the head of the stretch. At that point it seemed to me I was fifteen lengths behind Murphy. But Tenny took a notion to run then. He almost flew home. He must have run the last quarter in :23. Thats how lie got up to Salvator. The guide 1 says Salvator won by a nose. The official time was :25, :37, :49, 1:02V., 1:14, 1:27, 1:39. 1:52, 2:05." Tiie race between Salvator and Tenny was run while the Washington Park meeting at Chicago was in progress. One of the layers who was doing : business at Washington Park was George Wheelock. On the day of the match Wheelock chalked up "0 to 5 against Tenny." James A. Murphy, then 1 n resident of Chicago, and previously associated in business with David Pnlslfer, owner of Tenny, was i seated in the grandstand at Washington Park when he learned what Wheelock was quoting against Tenny. HOW JIM MURPHY BET ON TENNY. Murphy immediately went to the betting ring and j sought Wheelock, to whom he said: "George, will I you lay 1919.sh,000 to ,000 against Tenny?" The s answer was, "Yes, sir." Before the wager was recorded Murphy asked, "How about ,000 more?" "All right," responded Wheelock, who called to his s sheet writer, "Twelve thousand to ten thousand, Tenny, Mr. Murphy." During the last winter Murphy, now a resident of f New York, informed me that Pulsifer was interested in the be made with Wheelock, and added: : "Furthermore, Salvator did not win. I have in my y possession a photograph which shows that Tenny y won. Dave tried to arrange another matcli for r 0,000 a side, in which I was to be interested, I, hut Haggin didnt like the game and wouldnt go o nny further." "The greatest finish I think I ever rode," resumed - Garrison, "was on Montana in the Suburban n June 18, 1892. Going along the backstretch I was s hlRt in a field of eleven. I drove him for five e Hghtlis and right at the end sent him through h between Major Domo and Lamplighter. I didnt t know I had won until I turned around, rode back k and saw my number up. "But," gossiped Garrison, "while we are talking g about finishes, that race I won on King Cadmus at Bhepshead Bay June 2, 1SU2, was a wonder. Five of u were on top of each other. I beat Hamilton u on Julien a head. Doggett on Shellback was a head d behind Julien, Alec Covington on Doncaster was is another head back and a nose or half a head in front it of Siinms on Zorling. Nobody outside of the judges stand could tell who had won. Pittsburg riiil had a big bet on my horse, and I rode as if my life depended on the result. That was the onlf" race King Cadmus won as a three-year-old. As a two-year-old lie won once, and Pliil won over 00,000 on that race. He started a second time as a three-year-old and afterward was sold or turned over to Mike Donaher, who never got him to a race." - Continued on second page, rr-w - : r . n , "SNAPPERGARRISplfS TALE ContinuRfl froin.1firp.t: page.. ,n. I asked. Garrison: "Wliat horse do you consider the- best you-cyer rode?" Snapper promptly answered, "Tammany. "HdHf.is thc-best horse I ever sat on. You could" take a hair out of his tail and put it in his mouth and1 he!ff answer jnst tlie same-as if it were u bit. That match "lie raH" against, Lamplighter September 28, 1893, jvas- for 0,000. a side and the- association riddcrtslO.OOb; Init it was no race. "Fred" Walbaum had just Ixnight Lamplighter from Pierre Lorillard for 0,000, and thpught that "sit piimids. alid a OilVe1 attH ai quarter he had a good tiling to beat Titmmniiy. Matt Byrnes, who saddled Tammany, said to me: Lie in behind Taral until you get to tlie stretch, then beat him as far as you can. I sat down and rode from the-liead of the-, stretch and :wen by; Taral as if he was on a trotter. As I pulled up and turned around he was just finishing. Marcus Daly, won 10,000 on, that; hidrch:: :l " i

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