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J t 1 3 i i i i i . . , . t I i . L . t . - . I SANDES UNLUCKY DAY Fails to Ride a Single Winner at Empire City Course. Irish Brigadier Inflicts a Surprise in Defeating Hephaistos in the Main Race of the Afternoon. NEW YORK, N. T., October 25. For a feature at the Empire City course today the offering was a mile and a sixteenth overnight handicap, and Fred Bur-lew furnished the winner in his big three-year-old Irish Brigadier. He cut out all the running to beat Hephaistos, Cirrus and Overtake. The track had dried out until it was again fast, and though the skies were overcast and there was a winter chill in the air, a big crowd was out to view the sport. The followers of Sande did not have as much prosperity as has been the case since the meeting opened, but there were some good contests came out of the card and second in importance to the handicap was the Briarwood Purse at the end of the card, which brought together Cyclops, Shamrock and Avalanche. This fell to Cyclops. At the start of the Lexington Handicap, the overnight feature, it seemed that Cirrus was due to run a good race. Sande had him away well in motion and he was racing in improved style over what he has shown in recent races. Irish Brigadier at once went to the front and Merimee had a good hold of his head, while Sande was content to save Cirrus in back of him. Hephaistos followed and Overtake brought up the rear. It was not until turning out of the backstretch that it became apparent that Cirrus would not do. There Sande called on him and he tired badly. As he dropped baclt Thomas began his rush with Hephaistos and, passing the son of Tracery, set sail for Irish Brigadier, and was closing up on him in a manner to suggest a victory- But Irish Brigadier was not ready to surrender and when 3Ierimee shook him up to withstand the challenge of Hephaistos he hung on resolutely. At the end he was still a length to the good, while Hephaistos beat the tired Cirrus a full five lengths for second place. The race proved conclusively that Cirrus is but a shadow of the horse he was a year ago. It is a long time since he was in a handicap under as light a weight as 110 pounds, and although Sande took up two and a half pounds overweight, the weight was ridiculously light for a horse of his former high reputation, had he been any way close to his real form. EQUIFMENT MAKES DIFFERENCE. W. Shields added blinkers to the equipment of Willis Sharpe Kilmers Olga Virginia in the opening five and a half furlongs for cheap two-year-olds. It made a decided difference in her performance when sho came home the winner. In previous races she had been sluggish about leaving the barrier, but with the blinkers on she left promptly and was always close to the leader. At the end she won from Rejection, while High Command was third. There was plenty of excitement before the running of the second race when both Good Time and Monastery ran away while going to the post. Monastery unseated Merimee when leaving the paddock and when ho dashed off Good Time also bolted with Thomas and went after him. They each ran the best part oi three-quarters before being caught. The race was over the short thrc?-quarters distance and Chester Applegate furnished the winner in Orcus when he got up in time to beat Daydue, with Esquire finishing third. After the race J. A. Coburn bid up the winner from his entered selling price of ,500 to ,400, but he was protected by Applegate and bought in for ,405. MUCH ROUGH RIDING. Flying Devil, from the Riviera Stable, was winner of the selling race for two-year-old platers, a five and a half furlong dash, from Sunsini, and Sophia Goldman was third. This race was marked by a deal of rough riding in the stretch and it is possible that Sophia Goldman would have been the winner but for the interference she suffered from Sunsini. When the stretch was reached and Sande was hard at work on Sophia Goldman, Sunsini came rushing up on the outside, but held her so closely that she was knocked off h?v stride and forced to the inside. No claim of foul was made and after the race the stewards did not see any reason for disturbing i the order of the finish. 1 Will Shields made it a double when he sent out Mrs. J. L. Hollands Ballot Mark for the 1 mile and a sixteenth for platers that was " the fifth offering. He required a deal cf 3 riding to get up in time, but through the y stretch he came away to score from Search t Light III., and SU Isidore finished third. a Olga Virginia had blinkers added to her 0 equipment in the opening race, while in the s Continued on twelfth pase. - : ; j SANDES UNLUCKY DAY . Continued from first page. fifth the equipment on Wylio was changed by racing him without blinkers. Will Shields will ship twelve of his horses to New Orleans Tuesday, whero they will be rested and fitted for the meeting which opens Thanksgiving day. After the running of the third race both Taplin, who rode Sunsini, and Thomas, who rode Flying Devil, were reprimanded by the stewards for rough riding in the stretch. Sunsini was claimed from Willis Sharpe Kilmer by the Lilane Stable after his defeat in the third race. He went for ,650. Flying Devil, the winner, was claimed from the Riviera Stable by S. Booth. Mrs. J. L. Holland lost the only horse racing in her colors when P. S. P. Randolph claimed Ballot Mark for ,805 after the Negofol colt won the fifth race from a band of cheap platers. After Monastery unseated jockey Merimee upon being turned loose by his groom and ran away for one mile the stewards ordered his further entry refused for the remainder of the meeting. Jockey E. Sande went without a winning mount for the first time since the opening of the hill top track meeting. Jockeys H. Thomas and J. Merimee were the leading riders of the afternoon, each winning two races with their mounts.