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HITCHCOCK JUMPER TRIUMPHS » Chenango Wins Easily in Steeplechase at Pimlico Course. » Wise Count Finally Scores After Numerous Attemps — Garlic Accounts for Purse in Second. ♦ BALTIMORE, Md., May 9.— Thomas Hitchcock, whose steeplechasers usually rank with the topnotchers racing in this country, sent his first winner to the post this spring when his shifty jumper, Chenango, won the Reliance Steeplechase at Pimlico this afternoon. Most of the Hitchcock jumpers are ridden by amateur riders and in todays race Mr. Rigan McKinney had the mount on the Hitchcock horse. McKinney rode an excellent race, handling his mount with judgment. In the early stages, he avoided the pace and when he called on Chenango, the latter responded with a bold effort. Chenango was the public choice and naturally the victory was a popular one. There were seven starters in the Reliance, Green Cheese being withdrawn. In the early running, Forage Cap, showing keen speed, bounded to the front and at one stage had a lead of half a dozen lengths. Eric the Red was second and Cheriango was racing well in hand, third. Going to the eighth fence, Eric the Red went to the front. Forage Cap had enough and was quitting, Ball permitted Eric the Red to step right along and at the twelfth jump, he had a lead of four lengths and apparently was going easily. After taking this jump, McKinney called on Chenango and the latter responded with a burst of speed that landed him in front before the next fence was reached. The horse must have struck himself at this stage and his rider apparency felt him weaken under him. He immediately went to the whip and drove him out in the last furlong. Passing the judges, his margin was four lengths over Eric the Red, who in turn beat Daniel Soot by three lengths for second place. When Chenango pulled up, it was found that he had a gash on his ankle and the wound bled freely. Citron, well fancied, refused to join the field when the start came and was left at the post. He was sent after his field and fenced well, closing a big gap. Showery weather again had its effect on the attendance, which was light. Continued on twenty-second page. I j I I | I I ! ; I | j | I j | I I j ; i | | I I j I j j I HITCHCOCK JUMPER TRIUMPHS Continued from first page. Pimlico is certainly getting bad breaks from the weather man this spring. The colors wf Willis Sharpe Kilmer were seen in front in Maryland for the first time this spring when Highdine, a two-year-old, by High Time, which races in his colors, galloped home an easy winner in the opener. This was a dash of four furlongs for maidens. Highdine was ridden by R. Jones. She showed that she was a real good mud runner when she scored in runaway fashion. Taking a commanding lead before they had gone a furlong, Highdine was never threatened at any stage of the journey and at the end she had a margin of four lengths to spare over K. E. Hitts Repeal. The latter was the runner-up throughout and always held the remainder of his opposition safe. The smart players centered on Garlic in the second race and the tip was pretty well circulated. The approximate odds board quoted 9 to 5 at post time and when it came to paying off his odds were .80 in the mutuels. R. Jones, who rode the winner of the first race, was on Garlic. Outrun in the early stages, Garlic was not hurried any. Once settled in his stride, he began to gain on the leaders and coming into the home stretch moved up with a rush and, taking command at the furlong post, he fought it ,out with Egad to beat the latter by a half length. Egad was probably the best horse in the race and with any sort of luck would have won. When the start, which was a moving one, came, Egad propped and going to the first turn went extremely wide. Haines be- gan working on him in the back stretch and at the half-mile post was right in back of the leaders. He was in front on the far turn, but when the real test came he had nothing in reserve to stall off the winners challenge. Wise Count beat rather a shifty band of sprinters in the fourth race. Wise Count was quickest away when the start came, and once in front he remained there and at the end had a margin of a length and a half to spare. Towee had no excuses to offer. Ladino, the favorite, ran a disappointing race. He just did manage to beat Eternal Maid by a neck for third place. Dabson appeared unable to get the colt to do his best and, rounding the far turn, he began to drop back. Water Lad refused to break and was left at the post. The best finish of the afternoon came with the running of the fifth race, when Euryalus came from behind in the stretch and got up in the final strides to beat Sugar Cake by a head. The winner began from the inside position in the early stages, was outrun and shuffled back. Mann waited with him and when he made his move on the far turn he worked his way up on the outside. •In the stretch he charged on the leaders and when put to the whip hung on with rare courage. Sugar Cake was in the heat of the battle from the start and raced on the outside of the leaders all the way. Star Porter, ridden by R. Workman and well backed, managed to stagger in third when he got up to beat Old Baldy by a nose. Old Baldy, with everything to his liking, mud, distance, etc., failed to run to expectations. He began well, showed plenty of speed and in the early stages drew into a good lead. He went well for half a mile, but then quit.