Skilful Beaten., Daily Racing Form, 1903-06-12


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SKILFUL BEATEN. The cold unseasonable weather did not deter the usual, large crowd from being present at Harlem yesterday, those that went out witnessing some good pacing. The card was a good one, the best class of horses contending in the third race, a dash ■of six furlongs for three-year-olds. Skilful on his excellent showing here this spring was made an even-money favorite, but had to succumb to Sylvia Talbot, which put up a splendid performance and fairly rah away from the field. To a good start she at once dashed to the front and was never in trouble thereafter, winning as her rider pleased by two lengths from Skilful, which beat Organdie a head for second place. Skilful tired palpably in the closing strides. Organdie made up ground rapidly in the last quarter and finished resolutely. Epicure finished going fast on his own courage. He appeared to be a little sore when going to the post. Hargis took the second race, a mile dash for four-year-olds and upward, but he had to be hustled out all. through the last eighth to get up in time and was lucky in getting an opening when running next to the inside rail about a hundred yards out. Jack Ratt-lin and Talpa spinning along at a fast rate of speed in close company showed in front to the stretch, where Talpa was done and gradually fell away beaten. Nearing the final eighth post Jack Rattlin appeared the winner, but here Reiff, working hard on Hargis, stole up with him close to the inside rail. It seemed for a moment as if he would not get up in time, but Reiff persevered with him and he finished true and gamely, winning by a half length. Jack Rattlin was beginning to feel the affects of the hot early pace when a sixteenth from home, but had just enough left to reach the wire, a head before Hoodwink for second place. The latter made up space rapidly in the run for home "and finished with a determined rush. Dr. Stephens was lapped on her at the end. He ran an excellent race considering the weights, making up ground gradually in the stretch and finishing with dogged courage. He bears watching hereafter and probably runs to his best form on a fast track. The first race of the day, a four and a half furlongs scramble for two-year-olds, brought an unwieldy field of thirteen to the post. The race was rather a puzzle to the talent, at least six of the field being about equally liked. The winner turned up in Lady Free Knight. She got a running start of almost two lengths and taking advantage of it showed a clean pair of heels throughout, winning by one and a half lengths from Gus Heidorn, which finished a head before Ralph "Y/oung. The latter finished well and ran to 3iis best form. Salto fell soon after leaving the barrier, throwing jockey Reiff, who was not injured by the fall. Soldier of Fortune was left at the post. The fourth race, a mile, for three-year-olds and upward, was robbed of much Interest by an unfortunate jumble at the first turn, Haviland, Annie Thompson and Safeguard being the main sufferers. Haydon,* off well In his stride, led by a good margin to the head of the stretch, where; Our Bessie moved up on even terms with him just after straightening out for the wire. She outstayed him easily in the last eighth, winning easily by two and a half lengths, he finishing the same distance before Louisville for second place. The latter ran a fair . race for her first out and the effort should benefit her. Haviland was thrown so far out of the race by the mishap at the first turn that he had little chance thereafter, but from the ground he made up would have won. Bard Burns and Olonetz showed a little early speed. St. Paris proved to be the best in the fifth race at five furlongs, for two-year-olds. Ida Davis led by a length until just after turning into the final quarter, where St. Paris moved up to her saddle girth. He gradually wore her down in the final sixteenth, winning by a neck from Jason, which beat Falkland one length for second place. Jason ran a sparkling race. He came with a tardy rush at the end in the center of the track and was fast wearing the winner down when passing the judges stand. Falkland began slowly, but closed up rapidly in the last quarter and finished resolutely. Ida V. tired palpably when the pinch came. Pat Ham-mon displayed much early speed and is worthy of consideration fromnow on. Susie Christian ran in a contending position for four and a half furlongs and tired fast. She is at her best just now. . The concluding race, a dash of one mile for three-year-olds and upward, resulted in a close and exciting finish, Montana Peeress landing a head before Examiner, with Alfred C. a lapped on third. Orsina led to the stretch, where Examiner moved up fast and appeared the winner in the final sixteenth, but Montana Peeress came with a rush in the last hundred yards just getting up in time to nip him on the post. Alfred C. ran a good race.

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