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g f« o of i. u * o | s w o li I h c t s I k 1 1 i 1 i I i i MILLER FIRST FOUR TIMES. ALL FAVORITES AND EASY VICTORIES SAVE THAT ON ST. ELMWOOD. Spreckels Backs His Colt Heavily — Mc* Cafferty Gets Van Ness— Hector Fouls Collector Jessup and Is Set Back. Oakland, Cal., January 18. — Walter Miller rode four winners today, again monopolizing the attention the racegoers. He had no mount in the first race, but brought Lazell, Lucian and Nealon home in the next three, finished third on Hersain and scored a head victory on St. Klinwood. The winners he rode were all favorites, all save Lucian going to the post odds -on. Rudolph Spreckels was present to see his colt St. Klinwood score under conditions that In the early stages presaged defeat. The gratified owner wagered heavily on the California bred youngster at odds averaging less than 7 to 10. Owing to heavy backiug of Blondy the price recedeil at the close. Nealon won the feature race easily. He strode by his opponents when called on as if they were anchored. Mclntyre, rider of Hector in this race waa guilty of foul riding iu the stretch and Hector was set back liehind the impeded horse. Collector Jessup. C. C. McCafferty sprung one of his surprises with Nonie Lucille In the fifth, taking the measure ot Van Ness on which Hildreth and his connections started a plunge of huge proportions. R. R. Rice claimed Van Ness for 25 and subsequently resold him to C. C. McCafferty at a profit of 00. Jockey Graham is laid up with a liad cold. It was rumored at first that his absence from the saddle yesterday was due to a temi orary shelvim? by the stewards while an investigation was in progress into tlie running of Alma Boy in the fifth race, January 16. Jockey Sandy Is still incapacitated from riding, the result of his recent fall from Plausible. Robert Thompson, a racetrack habitue, was found dead yesterday morning lying half submerged in a pool of water near Emeryville track gates. Death was said to have been due to exposure. W. G. Yanke has returned from Ascot Park with Im Joe and Dim- Craig. A portion of Barney Schrelber" s Ascot Park string arrived at Oakland this morning.