Another Day of Surprise: Running Water Wins Merchants and Citizens Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-21


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ANOTHER DAY OF SURPRISE RUNNING WATER WINS MERCHANTS AND CITIZENS HANDICAP. Sets New Track Record for Mile and Three-Sixteenths Dr. Gardners Fast Pace Causes Defeat of Dandelion. f Saratoga, X. Y., August 20. Tlio bookmakers are seemingly reaping :i harvest hole, but in truth they arc only getting hack some or the money that was taken from them earlier in the meeting. This was the fourteenth day of the meeting and like the thirteenth it was without an outstanding favorite among the winners. The succession of victorious outsiders is becoming exasperating, particularly to those who fold velvet only when the favorites win. The feature of the card was the Merchants and Citizens Handicap at one mile and three-sixteenths in which the skillfully ridden Running "Water scored a lucky and surprising victory over Dandelion, the favorite, witli Cairngorm and Dr. Gardner next in order and clone enough up to make the finish exciting. Uunning Waters time was 1:5S, a new track record. Had not Dr. Gardner been in the race it is the opinion of good judges that Dandelion would have won. Mr. Hitchcocks horse is at his liest right now. Dr. Gardner set a tremendously fast pace and Mountain used Dandelion excessively in chasing him. l!en lian. Vails and Wolbourne readied the finish of the opening race, the handicap at three-quarters of a mile, heads apart, and it marked the first defeat this season for John Stanfords good lilly. Hen lian was lucky at the start and his victory wis a fluke With .an oven, break, lHtb Vallsr aw! Welbourne would have beaten him and possibly J. C. Core would have been one of the first three. Aails was much interfered with during the first live furlongs and Welbourne was away poorly. J. C. Core broke broke tint-footed and was pocketed in the early running. The second race was at a mile for maiden jockeys and was not as truly run as it would have been with experienced riders as pilots. The linish was exciting, however, the first four horses Fancy Bird, DArkle, Sir Toddington and Mark Antony II. being heads apart at the end. Tlielittle hoy OConnor, under contract to Preston Bureh, rode the winner and was fortunate in that I. Kelly on Sir Toddington was not more experienced, for Sir Toddington was undoubtedly the best horse and Kelly threw the race away. Hen fleet, which opened favorite for the third race, but was neglected while the support of the public and the wise brigade as well went to He-knows, made a runaway affair of it, winning easily by three lengths from John Saufords Fultonvllle, a head in front of Monopolist, with Ileknows a tiring fourth. Fultonvllle after this race is well worth roniemberiiig. He will do. A few people who have been watching the gallops prolited by the victory of Ocean Spray, backed from 25 to 15 to 1, in the liftli race. Lane Allen went out and set the pace for the first mile, with Ocean Spray and Missouri Lad, heads apart, within striking distance all the way. On the last turn Beck-nian made the mistake of taking up Missouri Lad. and when Lane Allen quit Notter shot Ocean Spray to the front and earned a head victory over the injudiciously ridden Missouri Lad. Good Luck met witli interference. Cork Hill, the favorite for the closing race, was unable to raise a respectable gallop and linislied in the ruck. Thomas H. Williams Irejuicio took the lead at the half-mile ground and held it to the end, scoring in a drive with Howard Sliean. Peter Ian will, as was told in Daily Hacing Form several days ago, race no more tills season. The great three-year-old has been shipped to Mr. Keenes Castleton Stud in Kentucky to remain until he is a four-year-old. Trainer Howe has no doubt that the gigantie son of Commando Cinderella, by Hermit, will train next season. C. 15. UIIIsou says "Yankee Girl will not be a starter in the race for the Saratoga Cup Saturday. The three-year-old daughter of Sir Dixon is not herself and Ellison has decided to give her a long rest. It is his present intention not to start her again, until the autumn meeting at Belmont Pari: comes on.

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