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LAYERS HEAP A HARVEST. JOHN M. P., RYE AND CAIRNGORM ARE COSTLY FAILURES AT SARATOGA. English Jumper Bolts and Falls Grapple Wins Amsterdam Stakes and Then Runs Away Chulita Wins Handicap. Saratoga, N. Y., August 2G. Tlie exasperating ami costly slaughter of the favorites continues. George .7. Longs IS a rod a in the fifth race was the only public choice to get home first today. In these last seven days only nine outstanding first choices have won. The Amsterdam Selling Stakes, which featured the card as the fourth race, the steeplechase, which came second, and the handicap, which came last on the card, furnished the hig upsets of the lay. Dreamer was the favorite for the stake race, but Kye, carrying a commission of 0,000 made up by Ills owner and others of the Sullivan connections, the biggest single wager that has been sent into the ring on any horse during the meeting, went to the post at ! to 5. Miller made the mistake of his waiting and laying in behind the favorite, Dreamer and when he finally woke up to the situation, could never get up in time to beat Grapple. The latter showed suspicious improvement and ran away a mile and a furlong after the finish before he could be stopped. The winners sudden improvement aroused much adverse criticism. The tabled history of the Amsterdam Stakes is as follows: Year. Winner. A. Wt Jockey. Val. Time. 1001First Whip ..4 111 Bullman . .,7S0 1:4GJ 1002 Clonniell ....a ill Shea 2,1X5.1:422 1003 Virgin Soil... 3 00 II. Callahan 2,300 1:42 1001 Dc Hcszke ...DlOt IHldebraiHL. 2.7S5" 1.42 1005 Canteen 4 00 W. Knapp.. 2,200 l:30i 1000 Higlit HoyaL.l 105 Sewcll 1,015 1:42 1007 Grapple 5 00 Goldstein .. 1,005 1:30 At one mile and 70 yards. Owner Grant Hugh Browne and trainer A. W. Claxon, likewise tW backers of John M. l, were keenly vexed at the erratic performance of the English-bred gelding in the steeplechase today. The fact that he had been working splendidly since Ills return from England some three months back, together with the announcement that Mr. Jay OBrien, a most skillful horseman, would have the mount, caused the sou of Britannic Guiding Star to lie heavily supported over his three opponents Kcrnell, Maximilian and Lights Out. Half a dozen commissions aggregating 0,000 were dumped into the ring on John M. P. lie drew out at the end of the first mile and was leading the others by twenty lengths, when he suddenly bolted at the last jump. He was so close to the hedge when lie took it into his bead to bolt that he crushed into it .and fell on his side, sliding twenty feet before he stopped. He made no effort to get on liis feet, but lay there contentedly and unconcernedly munching the grass. The rider had a miraculous escape. For several minutes both horse and jockey were hidden from view of the spectators as if the earth had opened up and swallowed them. Mr. OBrien said afterward that John M. P. wanted to lie down the worst way, although he was so far in front that he could have pulled up and trotted in. but he simply resented being kept at his work. This fiasco caused a lot of talk. Mark Antony II., disqualified the last time out, scored a lucky victory in the opening race, and his connections profited handsomely enough to more than offset their previous losses. The son of Marco ran without swerving today and for a time It - seemed that lie would win by a wide margin, but at the end he had barely enough left to stand off Securitys belated rush. Chulita, finding the weights aud the going more to her liking than on her previous appearance aud favored by a Hying start, won the handicap for two-year-olds at three-quarters of a mile like the good one tlutt she appeared to be in her races in the west. She is apt to have a keen following at the New York tracks this fall. Johnnie Blake, the winner of eight straight races, was among the unplaced horses in this race. He was undoubtedly short. In the last race, the two heavily backed choices. Cairngorm and Dick Finnell, were ignominiously beaten by the extreme outsider, Oxford. The race was falsely run. The pace was slow, neither of the favorites made any attempt to overhaul the leader until too late. Jaiues It. Keenes horses were shipped to Sheops-head Bay yesterday. The II. I. Whitney Stable left today and II. B. Duryeas horses will go tomorrow. J. h. McGinn is has purchased the horse Wel-bourne from Colonel Robert Neville. The price paid whs ,500. The Sliver Brook Stable sold the two-year-old filly Marbles to W. II. May for 2,000. Jockey Mountain is under Investigation. There is a lot of scandalous talk about his riding, particularly on Okenite. Jockey ICoerner was .suspended for three days by the starter. 8. C. Ilildreth shipped ills horses to Xew York tonight. Incle injured his hock slightly Thursday, ibut is believed to be all right now. James Arthur bought Veudor today.