Chase of Many Mishaps: Horses at Belmont Start Falsely and Winner Misses Course, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-11


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CHASE OF MANY MISHAPS. HORSES AT BELMONT START FALSELY AND WINNER MISSES COURSE. Veil Revives and Wins the Hunter Handicap in Fine Style Error About Jockeys Proves Costly to Bettors. Now York, October 10. Racing conditions at Belmont Park today were ideal. The sport was first-class despite frequent upsets. Racegoers were nonplussed ly Veils sudden improvement in the Hunter Handicap, which was a hard-fought and spectacular struggle from start to finish. The steeplechase was replete with incident and accidents. Every horse hut Sandy Crocker, St. Nick, Lizzie Flat and Touchwood ran away a lialf mile or more to a false start. The winner turned up in Sandy Creeker. who was immediately disqualified for running the wrong course. There was no elimination of the boggy far turn today. The rider of Sandy Creeker didnt know this and cut the corner as in the race previous. The Italian jockey, T.uigi Masnada, figured in the false break, and later fell with his mount, sustaining an injury to liis left leg, a small hone being broken. A singular case of neglect or oversight on tho part of some of the employes of the Westchester Racing Association occurred in connection with the fifth race. There wore only three starters. I.ane Allen, Miss Crawford" and Sea Wall and the former, won with K. Dugan up. The otlieial jockey board had Sumter posted as the jockey riding Lane Allen. The official memoranda furnished to the bookmakers also contained the same misinformation. At the last moment there was a hurried effort to rectify the error, but it came too late. The fact that K. Dugan rode Lane Allen became quickly noised about and created a sensation. Thousands of bettors backed Miss Crawford from the notoriously inconsistent W. W. Dardens stable at odds-on and ignored the consistent Lane Allen, laboring under the mistaken impression that Miller was opposed by a novice instead of E. Dugan. The bookmakers slips in the last race also erred in having the distance at six furlongs instead of seven. .lailios IS. Brady was a well supported favorite for the first face of the day, but second to The Squire was the best lie could do, the determining factor being Buxton on his back against Miller on The Squire. With riders exchanged, the result would have been the other way. The CO to 1 shot Hollister was a good third, but Senator Barrett, much fancied by many, retired to obscurity after being prominent in the early running. A band of three-year-olds under education at jumping, contested the short course steeplechase that was second on the days program. They were decidedly unruly and all but Sandy Creeker, Touchwood, St. Kick and Lizzie Flat indulged in a half-mile breakaway at full speed before the race proper. Sandy Creeker went well throughout and, in a game stretch effort, outfooted Touchwood and came in first but had gone outside of the course on a turn and was disqualified. Touchwood took the race by this and showed himself to be a promising young jumper by leading by a .vide gap for most of the route. St. Nick was a bad third. Three fell, Motor, Lizzie Flat and Hayseed and all of this unlucky trio are deemed promising. Sir John Johnson took the third race for Mr. San-ford. His victory was not unexpected, lie having been well backed and going to the post second choice to Robert Cooper. He got into the lead early and won all the way in the style of a good one. A rank outsider. Father KofTee, was backed from 100 o to 1 to "0 to 1, and finished a good second m a jgamo finish. Castlewood, Carrollton and Robert Cooper were next in a lapped-on bunch behind him :ind be might have hurt some of the bookmakers feelings had lie finished first. James K. Kcenes fast filly, Veil, with eight pounds in her favor, defeated the crack filly, Gold Lady, in the Hunter Handicap at a mile. Veil had not been running well in her most recent races, but she ran a fast mile here and has evidently recovered 2ier good form. Gold Lady was taken back and waved to the stretch, then came on very fast into second place, with Danoscara a close-up third. Kennyetto ran a, fast three-quarters in the lead and quit, something decidedly different from her running at Saratoga. The tabled history of the Hunter Handicap since 1S95 is as follows: "Year. Winner. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1805Belmar 10S Simms ,330 1:41 ISOttfSoulIIe 120 J. Hill ... 1,930 1:54 3807 Cleophus 120 Simms ..... 1,450 1:55 J 1S9S Kcnmorc Queen.. 102 Mahcr 1.0S5 l:55t 1899The Hose 105 Odom 990 1:4:; i .1900 Oneck Queen 10:5 McCue 1,020 1:401 1901 Mornlngslde 120 X. Turner.. 950 1:40 1902 Rossignol 112 J.. Martin .. 1,400 1:40H 190:5 Molly Brant 119 Odom 1,040 1:39s 1901 Hamburg Belle ..125 Lyne 1,415 1:41 1905 Coy Maid 10S W. Knapp. 1,330 1:391, lOOrt Zienap J5 Koerner . . l.r.SO 1:3SJ 3907 Veil US W. Miller.. 2,070 1:39? 1 Mile, tl 1-8 miles. Hun at Morris Fark jirior to 1905. With Ironsides, Right Royal and Mainchanee scrntchod from the fifth race, Lane Allen had no-trouble alHUit disposing of Miss Crawford and Sea Wall." A band of fast ones contested the last race, a dash of seven furlongs. Grapple was a decided favorite, and won in a close finish witli Wes. The latter was in dillicultics on several occasions and might have won with a clear course. Escutcheon ran in surprising form and is evidently ready to carry off a three-quarters sprint before long. It is officially announced that J. J. MeCafferty has been reinstated by the Pacific Jockey Club. Oxford has passed the crisis in his illness and will recover. It is officially announced that the purses and stakes at Belmont Park will be substantially increased next year. Mars Cassidy resumed starting today. Lyman Davis will not serve as secretary or in any capacity at the new race track at Arcadia, important and pressing business interests preventing liis acceptance of the position. This is otlieial. Captain Hacked of San Francisco was a visitor at Belmont. .1. A. Drake is alsi in evidence. He disciplined his jockey. Garner, suspending him indefinitely for insubordination and drunkenness. All bookmakers are now prohibited from sending representatives into the paddock to interview trainers and owners before the running of a race. The stewards declare the rule was passed for the best interest of good-class racing.

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