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FAVORITES FARE WELL AT OAKLAND. Four Come First and Walter Miller Guides Three Winning Horses. Oakland, Cal., November 25. Richard Dwycrs off-day work at the barrier was the only drawback to a day of splendid sport at Oakland this afternoon. I at least two instances the bad starting affected the result, in two other, cases probably so, and, on -top of this, San Nicolas, thanks to the holding-on tactics of the whipper-in, was left at the post absolutely. .Marian Casey and St. Elm-wood won their races at the start by beating the barrier. Meelick and Waterbury were materially helped to victory by flying starts. Walter Miller was lined 00 for alleged cutting across in front on Marian Casey at the start of the first race. As a matter of fact, the Hlldreth filly drew out quick as a bolt of lightning in the very first stride, with no horse either on the outside or inside within two lengths of her. Millers good horsemanship was the outstanding feature of the afternoons racing. He began with two victories on Netting and Marian Casey, the second best horses in their respective races, a third on Nabonassar, a win on .Meelick iu the Pasadena Handicap, unplaced on his employers Altanero and nosed out on the 10 to 1 shot, Coino, followed itj quick succession, completing a good days saddle work, and effectually re-establishing him in public esteem. Eddie Dugan broke the ice with a victory skilfully achieved on Nine Spot iu the third race. Guy Rums and Reggie Davis accounted for the remaining two races. In a speculative way R. F. Carmans plunge on Waterbury over-shadowed all other ring operations combined during the afternoon. It was long after the last race before his winning wagers were collected, and many of the layers were hard hit. Notwithstanding they were literally swamped with bets on the big half-brother to Old England and Kenilworth, the bookmakers did not take him seriously. Well-backed favorites captured four races. Third choices won the remaining two. Because they were ridden by Miller and Dugan respectively, the long-priced winners were freely supported and proved as costly to the layers as the short-priced horses. J. C. Nealon, formerly a horse owner of prominence, the father of Joe Nealon, the noted baseball player, and after whom the famous cup horse, Nealon was named, was a visitor at the track for the first time this season. C. E. Durnell has started the fad of sending a calico pony along with each horse engaged iu racing of an afternoon. The one that accompanied Orchota and Em and Em, the two entries from Dur-nells stable, attracted more attention than the racers themselves. Leslie Coggin aud Arthur Ilunn arrived today from New York. The horse Masedo dropped dead yesterday while being galloped on the track. The Arcadia track will run one hundred days from December 7. The Oakland racing will end on May 2. Montgomery has entirely recovered from the injury to his. right fore foot during the running of the Opening Handicap and will start in Thursdays big race. He has been assigned top weight, 122 pounds by the handicapper.