Frank Gills Stake Race.: Takes The Yonkers Handicap In A Grand Finish With Tony Bonero.; Jack Atkin an Unlucky Third--Empire City Meeting Opens with a Great Attendance and Good Racing., Daily Racing Form, 1908-08-16


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FRANK GILLS STAKE RACE TAKES THE YONKERS HANDICAP IN A GRAND FINISH WITH TONY BONERO Jack Atkin an Unlucky Third Empire City Meet ins Opens with a Great Attendance and Good Racing New York August 15 The resumption of racing on the metropolitan tracks brought fully 10COO lovat devotees of the sport to the Yonkers course today If the number of people present on the Empire CItvs opening day is any criterion of what the association may expect in the future the meeting will be the most successful held in the state since the Harl Agnew antibetting law went into effect Not since the big days at Kheepsliead Bay were the regular so pronouncedly in the minority as on this occasion The transportation facilities to and from Mr But ¬ lers track have been Improved upon as compared with last season and had It not been for an accident on the Third avenue elevated which stalled that line for the better part of an hour just before race time the attendance would have been much larger One largerOne thing was evident that the reduction of the admission fee from to 2 and the elimination ot the dollar field was a move in the right direction A prominent member of the Jockey Club In refer ¬ ring to the crowd and the great enthusiasm displayed at frequent intervals during the afternoon said that this was racings most promising day since June 12 last and that It was very evident that the metro ¬ politan racing contingent had not lost its former In ¬ terest In the thoroughbred The thoroughbredThe collection of automobiles packed behind the grandstand was the greatest also that has been noted since Suburban day The management an ¬ nounced early that no violation of the antibetting law would be permitted and that any one caught marking bis program or passing money would not be ruled off the turf but would be handed over to the officers of the law The law was strictly en ¬ forced during the afternoon Three alleged book makers two of prominence named Sam Franks and Jack Adams were ejected from the Inclosure shortly after the first race and turned over to the proper authorities for It is alleged making memoranda on their respective programs They were subsequently released evidenceMars for lack of evidence Mars Cassidy came down from Saratoga to do the starting and in the absence of Judges Clarence Mc ¬ Dowell and IVttingill Messrs Frank Thorpe and John Boden acted in their stead Messrs James Butler Matt Winn and Schuyler L Parsons occupied the stewards stand during the afternoon Andrew Miller who was unable to be present had deputized air Butler to act for him Sheriff Lane of West Chester was on hand with a number of deputies and they were at all times actively engaged in en ¬ forcing the law The sheriff said that he would abide by the decision of the Supreme Court in the premises and particularly by that of Justice Blschoff Todays BlschoffTodays card was high class a number of the best horses In training toeing engaged The handi ¬ cap named In honor of the course at one mile and a sixteenth with 3000 added was the big fea ¬ ture AH even ten liorses Including Frank Gill Jack Atkin Charles Edward Arasee and others started The hottest tip of the day developed on Barney Schreibers great horse which was backed down with a rush from as high as 4 to 1 to 2 to 1 his closing quotation Frank Gill was firm at C to 1 despite the presence In the saddle of A Lang a diminutive apprentice jockey Jack Atkin with Slireve up was not much better off In respect to riding talent than IcGInnkjjr horse Both owners were confident of victory IKearly every horse in the race received backing ma the actual running1 Frank Gill and Jack Atkin5hared equally in the glories of the race Both were inadequately ridden and both survived almost incredible bad luck andt interference at different stages of the journey The former after having Tjeen shuffled to a seemingly hopeless rear position where he trailed for half of the journey so far back that no one gave him it thought had the advantage of a clear course lu his astounding homeward flight whereas his less fortunate opponent was securely pocketed during critical moments in that sensational halfmile clos ¬ ing sprint until too late and his equally marvelous stretch unavailingIt effort proved unavailing It was a wonderful contest and was won by a great race horse McGinnis declared that had Toa Notter s services been available on Frank GUI todar he would have backed Ills horse to win a small fortune fortuneYou You all thought I Was crazy when I offered to match Frank Will against Big Chief for 10000 a side at Brighton Beacli after the latter beat him exclaimed McGinnis as he turned to a group of re iMHters on the lawn That offer or for any sized stake is still open to Mr Williams WilliamsA A new track record at six furlongs was established in the opening dash by Besom which virtually spreadeagled six fast sprinters in 112J This wan the first start out of the new six furlongs chute the lirst furlong of which Is down hill hence the discrepancy in time between this race and those which came later at a lesser distance of five and a half furlongsTwo furlongs Two very bad looking falls occurred in the first sixteenth of the fifth race TC Core ridden by Sweet and Saylor with Snmfer up going down just opposite the clubhouse It seemed as If Sweet bad been killed as his father who was first to reach him acted so strangely that the majority of the spectators jumped to the conclusion that tha boy was dead Both boys were knocked senseless but revived shortly after and Dr Fay made tho welcome announcement later that neither of them had sustained injuries of a serious nature natureThe The horse J C Core received Injuries that are more or less serious and his career as a racer may have been ended endedW W Dugan who has been acting as Barney Schrei ¬ bers betting commissioner promised a week ago to start to reduce to the weight required to ride Jack Atkin today Had he done so the result would prob ¬ ably have been reversed

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