King James Meets Defeat: Olambala Triumphs over Hildreth Crack in Twin City Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1909-09-03


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KING JAMES MEETS DEFEAT OLAMBALA TRIUMPHS OVER 1IILDRETH CRACK IN TWIN CITY HANDICAP. Brooklyn Handicap Winner Was Not Keyed Up to Bruising Contest, but Ran Well Big Turnout at Sheepshead Bay. New York, September 2. Olambala achieved a cantering victors- over S. O. Hildreths redoubtable King James in the famous Twin City Handicap at Sheepshead I!ay today. Olambala ran the mile and a quarter in 2:05. The success of It. T. Wilson, .Ir.s grand three-year-old proved so unexpectedly easy that many horsemen were, afterwards predict-in;; an almost clean sweep for him in the long-distance weight-for-ago races this fall. The tield that contested the race was made up of Olambala, King James and Half Sovereign. Hildreths horse has not been seen in public since lie won the Brooklyn Handicap three months ago a long period of inactivity for a racer in these days. The presumption that lie might not be keyed up for a bruising effort was luiriie out by his appearance and subsequent defeat. King James preliminary warm-up was sluggish and unenticiiig. In consequence a mighty plunge developed on Olambala at the opening of speculation on the race and bis odds were hammered down to 4 to r, while the odds against King James lengthened to S to 5. A violent reaction took place at the close of betting, however. Half Sovereign was accorded persistent support throughout. In the running. King James and Half Sovereign paired off in the lead at the start, with Olambala trailing, under a pull and fighting for his head. These relative positions continued for a quarter of a mile, during which time the pace must have seemed abnormally slow to Butwell, for lie suddenly sent his mount along to the leaders and proceeded to carry them at terrific speed. The Itelmont filly quickly retired and King James held his position for a six teeuth before he, too, gave way, leaving Olambahi to come on and show the way home as his jockey pleased. Despite his palpable lack of condition, the runner-up held on with such bulldog tenacity that many- horsemen believe lie will reverse todays defeat at the next opportunity. It transpires that the winner sustained several cuts on his left hind leg above the hock. Trainer Healey said that he had narrowly escaped being hamstrung. The injury probably was received as he passed the two leaders, tut tleory being that in going across them to the inside rail he was jumped on. His injuries are not serious enough to affect his training. Idenl weather and track conditions again pre vailed. The card was attractive and varied enougl to suit the most fastidious, and in conseoueuce the crowd in attendance numbered nearly 10.000. Then-was a noticeable improvement in the entry list. The steeplechase developed the usual exciting inter est, and its running was marked by fast time. Grand pa, the winner, established a new mark of 3:5.!i! foi the course of alout two miles. The opening das!-was contested by twelve fair class platers and was won by Black Mate, with B. Wilson up. Dr. Holz berg, the favorite, was pulled up at the start and only cantered the Journey. Followers of public form lost heavily by this fiasco. Jockey Gilbert, who wa questioned after the race by Schuyler Parsons, said that his mount had been crossed at the start and he was forced to pull up. Close observers differed with Gilbert on this point. The betting on the race was unhealthy. Despite the public nlay the odds against Dr. Holzberg lengthened steadily, e That the betting does not always reflect the out-rome. however, was conspicuously illustrated by Little King, winner of the third race. The Chelsea Stable two-year-old was opened by many layers at as low as 7 to 5, and :: to 1 was freely offered without takers at the close. The handicap over the grass course develoied the most spectacular race of the afternoon. A quintet of good horses were engaged, including Nimbus. Moquette. Zienan. Oues-tion Mark and The Squire. The start nearly eliminated the two topweights, Moquette being virtually left, while Nimbus got away so poorly and encountered such subsequent bad luck that the circumstances combined to deprive him of a well-deserved victory. Zienap was the offender on two occasions, right after the start and again at the far turn, and a complaint of foul was lodged against her. After long deliberation and investigation by the stewards the claim was dismissed. Turf Star, the aptly named medium of a big betting coup, won the last race in a romp. It is rumored that the suspension of jockey Vincent Iowers may be lifted, but that his mounts will be restricted to the stable of S. C. Hildreth, bis contract employer. It. M: Taylor, the gentleman rider, has been granted a license.

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