Omar Khayyam Victorious: Runs a Fast and Exciting Race with Campfire and Prevails Narrowly, Daily Racing Form, 1917-07-07


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OMAR KHAYYAM VICTORIOUS. RUNS A FAST AND EXCITING RACE WITH CAMPFIRE AND PREVAILS NARROWLY. Campfiro Shows Mucli Improvement Over His Last Race and Makes a Resolute Finish Election Wins and Passes to a New Owner. York, July C Omar Khayyam, -winner of tlie 1917 Kentucky Derby, showed easterners his true form when he ran a mile in 1:37 to score a driving victory in the Prospect, the overnight handicap for three-year-olds that attracted a large off-day throng to the Aqueduct course. Three-quarters of a length back came Campfire. R. T. Wilsons Futurity winner of last year. The duel between this pair was the outstanding attraction on the days card. Naturalist was the only other Ktarter and he began so badly that he lost all chance right at the start. Campfire and Omnr Khayyam went away from the webbing like a team, but the Wilson chestnut soon drew to the front. The pace for the first quarter was slow, the pair covering this distance in 25. seconds. Collins urged Omar along as they passed the three-quarter post and lie gradually shortened the margin that separated 1dm from the leader. Irom the half-mile mark until the five-sixteenths post they raced head and head. Here Omar Khayyam drew to the front and from this point until the finish, held Campfire safe. The latter was hard ridden all the way down the stretch,, but was unable to get up. The race stamped Omar Khayyam as the closest rival of Hourless in the east and, in the opinion of some, demonstrated, tiiat Campfire could be regarded as little more than a sprinter. A good band of maiden two-year-olds appeared in the second race, which fell to the Wickliffe Stables Ultima Tliule. This colt displayed a high order of speed and quickly raced his opponents into defeat. Mrs. W. M. Jeffords Dr. Johnson, a highly regarded youngster, shared favoritism with the winner, but pulled up. fourth after showing early speed. Metropolitan Handicap Winner Buskin Dead. C. H.Robbins.Buskin, -winner of the Metropolitan Handicap of 1014, was destroyed at Belmont Park yesterday, having broken down so badly that this was necessary. 8. McOraw was set down for the remainder of the meeting for crossing in front in the second race. The W. P. Burch and Samuel Ross racers will he shipped to Saratoga Tuesday, while those of E. M. Weld and the Beverwyck Stable will make the trip to the Spa at the close of the meeting at this track. Jake Byer will ship twenty-four cross-country racers, the property of S. D. Riddle, to Saratoga next week. This band includes Brentwood, the star of the establishment, which will make his first appearance of the year under silk at tiie upstate track. Steeplechase jockey B. Haynes, whose stomach and chest were badly skinned by his recent fall from Ben Wyvis, is recovering rapidly and will be back m the saddle shortly. Willis Sliarpo Kilmers Election changed hands after his victory in the third race, when he was bid up from 00 to ,800 and sold to P. S. P Randolph at that figure.

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