KAOO RUNNING WELL “UNDER WRAPS” AND PLEASES TOUTS
OLD WAIALUA HORSE DOES NO SPECTACULAR WORK BUT COVERS MILES AT STEADY, EVEN PACE—KING WILL HAVE TO BE SPEEDY MAN TO BEAT ANTONE.
If offers to wager fabulous amounts on Kaoo are any criterion, there are many Honolulu people who consider that the old Waialua Horse has a great show against Soldier King. The Hawaiians will be with Kaoo to a man, and they will not listen to any suggestion that he might be defeated.
The old Hawaiian champion is being trained by the only Bill Rice, and the speedy schoolboy ped knows a thing or two about the game. Kaoo has been doing a great work over ten and fifteen miles, and although he is not speeding up to any great extent, he is putting in solid licks that show that he is in good condition.
Kaoo keeps up his regular style of easy running, and does mile after mile at the same easy pace that he used to show when racing against the cracks last year. It is sure that the old fellow can increase his pace if he wants to, and then King will be up against both a stayer and a sprinter.
At the Boys’ Field, Kaoo has done some fine runs lately, and Simerson, Rice & Co. are very well satisfied with the showing made by the old fellow. Although not so spectacular as King, Kaoo does some excellent running, and the race on Sunday next is not going to be such a runaway affair as some overconfident people seem to imagine it will be.
Kaoo a Stayer.
The local runner is able to stay for a week, and as he is determined to stick close to King right through the race, till it is time to sprint away for the tape, it only remains to remark that if Kaoo is alongside King anywhere near the finish, there will be but one end to it, and that will be Kaoo first and King second.
But the question is, Can the old man keep up with King over a fast-run ten miles? It will be at the ten-mile post that the spectators will be able to see how the chances are. If King has gained a lap by that time, there is no hope, barring accidents, of Kaoo winning. If Kaoo can hang on for the distance, there is no telling how the last five miles will be run, and, as stated before, if the men are together a lap or so from the finish, Kaoo will win for a certainty.
All Hawaii is interested in the coming race, and there should be a great crowd present when the men are sent off on their long journey. The army will be represented in force and many hundreds of soldiers will come in from all the forts to see King run.
Track Being Prepared.
The Athletic Park track is being measured, and stakes to hold the ropes put in position. The rough places are being leveled off and the soft spots filled in with earth. The scoring arrangements will be good, and the officials who have charge of the race will see to it that everything is carried out successfully.
The arrangement as to seats is being thought out, and as the soldiers are yelling out for the best that can be obtained, and claim that they don’t want any two-bit bench, the probabilities are that the whole of one side of the ground will be reserved for them. This is not definitely settled yet, but today and tomorrow the scheme will be worked out.
That everything will be O. K. is certain. Only one thing can spoil the affair, and that is a heavy fall of rain. The Athletic Park is more or less a swimming pond after a decent fall of rain, and for days afterwards it remains in a muddy condition.
Track is O. K.
However, at present the track is all right, and a course sufficiently wide has been fixed up right around the ground. It will take six laps to equal a mile, and consequently the runners will have to do ninety laps in order to cover the fifteen miles. There is no doubt that both the men will be able to do the full distance without stopping for any rub-down or any other kind of help.
On Sunday night King will run at the skating ring, and he will tackle Jackson and another runner over five miles. This event will come off no matter how the fifteen-mile race in the afternoon ends. King is nothing if not a worker, and he is doing something all the time. He will have to return to the mainland before long, but will return early next year, and then will be ready to tackle anybody over the full Marathon distance.
The wonderful old Hawaiian runner, who has won several Marathon races and who will, on Sunday next, race Soldier King over a fifteen miles race.
(Hawaiian Gazette, 10/27/1910, p. 10)