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MISSOURI LAD BY A NOSE. COOKS COLT WINS THE FAIR GROUNDS FEATURE FROM THE ENGLISHMAN. Besterlinq, the Favorite. Is Unplaced — Whisk Broom Is Defeated — Jockey Lloyd Is Suspended — Trotters Charges. New OrlfS-S. La.. February 2. — The New St. diaries Hotel Handicap, having a net value of 92,190 to the winner, the feature race at the Fair Giounds this afternoon, was won by Fred Cooks Missouri I. ad. which defeated The and_ glish-111:. ii l..v .1 narrow nun-gin in the very test stride. The Improvement shown by these two horses was sudden and both were practically neglected in the betting. As a contest the race proved all that wax expected. There was a genera] shifting of positions taring; tile mile and a quarter trip and .u one stage or another all but Harris Nesl and Host Ask Me seemed to have some kind of a chance. After Dromlo got through setting the psee for the irst six furlongs, i*t. Valentine moved sp and took the lead and on the turn out of the bsekstretch Showed ia front a couple of lengths, liie Englishman, which had been rsnnlng in a contending position, thon made his effort. Entering the homestretch he caught and passed St. Valentine. He had a commanding lead at the furlong psst, but began to tire and Missouri I. ad. easting fast, gradually were him down. Besterling. the favorite, hard ridden all the way. was unable to improve his position. After The Englishman*! rascrsal of form the stow aids suspended jockey I.loyd. who rode the horse on Friday, pending an investigation. Bd Trotter, owner of The Englishman, entered a complaint with the stewards that AJphoase Pontiles, the booh matter, bad made Installations to the effect that he was re- i onsthle for the had race run by The Englishman yesSsrehur. Trotter asserts that Pontiles laid agaiu-i nis horse to show on th.i; occasion, while he wagered heavily on him today. Evidently Trotter made some sort ot an accusation against I.loyd. The Investigation of the .lack Martin l We on Ortj siill bangs lire and goes over until next Week. Martin, it is announced, has decided to ride only occasionally sor the remainder of the winter— Just to keep him in condition, lie sa.. The result of the two-year-old race also proved a surprise. Whisk Broom, the 1 to 2 favorite, being beaten by both Moiitbert and ltubywh k. After tin- withdraws! of B. M. Fry the race appeared little bettei than a walkover for Whisk Broom. When it came to the running, however, she was not there am! wss unable to gel away form Moutbert, which drew away in the fmal quarter, winning ei sOy. The racing at the lair Grounds today marked the end of tiie third period of the Orescent City Jockey Clubs meeting. The third period of the SfeSSOn at cn Park will begin Monday. The Fair Ground* os-rials have all gone to Hot Springs tor tie- Brsl two weeks of the meeting which is to open Monday. Two car loads of hois.-s left for Hot Springs to- llight. Among them were tin staphs ol Kay .pence, T. B. Crist. F. W. Gearing, Phil King, J. Blmy, A. Jones and W. Ham.