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MOUNTAIN RIDES IN FORM GUIDES FOUR WINNERS AND TWO SECONDS OUT OF SIX RACES. Dainty Belle Continues Her Winning Career Preliminary Derby Candidates Eastern Notables in Attendance. New Orleans, La., December 19. .lust to show Uiat lie had lost none of his cunning, jockey George Mountain today rode four winners and fiinshed second with his other two mounts, V. Powers riding the winners in the other two races. On St. Ilario he was beaten out bead after leading all the way, while on Sylvia G., in the first race, he finished second to Bitter Sir. It was a great day for followers of this popular rider and those who had confidence enough to hack his mounts, reaped a rich reward. Largo fields went to the post in a majority of the races and the public showed that it had a good line on them by landing on the right ones in four. Anna Day. Ilawkama, Financier and Dainty Belle wore the winning favorites. The track had dried out some, but the going was still slow and sticky in spots. Ilorses with an inside position at the post had a decided advantage. In previous seasons the outside position at the post was eagerly sought for. This year superintendent Myer has succeeded in remodeling the course so that the inside is now the choice position. The result is a big improvement in the racing, a majority of the contests being truer run affairs than under the old order of things. The defeat of Lajeunesse was the greatest disappointment of the afternoon. The Burlew and ONeill filly was a 1 to 2 favorite in the fourth race, but was outrun all the way and could not do better than finish in third position. The finish resulted in a keen stretch drive between Miss Maz-zoni and St. Ilario, in which the former won by a head. Herman B. Dur-yea, one of the prominent eastern owners, accompanied by Francis It. Hitchcock, one of the stewards of the Jockey Club and president of the Saratoga Association, were visitors at the Fair Grounds this afternoon. It was Mr. Hitchcocks first visit to New Orleans in twenty-five years. He noted the many improvements made and commented favorably on them. "Racing looks to be well managed here," said Mr. Hitchcock. "I notice many faces which are familiar to me around the metropolitan tracks, and I am sorry that my visit here will be so short. I came south with Mr. Duryea and we will leave for his plantation in Hickory Valley, Tennessee Saturday night. We did intend to remain over Sunday, but found that we could not make good connections. Mr. Duryea is racing several horses here in charge of Archie Zimmer and we came down to look them over." The weights for Saturdays Preliminary Derby Handicap are out. Burlew and ONeills Chapultepec is top weight at 12a pounds; Pinkola and Keep Moving are rated next in order at 121 pounds; Fizers E. T. Shipp gets in at 114 pounds; Ange-3us gets in at 103, and the Wernberg filly, Fri-:iette, 110. Corrigans Lorimer is among the 100-ponnd division. Tom Hayes good colt, Holhjw, gets in light at 102; Masquerade is given 110 pounds; Bellwether, Miss Sain, Earls Court and Woodlane, 114 pounds each; Marbles gets 110 pounds. . Henry Brulatour received word from his partner, Al JIamel, who is wintering their filly, Notasulga, at Sbeepsbead Bay, that the mare was growing so fast that he was forced to begin training and jogging her. Hamel reports that next spring he oxpects Notasulga to be the largest horse in training. If she continues growing as she lias sinee . being thrown out of training he expects her to weigh. 1,200 pounds and to measure close to seven-leen hands. General Manager Winn wired narvey T. Woodruff, secretary of the Western Jockey Club in Chicago, asking that any information he might have concerning the men behind the Madri affair be sent to him at once. The officials here are still investigating the case and expect new developments within the next few days. . .Mrs. J. S. Bratton has arrived from St. Louis with the three-year-old chestnut gelding Jack Bratton and a three-year-old bay filly, Very Royal, by Royal Victor Very Light, which has never started. Jockey Aubuchon was suspended for ten days by fliC starter for misbehavior at the post in the fifth Jace last Tuesday. Jockey Pickens was fined 0 by the judges for striding Skirvin with his whip during the stretch run in the fifth race. If present plans are not changed Burlew and ONeill will start both Angelus and Chapultepec in the Preliminary Derby Saturday. Jockey Pickens is" down for a week, having incurred the judges displeasure for some rough work on Hyperion II. in the C-entilly .Stakes race. Jockey Liebert was fined 10 by the starter for disobedience at the post in the first race.