Light Notes Last Start: Old Racer Runs Away, Breaks a Leg and is Destroyed, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-21


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LIGHT NOTES LAST START. " OLD RACER RUNS AWAY, BREAKS A LEG AND IS DESTROYED. Keator Narrowly Escapes Defeat Lute Foster Wins from Ed Kane Alencon at Long Odds. New Orleans, La., December 20. There were enough incidents crowded into tbe running of tlie third race at tlie Fair Grounds today to make it one Ions to be remembered by race-goers. The field was a small one, only four going to the post and of them Javanese was probably the most fancied. Javanese dashed to the front in the early stages and led his opponents until straightened out in the fctreteh, where ITennessy brought Donna up and took the lead and retained it to the end. Jack Dolan came from behind with a great stretch run and, after a sharp drive, heat Light Note out a neck. Tlie latter was ridden by Mountain and his course during the running was a zig zag one. Mountain appeared unable to get the horse straight and finally after the finishing line was passed. Light Note swerved across the track to the outside fence and fell. Mountain was cut up and bruised, but not seriously injured. The horse scrambled to his feet and continued around the track at a good stiff pace. Afler he had gone five miles his owner, V. H. McMullen, attempted to stop him and was struck by the horse with force enough to throw him heavily to the ground. Light Note in the meantime made another lap of th- track and, while entering the backstretcli on his seventh mile, he snapped his off-foreleg; just below the knee. The old horse was then caught, taken off the track and in a few minutes a bullet had ended his misery. The judges held back the official placing, awaiting Mountain to weigh in. A valet was hurried across the track to secure the trappings which Light Note wore in the race. These were brought back to the scales and Mountain finally made weight, and the red sign was dropped. Keator was a .5 to 5 favorite in the six furlongs handicap. He carried heavy commissions for the big operators and Brussel, who rode, gave them oold chills by taking him back to last place directly the barrier was sprung. Before they had gone a furlong the favorite was eight or ten lengths back of the leader and apparently out of the struggle. Entering the stretch Brussel brought Keator up on the outside and in the stretch run, the favorite came with a great burst of speed, which secured liim first place by a small margin from Sally Pres-ton. Alfred Ilennen Morris and Robert Walden, Jr., purchased the stallion Masterson this afternoon and presented the horse to the breeding bureau of the state of Louisiana. CUasterson is by Melton, the sire of the great horse, Sysonby, He will be shipped next week to one of the northern parishes in the state. Masterson. won the Ascot Derby in California a couple of years ago. The stewards had a veterinarian examine the mare Madri, and he reported that her mouth looked as if it had been tampered with. He was satisfied, however, .that she was a four-year-old. The case will probably be wound up tomorrow. General Manager M". J. Winn received a dispatch from Mars Cassidy that he would leave New York tonight. This means that Cassidy is certain to be on hand to do the starting at City Park on Monday. Jockey Lee found that he was unable to fulfill liis engagements today. His leg, which was injured when he fell a few days ago, has become sore again, and Lee was advised by his physician to lay off for a few days. The new arrivals of the last day or two are Joe Bloom, one of the biggest operators on the pastern turf: "Whitey" Langdon, a prominent plunger a few seasons ago; Tom Buckley and II. Simons. Bloom will only remain here a few days. He will leave for California next week.

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