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NICOL IN OLD TIME FORM. RIDES THE FIRST THREE WINNERS AT CITY PARK IN SKILLFUL STYLE. Hyperion II. Runs Fast Five Furlongs — Jacobite Carries Big Impost to Victory — Apache Wins Again. Now Orleans. Ln.. January 3. — For an off-day the card m an exceptionally good one. lint probably Hie smallest attendance to date witnessed the sport. Finishes in nearly all the mil were hi . •• cping in the handicap, won by Jacobite. The Ellison sprinter was asked t i carry the steadying impost Of 132 pounds ami did so with ease, winning almost in a canter. Comedienne might have been troublesome and given Jacobite a lietter tight with a better ride than she received from Kaynor. Cooney K.. although running fairly well, was not good enough to last it ont for second place. Jockey Nicols riding was the feature of the afternoon, he winning the first three races. On Meadow breeze and Risk he was forced to use his best skill to keep his mounts in front. In the ••print race at five furlongs he was astride Hyperion II. and showed good judgment by trailing Toy Boy and Arch Oldham while they were setting a hilling pace, but when well straightened out for the stietcii run. he sent Hyperion II. along at a fast clip anil, wearing Toy Boy down in the last sixteenth, won drawing clear. Hyperion II.. in run-• !,- lie five furlongs in 593. the fastest of the meeting, showed a return to his best form, and he will he a sharp factor whenever entered iu the future. Apache again demonstrated that he is more than an ordinarily useful racer by taking the measure of a good band of three-year-olds in the fifth race and incidentally scoring his fifth successive victory. Adesso, under a good ride, took the closing race from Ihbo. The latter was best, but jockey Lee raced him into exhaustion in the first three-quarters Mid when Adesso ranged alongside and challenged him. he was too tired to respond. The principal topic among horsemen before the racing began was the quarrel that John J. Ryan and his lietting commissioner. William Shea, had lasi night. Both engaged in a passage at arms and were taken in charge by a policeman. They were both discharged when arraigned in court this morning. The judges suspended jockey W. Ott for four days fn" his rough riding in the fifth race. -Hti-i.il sanction was granted jockey W. Notter. suspended for his rough ride on Lancastrian last Tuesday, to ride an entry from the Kllison stable in the stakes January I and 11. Xotter stated today that his contract to ride this season for Jane-; I!. Keene had lieen signed. The terms are novel inasmuch that he will receive a percentage instead of a straight fee for his retainer. It how- v. r carries a guarantee of 0,000. lackey A. Morgan was suspended by the starter lor si days for disobedience at the post. Kasha way, from the Burlew and ONeill stable. has 1 n gelded and will be shipped shortly to the « " N « ■ i 1 1 farm in Missouri where he will be turned out until later, probably next fall. J. II. Woodford departed tonight for his home in Kentucky, to be in attendance on the convening of the Kentucky legislature, of which he is a iiiiinber. J. C. Ferriss, Jr., today sold to R. J. Levy for 00 the horses Alcor, Mclntyre, Gold Knamel, La-garde and a two-year-old by Ornus — Catherine B. Mod red law and Spearman were also sold by Ferriss to local persons for H0i cadi, and they will he used for driving purposes. Levy afterwards sold Gold Lnamel to Polk and Edwards, who will ship him -to tfceir farm- in Texas, where he will be put in the stud. Mortilioy had to be excused from starting in the fourth race on account of illness. There w.-fe no new developments in the Pasadena case, but it is rumored that a heavy operator will Ik* asked to remain away from the track, as Ids operations are said not to he conducive to the List interest of the turf. At a sale by auction held in the paddock before the racing began the following horses were sold: Redemption going for 70 to C. Brown; James V. at 1908.shO to W. B. Freeman: Mandate for 0 to J. Fib: Anna Sanders for to K. T. Lee. J. Erb a No bought John Kaufman and Gauze for 0 and 0 respectively.