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LONG SHOTS IN EVIDENCE. ARROW SWIFT AND FOOTLIGHTS FAVORITE SHOCK NEW ORLEANS SPECULATORS. Consistent Defeats French Nun — Conville Wins a Race at Last — The Thorn Scores Under a Good Ride by Sumter. New Orleans. I.ri.. January 17. — The record number f starters for the season went to the i» ist dining the afternoon. Quality, however, was notice ably aliseiit. All the races had selling conditions an. I brought together inferior contestants, mostly MM winners at tlie meeting. 1psets resulted .with the running of all the races 1 u r one. the third, won hy Consistent, recently pur chased liy the local restauranteur, A. A. Galatoire, from II. J. Wnldcn. She was smartly hacked by those acquainted with her good form and won handily from French Nun. The surprise of the afternoon came with the running of the fifth race, for which Miss Stronie was greatly fancied. The Cella filly flattered her backets up to the last sixteenth, where she was passed out ty Foot lights Favorite, one of the outsiders. Arrow Swift. also at a long price, displayed sudden Improvement when he beat a fair band of three-M:iiolds, including Hollow, in the second race. Hollow may have been best, but ran lielow his true form. Sumter rode well on The Thorn in the opening ra e. saved much ground by a close turn into tlie wig* ti ll. ..Tii! role et.-i etic-!!;.- tr» ftUkXi c.ff Night Mist. The Thorn was in the nature of a good • thing and his connections profited handsomely by bis victory. Conville annexed a purse for the Cella Stable when he won the fourth on the card in a sharp drive from Ganihrinus. His victory was a tiukey one. for Sumter, who rode Ganihrinus, made the mistake of guiding bis mount extremely wide, and thereby lost enough ground to have given him a winning margin m the end. Melange, which has been coming with a good burst of speed in receut races at short distances, found conditions exactly to her liking and took tlic last race in a big romp. Hans, the favorite. would not extend himself and finished far in the ruck. Jo. keys G. Swain and A. Martin were each sus-IMtiill foi live ,U hy the starter for disobedience at the post. M. J. Shannon has decided to dispose of Brimmer and Calvin by auction. The horses will be sold toino;vow in the Fair Grounds paddock before the lacing begins. .lo-ix.y F. WaNh i- negotiating with a prominent stable to ride ntxt year in Russia. ■•Carley P.." the well-known eastern lxtokmakcr. will leave tomorrow for California, where he will in.ik book at Oakland. l.viitin J. Davis, secretary of the New Louisville .To. k v Club, arrived today to solicit entries from horsemen to the different stakes which will be run for it Ike Churchill Downs spring meeting. PraM had to be withdrawn from the fourth race on ic -mint of ineligibility to start. The license committee of the American Turf As-xo.iilion will begin its session tonight. ll is tlioii ;ht that it will Take MM time to wade through all the business. It is expected that jockey Mountain"- application will be held up. as well as that o| McCiurc and Pollock. Requests for several others " beicofore in bad standing will be denied.