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. ; i • I ; ; I 1 1 STAKE RACE TO SEA SWELL CELLAS CRACK YOUNGSTER RUNS AWAY FROM HIS OPPONENTS IN PREMIER STAKES. Lens Defeats Al Mueller and Hyperion II. — Ananias Takes a Race— Toy Boy a Fast Sprinter — Notter On Four Winners. New Orleans. La.. February 5. — Tlie running of the Premier Stakes for two-year-olds over a half mile, the longest distance that youngsters have been asked to go this season, was preceded by a cloudburst that quickly converted the track into a muddy state. The darkness accompanying the heavy rain prevented any possibility of distinguishing the colors of the starters witli any degree of accuracy until they were within the last hundred yards of the finish. From the outset it appeared as if one of the colts, showing a tremendous buret of speed, had dashed into a long lead and. holding sway throughout, won eased to a canter. This was Sea Swell, owned by L. A. Cella. and coupled with Marse Abe. His sparkling iierformanee today stamps him the best youugster at the track. Marse Ab was apparently fighting it out hard witli the leaders in back of Sea Swell, and near the finish by crowding over to the inner rail and impeding Intervene and Brougham, managed to secure second place by a shoit margin from Intervene, which beat Brough am for third place, when McDaniel eased the latter to keep from going over the fence. The Cella entry was a prohibitive choice, ami their right to first money in the stake was generally coin tiled 1-ng bfore ihe race. Servicence and George C. Dillon, originally carded, were withdrawn. hut the adding of Dispute. Intervene and John Montgomery swelled the list to seven starters, making the net value of the stake to the winner ,235. After the rain began coming down hard requests from various owners for permission to withdraw their horses in the remaining races be- * came general, and the scratching of Colloquy, John * Carroll. Green Seal. Milshora and Safety Light, which are known to dislike the going, robhed the races they were in of much interest, as they were the logical contenders and expected to be fighting it out with the winners. The condensed history of the Premier Stakes is as follows: Year. Winner. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. is; »s May Beach 105 Snell .*; 05O -JB% MM Miicy Chica 112 Southard .. 050 ::ttt± looo Sad Sam lo7 McJoyut ... 05o ::;i;t Ml Tin- Hoyden Ill J. Slack ... 050 ::«. 1002~Bill Nixon Mfl T. Walsh... 1.10O 1 ul t MM Kick Bernard ...MS Heigeseii ... 1.205 1:05 10O4 Viporine 115 H. Phillips. l.oOO 1:01* l.M5 I.. Joe IIayinaii..Il.S J. -Martin. 1,025 1:02 lotHitBertmoiit 115 L. Smith... l.o.V. :isi l.H 7 K. M. Fry lis Garner 1,915 :514 IMS Sea Swell IIS Notter 1.2.T5 :Shf s:l»istance increased from three furlongs to live furlongs. fUeduced to one-half mile, for colts and geldings. The withdrawal of Colloquy left Lens and Al Muller to fight out the finish in the six furlong handicap that followed the running of the stake. Dunnes consistent sprinter was the best at Ihe weights, and after following Al Muller closely for five furlongs wore him down and won • drawing away. IkMina was easily the best of those that remained in the sixth race, and won as her rider pleased. Tlie poor showing of Flavlgny and Beau Bruminel resulted in unfavorable comment. Toy Boy. the favorite in the third race, demonstrated that he is entitled to rank wilh the top-notchers in the" sprinting division by maintaining a fast pace throughout and winning easily in fast time. John V. Schorr broke into the ranks of winning owners when Ananias, the -favorite in the second race, led his opponents to the finish. The closing race went to the suddculy improved Bcstcrling from John ".McBrldg. Jockey Notter piloted four of the afternoons winners and his large following reaped a rich har-I vest. Many expected to see McDaniel on Brougham or Chandler on Intervene lodge a claim of foul after the sixtli race, but were disappointed. J. Lee was dearly at fault for allowing Marse Abe to crowd the others near the finish. M. J. Winn departed tonight for Louisville. Iu two weeks he expects to go to New York to be on hand superintending improvements contemplated for the Empire City track, which consist of the building of a field stand, enlargement of the present betting iuclosure. and construction of a railroad spur to be used by the New York Central. He will divide his time for the next two months between New-York and Louisviile. and in June move his family to the metropolis to remain until fall. JiK-key J. Lee was suspended by the starter foi five days for disobedience at the post. E. J. Baldwin telegraphed the officials here asking if he would be permitted to let jockey George Mountain, who is at present in Los Angeles, accept mounts. The judges sent him word that Mountains case was now out of their hands ami that the rider had rei-emly been denied a license by the Americas Turf Ass.N-iation. After Gilds defeat hist night But lew and ONeill disposed of him to C. T. Browutield for ,000.