Artful Dodger Surprises: Defeats Higginbotham, Big Ben and Other Speedy Sprinters, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-08


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ARTFUL DODGER SURPRISES DEFEATS HIGGINBOTHAM BIG BEN AND OTHER SPEEDY SPRINTERS. Galta and Roscburg II. Take the Races tor Two- Year-Olds — Paul Spoils an Intended Coup — Rexane in Front Again. New Orleans. La.. February 7. — There was lit tl«-ilisappointinciit manifested by the crowd over the poor racing at the Fair Grounds this afternoon. It was confidently expected that the bad track wouhl furnish surprises and the Mg speculators retrained from heavy operations. The poor class of starters behl the attendance down to small numbers. Tie track was ■ deceptive one. which appeared good on the surface, but was deep and holding, and in spots s*ft to a degree that anchored those unlucky enough to get into Ibe bad places. A select coterie of smart easterners attempted a coup of no mean pro|iortioiis by backing Hooray all over the country in the fifth race, but their wcll-laiil plans miscarried when Iaul beat him to the tinisii liy a small margin, lart of their losses were retrieved in the succeeding races when Rexane and Druid led their opponents home. Both were pronounced choices and heavily supported. Artful Dodger, in the fourth race, showed a superior performance by winning despite the poor ride thai Mnlcaby gave him. Meadow breeze in this race v as backed into favoritism from u long price, but bis chances went glimmering shortly after the start, when his rider. V. Powers, appeared to deliberately hold him back and trailed the others to the stretch turn, when he began riding vigorously, and Meadow -breeze responded with an astonishing display of sjHed that almost landed him in the money. Towers ride on Baifidgc in the third race also came in for condemnation. He allowed himself to be caught napping at the post and then rode with poor judgment, the race going to the long overdue My Lave, which beat the good thing. Czar, in a well -contested stretch drive. Secretary Maginn had split the original youngster race and run it in two divisions, as the first and see, aid races. The first was taken liy Calla in a sharp drive from Autumn Maid, Nnttors skill being the deciding factor. After many attempts Koselmrg II. finally found conditions favorable for a display of his nal worth and took the second race from T. . McDowells Serenade, which was making her first start. Serenade has beea showing private trials of three furlongs In .•.." seconds, hut ran green and will reverse this running at some near future dan. Jockey* Bru-scl will, in the future, tide lor .1. .1. M"a fieri. . Frank Drown, his former employer, transferring his contract today. Kappahammck was disposed of by A. Simons to w. D. lYaaaaaa for |3N, Jockey V. on was suspended by the starter for the days lor disobedience at the |wet. Unbolt Tucker has instructed trainer II. . Diddle to prepare lor shipment to Los Angeles lii • horses he has racing here. .loon D. Dillon, secretary oi the I.atonia .h»-kty t luh. will arrive lure Monday in the interest of MM Milhlale track, to MtteM entries from horsemen to lie stakes that will be run at Latouia.

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