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RAIN MARS AT CITY PARK. CAUSES CHIEF RACE OF THE DAY TO BE DECLARED OFF. Dunning Scores in the Steeplechase— Oraculum Wins in a Canter — Prytania Surprises Speculators — Pinsticker Defeats Hadur. • NVw OriHH, La.. February IS. — Weather conditions were again nufavorable, a hard rain in the morning changing the track hack into heavy u »inn ami causing the reduction of fields hy numerous withdrawals. The fourth race, a handicap in which Koine of the best sprinters in these parts were liste.l to meet, had to be declared off as. with the exeep MM of Al Mnllcr and Hell wet her, the others dis • liked Ihe going. Tnder normal track conditions the meeting of Jack Atkin. which was askeit to carry 14." pounds, the heaviest iiiqiost ever allotted to n horse at any track in the south, and Colloquy and Kings Daughter, to which he was conceding much weight, would have lirouglil ahottt a stirring contest and iHissibly the defeat of the Schreiher sprinter. The steeplechase over the short course was the spectacular feature, and it also proved a good contest. Dunning had a sharp struggle to overhaul M itite Carlo in the early running, hut once in the lead he held the others safe and won handily from Waterway, the extreme outsider. The upset of the afternoon came with the running of the closing race, won hy Prytania. This horse was entirely overlooked in the lietting and closed at ci long price. She was always a forward contender and with little difficulty outstayed Hooray, the favorite, in the final drive. Whll» .merging from the paddock gate to the track Yaddo unseated his rider and ran away three and a half miles before being caught. The field was dispatched without him. Pinstirker was made the medium of a coup in the sixth race and proved much the best by running into a long lead at once and winning with ease .from Hadur. Probably the worst band of racers that ever started in a field here met in the third race and Joyful Lady won by Rrnssels superiority over Sleni-inons. on Moadowgreen. II. I. Clark, who hails from Seattle. Wash., is a new addition to the ranks of owners. Re purchased today from Mrs. M. L. Rrlttoa the horses Dr. MeClner and Miss Mazzoni. He is alsi negotiating with C. K. Kllison for the transfer of Yankee Girl. L. Marion has been engaged by Mr. lark to train his string of racers. Fred Cook has announced that he will not campaign any ot his horses in the west this season, but will ship his band of thirty-five racers, now qnar-tered at Nashville, to New York and Canadian |M ints tn participate in racing there. The persistency of some of the City Park stockholders in an effort to bring alHuit a return to the old style of betting, that of using booths and big slates, made it necessary to call a special meeting tonight to discuss the advisability of discontinuing Ihe present mode of betting operations. Those who profess to know, maintain that the ring operations will, beginning tomorrow, revert back to the style of former years. John Hachmeister said tonight that no matter what action the City Park stockholders may take regarding other plans for their track, the Fair Grounds system will not b" chanced. Y. H. Fizer stated today that Pinkola is being given a eareful preparation for the two Derbys and should the going be muddy. Pinkola will positively lake the measure of Chapultepcc. C. T. Brownfield, who has lieen operating this winter on a big scale, contemplates retiring from business so far as being an owner is concerned anil i- said to In negotiating with L. A. Vila with a view of transferring his contract on jockey W. • Ml. His two year-old. Hammock Roy, will BSSS hi SMMMj of shortly.