Kentucky Season Closes: Remarkably Well Patronized Meeting Comes to End at Latonia, Daily Racing Form, 1913-11-09


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KENTUCKY SEASON CLOSES REMARKABLY WELL PATRONIZED MEETING COMES TO END AT LATONIA. Unfavorable Weather Affects Attendance, but Still All Fall Records Are Broken Sir Catcsby Is Returned Winner of Latonia Cup. Cincinnati, ., November S. When Duquesne scurried home in advance of his opposition in the closing dash at Latonia this afternoon, the Kentucky raciug season of 1913 came to a close. The patronage, which has been remarkably good throughout the .meeting in the face of unfavorable conditions, ran far beyond expectations today. In numbers, the crowd compared favorably with the largest gathering that has witnessed the siort here at any time this season. The weather was again severe and the track in bad shape. The Iitoma Cup, two and a quarter miles, carrying a net value to the winner of ,625 and a massive piece of silver plate, went to A. P. Humphrey, Jr.s Sir Catesby in decisive style over Any Port and Just Red. John Furlong saved his entrance and starting fees by finishing fourth. The winner reveled in the going and, after Indulging Pliant, which had been added to help John Furlongs chances, for the first mile and a quarter, assumed the lead and held his opposition safe thereafter. The going was against John Furlong and he retired after making a promising bid at the last quarter iiost. Favorites were again continuously bowled over after the opener, in which J. H. Barr scored handily. Bnc and Bolala were the fancied ones for the second race, but neither landed any portion of the purse. Bac might have been a factor but for the turning of his saddle in the first quarter, which caused his rider to take him out of contention. Hodge and Maud B. L. were the best backed for the third race, a handicap at six furlongs, but David Craig took their measure handily. Flabbergast and Sieeth were thought to have the fifth race between them and were backed accordingly, but Prince Ilermis won the purse. Flabbergast finished second., ire was given anything but good handling by Turner. The finale went to the vastly improved Duquesne. which showed high speed anil led all the way, with Counterpart second and L. H. Adair third. After th finish P. M. Civil! bid up the winner to ,005 from an entered price of 09, hut failed to get him. The meeting just terminated has probably been the most remarkable ever held at Latonia. On fourteen days out of the eighteen that the sport has held sway it has been cold and raining, with the track In bad shape. Despite these adverse features and the failure of the better class of horses to figure much in the racing, the patronage has been the best In the history of the course for a fall meeting. Had conditions been normal. It is safe to assume that there would have been at least twenty-five per-ccnt. improvement in the attendance and thi-c would have broken all records for this track. The liberal patronage this fall indicates that General Manager John Hachmcister has finally succeeded in his efforts to restore confidence in the sport at the Mllldalc course. It seems certain that future seasons will bring constant improvement and growing popularity for the racing here. Manager John liachmeister was highly elated over the success of the meeting and is already planning extensively for next season. "I am grateful for the immense patronage accorded Latonia throughout the season and It Is truly a tribute to our efforts to provide high class racing that so many loyal patrons braved the inclement weather to be in daily attendance at the track. Had the weather been more propitious, 1 am certain that we would have added many more converts to the cause of racing and it would have also enabled a better class of starters In the races. It will always be the aim of the Latonia management to reach out for the best in racing and we will coutinue our liberal purse ami stake policy with a view to attracting the star racers of the couutry to Latonia." Mr. liachmeister will remain at Latonia for some time, winding up the seasons affairs for this track, as well as those of Douglas Park. After the finish of the Latonia Cup race, trainer Dan Lehan, representing owner A. P. Humphrey, Jr., was presented witli the handsome silver cup by Judge Price on behalf of the Latonia Jockey Club. In his presentation remarks Judge Price dwelled particularly on the brilliant distance racing of long ago and gave credit to Manager John liachmeister for the revival. The Latonia Cup was the first of the recent distance races to be offered and It was followed by the Kentucky Endurance Stakes of four miles and later bv the Louisville Cup at Douglas Park. The record for amount of money lwt on any track in Kentucky this fall was surpassed here this afternoon. The Humphrey horses, including Sir Catesby, wil be shipped next Monday to Louisville, where they will be wintered. Trainer Dan Lehan was all smiles after the cup race and remarked after the horse had passed the finish that it was "not so bad for a 00 plater." John E. Madden sold Francis to W. E. Applegate this morning. Secretary E. W. Mnginn departed tonight for his home in St. Louis, where he will remain during the winter. William H. Shelley left tonight for his homo in Louisville, where he will remain for some time before departing for Juarez, where he will serve as one of the judges. Judge C. F. Price will make a brief stay at his home in Louisville before going to Mineral Wells, Tex., where he will rest for several weeks before assuming his duties as presiding steward at Juarez. Frank J. Bruen, who will serve as auditor for the Charleston meeting, will remain here until next Sunday, assisting John liachmeister to wind up Latonia affairs. "Chicago" OBrien was an interested spectator of the racing today. The two-horse combination, consisting of J. H. Barr and Decathlon, yielded 2.30 for S2. David Craig. Prince Ilermis and Duquesne, comprising the three horse, paid 21.05. Most of the horsemen will begin active preparations for departure tomorrow. The first shipment will be thoso leaving for Jamestown. The Juarez special train will pull out Tuesday and the bulk of the horses will be sent on the special that goes to Charleston November 17. Starter Mars Cassidy, whose good work during this meeting was one of its features, will remain here about a week before going to New York and from there he will go to Juarez, where he will preside at the barrier during the winter. Eugene EIrod and his staff of efficient pari-mutuel workers were highly complimented at the close of the day by Manager Hachmeister for their good work during the meeting and their close attention to detail In connection with the mutuel operations.

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