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HODGE MAKES APPEARANCE ONE OF LAST SEASONS GOOD TWO-YEAR-OLDS RUNS THIRD AT JUAREZ. Goes to Post Under Heavy Impost as Odds-On Favorite and Is Beaten by Othello and Orb Juarez Courso Dries Out Rapidly. El Paso, Tex., February 19. Under the influence of a light wind and a warm sun the course of the Jockey Club Juarez dried out rapidly today and when the horses were called to the post for the first race the going was in good condition. It continued to improve as the afternoon progressed and the track will be at its best for tomorrows racing. Todays program was notable for the reappearance of Kay Spences good two-year-old. of last season, Hodge. On the strength of his excellent showing last year, when lie won more races than any other two-year-old in America, the sou of Ivan tho Terrible and Nannie Hodge was installed favorite in the allowance race for three-year-olds, in which he was making his debut for this season. Iu spite of the fact that he was making great weight concessions to good opiiosition he was backed to the ex elusion or everything else in the race, with the result that he went to the post at odds-on. When it came to the running Othello, one of the receding choices, led all the way by a considerable margin and won with ease. Orb was the runner-up from start to finish and lieat Hodge by seven lengths for second money. Hodge ran in third place throughout the entire race and was weakening at the end as if short of work. Besides winning with Othello, jockey J. SIcCabe piloted Frank I. Weirs Francis to victory in the opening dash. Francis had been the opening favorite, but Doncaster. making Ids first start in many mouths, went to the post first choice. He finished a close up third and will doubtless improve over his showing of today in the near future. Sister Florence, which ruled equal choice witli Sleepland, won the second race off by herself. An allowance race at seven-eighths of a mile was one or the features of the card and was won by Black-Eyed Susan, rroui tho stable of J. W. Fuller. She came from behind in the stretch to beat Belli; of Brvn Slawr, which had been setting tlie pace from the start. Barsac wr.s i v.ll -hacked f-Trn.-in this race and was headed in the tiual striuca for third money by Truly. Edmond Adams, which supplanted John D. AVake-liehl as favorite for tlie fifth race, barely lasted to beat that horse. The winner was always a forward contender, while John I. Wakefield came from Tar back with a groat end rush. That good cripple, Denmark, went to tlie post at odds-on in the closing dash and, making ail the pace, won bv as tar as his rider pleased. Because of tlie over present danger or his breaking down, no move was made to hid him up when he was offered for sale. It was his fourth straight victory this month, which must he considered a good showing for a horse that was sold for 00. A big crowd was in attendance and spent a pleasant and profitable afternoon, as favorites accounted for half the card. Jockev C. Gross was suspended yesterday for live davs for rough riding and jockey Sfarco was sus-liehded for ten days by starter Cassidy for disobedience. R. Riplev purchased Slaznik today after the last race. The terms were private. He iutends to scratch him tomorrow. Jockey A. Claver and trainer W. Scliofield departed tonight to reiiort to Henry SIcDaniel at Toronto. Claver will stop off at Chicago to visit his parents and later will proceed to Toronto. The track was a bit lumpy when the third race was run and there is a disposition to attribute to this circumstance Hodges failure to make a better showing. Edmond Adams is back in the stable of C. SIul-holland as the result of being bid up from 1914.sh00 to by that former owner of his after he won the fifth race today.