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PAN ZARETA DISAPPOINTS TEXAS CRACK MADE FAVORITE BUT FAILS TO RACE TO A PLACE EVEN. Favorites Roughly Treated by Outsiders at New Orleans — Seven Races a Day and Increased Purse Values Granted. New Oilcans, I.a.. January 4. — The "Peerless" Pun Eareta disappointed her host of admirers in these parts, when she failed badly in the feature purse. ■ handicap at three-quarters, in which she brought up fourth after a strenuous effort. It WM the first appearance of the mare since the Oaklawn, Hot Spring Mil lit, and there was some ijuostioii of her thorough fitness and ability to beat the good opposition she met. Her extensive following here, however, forced her into favoritism, while the sharp* confined their operations to Jeffer--■•.i! Livingstons recent acquisition. Prince of Ossao. The Utter took the lead at once and le.l PU Eareta from the start, drawing out after fetal three-eighths, as if he would win in hollow fashion, but Ban and Stars came like a rocket in the last t ichih and drew out decisively near the nil. Pi lace of Co— o, though tiring fast in the last eighth, was still aide to retain second place. Arch Plotter finished fast and. tinder a strong rider, might have won. lau Eareta shoul 1 improve by this effort and the same might apply to Pltaee of Collio. Threatening weather during the morning hours I nil I— till in a slight shower, but it did not materi ally :. fleet todays attendance. .Il:st before the lirst race the sun shone brilliantly ami the sport started under summer conditions. The track, while | it had dried out a good bit. still showed traces of moistuie, but improved steadily. Favorites Beaten Regularly. Favorite backers did not fare well, choices being bowled over with regularity. Their downfall began in the opener, when Cay Lady succiunbed to the 1 ted Tampa, racing in J. O. Talbutts colors. Pird Lore, entirely neglected, succeeded after a desjwrate drive in outstaying Warsaw in the second. Diamond was the favorite in this, but site was never dangerous. Sipieeler was regarded us having the best chance in th- thud, but again the talent went astray. for 11 led from barriers rise to finish. In the fifth race, Recluse was given the call, but the best i could do was to land third, Paymaster and Lady Ward leading him home. The Hreetan of the Business Mens Pacing As-b iiti.ti more than met the horsemen half way in the matter of putting on an extra race, for they voted unanimously to have the seven-race ru.e go late effect at once, instead of waiting until lie t aeei as the horsemen requested, and they also gave the owners here cause for gratification hj voting unanimously that during the last period of twenty -six days racing at the Fair Grounds, no purses will be offered of less value than 1917.sh00. The action of the Business Mens Pacing Association n increasing the purse offerings and announcing l seven-race program, means an additional ,3r0 in pane money that the owners -will have an opportunity to earn here. The owners, as a result of the action, were jubilant, for the increase iu purses was voluntary and cam. as a surprise to the horsemen. Special Meeting Last Night. Memliers of the Thoroughbred Horse Asso riatfoo will hold a ■ pet lei meeting tonight and it is thought 1li.it the sidling race rule will be given some atten tion. There are some lure opposed to the present rule and favor the one tried out at Hawthorne. Chicago, last summer, which makes the excess money in case of bids on winners in selling races, revert hack to owners by prorating the surplus to paraea on the second day following that on which the runup occurred. ha a result of the seven-race card, the racing here will begin tomorrow, commencing at 2 p. m. l.eochaivs and Typhoon were both worked during tie- afternoon. The former is about ready to he raced, as he showed five eighths iu a shade over l:ll. Adai.ac had to be withdrawn on the opening day on account of a duplication in names, some one having claimed and Ken rrantoil the name. Owner Ziinmer teal in the name of Dorothy Sullivan as a Slll-titllt •. .1. V. May will return to Louisville tomorrow to begin the training of the extensive string he has wintering at Ihnrchill Downs." .lidgi Murphy ■Sipcsdad jockey Morrison for ten days following his interference to Water Wave in the first race. The latter fell as a result of the Interference, but luckily jockey Williams escaped with a shaking ap. Jockey linxton will arrive tomorrow from his hosae in California and will accept mounts. William Clancy, formerly trainer for Conigau and McKinnev. will be his employer here. After the finish of the third race Squeeler was claimed by IS. J. Prannon for .si. SCO.