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LEOCIIARES AT HIS BEST WINS THE NEW ORLEANS FEATURE IN A CANTER UNDER HIGH WEIGHT. Pleasant Weather and a Fast Track — Pontefract a Winner and Changes Owners — Jacoba Defeats Hubbub — Jockeys Make Engagements. New Ollta M. I.a.. January 9. — William P. Orrs Loeohnros made liis debut to the New Orleans racing public and immediately sained favor by liis sterling victory over some good performers, in impressive fashion, incidentally equalling the track iiionl of 1:11 established by Bringliurst last season.. Leoohares was an overwhelming favorite ami received staunch support, lie showed liis best form 1 y splinting away from the others after going three eighths to win hard held as his rider pleased. Ban and Stars after a hard effort managed to secure second place with Kqueoler loading the others. The race was the feature number of the day. and was called the 1. .1. Tranchino Handicap. A handsome silver cup for the owner, a diamond studded stick pin and a massive collar of roses were donated to the purse by the man after whom the lace was named. Another race carded that held out much interest was the mile purse in which .laeoba and Hubbub, both former winners hero. met. The W. It. Coe liliy was given the call by the betters and she n.ado goad, but only after a rousing drive to wear down Hubbub which hung on gamely in the final drive. The "Baby" scramble resulted in a victory for lay Lady, favorite over Madolyn . The Kentuok-ians liked the chances of the hitter and she showed a smart performance but was not good enough for tiie winner. The Kentuckians mad.- partly amends t.ir their opening failure when The Duke finished in front in the second race Pontefract was the tavored one in the third and he showed the way to win as his rider pleased. After the finish there w. re »ix chuus l.idged for him. J. at. Booker being the lucky one in the draw and got him for 00. Ideal simmer weather prevailed here this afternoon and it served to bring out the full strength of the racegoers in these parts, the Palm Gardes .ittion was more extensive this afternoon, the stakeholder difficulty having been adjusted in systematic fashion. The victory of most favorites resulted in big losses for the price tpioters. To days visitors included William Kynn of Chili go. who will remain for several days before returning home. Secretary McLennan is arranging to put on next wicks program bask, a race for maiden jockeys. ai.d a similar race will be run each week. Charles Y. "lark, who has a pretentious racing string at the Fair Grounds in charge of John Lowe, will be here next week. He is coming from California and is aiding materially in the effort to secure favorable racing legislation in the Golden State. Two petitions are being circulated among the barseaasa for signatures pertaining to revision of selling race rules. Cass Hale, one of the olcest of the turf guard, died here yesterday in a local infirmary. He will be buried tomorrow. Jefferson Livingston will conclude liis stay tomorrow and return to New York where he is called on pressing business. Jockey Haynes has been engaged to ride the horses of captain J. W. Press while here. Jockey Hanover signed a contract today to ride for P. J. Prannon next season.