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POOR DAY FOR FAVORITES NEW ORLEANS TRACK A QUAGMIRE AND FIRST CHOICES PROVE DELTLDERS. Bob Hensley Takes the Feature Dash from Bryn- limah and Grumpy — El Pato Victor at a Tempting Price. New Orleans. La.. January 13. — More disagreeable weather could not be conceived than that which prevailed in these parts and the racing as a result suffered. Hani rains of the last thirty-six hours converted the track into the worst condition it lias been since the opening and the accompanying cold and misty weather that ruled during tin- afternoon, served to reduce the attenelance to the smallest number that lias witnessed the sport at the Fair Grounds this winter. Originally the inte-nded card for this afternoon l.ad the largest number of entries to date-, but thirty -one- absentees were recorded as a result of the changed track. The different fields were made up of the most pronounced type of mud runners, and even these at times found it a difficult task to run freely in the going. Palm Garden activities were also considerably curtailed as a result of the conditions. The bettors who elect to follow the fortunes of favorites, had a hard day of it. for choices were bowled over steadily. Bob Hensley was benefited by prevailing conditions and carried off the feature race, a handicap •it one mile- with Brynlimah and Grumpy following. Walter Duncan started proceedings by taking the opener easily from the well-backed Velvet. Garl was the choice in the second, but he was always in the rear division. El Pato furnishing the surprise to win easily at long odds. Alex Getz was given the call in the third race, but Royal Interest beat him home easily. Thomwood was supposed to be a good tiling in the fifth, but Perseus was in a running mood and won off from Priin Harry, with the favorite following the pair. Jockey Lykes was suspended by the judges for one week and, also informed that his action in attempting to get hold of another horses bridle in a race would mean the revocation of his license and his debarment from the track. Lykes suffered the punishment for trying to take hold of Easter Greetings bridle- last Saturday. There we-re many additions today from the east and included senator Christy Sullivan and Jack Aciler from New York. John Marklein from Detroit and apt. J. W. May from Lexington. All report severe- weather in their sections, apt. May stated that training operations had been completely suspended at Lexington as a result of the bad weather. Souvenir and Easter Greetings were both ineligible- to start today because of their victories i-aturday. The new rule of nothing but claiming races goes into effect tomorrow. There will also be no conditions framed where horses claiming valuation can Le less than 00. There were live claims for Perseus after his victory and J. D. Hurd. representing Mrs. G. H. Abott. secured him for 00. Chivator. after her victory in the- sixth race, was advanced 00 over an entered price of like amount but was bought in. Patty Regan was claimed out of the sixth race, W. Birnie securing him for 00. Hops was claimed out of the seventh race by H. Fink for ,400 and J. T. Looney took Tares out of the same race for a similar sum.