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SOME TIJUANA FEATURES PECULIAR TRACK SOIL HOLDS WATER AND STAYS HEAVY WITHOUT MUCH RAIN. Secretary Jasper May Officiate at Denver — Colonel Vcnnie to Be Sent West to Run in the Coffroth Handicap. P.y .7. R. Jeffery. Ran Mega, Cal.. February 1. — The month of January gave the mini raaaers their egmarl unity to shim- at Tijuana. Witli the exception of three rtr oar days, track eeaditloas throughout tkc month favored hemes -~ni t id by soft going, and tliis in spite of tlic Carl that on only four days during the whole month did rain fall, while the racing was going on. The disproportionate amount of soft track racing is attributed largely to the inordinately slow-drying peculiarity of the Tijuana track, to which reference baa been made before. After a drenching rain, the track requires more than a week to regain its normal condition, hwiaari of the par ■Mai nature of its topsoil. coupled with the fact that it is underlaid by a watt", -liearing strata of sand. It is probable that the mud runners will have to take a back Mat from now on. In the normal course of events, little more rain need be looked for during the remainder of the racing season. Rdward Jasper, who is serving in his usual efficient manner as racing secretary at Tijuana, lias been engaged by V. W. Finn to fill a similar position at Denver in the event that the proposed summer meeting at that point comes. In spite of the difficulties with which he has had to contend from time to time. Mr. Jasper has provided uniformly satisfactory racing cards at Tijuana. Now that there is a fair prospect of fast track conditions during most of the n inaimler of the - inciting, hi- will make a special effort to bring _*h ill.- better grade of horses into action more lie •«■/ -j.l. lltl.Y. •Ia11.es Neil, a San Franciscan, who has figured prominently on the western turf for many a year, is ;;n attache of one of the field hooks at Tijuana. He rec ntly had the good fortune to win two races with his old campaigner. Zinkand. a tried and true mud runner. His son Frank, who figured ;;s a pugilistic star a dozen years ago. is now-living the simple life as a randier near HoUtster, in San Benito County, this state. Not Many Bad Actors at Tijuana. Starter Tribes schooling list is at present made up of such bad post actors as Light Boy. California Jack. apt. Druse. Marion Hose 11.. Hob Lynch, Bertha Weaver. King Worth. Important. Auntie Curl, She Will. Muy Ruena, Thistle Belle, Real Worth and The Shrimp. Al Neal. owner of the good handicap horse Ed Cudihee. has been notified by Registrar W. H. Itowe of the Jockey Club, of the acceptance of names selected for two of his well-bred two-year -oids. The chestnut filly by Jack Atkin — Loyalirta will figure in the annals of racing as Florence "line, while the bay filly by Den Trovato — Rose-iincli will be known as Ida Brown. An old-time jockey, who is showing to advantage baN nowadays, is Joe McBrido. who was one of the stars in the days when racing was in full swing at Oakland. He can still ride at 103 pounds and baa r.c.-nily booted in several winners. Manager Coffroth has received a letter from .leiieison Livingston in which he expressed the intuition of shipping his good horse Colonel Venule here from New Oilcans, to make a bid for the So, 001 Coffroth Handicap. 0110 mile and a quarter, to be run February 22. O W. Dodge, who raced A. Muskoday and other good horses in the days when racing flourished in California, is among the regulars at Tijuana. He has no horses anil is operating from the ground. Gossip of Lower California Horsemen. Dick Ripley fears that the racing days of Judge Sale are over. This good mud-running son of Ban nockburn -Augusta Victoria broke down badly in his last start here and Ripley has little hope of being able to patch him up again. He is on the lookout for a need home lor the gelding, where he will be assured of ending his days in peace and comfort. Kipley has never raced a horse for which he entertains greater affection and with good reason, for Judge Sale has never failed to no what was expected of him at critical times, 1 specially over muddy tracks. Judge Sale is a product of Bamey Schreibers famous Woodlands breeding establishment near St. Louis, now a thing of the past. Little Raymond Moore was so seriously hurt. when he fell with Goraldame last week, that he may never be seen in the saddle again. He suffered a distressingly bad cnmputiiid fracture of the leg. close to the hip. and it will be a long time liefore he can get about. Michael J. Hayes, who raced the good handicap horse Johnny Lyons with marked success oer Pacific coast tracks a decade or so ago. recently arrived here from Oakland with the stable of L. Becker, a San Francisco business man. Two of his sons have tried their hand at race riding. The elder. Johnny, was a rider of no mean ability in the day I when his fathers colors were conspicuous ::t Oakland. After having had a fling at professional baseball, following his retirement from the saddle, he is now doing duty as a jockeys ratal at Tijuana. The younger of the Hayes riders. Tommy, is also here, but rides only infrequently. nnd rapidly increasing weight will soon bring about _ Ms letiremi nt. • Arthur Pickens has been experiencing the slump that inevitably come to all riders and W. .7. OBrien is now regarded as the most reliable of the local riding brigade, witli the paatBMl exception f Kosrr., Troxktr, whe continues to shew t« advantage. Bnri lool rides well at times, but is lucking in consistency. J. MclMyre, an old-liiner. who was striking his stride a iter a saapea-sion dating from the Kt no meeting last fall, is again on the ground, his handling of Mi-s Krush. beaten odds on favorite of the second race on January 20. having been unsatisfactory to Judge V-ttingill. ■ Oram is an oM-tiuier. who is riding an well as ;t any time in his long career.