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JEFFERSON TRACK HEAVY Favorites Win Most of the Races Despite the Bad Going. Peter Jay Claimed Ineffectually Because Not Enough Money . Was Tendered. New .Orleans, La., December 13. Todays card was in keeping with track conditions. Both were bad. The improved weather, the first time .sunshine helped the sport this week., was responsible for the full strength of race-goers here journeying-to the track. There was wholesome Interest in the racing and some of the dashes developed spirited contests, the finishes being particularly close. Tho frispient success scored recently by the slip writers was again reflected in their confident "onslaught on the layers, and ring activity this afternoon was Iiramoiint to that of any day of the meeting. Thirty-one layers quoted prices and all received hard jolts due to the frequent success of the favorites. The onlv offending choices of the afternoon were Luther and No Manager. The hitters showing was most disappointing for he brought up a. bad last, never having figured prominently in tile running. The winner of this race, at a mile, turned up lu Irregular, one of the neglected ones, and his victor gave the ring opportunity to recover somewhat. Waterproofs success over Luther was also attended by considerable profit for the hard -punished odds layers. The lack of entries to the races here is becoming a serious problem. Little assistance is rendered by the majority, who have horses at the Fair Grounds. Their reluctance to entering more liberally is due to their aversion to walkiug their horses . to the new track, the trlp.and return .of nearly ten miles ljelng held too severe, in addition to bringing them- back to the stable at -a late hour. Jf he thus have not worked as well as expected, but this service is expected to be improved shortly. II.. J. Morrison.- represented iu the third fice by Closer, put lu a -claim for Peter Jay, -but automatically voided It when lie failed to accompany the claim with-the -necessary amount required, being 00 short, the claiming amount, being . Jockey J. Domiuick was on the ailing list this afternoon and .had to be displaced on Silvey Shapiro by M. Audersou. Under a good ride that mare might halve won. - The big force of workmen completed their tafck of repairing the storm damage done to the grandstand and that structure is now as good as when first erected, barring a little touching up with paint. KENTUCKIANS MAINTAIN THEIR AVERAGE. The Kentuckians maintained their winning average this afternoon, three of the winners being from the blue grass section. All races tomorrow will have purses of 00. There were additional arrivals this morning from Tijuana and included the horses of W. L. Stau-fiehl and H. T. Batchelor. As a result of somu of the regular races carded for tomorrow failing to fill, secretary McLennan was forced to spilt the mile race three ways. The condition books for the next six days racing was distributed to owners this morning. Among the eastern arrivals was E. Whalen. who will race several horses here this winter. William Uyan, the well-known eastern operator, was among the newcomers. Tom Shaw is expected to reach here Monday. Severe conditions again confronted the racing devotees at Jefferson lark on Wednesday, but.it did not deter the full force of regulars from beins on hand to view the racing. The track was in tho worst possible condition and those racers with a liking for the stiff going were in demand, and proved among the successful ones during the afternoon. Tin-re was no especial merit to the card, small fields going to the post in each of the dashes, with the mile and a quarter affair, the first of its klni j at this track, serving as the chief offering. It-re I suited in a victory for J. O. Talbotts Copicr King in hollow style over Bertodano and Cliff j Field. Favorites accounted for four of the purses, the only ones proving disapointnients were Shandoc ! in the opener and Lynn in the second number. The local authorities, at the request of the United States government, took iu charge H. B. I Beether, owner of Peach Blossom. It is alleged that he is suspected of having given assistauico i to the enemy. Jack McCormiek, who until recently trained tho extensive string owned by James Butler, was among todays arrivals. The crack colt High Cost is reported to bo ou tho ailing list and will probably not be seen under colors until the last part of the Fair Grounds meeting. Medforil Boy, which was extensively backed 1u the second, race, came back in a bad way and has probably started here for the last time. Another day will find the completion of the cxt tensive repairs needed on the storm-demolished grandstand. John W. Schorrs horses will arrive here next Sunday, according to information received from Memphis. .