Consistent Turco Again: Easily Defeats an Even Money Favorite in Libyan Sands, Daily Racing Form, 1917-12-20


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jcONSISTENT TURCO AGAIN Easily Defeats an Even . Money Favorite in Libyan Sands. Miss Bryn and Billie B. Wins Their Races Four in a Row for The Duke. Xew Orleans, La., December 19 Improved conditions were again noted at the Jefferson Park track this afternoon and the large attendance witnessed some interesting sport. Tureo and The Duke, each a three-time winner at this meeting, added another bracket to their score when they led their resistive opponents home in the third and fourth races. In Turcos case, the perfect riding that Johnson gave him was the direct factor in Ills success. Unmindful of interference he suffered from early, Johnson kept Turco restrained behind Libyan Sands until nearing the stretch bend, where he took his mount closer to the fence and secured the rail going in the stretch, which had more firmness than any other part of the track. Under tlie coaxing that Johnson used on Turco, he gradually overhauled Libyan Sands to ultimately win by two lengths. The Duke was lucky to win his race, as he blundered soon after the start and had to be ridden hard to head Hasty Cora and later to outstay Al Pierce. Another disastrous day was experienced by the layers, for all the winners excepting Evelyn V. were backed in staunch style. Tom Shaw, the well-known operator, was among the latest arrivals from Xew York and will be here for the remainder of the meeting. His Xibs and Copper King were sold on private tenn3 this morning by S. A. Clopton, acting for J. O. Talbott, to Mrs. P. Morris. Jockey Troxler was among the newcomers from the east and jockey Morys passed through from California en route to Lexington, where he joins the J. C. Milam stable. BIANCHI LEAVES FOR CALIFORNIA. O. A. Bianchi Daggie Smith departed for California today, where he goes on private business and from there will come east to Kentucky. The horses he had in his care were turned over to J. C. Calm, who will train, them for the rest of their campaign on winter tracks. Lahore pulled up in a bad way after his start in the closing race. The rumor of a possible transfer of the Gravesend and Aqueduct tracks was revived this morning in these parts, the story coming supposedly from an authoritative source. It is to the effect that Messrs. Widener, Macomber and others have practically closed tlie deal for both courses and that they intend to improve the tracks at a big expense. The improvements will include modern grandstand, club house and other arrangements conducive to bringing the plants up to the best standard. According to the report Gravesend will hold spring and fall meetings and the Brooklyn Handicap will again be run over the track. Jockeys Lilley and Barrett reported sick this morning and were forced to cancel their riding engagements. A new system pertaining to war tax pay was introduced this afternoon, when badge holders were requested to and did pay for the remaining days of this meeting. This will obviate the necessity of paying the tax daily.

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