Inclement Racing Weather: Sport at the Fair Grounds Held Under Unpropitious Conditions, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-03


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INCLEMENT RACING WEATHER : i . Sport at the Fair Grounds Held Under Unpropitious Conditions. Douglass S. Beats Bolster in Main Race Another Spreckels Youngster Wins. NEW ORLEANS, La., January 2. Severer con- ditions could not have been conceived than those prevailing at the Fair Grounds this afternoon. Tlie storm, which begnn late Wednesday afternoon, continued without abatement and the wintry wind swept the unprotected grandstand and chilled the occupants to the bone. Everything adjacent to the track was awash and the continuous rain finally found many crevices in the roof of the grandstand to filter into the betting pavilion and cause some discomfort there. Considering the adverse conditions it was truly remarkable that the big gathering should brave the elements and be on hand to view the racing. Thirty-seven odd purveyors mounted prices and the strange part was that they were kept exceedingly busy looking after the wants of the prospective bettors. The track was a quagmire and the mudlarks splashed through the going in difficult fashion, hut the contests were interesting and in some instances created intense enthusiasm. " . . The Valiant Purse of ,000 was offered as the main attraction of the afternoon and it brought together a good band of sprinters, with Drastic the public choice. Bdlster also canYe in- for considerable support. But neitherwon The winner came from one of the neglected outsiders in Douglass S., Mjbieh-afterisinsSttmlywlrad suming the leaij; gamely withstood the fast closing rush of Bolster. The latter was going fastest of all a.t the end and. had Rodriguez made his move1 a bit earlier the result might have been different. A. B. Spreckels carried off the second baby race of the meeting when Ziziz, another get of Runny- mede, scored in the opening dash. Yesterday it was Metem, a bay colt by Runnymedt Hymir, that carried the Calif orniaus colors to victory; today it was a daughter by the same sire from Handsome Florry that gave him his second success. Ziziz displayed high speed in the going and won like a good one. The third race provided as thrilling a finish as one could wish to see, the smallest of margins separating the first three at the end. AVilldo, Dervish and Edith Kallmann came racing through the stretch closely aligned and the result was in doubt until the judges announced their decision, Willdo getting the verdict by a nose, with Dervish but a head to the good of Edith Baumann. Connellys ride on the winner was a masterly display of horsemanship. Miss Kruter was thought well placed in the fifth, a race at one mile and seventy yards for fillies and mares, and during the early stages .of the race looked as if such was the case. However, she tired in the stretch when challenged by Baby Lynch, which drew away into an easy victory in the last eighth.

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