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FINE RACING IN PROSPECT If the Weather Man Proves Kind All the Stars Will Meet. C. Robinson Leading the New Orleans Jockeys and H. Field Heading Winning Owners. XEW ORLEANS, La., January 19. Tlie present week at the Fair Grounds promises much in the war of high-class racing, and with a return of fair weather and better track conditions, the sport will be the best so far witnosed at the meeting. The week s program as arranged by sscretarv Joe McLennan is inviting and in addition to "the ,000 handicap to be run on each one of the first five days, includes among its list of attractions- the I Esperry Handicap, with an added monev value of ,o00. and the military race, Doth of which will be decided on Saturday. Tlie DEsperry is for three-year-olds and over and is at the distance of one mile. It has attracted twenty-seven entries, including all of the local favorites that have raced meritoriously in previous events. Among the number are Courtship, winner of the Pershing Handicap; Lucky B., winner of the Xew Years Handicap; Franklin, one of the best in the handicap division, and other good racers like Bradleys Choice, Slipiery Elm, Violet Bonnie, Ticket, Bribed Voter and Waukeag. The nice in which military officers will ride which was originally scheduled for last Saturday. but was deferred until the coming Saturday, owing to unfavorable track conditions, is attracting wide attention, and competition between the two livul camps of Beauregard -and Shelby for,, the .honor of riding the winner is said to be keen. Tlie officers who have been selected have all had considerable experience in the saddle and will ride in the race in full army equipment. Capt. Edward Allen, who will captain Beauregnrds team, feels confident his squad will outride the team from Camp Shelby. Sunday morning the Fair Grounds track was enshrouded in a heavy fog, and as the track proper was still somewhat heavy and "the dogs" in position near the inner rail, trainers did not require of their charges any ambitious work. There was a large crowd on hand to watch the horses being jogged and cantered around the track. In its present state the course is in much better condition on" the inside than near the middle, where there are a number of bad spots, and for the next few days at least tlie horses that secure an inside position will have all the best of it. SIXTEEN WINNERS FOR C. ROBINSON. Clifford Robinson, the Canadian rider, continues to display excellent form in the saddle and is now enjoying a good lead over the other riders. He has ridden sixteen winners, which is six more than the number credited to J. Mooney, his closest rival. Mooney is a Xew Orleans boy, and is highly popular among local racegoers. Garner, owing to inactivity last week, has dropped into third place in the list and is now one winning mount behind Mooney. Connelly and Stalker are not far behind Mooney and Garner. H. Field, whose horses are trained bv Charles Hawk, leads the list of winning owners with a total of ,621. which he earned with only an ordinary stable. Milo Shields is second with ,570. representing the purses won by Lucky B. and Bradlevs Choice. G. A. Marshal! has dropped into third place, his winnings being ,500, most of which was earned by Courtship. The amount of George Barnes earnings. ,435. was all acquired through the three straight victories of Korbly, the horse that Barnes took from Dick Williams out of a claiming race at Latonia. and which has proven one of the best handicap horses here. The roster of Fair Grounds officials, which, during the past week has been depleted by the absence of E. C. Smith and J. B. Campbell, will be re- stored to full strength Monday, when both or these officials, who have been absent through sickness, will be able to resume their duties. Their absence has crippled the official staff considerably. Secretary Joe McLennan has been taking Judge Smiths place in the stand, while Julius Reeder has been performing the duties of Jack Campbell. Having served a suspension of a. week, jockey Mack Garner will resume riding Monday. John Mooney, who missed a couple of days through illness, will also resume riding tomorrow. H. S. Kcppin has purchased Broom Peddler from Sam Louis, and Dr. II". Moore has secured from Louis the horse Grayson.