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MORE HEAVY TRACK RAGING ! I Rain Falls Steadily at the Fair Grounds, Reducing Attendance. Pickwick Triumphs in the DEs-perey, with Slippery Elm Second Blackie Daw Beaten. i NEW ORLEAXS, La., January 25. W. C. Clancys Pickwick, which during the week has been considerably in the limelight liecause of having got jockey Crump into trouble and by his victory on Wednesday causing the riders restoration to favor, again triumphed, and this time placed the DEsperey Handicap at one mile and worth 1,375 net to his credit, beating some of the best mud runners that could be mustered in these parts. His success was achieved in fine style by racing into a long lead at once, again running out on the stretch turn and continuing to move over toward the outer rail. His action in going wide this afternoon hampered Slippery Elm, which was offering stuhborn contention to him in the last eighth, and Stalker, on Slippery Elm, was finally forced to take liim back and go to the inside. The niove cost Slippery Elm considerable ground at a critical period and prevented him from overhauling Pickwick. Lucky B. , after being in forward -contention for most of the race, gave way in the stretch, but held on long enough to land third place. Of the original fifteen named to s.tart in the race only seven went to. the post, w;ith Pickwick and Violet Bonnie starting as the choices. Violet Bonnies showing was a dull one, and the backers of Under Fire, the good three-year-old -of Pat Dunnes, had some complaint because of the poorly judged ride he was given. Franklin and Waukeag, .however.were -never - serious Tactors in "the" run ning. The secondary feature, thw Italian Red Cross Purse at five and a half furlongs, was reduced by withdrawals to three starters, with BlackiQ Daw the one most highly regarded, but he finished last, the purse going to Top Coat, with A. X. Akin in second place. The trio furnished a close and interesting race from the rise of the barrier. Top Coat racing into a flight lead at once and maintaining it throughout, with A. X. Akin and Blackie Daw being driven to their utmost. A hard rain again fell for most of the afternoon and the track was in bad condition. The attendance, while reduced from "former Saturdays, was. considering the unpropitious weather, surprisingly large. John C. Ferriss colors were carried to victory for the first time this month when Anielita won out in the opening race from Bathilde and Mar Tom. Maud Bacon, showed a big form reversal when she accounted for the second race from Pilsen, Ermiti.na. carrying H. Xeusteters colps for the first time, led the others to the finish in the third race. AL PIERCES VICTORY A SURPRISE. Al Pierce caused a surprise when he won at a mile and a quarter, with the favorite, Lottery, far back for nearly the entire race, ... The final race enabled Broom Peddler to again score a bracket, when he outstayed Prunes, with King Xeptune landing in third place. Several claims were registered duriug the afternoon. Sam Louis secured Lottery out of the first race for 1.200 and B. J. Brannon took Green Grass out of the first race for 900. Entries to the Mungiu Handicap at one mile, to be run Saturday. February 1. ware announced. The stake, which is for three-year-olds exclusively, attracted but twelve entries, the better known ones being Under Fire. War Mask, Archie Alexander. Discussion and Cobweb. Jockey G. Walls will not ride any more this winter. Today he departed for his home in Xew York, where he will remain until the opening of the metropolitan racing season. Jockey Frank Robinson has been advised that he would soon have to go to Benning, Washington, I. C, where Albert Simons is wintering the horses he has in charge for H. P. Whitney, and the horses will soon begin training actively. . John F. Schorr, who is training the horses of Edward B. McLean, will . return to Washington from Xew York, where he has been visiting for some time, and began putting the dozen horses that will carry the McLean colors this year through their initial training preparation. Kathleen has been sent to Lexington into retirement and will be bred either to Colin or Sweep. William Hamilton. -one of starter Dades assistants, was married last Saturday to Miss Louise Tampliu of Hot Springs, Arkansas. An added incident of the sixth race Thursday was the cutting down of Skeer Face while lie was in the lead, and probably ruining him for future racing, and his change of ownership to W. C. Weant by the claiming process for 1,000. Under the rules here horses must be claimed before the race, and regardles of injury .or death to the horse during the running he must be taken by the claimant. After the race owner Weant offered to sell the horse for 100, but found no one willing to take him.