Smart Money Wins Havana Feature: Sirocco Runs Fast Race and Scores Easy Victory in the Mardi, Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-03


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SMART MONEY WINS HAVANA FEATURE Sirocco Buns Fast Race and Scores Easy Victory in the Mardi Gras Handicap HAVANA, Cuba, March 2. Dee Hammond, whoso horses have shown excellent form at Oriental Park this winter, saddled another winner today when Smart Money, a first-time starter here, won the Carnival Handicap at one mile, to which the association had added ,200. Smart Money was ridden by Pitz, and in a driving finish beat Hocnir by a nose. The winner ran the mile in 1:38", and the finish was one of the best seen at this meeting. Sirocco won the Mardi Gras Handicap and incidentally equalled the track record, running the five and a half furlongs in 1:05. The winner beat his opponents in easy fashion. The opener fell to Avion, which beat Kimpalong by a length, with Snow Queen in third place, a neck in advance of the favorite, Weymouth Girl. The latter went wide in the homestretch while in a contending position. A powerful finisli on the part of jockey Thurber enabled Jojam to score in the second. Jojam responded gamely to punishment in the stretch and drew away from the old gelding Closer in the last few yards. The latter set a fast pace, but could not withstand the winners closing challenge. The third proved interesting, the finish being particularly close, with anyone of the leading horses having a good chance to win. Encore secured the lead on the far turn, but Wheat Cakes challenged in the last eighth,- and after a terrific drive managed to land in, front, earning the decision by a head. Mae Murray and Violet were not far off and ran prominently throughout. At a sale held in the paddock in Oriental Park at the conclusion of the races Saturday the following horses were disposed of: Iron Boy, B. E. Graham, ,000; Baby Sister, R. J. Miller, .25; Old Rose, 15. E. Graham. 25; Havana Girl, B. E. Graham. 25; Lydia III., W. L.. Hatchett, 25; Jack of Spades, C. E. Griffith, ,700; Celto. C. E. Griffith, ,100; Miss Burgomaster, G. W. Billerman, 00; Miss Sweep, W. J. Dugan, 00; Louise Mack, J. J. Holtman, 00; Brig o Dee, C. J. Fibs Gerald, 25; Blazeaway, Armenia Stable, 60; Coming Out, J. Garwood. 00. The management announced during the afternoon that the horses would be called to the post for the first race Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 at two oclock Havana time. Mi Lowenstein has purchased of E. Baxter the contract for apprentice George Alexander Stark and the latter will shortly be seen with the Lowenstein colors up. J. J. MeCafferty leaves for the States next week to take up the division of J. S. Tyrees horses which have been wintering at the Benning course near Washington.

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