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MAY SELL HAVANA TRACK G. W. Loft Makes Liberal Offer for Controlling Interest. r Senor A. H, Diaz and Other Cuban Turfmen Interested in the Deal. HAVAXA, Cuba, March 4. Before sailing for Xew York this morning George W. Loft made a liberal offer to H. I. Brown for the controlling interest of the Cuba-American Jockey Club in behalf of himself, Senor A. H. Diaz and other influential interests of Cuba. Mr. Brown is considering the proposition, and if the sale is made he will retire from racing and will travel and look after his extensive realty Interests in Florida and California. Possession of the property in any event would not pass until the conclusion of the present meeting, early in April. If the sale should be made C. J. Fitz Gerald will succeed Mr. Brown as general manager. Numerous improvements which liave been planned during the year, including enlargement of the clubhouse, will be carried to completion later under the supervision of the present management. There have been numerous American visitors to the Oriental Park course the present winter, among them being Mr. and Sirs. Samuel D. Riddle or the Glen Riddle Farms. Wm. C Eustis, Robert Bacon. Jr.. Theodore Douglas Robinson, Harold Weeks. Milton Hershey, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Brnnell and Samuel Lazarus, all of whom are familiar with the best equipped racing plants in America, and they all pronounce Oriental Park as one of - the most picturesque, and complete .courses- .ever- seen; and" they prophesy a great future for the thoroughbred in Cuba. Kay Spence scored a double during tho afternoon when Blondel and Sasenta won the third and sixth races respectively. Lunsford rode both winners. Blondel won his race in easy fashion, but it was quite different with Sasenta. The- Eyebrow filly was reserved during the early running", moved up In the homestretch and, disposing of Breeze, the pacemaker, outstayed Gordon Russell in a game finish, in which Lunsford materially aided the filly. Todays sport was full of thrills, with well-backed horses carrying the majority of the races, in which the finishes were close and exciting. This was particularly so in the fifth, Kimpalong and Ante measuring strides in a..terrific stretch duel, the outcome of which was in doubt until the numbers were posted. Kimpalong was given the decision by a nose. The Diaz stable furnished the winner of the two-year-old race when Sen Bat beat eight other youngsters in the opener. Rapid Firer won the Breeders Purse, having a half length the best of Wald Master. The mile and twenty yards race, run as the fourth, fell to Fritz Ernst, the English-bred gelding coining from behind and wresting the lead from First Ballot in the last eighth and was drawing away at the end.