Favorites Prove Elusive at Havana: Cromwell Only Outstanding Choice to Score-Several Close Finishes Enliven Sport, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-29


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FAVORITES PROVE ELUSIVE AT HAVANA Cromwell Only Outstanding Choice to Score Several Close Finishes Enliven Sport.- IIAVANA. Cuba. November 2S. The second day of the Oriental lark meeting found the same pleasing weather and ideal track conditions that prevailed yesterday and, while the attendance was much smaller compared with the great crowd of opening day, nevertheless it was of generous proportions. Eleven two-year-old maidens faced the starter in the first race. The Cuban-owned Grey Rump was raced into exhaustion before going a half and was no match for the Dick Welles filly Perfect Lady when the latter challenged entering .the homestretch, with the result that the last mentioned drew away quite easily in the last eighth and won by a safe margin.. The Primero Handicap was the principal offering of the day and it resulted In an easily achieved victory for the lightly weighted Cromwell. He was well backed and, setting a fast pace all the way, drew away to win in a canter in the final sixteenth. Senor Diaz Ziiluland carried too much flesh and ran poorly, being outdistanced throughout. The old Cederstrome gelding Betterton provided a surprise in the second race by outstaying Walter Mack in a close finish. Retterton, quoted at 10 to 1 in the betting, raced close up to the pacemaker throughout, caught him tiring in the stretch and ;passed him in the last few .strides. Dimitri, the favorite in the race, ran fairly well, but was not persevered with. T.W" .ofthe days disappointments came front the, stable of WMIaHi8Bro!..V .StnrBalIy;:i tiiFrtutrtr?and-Grace in the following race. Roth finished last in their respective races-. Gold Stone provided a surprise by beating Dainty Lady by a neck In a grueling finish in the third, the winner being one of the extreme outsiders in a betting way. The fourth fell to Arthur Middleton, the old Kentucky gelding winning in a canter. Manager II. D. Brown said today that the opening day attendance was one of the largest in the history of the course. Oriental Park never looked prettier, and certainly impressed the many newcomers here for the first time. The addition, of many flower beds scattered about the grounds has further enhanced the beauty "of the place. A large delegation of New Yorkers, headed by C. A. Stoueham and J. J. McGraw, the new-owners of Oriental Park, were on hand for the opening. The following stables are scheduled to arrive from Maryland next Monday: H. Kennedy, S. Ross, F. Dayton, E. Cousins, F. Kearns; B. B. Rice, I. McDonald, P. Louder. The following are due to arrive next Wednesday: George Sherman, M. Jordan, 1. S. Mountain, F. Garrett, A. Tempest, A. Davidson, W. Fenwick, M. Grist, W. Daly, It. D. Carter, J. OConnor and A. C. Henderson. Jockey R. Koppleman arrived today and will accept mounts here. Stuart Polk, who developed jockey Fator here last winter, lias taken the hoys younger brother. Edward, and will attempt to make a good rider of him. The youngster had his first mount on Enos on the opening day. Jockey J. Foley arrived Friday from Toronto, Canada.

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