Better Going in Sight: New Orleans Tracks Improving Following Cessation of Rain, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-01


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BETTER GOING IN SIGHT New Orleans Tracks Improving Following Cessation of Rain : Adverse Weather and Track Conditions Have Confined Racing to the Poorer Horses. NEW ORLEANS, La.. November 30. Under a warm sun and a stiff breeze tin- Jefferson Park track lriel out to a large extent today, anil while it will not lie fast for the inauguration of the weeks racing tomorrow, it will no doubt have reached a good Mage. Harrows were kept on it from daylight until dark and the "dogs" were put up against the inner rail so that that section of tne course could not be cut up by horses exercising while it was drying out. There were not many horses, out for works at Jefferson lark this morning, but the Fair Grounds track was crowded until well along toward noon. The "dogs" were up there also, but that course had dried out more than Jefferson lark and much better time was the rule in the work-outs. Several hundred persons visited the old track to watch the thoroughbreds work, the main attraction for them being the coming two-year-olds, of which there were large numbers on the course. The extensive improvements being made there came in for close inspection on the part of the sighseers and were the subject of much favorable comment. Thus far in the Jefferson lark meeting mud and rain have been the controlling factors, and as a result racing secretary J. II. Campbell has had to content himself witli getting the cheaper grade ot hoi-sOi.Jnto netknu- There are stables- full of goad? racers here, but most of them are adverse to a soft track, hence the races intended for them have not filled like they would had the going been fast. Tim weather man is the most consistent performer in these parts, as he has yet to fail to give Jefferson Park an overdose of rain each year since racing began there, and he seems to be nt hi bpst on holidays and Saturdays, when the largest crowds arc on hand. The horses which have contested in the three days racing to date have been gathered from all sections of the country, and there is little wonder that form lias leeii scattered to the four winds. Only six favorites have won out of twenty-one races, and this shows how much trouble the choice backers are having in their efforts to classify the horses. Tiie muddy going has also proved a drawback in this respect. One of the big surprises of the meeting during its brief career to date is the showing mad. by the horses which came from Kentucky, as they are sweeping everything in sight with seventeen victories to their credit in three days. The eastern representatives in the cheaper division seem to be helpless before them, but it remains to be seen whether the same will be true when the higher class horses begin competing. However, the Kentuekinn have better representation than ever in all classes this year and the big edge that thov have their rivals thus far will be a big help to them in carrying off honors for the winter season. A new high-water mark was reached here on Saturday when forty-two layers cut in, this being four more than quoted odds on Thanksgiving Day. There is no complaint of lack of betting, the aggregate this year being greater than ever bifore. Even with the downfall of fifteen choices in. three days, most of the larger operators have not laid up a whole lot. as some of the winners have been unusu-iilly well backed at fair prices. It develoiHd that Jack Mount, a starter in the Thanksgiving Handicap, came out of the race with :i cut on one. of his legs and the injured member lias filled considerably since.

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