Sunday Racing at Havana: Immense Crowd Enjoys Sport at Oriental Park, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-01


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SUNDAY RAGING AT HAVANA H- .9 - J Immense Crowd Enjoys Sport at Oriental Park. Grundy Scores Impressive Victory in the Main Race of the Day. HAVANA. Cuba, November 30. An immense; crowd was present today to witness the first Sundays racing of the 1919-1920 meeting of the Cuba-American Jockey and Auto Tub. Many distinguished personages of the Cuban capital occupied the lioxes, while in the grandstand there was not a vacant seat and standing room was at a premium. The betting ring was a seething mass of humanity and the crowd kept both the liookmakers and the mutiiel machines busy throughout the afternoon. There was no change in the beautiful summerlike weather that has prevailed since the opening of the sport here, the day being clear and warm, while the track was at its lest. Racing secretary Martin Nathan-son provided a nicely-balanced program of seven races for the initial Sundays sport. with the Oriental Park Handicap, a dash of a mile and a sixteenth, for all ages, as the principal feature. It was the east against Kentucky in this race, and the Blue Grass State delegation lost heavily when Grundy ran away from their choice, W. F. Poisons Ruforil. Grundy saved ground on all the turns, and displaying tremendous speed drew away in the stretch and had a four lengths advantage over Ruford at the end. It was n fust run race, the mile time being 1:3Sand and the mile and a sixteenth 1:455 . The public began the afternoon auspiciously in selecting Polar Cub. a two-year-old from the breeding establishment of G. W. Wingfield of Reno, Nev., and racing in the colors of C. E. Wright, to win the opening dash. T. Murray rode Polar Cub and he immediately sent him to the front with the rise of the barrier. The Ossary colt displayed a keen order of sliced and outdistanced his opponents throughout, winning eased up. Senor Diaz Hatrack was second, but it required Pickens best efforts to withstand the fast closing rush of Horace Lerch. The second race brought together a big bund of platers, of which Mae Murray was considered best. Such was not the case, however, the favorite failing to run up to the expectations of her admirers and was never prominent. The winner turned up iu Riverside, which raced Pierrot into defeat at the half mile post and when Robert L. Owen challenged in the stretch shook him off and won in resolute fashion. The public made no mistakes in the third and fourth races, John Jr. and Money being the choices and both won in commanding style. W. V. Thraves Marse John was the choice in the fifth race and won. but by a close margin, having to stand a hard drive to outstay Point to Point. There was considerable support for Sycamoor in this race, which, after displaying the most speed for a half mile, bled and was pulled up. Messrs. C. A. Stonoham and John J. Mcfiraw, with their families, were occupants of boxes in an exclusive portion of the stand. The stewards suspended jockey Lux for five days for not keeping place with Corydon in the last race on Saturday when he blocked Berlin at the sixteenth post. H. R. Shares of the Flanders Hotel. New York, was down for the opening of the meeting. He sails for New York tomorrow. E. R. Thomas arrved from New York as a visitor this afternoon and expects to remain some time. Nineteen pari-mutuel machines were in operation in the betting pavilion and there were also sixteen books in the line.

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