Not a Favorite Wins at Havana: Changed Track Conditions Result in the Complete Rout of the Public Choices, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-03


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NOT A FAVORITE WINS AT HAVANA Changed Track Conditions Result in tho Complete Rout of the Public Choices. HAVANA. Cuba. December 2. The change from fast to a slow track played havoc with the selections of the public at Oriental Park today. They suffered a complete rout, not a first, choice scoring during the afternoon. In the Aimendares Handicap, the principal offering. Skiles Knob was thought to-be best, but he proved no match for the three-year-old Cromwell, which easily took the lead after going a half and drew far away at the cud. Hamilton A. found the going unsuited to him and tired badly. Major Bradley, a son of Hessian, found the going to his liking and won the opening dash in runaway fashion, while Queen Gaffney and Ray Atkin, the equal favorites, seemed unable to extend themselves and were trailers throughout. Edward, a younger brother of jockey L. Fator, who made his debut in the saddle here on opening day in the colors of G. Polk, who also developed L. Fator, was not long in breaking into the winning column. He rode Enos to victory in the second race, defeating the favorite. Lady Langden, in decisive style. The best finish of the afternoon came with the niuning of the third race. Driffield and Avion raced almost on equal terms throughout, with Golden Chance right at their heels. There was no telling the winner as they came running through the stretch. However, Driffield hung on to the slight advantage lie had enjoyed from the start and was awarded the decision in n hot finish, less than half a length separating the first three as they crossed the winning line. Avion was second, a head in advance of Golden Chance, which finished fastest of nil. Another close finish came in the following race, which found two of the extreme outsiders first and second in Leoti Fay and Magic Mirror respectively. Leoti Fav raced the pacemaker. Hasty Cora, into defeat entering the stretch and tnen gamely out-staved Magic Mirror, when the latter threatened in the final sixteenth. Dainty Lady, the favorite, finished fast and gaining after beginning slowly. The final dash of the afternoon proved easy for Buck Nail, the old gelding leading home another veteran in Ellison by five lengths.

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