Backers Fare Well at Jefferson: Most of the Races Fall to Favorites and Second Choices over a Good Track, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-13


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I BACKERS FARE WELL AT JEEFERS0N ; ; ." , Most of the Races Fall to Favorites and Second Choices Over a Good Track. NEW ORLEANS, La., December 11. An average Fridays card was provided for the patrons of Jefferson Park this afternoon and,, from the way they came out in droves to view its decision, they evidently thought well pf its promise. They were rewarded by discovering :i fast and improving track and by witnessing the favorites wiu three out of the first four races, the other falling to well supported second choices. After that It was different and long-priced ones had their inning. The Freneh-bred filly Courcelles put favorite backers on good terms witli themselves when she galloped home an easy winner of the first race, with Revolution and The Gallant her nearest attendants. She had leen backed down from 4 to 1 to 11 to 5 and .with good reason, as the result showed. Little Maudie had run well in her last race and was a well supported second, choice in the second race. A plunge on Phrone Ward sufficed to make her. the favorite, but it was misdirected and she was well back in the ruck at the finish. Little Maudie took the lead at once and never gave the others a chance and placed the purse to the" credit of James Arthur by a good five lengths, with Miss Manage second and Sarasota third. Jockeys Connelly and Kirschbaum will ride no more this winter, if the stewards adhere to their decision made yesterday, when they notified both riders to accept no more mounts. No formal ruling was issued against them. They were simply informed to make no more engagements. It is said that this action is a forerunner to a general elimination of riders who make a practice of having bets made for them. Charles Walker, at one time extensively identified witli turf operations, and a member of the firm of Chambers and Walker, was among the late arrivals. T. J. P. "Chicago" OBrien was among the arrivals yesterday and will remain for the remainder of the racing season. Jockey Jack Sullivan, who rode Watersmeet to victory in the first race Thursday at Jefferson Park, is a New Orleans product, and he made the third rider this winter so far to win for the first time at the Shrewsbury track. The other two were . Ponce and G. Yeargin. The diminutive pigskin artist is an employe of the J. W. McClelland stable, and owner McClelland is confident that he will develop into a high-elnss jockey. He has not had many mounts, but has gained considerable experience in exercising horses. So well does McClelland think of him that he entrusted the crack Eternal to him in his trials, and he worked him for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Latonia Derby and other big stakes in which he contested. The many friends of George Cooper will be shocked to learn of his serious illness, and lie has been ordered by his physicians to leave here for higher altitudes. He will depart tonight for New Mexico. After one day of inactivity the claiming brigade broke loose yesterday and II. Tullett claimed Sweet Apple from G. W. Forman for 00 and O. B. Harris took Marasmus for ,000 from J. A. Gun-eheon. Tiie latter was the highest priced claim of the meeting. Guncheon obtained the horse earlier in the meeting in the same manner for ,000.

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