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FINE NEW ORLEANS RACING « . Track at Its Best with the Horses Responding Accordingly. 1 Ncddam Takes the Feature From Gourmand — Passepartout First at Long Odds. i ♦ NKW OKLKANS, La., Fchruary 22— An attractive program brought to the Fair Grounds an Iwme holiday throng. Summer heat was again the rule and a lightning fast track favored the fcorni. Tlie George Washington Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth featured and, while only four started here, they were of the top Batchers in this locality anil insured a spirited contest. Neddam was installed the favored one and he made good, hut not before he had given his sappst tors an anxious period in the last eighth, where the vastly improved GWflld seemed sure of overhauling him. Neddam. under a good ride bf Wilson, raced into a long lead, as if about to spread-each the Others, and, in the first half, had a lead of a half dozen lengths and npiwrently hail the race at his mercy. Gourmand at this time was ■ laggard in last place With Slippery Kim. the one seeming most likely to give the winner contention. Neddam continued his flight until rounding into the stretch where he suddenly displayed distress ttgailH Abaat the same time Gourmand roused up and. swiftly rushing by Bygone DajTS, took after Slippery Kim and Neddam. He was running gamely and about to paaa Slippery Kim when he suddenly wavered as if interfered with. This gave Neddam the opportunity to keep in the van and win by a scant length. Gourmand heading Slippery Kim in the last twvnty yards for second place. The handicap for three-year-olds, at three-quarters, served as a supplementary feature, and it brought to the peat several highly rated ones, including Brilliant Kay and St. Maurice. The former was a pionoiiuccd favorite and the recipient of confident support. In the running he flattered extensively and seemed a certain winner when rounding the turn for home, but the extreme outsider Passepartout would not be denied and fur nished the Bpset i»f the afternoon by winnin- easily, with R Martin holding him under restraint. H weepy, under hard riding, outstayed Brilliaat Bay. St. ktaarieea ihowtatt was poor. Tne two year old dash beginning the sport was again pioductiw in success fur the favorite. On Ihh occasion it was Hughie. but his margin of victory Bras a Barrow aae and it required Turners biit tiding to bring him to the finish a tcaat head in front of Baaie H. .Tosephine C., an outsider, lint well backed, finished third. Blue Jeans was favorite for the second race, but she was away badly and had to close a big gap to finish second. Tort Light, running in his best recent form, being enabled M a result to s.ore a lucky victory over her. with Lady Mildred third. F. GEEINGS FIRST SUCCESS. I.aigneur. which 1. Gcring claimed at the last Hot Springs meeting, earned the first purse that has fallen to the portion of the Gering racing establishment in some time when he outstayed Tody to win the fifth race, a mile and seventy yaria dash, tody had a narrow escape from succumbing to Uigh OCT for second place. Deep Sinker enabled Turner to score his s -ond w Mining mount of the afternoon. Wheat he finished m advance of Miracle Man with the favorite, Matches Mary, a distant last. The final race fell to Corson, which got up in the last sixteenth to ail froaa Attorney Mail and Current Events, the favorites. Royal Duck and lluonee. retiring in the last eighth. Among the visitors this afternoon and attracting vast attention were the film stars Constance and Norma Talmadgc. Tiny evinced keen inerest in the sport and witnessed the feature raced from the judges .stand, guests of the judges. The sick list among the jockeys is assuming greater proportions than ever before. A Gantnor spent several days in a local hospital with a light attack of influenza and was discharged yesterday. Mack Gamer is confined to his bed with a severe rati, while Lewis Morris has been ailing since last Saturday. Woodthrush. which Kemy Door, a local sportsman, purchased several days ago. has been acquired by J. A. Coburn. He trained him for Dorr. Trainer J. EL Deavenport plans to take Bunga Duck and Minute Man to Havana on Mitch 1. its soon as the controversy over the formers eligibility to one of the rich stakes there is settled. Deavenport was mistakenly advised regarding the running of one of the big races there and declared Bunga Buck out. as he could not reach the island in time for its running. Liter he received the information that the stake in ipiestion is not to be decided until March 12. Whether the horse will be permitted to start or not after having been declared is up to the Havana stewards. If they rule that he is eligible he will bo shipped there. Word was received at the Fair Grounds yesterday that Montfort Jones, owner of the largest stable on the Kentucky circuit, who has been ill of pneumonia for several weeks, has passed the crisis and is convalescing rapidly. He is at his home in Bristow. Ok la. J. V. Shipp has disposed of Kosie II., two-year-old laughter of Astronomer— Bllen M., and winner of two races at the Fair Grounds to Mrs. F. Farrar. She started in her new owners interests in the opening race today. Marmouget and Delatour have purchased Annette Teller from Kay Miller. The sale was private. W. A. Burttschell sold the contract which he held on jockey Tony Pecararo to H. Neusteter.. Iecaraio is a New Orleans boy of little experience, and. as Burttschell is well provided with regular jockeys. as well as beginners, he decided to plnce the lad with a stable where he will get a chaiice to ride occasionally. Koyal Duck was claimed out of the seventh race by J. S. Hays for ,700. Hays was represented by Lazy Lou.