Theyre off at Havana: Racing at Oriental Park Begins Under Favorable Conditions, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-01


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i 3 1 f a o r r y I I t I J 1 J 1 1 1 1 i s 1 1 1 1 i i i ; ! l i L j s t - . t i t 3 i i i 1 l i :. d 1 j 2 e y e - s - e y :, e 1 i, THEYRE OFF AT HAVANA Racing at Oriental Park Begins Under Favorable Conditions. Immense Crowd Welcomes Return of the Thoroughbred Sea Prince Wins the Thanksgiving Handicap. HAVANA, Cuba, November 30. The racing at Oriental Park for the winter season of 1922-1923 was ushered in under most favorable conditions with perfect weather i and a well-balanced program which brought out an immense gathering to welcome the return of the thoroughbred to Havana. The majority of winners paid their backers handsome returns and the public appeared 1 well satisfied with the change from the book- 1 ing system of wagering to mutuels. i The two feature races furnished upsets, i Belle of Elizabethtown beating the favorite, Dr. Hickman, by a length in the three-quar- , ters dash, while Sea Prince came from last place in the stretch to capture, the Thanks- : giving Handicap of ,000. 1 Sea Princes success in the Thanksgiving Handicap came after Cromwell tired in the : last sixteenth. The popular Daly racer had moved to the front entering the stretch and appeared all over the winner, then suddenly . tired and Sea Prince, which had closed a big gap, had enough speed in reserve to go to the : front and win by two lengths. It was nip and tuck between Belle of Elizabethtown and Dr. Hickman in the secondary feature and not until the final strides was the formers victory certain. MARIONETTE IS SPEEDY. The honor of winning the first race of the meeting fell to President Thomas Monahan of the Cuba-American Jockey and Auto Club when his promising Olambala filly Marionette scored by four lengths from Gonwithim and Noon Glide. The filly was an odds-on choice and ran accordingly. After indulging Havana Electric with the lead during the early running she drew clear rounding the far turn and soon increased her advantage to win in a canter. Havana Electric quit in the last quarter and after his elimination Gonwithim, Noon Glide and Margaret Ware put up a great battle for the minor portions of the purse, the trio crossing the winning line in the order named separated by inches, with the result in doubt until the final strides. The withdrawal of Mumbo Jumbo from the second race left Apple Jack II. the pronounced choice and he, like Marionette, rewarded the followers of form by finishing first a length in advance of Carrie Moore. Away to a good start Carrie Moore dashed to the rfont and, racing on the inside all the way, set a good pace. Apple Jack II. was always in nearest pursuit and the pair practically ran away from the others. Entering the stretch Barnes called on Apple Jack II. and the favorite, responding gamely, soon was on even terms with the pacemaker and then in a few more strides was in front and drawing away. He won easily, while Carrie Moore had no opposition for second honors. RAS AT LONG ODDS. The unexpected happened with the run- ning of the five and a half furlongs of the third race, when B. Mocks Ras outlasted Huron II. and Currency, the pair most favored by the speculatively inclined. It was a rattling finish, the smallest of margins separating the placed trio. Huron II. was the pacemaker and he was closely pursued by Currency and Ras. There was little to choose between the three, as they raced along almost in perfect alignment, Entering the homestretch the real battle began. Huron II. still held a slight lead, but his early struggle with Currency began to tell and when Ras finally drew abreast he slowly gave way and the Mock colt in a terrific burst of speed in the final strides caught the judges eye first and was awarded the verdict by a neck, while Huron II.s margin over Currency was about a nose. Ras, the winner of the second race, paid 3.40 in the mutuels. Pat Hinphy, who raced here last year, has returned with a string of five horses Chi- mera, Peggy Rives, Swiftcricket, Kinetic and Mike. Owner Seifert will have Sevillian, George W. and Arravan to carry his colors during the winter. Arravan was acquired by Sei- fert from Edward Trotter during the Dade Park meeting. J. F. Hines, the Canadian owner, who has his stable here in charge of R. A. Carter, has secured first call on the services of jockey George Walls for this meeting, Albert Levy, a native of New York City, who arrived from the North a few days ago, died suddenly yesterday morning as the re- suit of an attack of heart disease. Mr. Levy was making his first visit to Cuba and was to have been employed at the clubhouse. His remains will be shipped to New York for interment. E. W. Scripps, accompanied by his family and a party of friends, reached Havana yes- terday, making the trip from the States Continued on twelfth page. THEYRE OFF AT HAVANA Continued from flr3t page. aboard the yacht Ohio, which is making her maiden voyage, a tour around the world. Old Riverside, which in past years has been a consistent winner for the Armonia Stable and races this year under the colors of the Caimito Stable, will make his first appearance of the meeting in a few days. The horse has been showing good gallops and appears as good as ever. A big party of New Yorkers is looked for about holiday time. Havana is booming and everyone is predicting the greatest tourist . season in the history of the island. Jack Nasmyph of Toronto, Canada; Jack McCourt of Covington, Ky., and William Hinkle of Louisville are among the recent arrivals from the North.

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