Favorites Gay Deceivers: Not a Solitary First Choice Wins at Tijuana Thursday, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-16


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FAVORITES GAY DECEIVERS Not a Solitary First Choice Wins at Tijuana Thursday. Horsemanship of Jockey II. Long Outstanding Incident of Days Racing He Rides Trio of Winners. SAN DIEGO, Cal., December 15. The lack of winning favorites, not a solitary choice being able to score brackets, and the superb horsemanship of the midget western apprentice jockey Herman Long were incidents which caused interesting discussion of yesterdays racing at Tijuana, while no horses with which extremely long prices were associated were victorious. The talent were not at sea by any means, for well-supported second and third choices were the successful ones to annex purses. When it was all over a youth of the saddle seemed to occupy the center of the stage. This is jockey Herman Long. This mite of a lad began riding here last winter and has been steadily climbing the ladder of fame. His record for Thursday was meritorious, for he greeted the judges from the charmed circle on three occasions, riding Merry Lass, Ternette and Prince Direct to victory. In piloting Prince Direct first past the winning post in the fifth and feature race of the day Long displayed some artistic saddle work. Prince Direct is a thoroughbred which likes to come from behind and dislikes being urged during the early stages of the contest. Long must have been aware of this, for he sat still until passing the three-eighths post, where lie called on the son of Rey Hindoo to do his best. With a well-timed rush the horse disposed of Rajah, one of the pacemakers, and forging to the front it was "all over but the shouting," as the saying goes as regards the winner. Prince Direct was home first by a good length, with Rajah taking a close decision from Bill Head. Those who backed the favorite, Cavalcadour II., were doomed to disappointment when the horse, in one of his ugly moods, refused to leave the barrier until the others were well on their way. TERNETTE OUTSTAYS HAZEL DALE. Jockey Long started off the day auspiciously when he came down in front with Merry Lass, a winner by two and a half lengths from Baisy and Fond Hope. The rider took no chanced with his mount, and although she had a safe lead midway in the stretch he went to the whip industriously and did not cease punishing the mare until the winning line had been passed. It was Long again in the second that rode the winner when Ternette outstayed Hazel Dale, the odds-on favorite, in a busy finish. The old mare, from the Irwin barn, which has failed repeatedly at a short price, showed the most early speed, but when it came to the final brush she was not quite equal to the task and her colors were lowered in favor of Ternette. Thrills, which had she won would have paid the even amount of 100 to 1, was third and best of the others. Deckhand had a slight call over Leta as regards favoritism, and these two had most attention at the finish of one mile and seventy yards, with the latter taking somewhat of any easy victory. Deckhand had his troubles saving second place from Little Orphan, which would probably have captured second money in another stride. Jack Elrick, a wealthy owner of oil property in Southern California, played host to a party of Los Angeles friends at a luncheon at the clubhouse yesterday. Elrick has planned to enter the thoroughbred sport as an owner and has asked Colonel R. L. Baker to put a price on the good long-distance horse Georgie. Should the deal be consummated the horse will be placed in charge of L. II. Tryon, who is training a public stable here. "Buster" Keaton, well-known film comedian, will make a special trip to the track Sunday from Hollywood to have a look at the colt Buster Keaton, named in his honor. This colt, a son of Atheling II. and bred at the Nevada Stock Farm, is owned by J. C. McKay of Reno. The owner and the film comedian have been close friends for years and it was in compliment to the latter that McKay used his friends name for the juvenile. Eleventh hour entries are being received for the Coffroth Handicap and the other liberal stakes to be decided during the Tijuana meeting. The stakes will be closed to entry December 16, and those with be!ated nominations will receive official recognition if their entries are telegraphed up to midnight of the date mentioned.

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