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FAVORITES WATERLOO Not a First Choice Victorious at Oriental Park Tuesday. Finishes Extremely Close, Particularly So in Three Last Races of the Afternoon. HAVANA. Cuba. December 19. Not a favorite won at Oriental Park today. The nearest approach was Runnan in the fourth. In fact, he was an almost equal favorite with End Man and as both were backed to the exclusion of the others there was as much satisfaction expressed over the success of the Moody representative as if End Man had won. Incidentally this was the best contest of the afternoon. End Man was away first and soon in the lead setting a fast pace. Run-nan and San Diego raced in closest pursuit, with Currency also among the forward ones. Rounding the far turn End Man increased his lead and appeared an easy winner when he suddenly tired and both Runnan and San Diego challenged. The trio measured strides all through the last sixteenth and crossing the winning line so closely bunched that the spectators were not certain of the result until the official numbers were posted. Runnan was given the verdict by a nose, while End Man was awarded second place, a head in front of San Diego. Again in the fifth race, at one mile and fifty yards, the finish was extremely close, five of the seven starters having an almost equal chance to take first honors. In the final strides Mallowmot drew clear to win by a half length, with only inches separating Harlock, Duke Ruff, Black Top, Bond and Rog. TZT8G 15. BY A JfOSE. Thrills galore came with the decision of the concluding race of the afternoon when King B. wrested the lead from Misericorde and earned the decision by a nose after a hard-fought battle. Nine maiden two-year-olds made up the field in the introductory dash of the afternoon. There was strong support for the Oncck Stables Forwam. This colt had limited racing experience, having started three times at the Timonium meeting in Maryland, but he was held in the nature of a "good thing" here. "While he displayed good early speed he ran green and tired, finishing in fifth place. The winner turned up in Sweet Cookie, which under G. Walls energetic finish outlasted Gray Bonnet by a head. Moonlit Way, carrying the colors of R. T. Wilson, president of Saratoga Racing Association, and making her initial debut on the turf, threatened to run away with the race, displaying a fine order of speed, only to tire after leading to the stretch. "Father Bill" Daly furnished the winner of the second in Equator, which defeated the favorite. Toe the Mark, in a rousing finish. The start found The Enquirer in front and he set a fast pace, leading by a comfortable margin until well in the stretch. Equator had been kept in a forward position and under hard riding managed to pass the pacemaker in the last quarter and then gamely held Toe the Mark safe when the latter threatened to snatch the victory in the last few strides. DOUBLE FOS W. TAYLOR, W. Taylor, who scored with Equator in the second, came right back in the following dash and made it a double when he brought home McLane first, with My Friend Pat finishing second a nose in advance of the favorite, Puff Ball. Taylor rode a good race on the winner, saving him from the fast early pace, leaving My Friend Pat and Puff Ball to show the way until well within the stretch. He then finished fast on tlie outside and after passing the leaders in the last sixteenth drew clear at the end. With the holiday season setting in crowds have increased noticeably. Todays racing conditions could not have been improved. The management announced that the racing would be held every day until January 7 and thereafter every day except Monday. The program for tomorrow comprises seven races. This is made necessary owning to the number of entries made in some of tlie dashes, which have been split. J. F. Hynes, the owner of a stable being campaigned at Oriental Park, departed yesterday for his home in Toronto to spend the holidays with his family. Mr. Hynes will inspect a number of yearlings, Kings Plate candidates, which he lias at his farm near Toronto. William Dondas was another horseman who took his departure yesterday for his home at Covington, Ky., where he will stay for several weeks. D. Louder sold at private terms to R. A. Forsha Mayor Galvin, tlie six-year-old gelding by Marathon Shawana. Frank S. Peabody, a New York detective sergeant, who has been enjoying a brief va- cation at Havana, returned home yesterday. Dr. ODonnell reported that he had applied the firing irons to Hcrron, the Cuban Derby winner. The colt has been bothered with weak ankles for some time. G. Smiths Starkader bowed a tendon while being galloped Tuesday morning and was excused from starting in the third race. A large number of the crew from the British Cruiser Valerian, now in Havana harbor, were out to enjoy the races this afternoon. The good filly Indian Chant will be an absentee from racing for several weeks, owing to ailment to one of her legs.