Day of Excellent Sport: Seven - Race Program Provides Stirring Finishes at Havana, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-21


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i DAY OF EXCELLENT SPORT . Seven-Race Program Provides Stirring Finishes at Havana. e Littla Black Sheep Defeats Buddie Kcan in Fast Mile Three Noses Apart at Eud of Third Race. HAVANA, Cuba, December 20. A seven-race program provided the Oriental Park patrons this afternoon with some excellent sport and stirring finishes were the order, several winners being in doubt until the official placing was displayed. The first four races were at sprint distances and the last three at a mile or over. The Once Around Handicap at a mile was tho pricipal attraction. It was for all ages and three of the five starters were two-year-olds. Blue Hawk, a recent arrival from Maryland, making his first appearance of the meeting in this race, was the medium of heavy backing, but ran one of his disappointing races, and brought up in the rear of the procession at the finish. The winner turned up in Little Black Sheep, which made all the pace and beat Buddie Kean by three parts of a length. Little Black Sheep has been running at shorter distance races and todays was her first at a mile. She led all the way and ran the mile in 1:38. Buddie Keans performance was below his best form. STJSIANA ALL TnE WAY. Susiana made a runaway affair of the first race. She raced into a long lead in the early stages and Stutts took hold of her in the stretch run, but at the finish had to sit down and ride her out. Illusionist, which came from behind, closed with a rush and just failed to get up, being beaten by a nose. Another tight fit came with the running of the second race when Ray Atkin came up from the rear division in the run through the homestretch and fighting it out with Hat-rack outlasted the latter to win by a head. The early pacemakers, Jill and Smite, quit to a walk in the last eighth. In the third race Deertrail, Major Domo and Bobbed Hair Hashed past the winning mark as named, noses apart, in the most sensational finish of the meeting. Bobbed Hair made the early pace, but was tiring, while Major Domo came from behind and closed with a rush. Had the latter not been pulled up at the start he might have won, as he was gaining with every stride at tlie end. Cock o the Roost trailed the leaders in the first half of the fourth race, but when Stutts let him down in the homestretch he finished with great speed on the outside and was wearing down the tiring pacemaker. He got up in the final stride and beat Riverside by a length. Czardom was under pressure all through the homestretch in the sixth race to withstand the challenge of Prospector, but lasted long enough to win by half a length. QUAKERS NARROW VICTORY. In the concluding race Quaker, after making most of the pace, tired badly in the eighth, but managed to hang on long enough to beat Tamper by a head. William Jarvis, a prominent broker of New York, arrived in Havana recently for a brief vacation and was among todays visitors. Jockey A. Gantner, who has been riding here with indifferent success, believes that he can do better at the Jefferson Park meeting and has arranged to leave Saturday forj New Orleans. j Nate Koeningsberg. a well-known manu- j facturer of New York, is making his third annual visit to Cuba and was among todays visitors at Oriental Park. Ray Atkin, the winner of the second race today, paid his few backers the record winning price of the meeting when the son of Jack Atkin and Lady Robbins rewarded his supporters with 3.90 for each wagered. The previous high price was paid by Cavalier on December 3, when his backers drew down 5.80 for each ?2 invested. When Guthridge brought Deertrail home a winner in the third it marked the boys first winning mount of the meeting. He put up a mighty strong finish that would have done credit to a much more experienced rider. Bobbed Hair, owned by the Summit Stable, and trained by Archie Zimmer, was the hottest tip of the afternoon, was backed into strong favoritism to win the third, but failed to get better than third money. She is by Helmet Miss Ringlets and bred by B. R. Bradley.

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