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speed of muam A Gives Him an Easy Victory i.i Jeffersons Main Race. Bedazzle Wins Owner Bradley His First Race of the Meeting Crack o Dawn First. NEW ORLEANS. La., December 23. In the three-quarters handicap that featured todays card, the best that lias been offered during the present meeting; William A., running in the colors of his new owner, W. M. Cain, who claimed him in his last race, displayed some of his old time form that prompted Sam Hildreth to pay 0,000 forj him. His graduation from the selling ranlcs to the handicap division was sudden, but warranted, judging by the impressive fashion in which he took into camp some speedy ones that included the E. R. Bradley pair, Best Pal and Boy from Home. There were eight starters in the ,000 dash with My Reverie the favored one and the Bradley pair next in demand. William A. also found substantial support, as did Auntie May. The Bradley pair were promptly dispatched in the lead. Boy from Home leading his sta-blemate and tliey continued to dominate until the stretch turn was reached, where William A. found clear sailing and rushed into the lad to ultimately win by a good margin, Best Pal linishing in second place, having a lengths margin over his stablemate. Myj Reveries showing was decidedly a poor one and she raced badly throughout, eventually winding up in last place. On his race this afternoon William A. appears to loom up as : formidable for the best to tackle. Originally j he was bought by Chester Applegate as a yearling for ,100. After winning several good races with him, lie was sold to Sam Hildreth for 0,000. He was a failure in the Rancocas Stable and at a weeding-out sale last fall he was secured by William Daniel for ,600. His present owner claimed him at a cost of ,200 last week after he had won an easy victory. I E. R. Bradley scored his first victory of the winter season when his Bedazzle beat Leslie home in the opener after a hard-fought effort to dispose of the J. T. Looney representative. Bedazzle was outpaced during the early part of the race, but she settled down and came fast in the stretch, overhauling Leslie in the last sixteenth. FIRST FOR APPLEGATE. Another owner to break into the winning division during the afternoon was Chester Applegate. whose Orcus led a band of fairly fe-ood ones home in the second race. Trantula was the well meant one here, but he failed to get any part of the purse, second place going to Kirklevington, a stoutly backed one, with May Roberts, an outsider, taking third place. Babin, who had the mount on Orcus, followed with a victory on St Donard in the succeeding race. It was a lucky win for the horse, for Tody was much the best and only lost through some misjudged riding that Mc-Dermott gave her. T. E. Crist pulled down a purse in the fifth race when Crack o Dawn led for the entire distance and beat Atta Boy II. and Billy Barton. Rocky Mountain was an outstanding favorite here, but he suffered much from interference. The closing race was fcr platers, at a mile and three-sixteenths, with Our Birthday the favorite, but he disappointed when he began running out and eliminated himself from contention in the first half mile. Lord Herbert, racing in improved form, won, with Phelan in second place and Honolulu Boy just getting up to outstay British Liner for third money. Todays attendance was fully up to the Saturday standard and betting activity in the pavilion was of the feverish order. The track continued slightly slow, but the footing was firm and minus holes. EXCESS FUJfl TO CHARITY. In excess of ,300 was collected from layers and their clerics in the ring this afternoon by the efforts of Jack Shechan. The money will go to the Doll and Toy fund, annually raised by a local newspaper to provide the poor children of the city with Christmas cheer. Ablaze has been sold privately to the IUv-erdale Stable. Bob Nelson was an arrival this morning from Chicago and will be here for the remainder of the racing season. Sam Louis, who has been ill for some time, was at the track during the day. C. W. Hay, who wlil serve as one of the stewards at the Fair Grounds, and Quinn Cogar, who will be one of the patrol judges there, will arrive here Friday. A claim intended for E. R, Bradleys Banker Brown was held invalid, as the intended claimer put in his claim on a scratch blank. The victory of Bedazzle was greeted with prolonged cheers. It was the first success attained at this meeting by an E. R. Bradley representative. The program book embracing the first ten days of the Fair Grounds meeting was distributed to horsemen this afternoon. It is a diversified arrangement, secretary McLennan pitching the conditions a bit high in spots, and is intended to give the better grade of horses here ample opportunity. There was much regret expressed when news came from New York of the death of "Big Ed" Ryan. He had been in poor health for some time and made a valiant battle for recovery.