Form is Topsy Turvy: Drying Out Track at Oriental Park Plays Havoc with Favorites, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-24


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FORM B TOPSYTURVY Drying Out Track at Oriental Park Plays Havoc With Favorites. Long Shots in Their Glory, Majority of Saturdays Winners Scoring at Good Odds. HAVANA, Cuba, December 23. The outsiders were in their glory at Oriental Park this afternoon. The heavy drying out track turned form topsy turvy and the fcrm followers found the task of picking the winners pretty much of a lottery. The program was made up of a series of claiming races, with the fields made up of ordinary material. The first of the afternoons winners was Valmond, which spreadcagled his opponents and won by a margin of ten lengths from Gonwithim. On account of some of Val-monds troublesome ringbones the footing this afternoon was made to order for him and he won with ridiculous ease, paying ?80.80 in the ?2 mutuels. Mary Erb, another outsider, won the second. She was on the alert at the barrier and assuming the lead rounding the far turn kept it to the end, but had to stand a hard drive to beat Molly Puff by a scant length, paying ?4G.80 in the ?2 mutuels. Mad Nell and the favorite, Discussion, fought it out all through the homestretch in the third race, the former proving the gamer of the pair to win going away by a half length. Mad Nells backers received S for each wagered. OLD SINNER BEATS RAS. The fourth race fell to Old Sinner. Brun-ner waited with him until making the turn into the homestretch, where he moved up with a rush on the outside and took a commanding lead, but tired at the end and had to be hard ridden to beat the poorly ridden Ras by a length and a half. Brothers permitted the latter to cut across from the outside to the inside in the last sixteenth and at the finish he was in the heavy going. After indulging Huen and The Pirate with the lead for three-quarters Coscorron moved up speedily on the outside in the stretch and drew away into a comfortable lead. Discussion changed hands after he was beaten and was claimed fo;- 00 by J. Fon Gon, a Chinaman who runs a restaurant on the outside of the track. After an investigation the board of stewards has allowed the protest of E. C. Bellew against the payment of first money to A. P. Doyle, the owner of Susiana, which won the first race on December 20, on the grounds that the filly, according to the conditions of the race, was not eligible. First money was ordered paid to E. C. Bellew, whose Illusionist ran second in the race ; second money, A. M. Hierro, the owner of Cisqua. which finished third, and third money paid to J. E. Wright, the owner of Rosie II., the fourth horse. The conditions of the race provided for two-year-olds non-winners of two races since October 1, 1922. It was alleged that Susiana did win two races, one in Jacksonville on November 22, 1922, and the other at Oriental Park on December 13, 1922. WINS AT JACKSONVILLE. The stewards, owing to the lack of publication of turf guides or records of the results at the Jacksonvilla meeting, were unable to verify the claim made by owner Bellew, but the protest was supported in a signed statement by Tom Brown, who servel as racing .secretary at that meeting and who submitted the daily program racvs run at Jacksonville on November 22. which shows that Susiana was entered. Brown further certified that the said filly did start and win the first race on that date, the value of first money being 25. Harry Herdel sold at private terms to Tom Doyle the three-year-old Sea King Dulcinea filly Fair Virginia. Dr. Frank Crane, whoso articles are syndicated among the leading newspapers in the United States, was among the recent arrivals from the North. He was a visitor to Oriental Park Saturday afternoon. Judge W. H. Shelley, accompanied by Mrs. Shelley, arrived from their home in Louisville this morning and will make an extended visit at the Havana home of their daughter, Mrs. J. W. Pla, in Vidado. Judge Shelley is no stranger at Oriental Park, as he served thero as presiding judge for two years. Mr. Shelley brought information that Color el Matt Winn, manager of the Kentucky Jockey Club, would visit Havana the last week in January.

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