Marionette Victress: Defeats Blue Hawk Before a Record Assemblage, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-26


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MARIONETTE VICTRESS Defeats Blue Hawk Before A Record Assemblage. Buddie Kean Captures the Most Valuable Race of the Day at Havana Susiana Again. HAVANA, Cuba, December 25. The fourth race at Havana, one of the feature races at Oriental Park, proved an interesting contest, with Blue Hawk and Marionette the prominent contenders. Ambrose had the mount on Marionette and when the start came rushed her to the front and set a fast pace. Blue Hawk was in close pursuit and Tryon made a couple of efforts to get to the leader after he had gone a quarter, but Marionette always held the colt safe. In the stretch drive Blue Hawk responded when called on and at the finish was gradually wearing the filly down, but was beaten by a scant half length. Tryon complained that Ambrose bothered him, but as the race was run the best horse won. W. A. McKinney furnished the winner of the Pasquas Handicap in Buddie Kean, which won by a long margin from Little Black Sheep. The latter set the pace for over a half, but on the turnout of the backstretch Buddie Kean moved up swiftly and racing into an easy lead and was never afterward headed. Little Black Sheep was driving at the end to outstay Sea Prince for second place. TOE THE MARK COMES FROM BERIIND. Toe the Mark came from a long way back in the first race to get up in the last fifty yards to beat De Bonero by a length. Golden Chance was under hard pressure during the entire way of the second race, but raced Cavalier into retirement in the first three-eighths and then fought it cut resolutely with McLane. Golden Chance saved ground when entering the homestretch, while McLane came wide. This was responsible for the latter being beaten. Susiana was an easy winner of the third race and forced the pace until in the final eighth when she took the lead and won going away by three lengths from Adventuress. Allivan made a runaway of the sixth race, beating Dainty Lady by a margin of two and a half lengths. The seventh fell to The Pirate, which beat Tamper by a couple of lengths. RECORD FOR ATTENDANCE BROKEN. All records for attendance and wagering at Oriental Park were eclipsed this afternoon, a tremendous crowd of race-goers turning out to witness the contests. Perfect conditions prevailed and interesting racing was furnished. The gathering was a representative one, made of the elite of Havana, members of all foreign legations, who occupied boxes. Kx-president Menocal was also present and was surrounded by a vast throng of admirers during the afternoon. Pending an investigation into the running of the horse Horeb in the seventh race on Sunday, the stewards have ordered further entry of the horse here be refused. In the race in question he finished last after being among the leaders during the first half mile. The horse is owned by II. Dougherty and trained by W. R. Padgett. Jockey T. Brothers, who is leading the winning riders at Oriental Park, will be out of the saddle for the next three days as a result of disobedience to starter Miltons instructions while at the barrier aboard Toe The Mark in the opening race. O. Pernia. a Cuban youth, entered his riding career when he had the mount on Brushwood in the third race. The lad s under contract to Walter Carter, trainer for the Caimito Stable. Charles A. Stoneham, former president cf the Cuba-American Jockoy and Auto Club and owner of the New York Giants, who was here during the early part of the meeting, returned this afternoon, coming from Key West via flying boat. Mr. Stonehum reported keen interest among the wealthy New Yorkers in Cuban racing and that he had received assurances that a large number cf them will be here after the holidays.

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