Christmas Day at Tijuana: Big Holiday Crowd Sees Spirited Racing at Mexican Track, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-27


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CHRISTMAS DAY AT TIJUANA Big Holiday Crowd Sees Spirited Racing at Mexican Track. Tailor Maid Captures Feature Attraction, Defeating Crystal Ford and Bastille Joclla J. in Speed Display, a SAN DIEGO, California, December 2G. A mare bred by August Belmont, chairman of the Jockey Club, came into her own Christ-mass Day at the Tijuana trade Tailor Maid, a daughter of Fair Play, which was so long in displaying the qualities expected in a daughter of such a noted sire that at times G. W. Atkinson, her owner, thought she would never do. However, Atkinson is from the school of patient horsemen and yesterday afternoon before an immense holiday crowd he had the satisfaction of seeing his colors carried to victory by Tailor Maid in the rich Christmas Handicap at one and one-sixteenth miles. Quito some race marc Tailor Maid proved herself to be. She met a big band of opponents, eleven good campaigners going into the hand3 of the starter. She took the measure of Crystal Ford, the hope of the Clifton Stable; Bastille, the Commander J. K. L. Ross standard bearer; Scotland Yet and others whose names have graced programs at the metropolitan courses. Crystal Ford was the pacemaker and turning for home it appeared that he would be first to the finish. However, jockey M. Fator, who had kept Tailor Maid off the early pace, found he had a mare with stamina under him, for when he called her she began moving up on the outside. Jockey Claver, on Bastille, was also making his run, but Tailor Maid was the thoroughbred with the most left, and she took the decision from Crystal Ford in a rousing finish by a scant margin, Bastille being third. The race was run in 1 :47 within two seconds of the track record. IDEAL WEATHER CONDITIONS. It would be difficult to imagine more ideal conditions for racing than those existing yesterday afternoon. The course was perfect and the weather was 100 per cent satisfactory. The combination, to which was added a racy card which promised spirited contests, drew racing enthusiasts by the thousands, a big percentage comprising the Los Angeles and San Francisco visitors for the week-end and many well known in the screen world mingled in happy gatherings at the clubhouse, where president James W. Coffroth was to be found greeting scores of old friends. Second only in interest to the Christmas Handicap was the fifth race, a dash of five-eighths mile, and named the Jack Dempsey Handicap. Here it was an extremely tight fit at the finish, furnishing proof that when the racing secretary assigned weights he Had acted with wisdom. The winner proved to be Joella J., from the stable of Ikey Tullett, and in victory she stamped herself a sprinter of the first water, for she beat the great Motor. Cop by a nose and also left Paisley, a highly thought of colt, behind her. Motor Cop made the pace and opened up a big gap and it was only in the last strides that Joella J., coming up on the outside with a well-timed ride by jockey W. Pool, was able to catch and pass the C. B. Irwin flyer. The race was run in 1 :00, the fastest five-eighths of the meeting. Coming here specially to visit his old friend president Coffroth and enjoy the racing for a few days, Attorney Frank J. Hennessey led the San Francisco delegation. He has been a great lover of the running horse for years and talks on breeding with the best posted followers of the game. There was a staggering blow dealt the talent in the third race when the longest shot of the meeting was encountered. This was Galway, and those lucky enough to hold tickets needed their hats as they stood in line. In this race Don Jose, the favorite, Continued on twelfth page. CHRISTMAS DAY AT TIJUANA Continued from first page. was unfortunate in a slow beginning and had he been away better he undoubtedly would have been first to the finish. This race was decided by a nose, the winner having a slight fractional advantage over Thirty Seven at the end. It was really so close that most of the spectators were in doubt as to which horse won until the official numbers had been displayed. The success of the special period of racing, which is now at the halfway point, is assured. This period beginning December 23 and continuing to January 2 has interested many fans from afar. C. B. Irwin, Wyoming horseman, gave other owners something to shoot at today when he saddled Harry Rudder, Regreso and Phrone Ward as winners and would have had another one had Motor Cop had an eighth of an inch longer nose. In this he shared honors with the midget rider D. Hum, who has many mounts for the Irwin stable. Hurn rode Motor Cop to second place and Regreso and Phrone Ward, from the Irwin string, to victory and then for good measure scored a triumph with Galway, a long-priced winner, from the stable of W. H. Harvey. M. Fator was the winning rider on Harry Rudder. This score puts Irwin far in the lead of other owners in the point of purse winnings. His big stable is in fine fettle.

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