Reduced Attendance: Usual Slump at the Fair Grounds Following Big Holiday, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-03


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REDUCED ATTENDANCE Usual Slump at the Fair Grounds Following Big Holiday. Wintry Weather Gives Way to Summerlike Heat Main Race to Dustabout. NEW ORLEANS. La., Jan. 2. There was a noticeable decrease in the activities at the Fair Grounds from that of the opening day. The attendance, as was to be expected, showed a falling off, and ring action also showed a big slump. There was nothing strange in this. It is the usual custom in - these parts following a big day. The sudden change from wintry weather to extreme summer heat, coupled with a threatened downpour, had some bearing on the decreased attendance and caused an air of general listlessness to prevail. The racing offered was somewhat off standard for the Fair Grounds and the poorer grade enjoyed opportunities to continue in the limelight. Small fields took part in a majority of the dashes, but the even caliber of the starters-produced exciting contests, several of the finishes terminating in hard-fought struggles, with the victors home by only small margins. The Friars Inn Stable got into the limelight during the afternoon, representatives from that stable, Payman and Tustabout, landing a double. They scored in the third and fourth races. The latter was the best offering carded and it brought to the post ... five higher type. There was little to ch6o"ie in a bettirigway between Dustabout, Tony Beau and Episode, which ruled about equally in the betting, the weight of support favoring Dustabout slightly at the end, because of Parkes presence in the saddle. It was a good thing for his backers that the crack lightweight was intrusted with his handling, for Tony Beau raced as if best and succumbed only because Parkes superior riding landed Dustabout the winner. PARKES HIDING WINS. The elder Lang rushed Lpisode into a good lead in the early stages, but Parke kept Dustabout in close pursuit. The younger Lang, on Tony Beau, was unequal to the task of keeping his mount going steadily and allowed him to run wide and lag for the first three-quarters. Tony Beau, tnough going wide, came resolutely in the stretch and at this juncture Episode showed signs of distress and Dustabout moved into the lead. The last sixteenth found Dustabout tiring badly and it required Parkes best riding ability to keep him together long enough to pass the finish a scant length in front. Tony Beau had hard work near the end to outstay Winner Take All for second place. Paymans victory was under Barretts guidance, lie followed the favorite, Queen Charming, closest from the start and managed to take the lead a sixteenth out and win by half a length. E. R. Bradleys colors were carried to victory in the opening race by Brilliant Cast and it enabled that racer to graduate from the maiden ranks when he beat home Wilmer the Wizard in good style. The winner led for the entire way, but had to be hustled some at the end to maintain a lengths advantage. Fausto, an outsider, finished in third place. Brilliant Cast was a well-supported favorite. ,, ONE FOR A. B. GALLAIIER. A. B. Gallahers stable scored its initial purse of the Fair Grounds meeting when Kingsclere led an ordinary band home in the second race, in which he showed the way from the start and won from Orlova and Dr. Joe. Parke was scheduled to ride the latter, but his contract employer demurred at having him take the mount and Mergler was substituted. Dr. Joe showed a good performance considering that he had been badly outraced in the first half mile and came with a rush to almost get up for second place. Kingsclere will hereafter race under a new ownership, R. Scherer claiming him at a cost of ?1,500. C. A. Applegates Rork, an outstanding favorite that Parke rode in the fifth race, was returned winner. He led from the start, but Parke had to employ persevering " tactics on him to bring about a victory, for Rork was inclined to give it up during the stretch run, but the rider succeeded in keeping him going long enough for him to beat Valentia, with the latter just succeeding in holding the fast-coming Attorney. The sixtli race produced an upset, when Lucidus, entirely neglected, won in easy style from Neddan. The latter flattered extensively by moving into command immediately after the start and showing the way thereafter under restraint, but he weakened unexpectedly and Lucidus had little difficulty passing into the lead to win well under restraint. Smarty landed third and the supposed good things, Venizelos and Duke John, never seriously figured in the running. The closing race fell to Tulalip, a first-time Continued on twelfth ae.j 3 I REDUCED ATTENDANCE Continued from first page. starter this winter, which raced as if much the best and won as she pleased from Fleeting, which got up in the closing strides to dispose of Lord Herbert. Kennesaw Yvas mads the medium of a big plunge and, after getting virtually left at the post, rushed into the lead, but bejran tiring in the stretch. Had a competent rider had the mount on her she would have been a strong factor in the race. Joseph P. Murphy, well known in turf circles, is due to arrive here Thursday, and contemplates spending several weeks at the Fair Grounds. M. A. Michelson, owner of the Cincinnati Stable, will arrive from Cincinnati Thursday for a brief visit. Jockey J. Wallace, who was preYented by illness from riding on the opening day, ha3 fully recovered and had several mounts Wednesday. George Land has received the approval of names of a couple of two-year-olds that ha has in training here. A chestnut colt by Ballot Latonia, belonging to Desha Breckinridge of Lexington, has been named Bel-pre, while a black filly by Moss Fox Dispatch, the property of E. C. Walker of Frankfort, ICy., has been named Mary Dear. E. R. Bradley departed tonight for Palm Beach, Fla., where he will remain until spring. He was accompanied by Mrs. Bradley. Princess Seth, a sister to Dclante, and which has shown well in her private trials, is listed among the starters in the juvenile race Thursday. She will carry the colors of J. Randolph.

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