Parke in Limelight: Rides Three Winners and Narrowly Misses the Fourth, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-05


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PARKE IN LIMELIGHT 1 Rides Three Winners and Narrowly Misses the Fourth. Vigorous Work on Triumph Responsible for Goldblatt Racers Success in Feature Race. NEW ORLEANS, La.. Jan. 4. Mose Gold-blatts Triumph, ridden by jockey Parke, accounted for the Fair Grounds feature this afternoon, defeating Setting Sun and Flying Devil. It was a lucky victory for the colt and achieved purely through Marinellis bad riding of Setting Sun. That racer was best and would have won had he had the same kind of riding that Triumph received. Mari-nelli, either through overconfidence or lack of judgment, permitted Triumph to steal into a long lead just as the field had progressed live-eighths, and Parke, riding vigorously, kept him in the van when Setting Sun offered his strong challenge an eighth from the finish. Jockey Parke again absorbed all the limelight and figured in all the racing dashes of the afternoon. He landed three winners, but . should have made his score four. It is seldom chronicled that Parke is outridden in a finish, but he was in the third race, and the purse snatched from Fredericktown in the last stride by Polvo under the energetic ride that Pool gave him. Fredericktown had been lucky to escape interference, in fact, had benefited by the jam that came soon after the start, for it enabled him to enjoy a good lead, and, after rounding into the stretch it appeared he had shaken off opponents and seemed a certain winner. Parke was taking matters easily when he suddenly realized. Polvos presence. He rode Prederiektown hard, but in reaching for his whip he momentarily dropped the horses head, forcing him to take a faltering step, and Polvo profited, to nip him out. Polvo was coupled with Fausto as the Audley Farm Stables entry. CAUGHT IX TIIE JAM. Fredericktown was favorite in the race, with Pathan the second choice. Whatever chance the latter might have had went glimmering when he was caught in the bad jam that occurred about an eighth from the start. Parke began his successes today in the second race, in which he had the mount on Kingsclere, running for the first time in the colors of his new owner, Ray Scherer. Kingsclere got a lucky start and, showing himself to be thoroughly at home in the soft going, he moved promptly into a good lead and retained command all the way. Poor Sport, under strong urging, managed to outstay the others for second place, with Royal Charlie finishing third. Simplicity was the favored one, but performed poorly. Parkes final success came while piloting the locally owned Grass Tree, which won out in the closing dash by a matter of inches from Royal Crown, with "War Idol in third place. The sixth race resulted in an outstanding upset by the victory of Frosty Boy, ridden by the diminutive "Dannie" Jones. He carried the colors of the Chicagoan, J. Ahearn, and won in the last few strides from Seths Flower, with Our Star, another outsider that Parke rode, landing in third place. Fehrah, on which L. Lang had thp mount, was the favorite here, but she had scant chance with the incompetent ride she got and was out of the running after going five-eighths. 3I0RE HAD WEATHER. Cold weather was again the rule here and a threatening sky prevailed. The adverse combination, however, did not affect the attendance to any serious extent and the racing did not suffer. Betting activities showed improvement. During the early part of the race Grass Tree did not appear to have the remotest winning chance, but came fast and gamely during the stretch racing, to get up in the last stride. The disappointment here was Dan Boiling, which quit almost to a walk during the stretch racing. Parke had the mount on Kcnnesaw in the opener and that fractious filly did everything to unseat him. She kept the field for ten minutes at the post by her bad behavior and when they were dispatched she was off in last place. The winner here turned up in Ben Blocks Little Alfred, which proved easily best of the thirteen other poor ones that contested for the purse. Soggarth Aroon, which had been figuring in several acrobatic performances at Jefferson Park, ran to his best form this afternoon and won out from the poorly ridden Tony Beau. The latter was the best, but the inexperienced L. Lang rode him all over the track and his effort at riding a strong finish was amateurish. There was a report that Soggarth Aroons trainer had made an effort to get him excused from starting, but was unsuccessful. The same tactics were said to have been used in the case of St. Donard by the same trainer. The reason said for attempting to have both racers excused was that the trainer considered the track against them running good races.

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