Attendance Grows: Moderating Weather Reflected in Larger Crowd at Fair Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-12


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ATTENDANCE GROWS Moderating Weather Reflected in Larger Crowd at Fair Grounds. Juvenile Dash to Wheaton Simplicity Fails Badly Parke on Long Shot Winner. NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 11. Runners of tried quality figured prominently in todays Fair Grounds results on account of the sticky condition cf the going. The program on the whole was typically of the off-day variety, but the moderating weather wan responsible for a good attendance being on hand to view the racing. Despite the unpropitious conditions tho sport was excellent and spectacular in instances. Several cf the finishes were hard fought affairs, in some cases the last stride determining the result. The only purse other than a claiming affair was the juvenile dash, at three-eighths, which opened racing proceedings. It resulted in victory for Wheaton by a close margin over Step Along, winner in the initial dasii of the year, with Evelyn landing in third place. In his preceding start Wheaton showed a winning performance under a listless ride, Step Along racing on to victory. In todays race it was an alert Robinson that had the mount and he hustled Wheaton away from the barrier in company with Step Along, took command in the first sixteenth and thereafter held sway and won by a short half length. Step Along showed a good performance and held to her task gamely, but was not good enough for the winner. Evelyn raped away from the otlters into third place. Four of the dashes, the last four, were at long distances and atracted the most interest. They were productive of good racing, but the public sustained losses, as the choices in three of these were downed handily. SEA COTE IX FRONT. In the mile and a sixteenth Simplicity had a slight call, more due to the fact that Parke had the mount on her. The youngster was unable to perform the impossible and Simplicity, after staying in a forward position, showed her inability to go a distance when she retired suddenly after going three-quarters. Sea Cove, which had moved into the lead soon after the start, continued on and won from Gondolier, with Simplicity outstaying the others for third place. J. McMillens Raffles enjoyed slight favoritism in the fifth race, also a mile and a sixteenth dash. Opinion was right in this instance, for Raffles won handily enough, but the miscalculation of the public was in Margaret Wares and Richelieus failure to bo Raffles formidable opponents at the end. Second place here fell to the poorly ridden Escarpolette,- which might have been tho winner but for blundering and stumbling frequently during the race on account of tho incompetency of her rider. Frank Monroe, with Parke up, was a lucky winner in the sixth race, which brought to the post some ordinary ones, with Current Events the favored one and Dr. Joe, Who Cares and Our Birthday also stoutly supported. There resulted a series of mishaps here. Who Cares was unfit going to the post and indicated it all during the running and finally pulled up in a bad way. Our Birthday was virtually left at the pest, and then was given a badly judged ride by being raced into exhaustion, forcing him to quit after he had reached a place of prominence in the stretch. Dr. Joe was allowed to drop far out of it and came with a rush at the end, and Current Events was poorly ridden by Harvey. This combination of happenings enabled Frank Monroe to win, with the extreme outsider Hickory landing in second place. SUDDEN RECOVERY OF SPEED. The closing race found Wessie B. showing a sudden recovery of speed. She was ridden today by Abel, instead of the incompetent L. Lang, and it worked an improvement in her performance. She displaced Rep, the leader, after going half a mile and won thereafter in a big romp over Duke John, Pete Foy landing in third place. Carnarvon was a slight favorite in tho second race and succeeded in getting up in the last few strides to overtake Far East. Pool had the latter away fast and, under hustling tactics, kept him in advance until almost the finish. Pool was not so alert on the heavily backed Deronda in the third race. That racer was unprepared at the sendoff. resulting in his getting away poorly, and he was unable to successfully close the big gap. The raro happening came in this race, Parke riding a 15 to 1 shot to victory when he just did make Byron last long enough to beat out Norseland by a nose. Telescope, the early leader, held on long enough to finish in third place. Starter Snyder has requested racing secretary McLennan to refuse the entry of Fannia Bean in the future. Instructions were also issued by the starter to his assistants to lefuse to school the mare during the morning hours.

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