Good Sport at Havana: Interesting Racing despite Adverse Track Conditions, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-12


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GOOD SPORT AT HAVANA Interesting Racing Despite Adverse Track Conditions. Ilullo anil Awning in Sparkling Duel Be Trucman Narrowly John Morrill a Big Surprise. HAVANA, Cuba, Jan. 11. There was some excellent racing witnessed at Oriental Park this afternoon despite adverse track conditions. The finishes in a majority of , the races were close enough to thrill the average spectator and even the "regulars" were enthused over the duel between Hullo and Awning in the third race. The first mentioned was an overwhelming choice and was considered to be in a soft spot. Thore was little consideration given to Awning and few expected the Caimito Stable representative to furnish the real contention. That he did, though, and but for going wide in the stretch might have won. It was a real battle all the way. Awning rushed away into the lead with Armedee, Whippoorwill and Ilullo in close pursuit in the order named. When Awning went wide Whippoorwill took the lead, but the effort proved too much for that veteran and he soon gave way to Ilullo. The mare went about her business in determined fashion, carefully nursed along by Pickens. Awning was not done for by any means and, coming again with a whirlwind rush, ranged alongside of the leader and contested every inch of the last quarter. The pair put up a pretty battle and the result was in doubt until the last stride, Hullo under Pickens vigorous finish outgaming the Caimito standard bearer to earn the decision by a neck. Another interesting contest was the fcurth, in which Be Trueman and Moorfield, equal choices, fought it out all the way, the former lasting long enough to win by a half length. Be Trueman led all the way and had the advantage that Moorfield ran in the heaviest going all through the last eighth, or a different story might have been tcld. The latter ran a splendid race under the circumstances. The afternoons entertainment began with a well-earned victory of the veteran Le Bala-fre, which got up in the last sixteenth to beat Chincoteague. The latter set the pace from the start, but tired near the end and lost what appeared to be a certain victory when entering the stretch. The Nursery-bred Title raced like one of his lineage snould and as a result he accounted for the second race in easy style, showing the way throughout by a safe margin and never in danger of defeat. The best field of the day met in the three-quarters of the fifth race and there was considerable surprise expressed when John Morrill triumphed over Perhaps, Forest Queen and Jolly, the latter being the even-money favorite. Th evvinner easily dominated the running throughout and was never seriously threatened. Perhaps finished fast and gamely, but Jolly ran poorly and his performance was a distinct disappointment, i Marmaduke got cast in his stall Wednesday night and when the groom went to look him over the next morning he was lame and was excused by the stewards from starting in the first race Thursday. Jockey R. A. Clifford, a recent .arrival from the States, was granted a license. He will do the riding for the E. C. Davis stable. Euclid Allard, well-known handicapper, who has been here since the opening of the meeting, left for New Orleans. Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Bruen entertained at luncheon in the clubhouse Thursday afternoon. Among the guests were Sir Stanley Cochrane of London, England ; Brookes Alter, also of London, and W. Alden Pratt of New York.

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