Saturdays Havana Races: Usual Large Crowd despite an Ordinary Program, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-13


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SATURDAYS HAVANA RACES Usual Large Crowd Despite An Ordinary Program. Neapolitan Scores in Fashion That Appeals to Average Racegoer Lilac Time Narrowly. HAVANA, Cuba.. Jan. 12. The usual large Saturday crowd gathered at Oriental Park this afternoon though only an ordinary program was offered, and it was decided over a most trying track, even the most proonunced mud runners finding it difficult to make much headway in the heavy going. There was an interesting outcome to the decision of the fourth race in which, after Neapolitan was virtually left at the post, the son of Olambala made up ground so rapidly j that he emerged triumphant in a sensational finish. When the horses left the post Neapolitan was crowded back and pulled up, but recovered quickly and, taking after his opponents, passed one after the other until only Blue Brush stood between him and victory. j On he came and in a terrific drive caught the leader and raced clear in the last sixteenth to a well earned and deserved success. It was the kind of finish that appeals to the average racegoer and there was much applause for the R. T. Wilson-bred racer that now carries the silks of P. Patti. I The inaugural dasli of the afternoon resulted in an easily achieved success for Rod-gers and Dalys Forewarn, which won by two lengths from Mad Nell, with Bona Fide in third place. After Forewarn rushed away in j front Mad Nell was permitted to take the lead and set the pace to the last eighth. Then Forewarn, answering the call of his rider, easily took command and drew clear. Old Regal Lodge gave the spectators a thrill when he came back today and just failed in the second race to repeat his recent success. He closed a big gap from a slow beginning and was gaining on Lilac Time with every stride. The latter set the pace throughout, but was doing her best to out- last the veteran Regal Lodge all through the last eighth. Fictile ran a good race to finish third. Showing the way from the start Plaid, the Wrack filly from the Pronto Stable, made every post a winning one in the third race. The even-money favorite Somerby was second. The latter ran in closest pursuit cf the j winner and made a determined challenge , at the head of the stretch, but it proved unavailing and he tired near the finish. A band of three-year-old maidens met in the mile and fifty yards of the sixth race, with L. F. OLearys Mrs. Gardner the popular choice.. Her easy success consequently met with general approval. She won easily taking the lead after going a half mile and maintained it thereafter. Among the recent claims here were when W. J. Brown took Lank out of the fifth race Thursday from Thomas Monahan for ,000. J. A. Parson claimed Horeb out of the sixth race Friday for ,000.

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