Much Improvement: Better Weather and Track Conditions Helpful at Fair Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-19


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MUCH IMPROVEMENT T N Better Weather and Track Conditions Helpful at Fair Grounds. Increased Attendance and Sur- bc prisingly Good Racing Odds- g on Favorites Fail Badly. b be er NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 18. Todays Al racing program at the Fair Grounds was Aj fashioned along lines that would afford op- n. portunity for the poorer grade ones in these n parts to earn purses and little was expected Cs in the way of good sport, but nevertheless an CJ immense attendance, the best that has been j in evidence on a week day since the opening, CJ was on hand. Cc The racing was better than anticipated, C several of the finishes being spectacular. The Ci overthrow of some of the most heavily backed favorites entailed heavy losses for the reg- D ulars as well as the rank and file. Some of n the winners had good support from their con- n nections. On the whole, it was not such a K " profitable session for the thirty-eight price K quoters. p. The severest blows dealt the speculators F came in succession with the running of the y fourth, fifth and sixth races, in which f Waukulla, Atta Boy II., and Neddam, all ; ; at odds-on, were beaten. The two winning , favorites of the afternoon, Wheaton and ; Centimeter, accounted for their respective I5 purses in hollow style. I Improvement in weather and track condi- II tions contributed to some extent to bring out the large crowd and also aided in im-: i K proving the racing. With the exception of1,, the opening race, in which juveniles made , . j the contest, all the other dashes had claim- i ing clauses and in sortie instances brought to the post big fields of platers. The excep- v tion was the closing dash, in which the poor-est band that has gone to the post here t were the starters and only half of the orig- , inal entered ones engaged. WIIEATOX IX FItOXT. Wheaton, overwhelmingly favored in the opener, put the form followers in a pleased mood when he scored handily after having led throughout and winning from Mary Dear, with Sam Mengel in third place. It marked Wheatons second victory and his performances in his last two starts gives him rank with the best that has been shown here so 1 far. He began fast and took a good lead at once, winning well in hand for the entire ! way. The limit number, fourteen, started in the . second race, with Hysteria favored, but failing to get a part of the purse, Poppye winning here after coming with a good rush l through the stretch and outstaying Arrowhead. Hysteria suffered much from interference and the diminutive Jones was unable to get her clear of it. Centimeter in the third race, under good riding, beat a good band of platers, including Cloughjordan and Lorena Marcellia. The J latter was probably the best, but was a I victim of a jam soon after the start that caused her to be far back. She closed a big gap in game style and was contending hard 1 at the end for the purse. After racing -prominently, but in close 1 quarters until the last sixteenth of the 2 I fourth race, Waukulla succumbed to Deronda i in the last sixteenth. Despard landed in i third place. The race was at a mile and: 1 seventy yards and though Deronda was entered - for ?1,750, it brought him forward as s a possible Louisiana Derby prospect. Waukulla - was claimed in the race by Mrs. A. - Swenke at a cost of ,000. ATTA BOY II. DISAPrOIXTS. Atta Boy II., another outstanding odds-on n choice, went down to defeat in handy style in the next race. Coral Beef led him from; a ; the start, but, in turn, was headed by Harry! y I B., which ultimately won in a romp. Coral il Beef, under hard urging, just managed to o outstay Atta Boy II. for second place. Both: h: were lucky to set part of the purse for, with h I good rides, High Gear and Tricks, finishing g! fourth and fifth respectively, would have displaced i- them. Neddam was pounds the best in the sixth hi race, but could do no better than land in third place. This was due to the incompetency of his rider, who almost fell off in the stretch. Tingling, racing in suddenly improved form, got up in the last strides to outstay Dr. Whitehurst. The final dash fell to Alard, with Ilenda in second place and Superlative finishing third. Haidee, the favorite, led for most of tho way, but tired fast when called on in the stretch. Frank Keeney, who raced the one-time extensive Ally Stable, was among todays arrivals to witness the racing for some time. Andy Henninger and several other Cincinnati racing enthusiasts were among the newcomers to remain for some time. The catalog containing the offerings of the E. Cebrian establishment to be sold at auction next Tuesday, was distributed to owners, here. Several horsemen have signified intention of going to Lexington to be in attendance at the sals. I

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