Wins Rex Handicap: King ONeil II. Defeats Rinkey and Mah Jong In Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-20


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WINS REX HANDICAP King ONeill II. Defeats Rinkey and Mah Jong in Feature. Delante Meets a Reverse After Six Successive Victories Parke Again Prominent. - NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 19. J. C. Milams Kins ONeill IT. accounted for the Ilex Handicap, worth ,000 added, in a hard- j fought struggle with Rinkey and Mah Jong, j winning by a short neck.- Rinkey was the same margin before Mah Jong. The race, featured from a monetary standpoint, was an excellent racing offering and brought to the post eight highly regarded three-year-olds. Rinkey, because of her successes in her three last starts, was given the betting call and she seemed to justify the confidence imposed in her when she started out as if to spreadeagle the others. She continued in the lead until the last eighth, where King ONeill I II. came fast near the inner rail, but when about to pass into the lead he stumbled badly, causing him to fall back, but he recovered j quickly and, gaining steadily, managed to get up in the last few strides. Rinkey Avas inclined to give it up in the last seventy yards, but Parke rode her vigorously and she outstayed Mah Jong for second place. Lester Doctor was held in high regard by his connections and he raced promisingly until reaching the stretch turn, where he raced wide and eliminated himself. I Threatening weather following the brisk rain of this morning caused a deflection in the usual Saturday attendance. However, j considering the weather, it was a good crowd that viewed the sport. HEAVY FOG OBSCURES. They got an additional thrill out of the racing when the heavy fog enveloped the course, making it impossible to distinguish colors accurately without aid of the strongest kind of glasses and then only flittingly at some portions of the track. The shadows of the horses were even obscured on the back-stretch and not until the fields were straightened fully for the stretch turn were colors distinguishable. Favorites were downed in a majority of instances and the thirty-eight operators quoting prices reaped a harvest. B. F. McClains consistent Delante, after six successive victories, had to bow to the superior prowess of B. A. Jones Second ; Thoughts, which beat him home by a short length in the fifth race, after a gruelling drive through the stretch. Following the pair, but a good way off, came Barracuda, which just lasted to outstay Lady Madcap. Delante conceded Second Thoughts eight pounds and considerable more to the other starters. He was made favorite and accorded stout support. There was also a good deal of backing for Second Thoughts, jockey Parke, having the mount on her, attracting a good portion of the big half-holiday crowd to her standard. HARD TO SEE THE HORSES. The heavy fog which enveloped the track made it difficult to accurately view the running of the-race, the shadows of the hoYses being distinguished through strong glasses at various locations of the course. Not until they had straightened fully in the stretch did the spectators get a good view. Second Thoughts, which had taken the lead soon j after the start, was still in the van, but Parke was hustling her hard to maintain her advantage over the fast-coming Delante. The latter raced close to tho inner rail, where the going seemed to bo deeper than on the other portions of the track. One of the worst disappointments of the afternoon came in the third race when Moonraker was beaten after a hard battle by John Finn, with Mercury also a strong contender at the end. Moonraker had been backed at odds-on favoritism and led tho others until the last seventy yards, where John Finn, continuing gamely and racing in his best form, passed him. j Paul Micou, extensively backed in the opening race, came from far back in tho stretch and headed Jou Jou, the favorite. Captain Costigan, under urging, landed in third place. j King John, favorite in the second race, managed to get up in the last sixteenth to dispose of the poorly ridden Georgette, which had been the earliest leader. Duke John faltered a trifle richt at the end, which pre- vented him beating Georgette for second place. Freezy Sneezy and East Indian were the favored ones in the fifth race, but both were nearly beaten by Pequot, which led from the start and only gave way in the last strides to enable Freezy Sneezy to win by a short head. East Indian finished third. Broomflax was backed with confidence in the closing dash, but he could do no better than land in second place, Runquoi winning out by a length after having led for the ntire way, but it required Parkes best effort to make him last it out. Jockey Parke again figured extensively in janda aitoxnooas results. He landed two win- ners, finished second on three occasions and third on two of his mounts. Jockey Wallace rod two of the winners and finished in third place on two other mounts.

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