Racing is Resumed: Improved Conditions at Fair Grounds Permit Sport to Go On, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-23


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RACING IS RESUMED Improved Conditions at Fair Grounds Permit Sport to Go On. Hickory Disqualified After Finishing First in Sixth Race, Soviet Being Awarded Decision. NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 22. The resumption of racing at the Fair Grounds this afternoon found a surprisingly large attendance on hand to view the sport, despite a lack of features. The entire program was of the ordinary variety, made up primarily of claiming dashes and bringing out the poorer grade of, horses in these parts. The track presented a firm footing with moist spots at various places, making the going uneven and favoring mud performers to a degree. Fairly good time was made in several of the dashes where the better class horses took part. The weather had moderated considerably and continued to show a rising temperature as the afternoon progressed. It remained for the closing race to furnish the outstanding incident of the afternoons sport. The finish in this was decidedly close between Hickory, the favorite and Soviet, a heavily backed one. Hickory seemed the certain winner twenty-five yards from the finish when suddenly Marinelli permitted him to swerve over against Soviet and Wallace, on Soviet, took up sharply. The incident occurred in full view of the occupants of the grandstand, and immediately the field had passed the finish, a clamor arose by Soviets supporters for the disqualification of Hickory. The stewards ordered the numbers taken down after Hickory had been posted the winner. After hearing Wallaces complaint and also Marinellis statement.-they placed Soviet the winner, gave second place to Little Ammie which had originally finished third and moved Young Adam into the third place. INTERFERENCE PALPABLE. The interference was palpable and the stewards had no alternative but to disqualify Hickory according to a strict interpretation of the rules, but it. seemed hard to deprive Hickory of the purse in view of the fact that Soviet seemed beaten at the time of the interference. The three-quarters handicap for a purse of ,200 witnessed the overthrow of the erratic Certain, backed into strong favoritism. Cloughjordan, which has been racing well since his coming here, took his measure, Cloughjordan, showing good speed from the start and alertly ridden, saved much ground all the way and had Certain doing his best from the beginning. Certain was never regarded as possessing gamcness and Clough-Jordans determined effort caused the favorite to give way steadily in the stretch. He just managed to outstay Bradleys Toney in the last few strides. This was due more to interference that Bradleys Toney suffered. He also came back with a limp, probably having hurt himself during the stretch run. J. L. Hollands Deadlock, backed extensively in the fifth race, scored a lucky victory from Dustabout, with Tony Beau in third place. Deadlock began well and displayed more speed than he has been showing in former starts here. He led from the start bui at the end he had to exert himself to his utmost to outstay Dustabout. The latter seemed to sulk and left the barrier with a proppy stride and was far out of it for the first half mile. VICTORY FOR SILENT ICING. Thereafter he began racing well and continued going steadily even though losing ground by being forced to race wide. The sixth race found Silent King the winner after Heupel had rushed him into the lead soon after the start and held sway for the entire way. Attorney just managed to outstay Honolulu Boy for second place. The showing of Broomflax here was a bad one. He was far out of it for the entire way and landed far back at the finish. There was extensive support for him in a betting way. So poor was his effort that the stewards instructed the track veterinarian to examine him and make a report tomorrow. Beg Pardon added another bracket to his several scores at this meeting when he landed in front in the third race. He had to bo roused hard in the stretch to outstay Sagamore and Kingsclere. Peggy O., in the second race, surprised by winning out from a poor band, Vultilla finishing in second place and Belle K. third. The opening race found Fireboy the winner from an ordinary band of maidens with Barrister in second place and Fausto third. Fireboy started out as if he would make a runaway race of it, but he began tiring badly in the stretch and had all he could do to outstay the fast-coming Barrister. Jockey B, Breuning was suspended for five days by the stewards for rough riding in the second race, astride Vultilla. There were thirty-nine operators in line this afternoon. There were also many new-! comers from the East and Middle West.

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