Payman in Triumph: Shows the Way to Other Louisiana Derby Candidates, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-25


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PAYMAN IN TRIUMPH Shows the Way to Other Louisiana Derby Candidates. Concession in Weight Helps Him to Beat King ONeill H. in a Close Finish. NEW ORLEANS, La.. Jan. 24. Louisiana Derby cligibles were given opportunity to show their mettle in a mile handicap exclusively for three-year-olds that featured the Fair Grounds racing this afternoon. Fay-man, which has been a frequent winner here in the colors of the Friars Inn Stable, but claimed in his last start, won for his new owner at the first asking, when he led home King ONeill II., the favorite, by the short margin of a neck. Pathan finished in third place. , Five colts and two fillies responded to the . i bugle call, with King ONeill II. the preferred one, and Folvo, recently bought by Mrs. W. J. Potter, with designs to landing the rich Jef-. ferson Park fixture, next favored and Pay-man, Pathan and Miss Fortune also absorbing considerable attention. Payman again showed his adaptability in the going for he raced promptly into a good lead and had his closest followers doing their best to keep up with him. He began showing some signs of weakening at the stretch turn where King ONeill II. made a strong bid, but in the final drive the weight concession that Payman had from King ONeill II. was a telling factor and he lasted to beat the favorite home. Pathan was steadily overtaking the pair and finished gamely. i i The race missed its intention. No good line could be had from the running with regards to any possible outcome of the Louisiana Derby. Polvo, as a prospect, was completely eliminated in the event of a muddy track. THREATENING "WEATHER AGAIN. Threatening weather again prevailed hero and the hard rain of last night caused the , course to resemble a quagmire. It was! ! suited only to the most sturdy type of mud performer. Considering the adverse conditions a surprisingly large attendance was on hand to view the sport. Some of the racing was highly interesting. The finishes were close in a majority of the races. The public did! j not fare so well in their betting operations,- for favorites were downed in most instances. J The outstanding upset came in the third i j race, in which Cloughjordan and Lorena Marcellia absorbed the attention and were expected to fight it out. They did, but the , public were astray in their calculation that! j Cloughjordan would be the victor. He displayed good speed, but when challenged by Lorena Marcellia in the last eighth gave i way steadily and was beaten out by a half length. War Man, the least considered, finished third, primarily due to W. Harvey getting Rupee away badly and riding listlessly; Antiquity had the call in the opening dash, in which maiden three-year-olds started. She failed to get even a part of the purse, Leon- ! nrd G. winning in runaway style from Sun Mart, an outsider, and St. Gerard landing in ! third place. . NOW SELLING PLATER. A band of ordinary ones started in the sec-! ond race and it resulted in a victory for. . Fifty-Fifty, which beat home the favorite, I Sea-Wolf, and The Peruvian. Sam Freed- man, at one time regarded as a prospective . star, was making his first start here in a long time. He showed a good flash of early! : speed, but retired after reaching the stretch, j How the value of horseflesh deteriorates was clearly illustrated in his case. He was 1 entered to be sold for 00. -As a two-year-old an offer of 3,000 for him was refused. Tony Beau, backed with rare confidence . in the fifth race, made good in handy fashion. The change to C. Lang made a wonderful i improvement in his running. He moved into , the lead when called on and won cantering from Raffles, with Vennie in third place. Kinburn was raced into exhaustion in the , early stages and quit to a walk in the last eighth. I Carnarvon had a close call from defeat in: the sixtli race by Soviet. He won by a mat- tor of inches. At one stage Carnarvon . had a ten-lengths lead, but Avas passed by Drummond at the stretch turn, only to again regain the lead in the last eighth, but nearly , succumbed to the steady rush of Soviet near , tho end. Drummond tired badly, but held the others safe for third place. Bastille again performed poorly and was never seri-j ously in the running of this race. I The concluding dash found Sands of Pleas-! ! ure, a veteran of many battles over this track, and also winner of several stakes here ! in bygone years, making his initial start of the meeting. There was some doubt as to his being ready to go a mile and a sixteenth, but what he lacked in fitness was made up in quality, for he won handily from Current JSvents, the favorite, with Georgette in third 4 i place.

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