Day of Celebration: Cubans Honor One of Their Heroes by National Holiday, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-29


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DAY OF CELEBRATION Cubans Honor One of Their Heroes by National Holiday. - Havana Jockey Club Helps Entertain by Providing Some Excellent Racing at the Track. HAVANA. Cuba, Jan. 2S. Today was a rational holiday in Cuba. It was General Marti Day and in honor of the occasion tho Havana Jockey Club threw open the gates of Oriental Park and Gffercd a good program of racing on what is generally an off day here. The track was still in bad condition after Sundays downpour, but the public has had plenty of opportunity of judging the merits of mud runners and began the afternoon auspiciously by selecting Plaid as the probable Avinner of the first race, while they were equally divided over the chances oC Phelan and Riposta in the following dash. Plaid won the opener easily. She began fully in her stride in a walk-up start and, quickly opening up a big lead, maintained it to the end, though tiring in the last eighth. The unconsidered Long Green raced in closest pursuit of the leader and gamely resisted the best efforts of Bed Mill, which clcsed a big gap to earn the minor portion of the purse. The equal choices. Phelan and Biposta. were the dominant factors in the decision oC the second race. Biposta was first away and quickly sprinted into a long lead, appearing to have the race at her mercy. In the meantimo the admirers of Phelan saw their hopes fading fast, as the gelding was away slowly and in close quarters until rounding the last turn. . However, once clear, it did not take him long: to cut down the distance between him and the leader, with the result that he passed the mare at the eighth post and then drew away to score in hollow fashion, Riposta. tiring badly after being challenged. There were thrills galore at the finish of the third race, won by Hughie. The latter was close up all the way and, taking the middle of the track entering the stretch, drew away into what appeared a safe lead. Just when victory seemed assured he tired suddenly and was lucky to outlast the fast-finishing Queen Mazonia and Kitty Carpenter. This pair ran a sensational race. They were both in last positions entering the stretch, but made up ground rapidly in the last quarter and in a remarkable display of speed and gameness just failed to overtake the leader. Kitty Carpenter Avas coing faster than all at the end and Avould have Avon in another stride or two. Senator Cooper of Brooklyn Avas among1 the recent arrials. He is making his first A-isit to Havana. Senator Cooper is a guest of Thomas Monahan, president of the Havana Jockey Club. J. W. Gleason, owner of Peter Manning", one of the stars of the trotting turf, and Johnny Murphy, his driver, are also arrivals, as are Claude- Luddington and John II. Ca-hill, members of the New York State Fair Commission. The latter two came over from Miami to Avatch the races. Stacy Adams is now the property of tho Berkshire Stable, having been claimed out oe his last race for ,200. Jockey J. Eaton Avas set down for rough riding on Hughie on Saturday and R. Jackson was suspended for ten days for rough riding on Armistice Sunday.

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