Mardi Gras Handicap: Grand Field Looked for in ,000 Closing Day Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-25


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MARDI GRAS HANDICAP Grand Field Looked for in ,000 Closing Day Stake. Attractive Programs Arranged i for Remaining Days of Fair Grounds Meeting. NEW ORLEANS, La., Feb. 24. Two important stake races are to be decided during the concluding eight days of the Fair Grounds meeting. They are the New Orleans Handicap, which will be run next Saturday, and the Mardi Gras Handicap, which will be the bright particular feature of the closing days program, Tuesday, March 4. The latter event is easily the most important of the two. It has an endowment of ,000 and is at one mile and three-sixteenths. Only sixteen horses have been named for this rich race, but what they lack in numbers is fully atoned for by the quality of the field. That embraces Flint Stone, a winner of his three last races; Cherry Tree, Revenge, Best Pal, Barracuda, Cloughjordan, Thimble, Setting Sun, Romany, Olynthus, Isosceles, O. Henry, Llewellyn, Tender Seth, Rama and Lily M. The New Orleans Handicap, with an added money value of S2.000, is at one mile and exclusively for three-year-olds. The field that will contest will be drawn from the following list of eighteen, which includes most of the probable eligibles to the Louisiana Derby: Thorndale, Brilliant Cast, Big and Burley, Fredericktown, Flying Fur, "Wilmer the Wizard, Telescope, Everglade, King ONeill II., Blotter, Mali Jong, Hermidale, Polvo. Leath-erwood, Invictus, Dreamer, Payman and Deronda, Racing secretary Joseph McLennan has arranged most attractive racing programs for the remaining days of the meeting and the conditions of the various events should insure high-class sport by bringing under colors all of the better grade of horses in local training. The two-year-olds arc amply provided for, there being six races especially framed for them. The three last of these races will be at the increased distance of a half mile. The first at this distance is to be run next Saturday. STABLING AT JEFFERSON. Horsemen at the Fair Grounds are now arranging for stabling accommodations at Jefferson Park, but the transfers to the latter track will not . get under way until next Sunday, when a large number of horses will be moved over. Judging by the demand, stabling accommodations at the Shrewsbury plant for the coming meeting will be overtaxed. John Lowe is arranging to leave here next Saturday for Lexington, Ky., to assume his new position as trainer of the Frederick Johnson stable, now quartered at the track of the Kentucky Association. The horses that Lowe is racing for Edward Cebrian will be shipped to Lexington after the close of the Fair Grounds meeting, where they will be turned over to another trainer, yet to be selected. The horses thaf Lowe is training here in his own interest will be disposed of at private sale this week, and those that remain unsold will be sent to Lexington with the Cebrian outfit. Jockey Earl Pool will not finish out the meeting, here. He has arranged to leave March 1 for Hot Springs", Ark., and remain there until April 1, when he will go to Lexington to report to . Jack Baker, who is training the horses of his contract employer, A. B. Hancock. Will Perkins has arranged to depart for Lexington at the conclusion of the Fair Grounds meeting for the purpose of supervising the early training of the large band of two-year-olds he has quartered at the track at that place. His horses now racing here, however, will participate in the Jefferson Park meeting and will not be transferred to Lexington until the termination of the meeting at that plant.

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