Only Two More Days: Fair Grounds Meeting Comes to End with Racing of Tuesday, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-03


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ONLY TWO MORE DAYS Fair Grounds Meeting Comes to End with Racing of Tuesday. Flint Stone Star of the Handicap Division and Thorndale Best of the Three-Year-Olds. - NEW ORLEANS, La., March 2. With only two days remaining of the long meeting at the Fair Grounds, horsemen are already moving to the Jefferson Park track, while others are perfecting plans for moving to Maryland to rest until the opening of the Bowie meeting. With the racing of Tuesday there will have heen completed a meeting of fifty-four days, one day having been declared off througli stress of weather and track conditions. This same weather and track conditions for the long meeting has been so monotonously unfavourable that when it is all over it will be found that the racing lias only been a sporting success. In other words, the New Orleans Business Mens Racing Association will not have made any money in the conduct of the racing. But it cannot be denied that it has been a satisfying sporting success and the association is to be congratulated in promptly keeping all its pledges with the horsemen. Flint Stone has easily been the handicap development of the meeting, while of the three-year-olds Benjamin Blocks Thorndale stands out over the others. At this time he seems the logical choice for the 5,000 Louis-ana Derby of the Jefferson Park Association, for which he is being pointed by Fred Burlew, and the only chance to displace him in public favor for that race would be the return of Black: Gold. Two of the big happenings of the week were the sale of the two-year-old filly Vani-doso to Frank Keeney of Brooklyn for 5,000 and the sale of Dr. Clark, Cherry Tree and Wilmer the Wizard to Baron Long, the California sportman. Mose Goldblatt had re-ceired various offers for both Dr. Clark and Cherry Tree and it was not until Saturday that the deal was completed, that also included the three-year-olds. It was John B. McKee who conducted the purchase for Baron Long and the three horses were started on their journey to San Diego today. It is intended to start both Cherry Tree and Dr. Clark in the rich Coffroth Handicap at Tijuana, while Wilmer the Wizard is intended lor the Tijuana Derby. The price Baron Long paid was not made public, but it is known that Goldblatt had iefused several good offers before this one was accepted. lLAXS OF THE OFFICIALS. Joseph A. Murphy will be the only steward now serving at the Fair Grounds who will otficiate in a similar capacity at Jefferson Park. The other two, C. W. Hay and Herman Conkling, will be at leisure after Tuesday. Judge Conkling has arranged to return Wednesday morning to his home in Baltimore. Judge Hay, who has had his family here all winter, will remain in New Orleans until April 1, when he will leave for a brief visit to his home in Frankfort, Ky., prior to going to Huntington, W. Va., where lie will serve as presiding steward at the meeting there, which is scheduled to open April 5. Quin Cogar, one . of the patrol judges at the Fair Grounds, is planning a trip to Havana for ja. couple of weeks, after which he will return to his home in Kentucky. John Lowe departed Sunday morning for Lexington, Ky, where he will assume charge of the stable of Frederick Johnson, that has been quartered at the track of the Kentucky Association all winter. Prior to leaving here Lowe arranged with George Land to take over and train the horses Brown Trout, Molinero, War Idol, Uncle Sonny and Troutwick. The remaining portion of the stable comprising Mali Jong, Norseland, Jose Delgado and Bonnie Morn, owned by Edward Cebrian, and Isosceles, Jou .Tou and The Leopard, which are racing in Lowes interest, will be shipped to Lexington, Ky., Wednesday morning. In the same car Jake Lowenstein has arranged to send Princess Rockland and Billy Walz. Jake Holtman will also send a couple in the same car.

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