Back at Jefferson: Eleven Days Meeting Starts Under Favorable Conditions, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-06


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BACK AT JEFFERSON Eleven Days Meeting Starts Under Favorable Conditions. Jockey Corcoran Riding Star of Day With Three Winners Moonrakers Good Race. NEW ORLEANS, La., March 5. Racing was inaugurated at Jefferson Park this afternoon for a spring term of eleven days and will end on March 17, when the curtain is rung down on the sport in these parts until next fall. Summerlike weather and perfect track conditions were contributing factors in bringing about excellent sport. The attendance was of generous proportions and comfortably filled the plant. Ring activities were also of satisfactory order and the forty-six price quoters, while reporting lesses. felt satisfied that action will be on a par with the Fair Grounds and opportunity to even up deficits sustained during the afternoon. Originally the opening days offering contained an excess number of carded starters in the different dashes, but a heavy list of withdrawals reduced the fields to comfort-. able size, excepting in the third in which some lowly ones engaged and it brought to the post fifteen, the limit number. The big lield was responsible for the fall of False Alarm, ridden by G. Breuning, but luckily! the rider escaped with a shaking up only. Jockey J. Corcoran was the particular ridirigstari"brthe day, with three winners to his credit. Parke pressed him hard with a pair of victories. EQUALS TJIACK JlECOItD. The Greentree Stable had the honor of annexing the first purse of the meeting with its Moonraker, ruling a prohibitive favorite. He justified the confidence placed in him by winning with consummate case from Tuscola and Lieutenant Farrell. Tuscola gave the winner a hard tussle during the earlier periods of the race, but when it came to the real test, Moonraker drew away with ease and won commandingly. He ran the five-eighths in 1:00, which equals the track record and had he been urged to do his best he could have lowered the mark. There were no particular features, the program suffering as a result of the stars taking part in the racing on the preceding day at the Fair Grounds. The fourth race, at a mile and a sixteenth, developed a fine contest with an clement of doubt whether the officials would allow Doughnut to retain the purse after she had won it. This was due to the slight interference she had subjected Dumbfounder to in the last seventy yards when he swerved over toward the inner rail. She had Dumb-founder in close quarters, ultimately forcing Jones to take back. Jones claimed a foul against the winner, but the stewards, after deliberating, thought that the interference was not enough to justify a disqualification and left the placing stand as the horses had originally finished. Rustem landed in third place. Doughnut had been backed to favoritism, while Dumbfounder also found many supporters. Dumbfounder was prob-alrty the best in the race and with the same energetic riding that Parke gave Doughnut would have won. FIVE FAVOItlTES WIN. Backers of favorites were in the spotlight rnd managed to land on five of the afternoons winners. They followed their initial success by backing Caligula in the second lace, and were extremely lucky to cash here, the favorite managing to get up in the stretch to down Kingsclere and "Whalebone. The erratic Hidden Jewel showed a dull performance and retired fast after reaching the stretch. Rush Buck was lucky to win the third race from the big band of starters and only the vigorous finish of Parke enabled him to get up in time to wear down Melbourne. The latter, ridden by the veteran, W. Crump, showed fine speed, but gave way in the last twenty yards. Levoy finished tl ird. Escarpolette furnished the upset of the fifth race and enabled Corcoran to land his second winner of the afternoon. Corcoran kept the notionable, mare at her best 1 ace from the start, well up with the leaders, and she stood a hard drive- in the stretch to get home a short neck before the fast-coming Tody, with Richelieu in third place. The veteran Sands of Pleasure that Corcoran rode in the final race found conditions exactly to his liking and, benefited by a good ride, he succeeded in outstaying another veteran, Sway. Repeater was best of the others. Sands of Pleasure was the favored one, having .displaced Sway when report was spread that Sway was stiff and sere. He raced well and held on gamely. Henry Cavanaugh, trainer of the Mrs. W. J. Potter stable, reports that he has had the three-year-o5d Boy O Boy fired and that the colt will be out of racing until the Latonia meeting.

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