Threatening Skies: Fails to Affect Saturday Attendance at Jefferson Park, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-09


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THREATENING SKIES Fails to Affect Saturdays Attendance at Jefferson Park. Overwhelming Favorite, East Indian, Meets Defeat Pathan in Spectacular Finish. NEW ORLEANS, La., March 8. Good racing developed at Jefferson Park this afternoon despite an ordinary program and it was truly surprising what a large attendance was on hand to view the sport, considering the threatening weather, a deluge being imminent at any moment. A mile and a half dash was the outstanding attraction and it furnished the outstanding incident by the defeat of tne overwhelming favorite, East Indian. He was taken into camp handily by Good Night. The latter showed himself to be a rare stayer, for he raced East Indian into defeat during the first three-quarters and won thereafter well in hand. East Indian had not much difficulty beating home Freezy Sneezy, the second choice. The most spectacular finish of the day came with the running of the second race, a three-quarter dash, in which Pathan was given the verdict over Stake Me, with Queen Charming and Extra Edition closely following. The quartette were considerably in ad-.vance of the others and the finish so strenuous and close that some of the spectators took exception to the placing by the judges and voiced their disapproval. R. L. Carter was somewhat intemperate in his remarks, and an order came from the stewards denying him the privilege of the track and also further participation of his filly, two-year-old Shirley Louise, in the racing here. FAVORITES IX ECLIPSE. Backers of favorites experienced poor luck as their choices were downed with regularity and were in total eclipse. Their downfall began in the opening race when Honor Man had the call. He proved a dismal failure, mostly the result of suffering sharp interference at the start from Recommendation. This caused him to never figure seriously at any stage of the racing. Lady Rose, racing in her "best form, led for the entire way and won well in hand from the extensively backed Longboat, with Julia M. following the pair. Queen Charming, Everglade and Buck Pond were given preference in the second race, but with the exception of the former which finished third, the others were never formidable in the final racing. An ordinary band made up the field in the third race with Rustem serving as the favorite, but he was eliminated at the first turn where lie was jumped on and badly cut about the legs. The finish was a rousing one with Tan Son the winner by a short margin from Escarpolette and Royal Duck. STEWARDS TO INVESTIGATE. Lorena Marcellia was an overwhelmingly backed choice in the fifth face, but her showing was particularly dull, not at all to the liking of the stewards who announced that they intended to investigate her poor performance. El Astro, locally owned, and backed extensively, won by a slight margin from Whalebone, with Idle Thoughts in third place. The winner came from far back. He was last at one time, but went around the others with great speed in the stretch and, though weakly ridden, held Whalebone safe in the closing strides. The fifteen that contested for the purse in the closing dash were of a lowly variety and Day Lilly was considered best and backed confidently and extensively. She appeared sore going to the post and, after racing into a prominent position just before reaching the stretch, came fast thereafter. Attorney and Trooper fought it out with Attorney winning. Rep finished in third place. J. Barlow claimed Bucado for ,000, but through a technicality, the claim was held void and the horse reverted back to his owner.

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