In Total Eclipse: All the Favorites of Wednesdays Program Suffer Defeat, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-13


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IN TOTAL ECLIPSE All the Favorites of Wednesdays Program Suffer Defeat. Parke Caught Napping In Feature Race and as Result Barracuda Beats Rinkey. NEW ORLEANS, La., March 12. Spectacular racing, featured by thrilling finishes in several instances, was the order at Jefferson Park today, but to the speculative element it was an unprofitable and unsatisfactory session, favorites being in complete eclipse and performing poorly as a result of poor rides and interference they suffered. For the first time this winter the popular and energetic Parke could be charged with the loss of a race because of overconfidence or failure to note the oncoming rush of a contender in time to avert defeat. The incident came in the feature race at a mile and seventy yards handicap, in which Parke had the mount on the Greentree Stables Rinkey, its mainstay for Louisiana Derby honors. The filly had opposed to her some good handicap racers of all ages, but she was best and installed the favorite. She raced in close pursuit of the leaders from the start, disposing of Invictus in the first half and shaking off O. Henry at the stretch turn. At this stage Parke began taking matters coolly under the belief that O. Henry, seemingly the only strong contender, was done for. He failed to note the fast coming Barracuda until too late and when he did realize his danger the finish was too close and Rinkey, somewhat tired after her long absence from racing, could not be aroused to respond to her former fast pace and she was beaten by a matter of inches. JtEGULAIt "IROX HORSE." Barracudas victory was a surprising feat in view of his ordinary race of the previous day, in which he failed to get a part of the purse. Barracuda has been one of the most actively employed racers this winter, and he should go down in history with the famed "Iron Horses" Logan, Blitzen, Robert Wad-dell, Boncy Boy and others. The periods of rest he has had this winter was limited mostly to Sundays. He has been raced at all distances, from three-quarters to a mile and an eighth and back again to three-quarters. Consistency has not been his main characteristic. There were times when he showed poor form and at other times his performances bordered on the brilliant. His success today was of the flukey variety, for Rinkey, no doubt, was best and with alert riding should have won. It showed the Greentree Stable owned a filly as a potential candidate for Louisiana Derby honors. Allowing for improvement that must come as a result of her race this afternoon, it puts her in the ranks of Black Gold and Thorndale. She will be benefited by a weight allowance from both these formidable opponents. Black Gold concedes her fourteen pounds and Thorndale allows her five pounds because of her sex. At the difference in weight she must be conceded a splendid chance to carry off the stellar portion of the 5,000 added prize. BIG FIELDS XSD INTERFERENCE. Big fields made the contests in all but two of the dashes. Because of the interference that occurred during the running of the races with bigger fields the contests suffered and several of the starters did likewise. Those favored by a good beginning and possessing good speed had the best of it. The overthrow of the choices began in the opener when Alex Woodliffe and Wilbur C. Whitehead, coupled as the P. H. Sims entry, were beaten handily and failed to get a part of the purse. Belle II., because of a fast beginning and being clear of interference led for the entire way and won from Little Gipsy with Waratah in third place. With equal racing luck the latter would have won. Everglade furnished the upset in the second race. He won from Dreamer with Stake Me in third place. The latter was pounds the best, but the combination of poor riding and interference he suffered was his undoing. Tempting, one of the starters in this race, broke down. Sweepstakes was the favored one in the fifth race and strongly supported. He was in close pursuit of Vacuum, the leader, in the first quarter when he suddenly was relegated to last place, far off from the others. The timid Thorndyke had taken back sharply when he suffered interference. The incident eliminated him completely. Vacuum, racing in his best form and extensively backed by a smart aggregation, just managed to last long enough to beat home the energetically ridden Lugs. Parke had the mount on the latter and lie evidently was bent on not repeating his blunder on Rinkey. Parke also had the mount on Majority and he kept her at top pace from the start and persisted in his hard riding in the stretch, though the filly seemed inclined to give it up. It was well that he. displayed the energy he did, else Vitamin, coming with a rush in the stretch, might have beaten her out. Attorney here showed a smart per- j formance to come from nowhere and get up in time to head Walnut Hall for third place. Jockeys Accardy and Blind will not be seen in the saddle for the remainder of this week, both having been suspended for a period of three days by the starter. Trainer Clyde Phillips of the Greentree stable has arranged to ship the horses he has here under his care to Churchill Downs, where they will be rested until the opening of the Lexington meeting. The horses include Rinkey, Dazzler, Moonraker and others.

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