Auspicious Inauguration: Largest and Most Representative Crowd Ever Seen at Jefferson Park, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-28


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AUSPICIOUS INAUGURA TION Largest and Most Representative Crowd Ever Seen at Jefferson Park S. N. Holman7 s Nassau Victorious in Thanksgiving Handicap, the Main Racing Attraction of the Opening Program NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 27. Racing in New Orleans for the winter was inauguated today over the Jefferson Park track under conditions that marks-new history for the sport here. Never has there teen more representative people in evidence at this track. The social element that has heretofore abstained from setting foot at this track was out in full force. They crowded the clubhouse to overflowing. The attendance as a whole was the largest that has ever viewed the sport at the Shrewsbury course and interest was of a character. that presages much for the prosperity of the sport in the future. Long before the noon hour all approaches to the course were congested with lines of automobiles wending their way to the track. It was indicative by the constant stream of early comers that attendance records would be shattered. While a big crowd was expected, the pleasing part, particularly to the new management that has recently taken over the Jefferson plant, was the appearance of the social element in force. There were many in the clubhouse who had never set foot on the grounds. The attendance also included many, first-time visitors to racing and their enthusiasm was refreshing. For the occasion New Orleans furnished a brand of weather that would have dene credit to a northern city in June. Balmy breezes wafted through the grounds and a brilliant sun shed its warm rays over the multitude. The northern visitors, enveloped in expensive furs, were forced to discard their top raiments to enjoy comfort. In the betting pavilion a good-natured crowd milled and buffeted their way in a desire to do some shopping for bargain odds. The forty-three odd-quoters were totally inadequate ito accommodate those speculatively inclined. Wholesome racing fitting to the occasion was provided and no unpleasant incident occurred to spoil the harmony of the day. MANAGER EDDY PLEASED. Manager Eddy, who has Avorked hard to bring about a favorable sentiment for the heretofore lowly regarded Jefferson Park track, beamed his satisfaction over the results and expressed his gratification over the splendid inaugural and patronage. To the S. N. Holman stable fell the honors of carrying off the first rich plum of the meeting when his Nassau, favorite in the 1923 Kentucky Derby, won by the redoubtable Zev, triumphed in handy style in the Thanksgiving Handicap, with ,500 added, which carried a net value of ,050 to the winner. Holman had designs on this feature for, in addition to Nassau, he had Bradleys Tcney in the race. The latter did not figure to any serious extent, being away slowly from an outside position and suffered by interference. Considering that he was so far out of it and had to overcome interference, he showed a splendid performance to land in fourth place. Banter, from a fast beginning, moved into the lead but Nassau would not let him get far away and when Mergler called on the latter he promptly moved on level terms with the leader and after a sharp brush for seventy yards he drew out to win with much in reserve. The Greehtree "Stables Rinkey, which figured extensively in last years local racing, came with a fine burst of speed and landed in third place. EASY FOR TnE BADGER. In the fourth race, that brought to the post some fairly well considered youngsters," The Badger easily triumphed over the fast Gnome Girl. The latter raced in closs proximity to the winner, but at no time was seriously dangerous. She held Hayward safe for second place. Speckyed Beauty raced wide during the entire contest and showed an unwillingness to perform to her best. To the Greentree Stable fell the honor of scoring in the inaugural purse, when its pair of representatives, The Vintner and Wild Aster, finished first and second, separated by a slight margin. It appeared that The Vintner won on sufferance and that Wild Aster could have passed his stable mate at any time during the last sixteenth. Centimeter, locally owned, finished in third place, just getting home slightly in advance of the poorly ridden Marvin May. Dust Flower and Prince Regent furnished a spirited duel in the sixth race. They cama to the finish a half length apart, with Dust Flower in the van, having led for the entire way, and just succeeded in outstaying the fast finishing Prince Regent. Caligula, the favored one, was far back, quitting badly during the last eighth. The final race found the colors of Mrs. W. J. Potter in front for the first time in a long while. Boy o Boy carried them to victory. Clock Stocking followed and probably would have given the winner a more strenuous tussle, but for being taken sharply out of it before reaching the first turn. Mabel C. was away with an advantage in I the second race, and she led throughout, beating Bad Luck, with Goodwill following. A dozen of the ordinary ones started here, ; but they raced in close formation for practically the entire distance.

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