Adverse Conditions: Racing at Jefferson Park Held in the Rain and Fog, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-04


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ADVERSE CONDITIONS Racing at Jefferson Park Held in the Rain and Fog. Marvin May First in Feature Bankrupt Carries H. P. Whitney Colors to Victory. NEW ORLEANS, La., Dec. 3. Wet weather and a fog mantle enveloping the course greeted visitors at the Jefferson Park track today to witness the decision of a seven-race program, featured by a sprinting dash in which some of the better regarded horses answered the bugle call. Because of the unpropitious conditions, there was a falling off in attendance, but considering the adverse weather and the lack of features provided, an unusually largo number of racing devotees were on hand. The moisture did not affect the going to any considerable extent. It slowed it some but it will take considerable downpour to convert the going into a bad state. A hard rain would be beneficial to it, for it would solidify the going. John McPhersons Marvin May, backed to the exclusion of all the other starters, was returned winner in the feature. He led for the entire way and was alertly ridden. He was inclined to tire in the stretch, but under the hard urging he kept in the lead and had almost a two lengths lead over Cyclops at the end. Cyclops raced forwardly from the start but he lost considerable ground as a result of racing wide at the turns. He was hard pressed near the end to outstay Moms Boy, the extreme outsider in the race. WINS IX HOT FINISH. Harry Payne Whitneys colors were carried to their first Aictory of the meeting when Bankrupt, coming -with a rush in the last sixteenth, got up to beat home Akbar, with Recover just managing to outstay the nine others fcr third place. Akbar, ridden by the veteran M. Buxton, began quickly and was first to pierce the fog bank for the first five-eighths. Hestill seemed in a fair way of being the victor in the last sixteenth when Bankrupt came with his determined bid that landed him in front There was considerable activity about Battleman in the race, but he was at all times far in the rear of the leaders. The S. N. Holman luck still continues and his Brinkley accounted for the opening race in somewhat handy style from Southland Girl and Firmament. They were regarded as an ordinary band of maidens that started here, with Brinkley the favored one. He began well and under hustling tactics, moved promptly into the lead, pursued by Peter Decoy. His nearest followers began tiring just as the stretch was reached and Southland Girl, coming with a rush, displaced Firmament for second place, but was unequal to the task of heading the winner. Firmament just lasted for third place. GAYLY IX A THRILLER. The second race, at a mile and a sixteenth, furnished a thriller and an upset when Gayly, carrying the colors of the one-time popular Joe Mandot, idol of southern fistic fraternity, beat home Asa Jewell in a spirited drive that lasted for almost the entire length of the short stretch. Gayly was not without his backers and the ring was hit hard by his success. Asa Jewell, which on a preceding start could not raise a noticeable gallop, showed vastly improved form under Merglers energetic riding. He was rushed into the lead soon after the start and, disposing of Henry M. Dietz and Peace Pal in order, fought it out stubbornly with Gayly and only missed the victory by a mat- ter of inches. Nogales proved the best in the sixth race, which originally had been carded as the seventh, but through some mistake in the program arrangement, was run off as the sixth race. Nogales raced in his best form, and came steadily and fast in the last quarter to take the lead. Wapiti, which had shown the way until the last sixteenth, was not seriously menaced for second place, though Miss Mazie was running fast at the end after having closed an immense gap. The disappointment of the race was Bench Manager. He raced far in the wake of the others for the entire trip. He was claimed for ,300 by W. II. Hall. The concluding race, a mile and a sixteenth dash, went to the locally owned Smart Guy. which made amends by his victory for the defeat by El Astro. Smart Guy took kindly to the going and followed by Carnarvon, came away from the others, and had the race between them for the entire trip. Smart Guy benefited when Carnarvon raced wide at the stretch turn, but he had to be urged near the end to maintain his lead over Carnarvon, which came again. Cheer Leader, the favorite, was far back during the early stages, but closed a big gap in the last quarter. Monastery upset calculations when he got home in advance of the others - starting in the third race. Johnny Jewell just managed to outstay Piedmont for second place. El Astro was the favorite here, but he was away poorly and was weakly ridden.

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