Track Deep in Mud: Only Sturdy Horses Able to Successfully Race in It, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-10


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TRACK DEEP IN MUD: Only Sturdy Horses Able to Successfully Race in It. Main Contest Easy for Cyclops Prince K. Displays Flash of Old Time Form. NEW ORLEANS, La., Dec. 9. Cloudy, cool weather greeted the Jefferson Park racing- patrons who journeyed to the course this afternoon to witness the decision of a program featured by several races that brought out good racers. Track conditions favored those with a liking for muddy going, though the racing strip did not indicate it was moist by its surface appearance. It was deep, however, under the cushion, and took a racer "of stamina to negotiate it successfully. Speculation was in excess of yesterday and the winners were well backed, the layers again having a disastrous experience. The fourth race, in which only four started, found Cyclops an outstanding favorite and he justified the confidence placed in him by winning practically as his rider pleased. The battle for second place between John Finn and Llewellyn was a spectacular one, the pair racing in the wake of the leader, almost on even strides, with their respective riders plying the whip zealously in an effort to get an advantage. Not until the last stride did Llewellyn manage to get his nose before John Finn. Orpheus, the only other starter, was far out of it for most of the trip. MARY ELLEX O. NARROWLY. The fifth race, at a mile and a sixteenth, brought to the pest some good platers, with little to choose between Mary Ellen O., Flying Devil and Ever Bold. Judgment was correct with respect to Mary Ellen O.. for she raced forwardly and well from the start, holding on just long enough to outstay Thimble, which came with a rush through the stretch and forced Mary Ellen O. out to the last ounce. Ever Bold, after seemingly being badly beaten, came again to down Flying Devil for third place. The one-time crack Prince K. was enabled as a result of the soft going to forget his "infirmities and his superior quality contributed in his victory over the ten others that started in the seventh race. Spug3 was closest to him at the end, with Purity in third place. Cote dOr was the leader in the early stages, but when straightened for the stretch he tired completely and was far out of it at the finish. Richelieu was given preference here, but the winner had considerable support. The sixth race brought to the post fairly good two-year-olds, including Buttress and Sparkle Star, racing in the interest of C. A. Fairbairn. The pair were the favored ones and extensively backed. Buttress won handily over Mary Johnston, owned by A. B. Hancock. Buttress began with her customary slowness and left the barrier in last place, but she moved up steadily and passed into the lead just as the field turned into the stretch. From then on she held the others safe. Mary Johnston, making her first start here, raced prominently in the early stages, but was in the heaviest part of the track until her rider took her wide in the stretch. She finished fast, but was not good enough to down Buttress. Sparkle Star was best of the others, Karonga and Mary Dear, the early pacemakers having quit almost to a walk in the last sixteenth. BAD LUCK "WELL XAMED. The second race brought out an ordinary band to race three-quarters, and witnessed the downfall of Bad Luck, a well backed favorite. He was pounds the best and his failure was primarily caused by the poor ride that J. D. Mooney gave him. When the start came Mooncy was unprepared, resulting in the colt getting away poorly. He was going well after getting into his stride, when Mooney began easing him back and, approaching the stretch turn he again took him up. Then, when about to go into the lead in the last furlong, he took him up again and tried to go around the leaders, but to no purpose. St. Nicholas and C. T. Worth-ington, which had headed the others a quarter of a mile from the finish fought it out through the stretch, with St. Nicholas winning by a short margin, while C. T. Worth-ington "separated the winner from Bad Luck. Bad Luck was claimed for ,000 by C. N. Freeman, owner of St Nicholas. In the opener Johnny Jewell, ably ridden by "Chick" Lang, succeeded in getting home a neck in advance of Rajah, with Boot Black following and Camouflage also pressing the leaders closely. Jonnny Jewell was lucky at the start and, showing good speed, raced his early followers into submission, and standing a hard drive near the end, stalled off the final rush of Rajah, which had saved considerable ground at the stretch turn. The Greentree Stable of Mrs. Payne Whitney was -moved today to the new barn especially built for it at the Fair- Grounds.

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