Monday Racing at Havana: Fair Sized Crowd at Oriental Park to Witness Extra Days Sport at Cuban Track, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-30


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MONDAY RACING AT HAVANA Fair Sized Crowd at Oriental Park to Witness Extra Days Sport at Cuban Track. HAVANA, Cuba, Dec. 29. There was a fair sized crowd at Oriental Park for the first Monday program of- the present meeting. Though lacking a feature, the racing was interesting,- well-backed horses winning most of the races.. The seven-year-old Cinna came back with a good race when he beat as good a band as he was ever asked to meet, in the fifth race. He was ridden by T. Burns and overcame a lot of early interference when he was crowded back going to the first turn. After working his way up on the outside of the others in the run down the back stretch, he drew away, hut Burns had to hustle him along at the end. Celia. which finished third, clcscd with a rush and was going the fastest at the end. Lord Vargrave was an easy winner In the second race, in which he was a well-! backed favorite. He was on the extreme outside for the first three-quarters, hut entering the home stretch saved a lot of ground, and drew away into a commanding lead. He was under restraint at the finish, four leng.hs in front of Ethel F. The latter heat Vain Ellie three parts of a length for second place. J. O. Keenes stable scored in the third race when Twilight Hour galloped h-omc to . an easy victory. The filly was ridden by W. j Smith and fell lame. She was outrun in the first eighth, but rounding the far turn gradually improved her position and, coming through cn the inside with a rush entering the home stretch, drew away to a long lead. The next three had a hot battle between them and finished in a compact bunch. "War Garden had to be hard ridden all through the home stretch to beat Carlos En- riquc by a length and a quarter in the fourth ; race. The latter was best, but was beaten only because he went wide entering the home stretch, while the winner hugged the rail. Three horses changed hands via the claiming route Sunday. M. Saunders took Eelman from W. A. Crawford. The latter took Henry J. from Saunders. Wanderlust was claimed by Al rhelps from A. F. Melberty. The! latter is an officer in the Cuban army. Jockey W. Charles was suspended for seven : days from all mounts other than for his con-J tract employer, L. F. OLeary, for crossing in front of the others in the third race with Bobs Hope yesterday. Jockey Alonzo was set down; for ten days for crossing with Beg Pardon in the second race Sunday. On receipt of a cablegram from Brooklyn. N. Y., conveying the news of the death of John E. Grafton, his horse, Scratch, was withdrawn from the third race. It was Mr. Graftons intention to leave for Havana after the holidays. The news of his death was received with much regret by many friends on the turf. Lafe M. was served up as a hot one in the opening race. The colt came from the half-milers with a great reputation and was well supported. The best he could do, however, was to land in second place, being beaten by a length by Momentum.

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