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: i TRACK CONDITIONS FAVOR MUD RUNNERS. I Racing Featureless and Attendance Light— Botanist 1 Takes First Race — Master Lester a Winner. Ios Angeles. Cal.. January 24. — Intermittent showers fell all day and the track was sloppy. The card was made up of the poorer class of horses, i and while there were numerous withdrawals, still i several of the fields were unwieldy. The seventeen 1 bookmakers in line toda.v received another drubbing ■ and there will probably be several absentees when the cut-in is made tomorrow. The attendance was confined strictly to regulars. Botanist outclassed his opiionenls in the opening race and never left the result in doubt. Stray, for which has been claimed stake form, was a well-backed sei-oml choice, hut his race in the i going was a disappointment. Western and Kirk field Belle finished second and third respectively, hut Hbrtl T. Fryer was coming fast, and hat for trailing in the early running would have finished in the money. The big field of maiden two year old fillies which went to the post in the second race was a puzzle to the speculators, and consequent ly none was very heavily backed. J. A. BcniieCs Miniature was made l short -priced favorite by the layers in their ipening juices, but there was no support accorded the filly and she weut to 4 to 1 and ruled as the favorite until post time. When it came to the running she quit badly and was lucky to finish fourth. Aunt Aggie won after a sharp drive with Annie Wells, the second choice. Master I.ester. in winning the third race, was the second favorite to score and also the second starter from the Hayniau stable to win. Louise Fit/.gilibon found the going to her liking and proceeded to set the pace, closely followed by Master .ester and Lady Kitty, but tired hadly and tin-.shed an easy second. , . Azora scored decisively over her opponents in the running of the fourth race. Aucassin showed the most speed for the first six furlongs, but the effort told on him ue*r the end. and he lasted long enough to save second place from the fast-comiug Gentle Harry. Alice Cary won the second mile race on the card from eleven opponents, holding Cncle Henry safe ill through the closing drive. Foncasta finished a close-up third. Harvel outclassed his opjionents in the last race • f the afternoon, winning in a canter from such reputed good ones as Chief Desmond and Whidden.