Racing Marred by Many Withdrawals: Changed Track Conditions Favor Mud Horses-Master Lester Takes First Race in Canter, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-21


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RACING MARRED BY MANY WITHDRAWALS. Changed Track Conditions Favor Mud Horses — Master Lester Takes First Race in Canter. I.os Angeles. Tal.. February 2". — A heavy rainfall all night render-d the track sloppy today and the card was consequently badly scratched. The racing was uninteresting, as ouly the poorer class of horses started. Master lister found the going to his liking aud led all the way in the first race, winning in a canter. Huapala closed an immense gap iu the last half and finished a fast going second. Valjean. coupled with Instant as the Hildreth entry, won the two-year-old race after showing a great burst of speed in the stretch, wearing Horace II. down iu the closing strides. Duke of Milan, the islds-on favorite, showed th • most early speed, but tired badly near the end aud was lucky to save third place from Miss Alvescot. F. M. Try was put to a hard drive to win the third race. He bad an apparent winning lead when turning into, the stretch, bnl was forced to his utmost to stall oil the challenge of Harcourt. Tort Mahoiie followed the two leaders to the stretch, but was tiring at the end. Elizabeth F. raced Louise Fitzgiblion into early subjection and simply cantered th- rest of the journey. Sainrida made a runaway race of the fifth and increased her advantage as the race progressed. County Clerk was her nearest attmlurit throughout. Bemay dosed a big gap in the last half and. finishing gamely, outstayed Giovanni Balerio iu the last stride. Weights for the Norfolk Handicap, to be run Sat unlay, were announced yesterday. The stake closed with sixty seven entries and liesides the ,000 added money a silver cup will l»e awarded the owner of the winner by the association. The distance is four miles, the longest distance that stake horses on the coast have been asked to go this season. Montgomery is handicapped at 118 pounds, top weight, aud Rifleman 112 pounds, but it is not likely that either of them will start. The condition of E. J. Baldwin was slightly improved today. The veteran tjn ["man is making a game fight and his many friends are confident that he will recover in a short time. The followers of Miller had a poor day, as he failed to finish first on any of bis inouuts. The attendance was large despite the inclement weather and the twenty-two books "had a winning day.

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