Finish of Aero Handicap: Provides Many Thrills for Spectators at the Fair Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-09


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FINISH OF AERO HANDICAP Provides Many Thrills for Spectators at the Fair Grounds. "" s : Korbly and Pickwick Engage in Hotly Contested Struggle Good Days Sport. "-i NEW ORLEANS. La., January S. Last nights rain left the Fair Grounds track in a muddy condition for todays racing but this failed to affect tiie sport to any great extent, as spirited and well-contested finishes marked several of the contests. Particularly so was this the case in the Aero Handicap, the main attraction of todays program. Only four went to the post, with Korbly and Pickwick sharing the publics support. The race resolved itself into a bitter struggle between the two, first one, then the other seenring a slight advantage only to relinquish it to the other. Down the homestretch the pair raced like a team, with both jockeys doing their best and the spectators cheering wildly and urging on their favorite one. Korbly managed to gain a slight lead in the final strides and passed the winning line a head in advance of Pickwick, which never faltered a moment through that heartbreaking drive. Both horses and their riders were given a great ovation by the enthusiastic crowd. Annabelle. a daughter of Aeronaut Sweet Flower, from the stable of W. C. Weant, proved superior in the muddy going over the band of baby racers oppos.ed to her in the opening race. In her two previous starts Annabelle had failed to favorably impress the students of form with the result that she went to the post today practically neglected in a betting way, favoritism being conferred on Dandy yan- Diat fact proved nor .handicap to. AnnaTielle, as she sprinted into a long lead at once and won with her rider easing her up at the end. Quick Fire was second and the favorite. Dandy Van, third. The second race furnished an interesting contest and the finish found Manicurist, Sid C. Keener. Toombeola and Milda measuring stride for stride and the result was in doubt until the winning line was crossed. They finished in the order named, with Sid C. Keener gaining on the winner with every stride. Toombeola. most fancied in a betting way, raced wide all the way, which, in a great measure, ruined whatever chance he may have had. Another hair-raising finish came in the third race, in which the largest field of the day faced the starter. In this case Seafarer, backed into favoritism, won after a sensational performance. He came around the others in the firm going and, racing into the lead at the half mile post, the effort told on him at the end and he had to be driven to the limit to withstand the powerful closing rush of Bombast, with Cracow finishing third after closing a big gap from a slow beginning. Marasmus showed the way from start to finish in the fifth, easily withstanding the stretch challenge of Queen Apple and drawing away in the last eighth. Lyke contributed to Cadillacs poor showing by taking him in the deepest going and racing him into exhaustion in the first three-quarters. Waldo I. Johnson of Chicago, whose horses here are in temporary charge of George Land, was an arrival from Chicago. His visit is in connection with the selection of a trainer to succeed Land. William Snyder, one of starter Dades assistants, underwent a minor operation at a local hospital yesterday morning. J. Cuda, owner of Kittiwake, put in a claim for Miss Kruter in the sixth race yesterday, but was not allowed, as the claim was not filed within the specified time. Another Robinson joined the riding brigade here when W. Robinson had the mount on Beck and Call yesterday. The youngster is a brother of Franks and no relation to C. Robinson. Trainer Andy Blakeley re-iorted that Lucius came out of his race Monday in a bad way and may be on the shelf again for some time.

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