Series of Selling Races: Provided at Oriental Park for Cheaper Grade of Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-18


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SERIES OF SELLING RACES Provided at Oriental Park for Cheaper Grade of Horses. Winners Are Heavily Supported Kentucky Racing Commissioner a Visitor. HAVANA, Cuba, January 17. Todays program at Oriental Park was made up of a series of selling races at sprinting distances and ordinary platers went to the post. The fields were well balanced, however, and good contests resulted in the majority of the races, the winners beating their opio-nents in driving finishes. All found good support in the ring, and the layers suffered heavy losses, the public having much the better of the breaks. Up to date there lias been a steady increase in the volume of speculators. Fair weather greeted racegoers today, and the warm sun had a Ieneficent effect on the track, as it improved as the day progressed and should be in fine condition for tomorrows racing. Marys Beau took the measure of Trapping in the first race of the afternoon, the mare leading throughout and successfully resisting every effort of Trapping to oust her from the lead. At the finisli Marys Beau was being eased up, while Trapping showed the effects of his strenuous racing to overtake the winner. Sunduria looked best to the talent in the second, but a slow start and loss of ground right after the start practically eliminated her as a contender. Thurber jiersevered ivitli her, however, and landed her in third place. The winner turned up ju Little-cotu " - lengths. Will Soon, at 8 to 1 iu the betting, scored in the third. Xo Trumps was the- early pacemaker, but after tiring was supplanted by Scabbard, which in turn gave way to Will Soon and Revelry James, the former drawing away in the final eighth. CIRCTJXATES CREDITABLE RACE. Circulate ran a highly creditable race to beat Enver Bey in the fourth. Kelsay adopted waiting tactics with the old gelding, saving Circulate until the last quarter, where he moved up with a fine display of speed, caught and passed Enver Bey, to win by a length. Enver Bey set an exceptionally fast pace for the going, but it told on him at the end, as he had nothing left when the winner challenged. The biggest upset of the day came Avith the running of the fiftli race, in which Miss "Wright, the odds-on choice, was so badly messed about that she lost whatever chance she may have had. although she finished third in a terrific closing drive. King Tuscan won the race, coming from behind to overhaul Bunice, which set the pace from the start, in the stretcli and got up in the last few strides. The mile dasli that wound up the days proceedings fell to Butcher Boy. The only real opposition he encountered was from Chilton King, but he tired when challenged. Tarleton P.s performance was in decided contrast to his recent good races. The victory of Butcher Boy marked the second success of the day for jockey Thurber, his other winning mount being Marys Beau in the first race. Among the visitors this afternoon was W. J. Abrams of Louisville, one of the newly appointed members of the Kentucky State Racing Commission. Mr. Abrams is here for a short visit, during which he will tour the island accompanied by his niece. He was much impressed with Oriental Park, and complimented general manager Rrown on the splendid racing establishment which he has constructed here. Kay Spcnce found it necessary to destroy the selling plater Harry Gardner, which fractured his hip yesterday. J. T. Strite disposed of Rollin Laird at private sale to H .. Higgins.

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