Buford Takes Main Race at Havana: Close Finishes and Hard Fought Contests Delight Large Crowd at Oriental Park, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-31


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BUF0RD TAKES MAIN RACE AT HAVANA .Close Finishes and Hard Fought v CoBtesteiDeligut 2Srt98i Oriental arkv M" HAVANA, Cuba. December 30. The Barbadoes, Handicap, a dash of one mile, for all ages, was, provided as the main race of todays prosram at Oriental Park, and the Buffalo turfman, W. F. Pol-son, furnished the winner of it in Buford. The son-of Ballot displayed the most speed and led through-, out,, gamely and successfully withstanding the stout challenge of Lackawanna in the last eighth. Grundy was; third, witli the favorite, Diversion, following, after running a poor race. Different Eyes bolted: to .the .outside while rounding the far turn and was; pulled up. Spirited and interesting racing entertained a goodly sized crowd that was present today. The finishes in the majority of the races were of the sensational order and aroused the enthusiasm of the spectators to the highest pitch. As thrilling a finish as lias been seen at Oriental Park this whiter was witnessed in the opening, dash. Sentry, Hot Foot and Donatello came racing down the homestretch almost abreast, and only the judges could separate them at the finish. Sentry was given the decision by a nose, with Hot Foot second but a head in front of Donatello. Sentrys success was achieved in sensational style, as lie worked his way up on the outside, caught the: leaders entering the stretch and outgamed them to the finishing line. The horse paid 0;00 for in the muttiels. Another exciting contest came right, on the heels; of the alxjve when Walter Mack beat Dlmitri in a stubbornly fought finish in the second race. The winner led all the way; but was forced to do his best when Dimitri challenged in the stretch. Big Smoke ran well and got up for third place in the last few strides. Again, in the third race, only a head separated the first two horses at the finish. Pomerene having, that margin over Misericorde, with--the latter galnv ing with every stride. Had MeCrann made his move a bit sooner Misericorde would surely have won. : The favorite. Miss Ivan, ran well, but tired near the end. Helen Atkin and Key Mar staged an interesting finale eighth battle in the fourth race, theTtontcome of which was in doubt until the -last few, strides, the former lust lasting long enough to get the decision. Crystal Day beat Ellison in the final race after the latter appeared the winner entering -the stretch..

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