Valor Regains His Speed: Hildreth Castoff Wins the Chief Race in Fast Time, Daily Racing Form, 1922-02-17


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, i i : I I 1 1 ] . ■ • r * i I . . 1 VALOR REGAINS HIS SPEED ■VI ♦ !■-!-■ Hildreth Castoff Wins the Chief Race in Fast Time. „., i i j Centimeter Loses to Serapis by a Nose — Matches Mary Takes a Race — Track Gossip. j f — "♦ " - t NBW ORLEANS, La.. February 10.— The speedy Valor, which has figured in many disappointing performances this winter, showed a flash of tala real form this afternoon In the mile and seventy yards purse of ,500. which featured a fairly good in ing offering Hi- won the purse in runaway style-, much as his rider, Lang, elected from Baig-nenr and Tableau dHonneur. The time of the race marked a fast performance, for he covered the mile and seventy yards in 1:43 v5. which is only one second from the track record. There were six starters in the race, with Valor held to be best and stoutly backed at a favorites price Diana, a first-time starter, was a supposed good thing and attracted considerable support. She followed Valor closely for over a half mile, then her retirement came steadily and she ceased to be a real contender after reaching the stretch. Moderating weather restored racing conditions here to almost normalcy and the attendance was surprisingly extensive. Under constant labor of a huge force of tiack men and numerous teams and harrows the course showed steady improvement and wis fast for the last four dashes. While the longer dash was held the feature, because of its greater value, the fourth race, contested by last sprinters, shared interest and considerable curiosity was watered in the performance of Centimeter! the Blackford crack and making his initial start of the year. He- n» given the place of honor by the bettors and they even accepted a short pelea against him. Their confidence- was justified, as he should have ben the victor but for the blunder of E. Barnes, who brought him wide into the stretch and rode weakly at a critical period enabling Serapis. under a whirlwind drive by Garner, to get up in the last stride to snatch the purse. Tiopity Witehel was also going at his best pace at the end and had the race been at a trifle longer distance would probably have bcatca the pair. The finish here was s. rJoee that it caused considerable disagreement am-rig the spectators. DOUBLE FOR P. J. LAVIN. The F. J. Laria colors made it a double for the. afternoon. Matches Mary being the one to assist Valor in the other end of the double. She proved best of the ordinary band that started in the sixth lace ancl came away to win easily. An industriously circulated rumor that she was not in her bes- form accounted for her odds going steadily skyward. R. !•:. WathJea aaceaered a handsome looking filly iii Beckabye in the opener, which triumphed decisively over tin- eleven other tivoycaroM iii.-.idc-iis sterling in it. She won easily, but wa« luc-kv in escaping interference from which the favorite. Miss Clair--, suffered and as a result failed of getting a portion of the purse. Full a* Fun and Taylor Hay dividing the minor parts of the prize. Plain Rill furnished the upset in the second das by « inning from Simple Simon and the favorit-Nutcracker Arctue Alexander ran in his best style in thi third race and it enabled him to land in front of Apple Jack II. with Monastery in third place. Some good platers met here and it developed a closely run contest. The dosing race w-as an easy gallop for, a strongly-backed favorite, which won a« bis rider Wilson pieased. Incidentally it marked the second winner for that rider, he having previously won with Archie Alexander F. St. John, u Detroit business man. who has a stable of horses racing here under the care of trainer Joe Tigue. was an arrival and he plans to remain for the rest of the meeting. He disposed of Day Billy this morning to Mrs. J. P. Phillips by private- sale. Milton Smith purchased Titania from W. Durnan today The price involved was not disclosed. JOCKEY R0WE STEADILY RECOVERING. Jockey H. Rowe, who was injured in the fall in which Grimalkin was killed at Jefferson Park on December -°.0. has sufficiently recovered to enabl" him to exercise horses in the mornings, but he will not resume riding in races until the Lexington meeting opens. Rowe hovered between life and death for some time and for three days he had a steady temperature of 105 degrees He is under contract to the- G. Drnmheller establishment. E. 0. Arnold of Cincinnati was among the belated arrivals and h» intends to stick It out until Mardi i.ras day. Arnold won the latonia Derby last, summer "with Brother Batch. This horse is now under the care of trainer Pete Coyne, who has a public training stable at Churchill Downs. Jockey J. D. Mooney resumed riding today, after an absence of several days, due to a fall from Nordeck. He made his presence felt right off the reel, as he won his first mount, Rockabye. Jockey H. J. Burke today received an offer to ride in the Kings Plate, to be run at Woodbine Park. Toronto, on May "0. It came from the Thorncliffe Stable. Burke made no decision In the matter, as he has to obtain permission from John S. Ward, his employer, who is wintering at Louisville, Ky.. before he can accept it. The diminutive jockey Albert Arvin. a recent arrival from Tijuana, made his first New Orleans appearance in the seventh race today. He had the mount on Car. an extreme outsider, and no line on his ability could be gained from his riding here. Trainer George V. Barnes will lose no time about getting the C. W. Clark horses back to Kentucky after the Fair Grounds meeting ends. H« pleas to ship in the first express car available. He ban not decided whether he will send the copper kings stable to Lexington or Louisville, but an he intends to race the entire outfit at the former meeting, it is more than probable that he will make that city his destination when he leaves here,

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