Change to Sunshine: Jefferson Park is Relieved from Rain and Racing Resumed, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-20


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CHANGE TO SUNSHINE Jefferson Park Is Relieved From Rain and Racing Resumed. Not a Single Favorite First Over Winning Line A Big Crowd in Attendance. NEW ORLEANS. La., December 19. Bright sunshine replaced the gloomy and wet weather of yesterday and as approaches to the Jefferson Park track had bqen drained of their waters racing was resumed here and under conditions more favorable than was expected. The track, in view of the fact that it resembled a miniature elliptical lake yesterday, was surprisingly dry. The strip for about fifteen feet next the inner rail showed what appeared almost solid footing and racers with an inner post position seemingly had the best of it. At that the course was deceptive. Several of the starters coming into some wet places after racing for a way on the solid going caused a change in their stride and several of them to stumble. The unexpected in results was foreseen and it happened, for favorites were downed in every race. Their downfall started in the opener when First Blush failed to overhaul Gail Ford, the latter winning by a head. Reel Foot was the one regarded as being able to cope with First Blush, but Mooney, his rider, put up a poor riding performance on him and took him out of the good going into a heavy strip, causing the horse to tiro badiy. Golden Floss won the second race easily from Kirah, with Promising Tom in third place. Smart Guy came in for huge backing, but any chance he might have had was destroyed when his rider took him out of contention as a result of suffering some interference. Smallwood was held to blame by the stewards for the rough riding and was suspended for a period of ten days. Satana was an overwhelming choice in the third race, but the finish found him a sixteenth from the winner, which was Wylie, Ashlin landing second and Hope third. COPPER DEMON A FAILURE. Copper Demon, making his first start of the meeting and ridden by J. Butwell, was tlie choice in the fourth, but again came disappointment for the backers. Fantcche was an easy winner, Copper Demon landing second, with Hermis Kemble third. The fifth found Phalaris installed favorite and he flattered extensively when he passed Bravo and appeared a certain winner, but just when his backers grew jubilant, he suddenly dwelt and soon afterward dropped out of contention completely as a result of breaking down. His elimination enabled Bravo to regain the lead and ultimately win easily from the outsiders Attorney Muir and Saga-mook. Phalaris was with difficulty returned to his stable and it is probable that his racing is over. James Arthurs Miracle Man, backed extensively at long odds, won the final race, after leading for the entire way. Grace Foster ran a good race to land second place and Futen outstayed Viva Cuba for the shorter part of the purse. The improved weather was responsible for another large attendance. Forty-one layers quoted odds and experienced tlie most profitable day of the meeting. L. A. Seregni secured Sam McBride at private sale this morning. Fil-de-Fer was added by private purchase to Mrs. B. Howards stable. Mose Goldblatt departed for his home in Cincinnati tonight to spend the Christmas holidays. He was accompanied by Bobby Bower. W. K. Harrington, owner of the Florisant Stable, was an arrival today from his home in St. Louis, where he has been enjoying a vacation since the close of Dade Park. The Florisant horses are wintering at Churchill Downs in charge of trainer Tobe Trotter. SEVEN RACES AT FAIR. GROUNDS. At the conference between Messrs. Bradley, Woodward and Carey, representing the Thoroughbred Horsemens Association, and president John Dymond, Jr., of the Business Mens Racing Association, it was decided that the seven races daily system formerly in use would be continued and that the purse-offering would be 7,200 daily, six races having each ,000 added and one of ,200. There will also be given during the meeting four feature races with ,000 added to each. It was also arranged that horsemen should pay rent at the rate of per stall before and after the Fair Grounds racing. In the matter of two-year-old racing tlie meeting will start off with four races carded weekly for the youngsters and these to be increased should these dashes show a liberal entry list If on tlie contrary the two-year-old dashes fail to fill properly the association has tlie privilege of curtailing tho Continued on twelfth page. CHANGE 10 SUNSHINE Continued from first page. number of races for that age weekly. The conference was harmonious and horsemen and management showed a disposition to co-operate for the mutual good of tho sport. Jockey Smallwood was suspended for ten days by the stewards for his rough riding in the second race. The stewards today waived the scratch rule for this afternoon. Thomas Johnson, charged with the murder of G. Hawkins during a drunken brawl recently, was acquitted yesterday when it was proved that he had acted in self-dcfensx Johnson, however, will not continue exercising horses any more, having an intention to ship on one of the outgoing vessels from this port for a long cruise.

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