Pleasing Beginning: Fair Grounds Meeting Opens With a Great Attendance.; Calcutta Unexpectedly Wins Stake Race over Heavy Track--Favorites Fare Badly., Daily Racing Form, 1923-01-02


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PLEASING BEGINNING Fair Grounds Meeting Opens With a Great Attendance Calcutta Unexpectedly Wins Stake StakeRace Race Over Heavy Track Favorites Fare Badly NEW ORLEANS La January 1 After the Jefferson Park meeting what seemed the actual beginning of real racing for this winter was inaugurated today when the fifth renewal of the sport under the Busi ¬ ness Mens Racing Association began with an attendance that surpassed nearly all former crowds here and included some of the best elements of the state social politi ¬ cal and financial circles circlesThe The occasion was made a gala one and promises well for the financial success of tho meeting and restoration of the sport to its fullest measure of favor Governor John M Parker because of pressing affairs was an absentee but telegraphed president John Dymond Jr his regret over his inability to be on hand for the opening openingSummer Summer temperature contributed to the big outpouring and in no mean measure to the enjoyment of the enthusiastic gather ¬ ing ingThe The opening however suffered somewhat because of the difficult track conditions Tor ¬ rential rains of yesterday converted the course into a quagmire and detracted con ¬ siderably from the sport as many of the racing stars had to be absentees on account of their owners dislike to send them through the going The betting pavilion was a seething mass all during the afternoon The supreme courts decision establishing tho legality of the betting method here caused freedom in operation and led to a larger volume of activity Fiftythree layers quoted odds and they were worked to an exhausted state in an effort to keep up with the large betting demand They were willing work ¬ ers for the more money they handled the larger their winnings as winners were hard to pick during the day and several surprises developed developedOUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING SURPRISE OF DAT 4 4The The New Tears Handicap with its 3000 added held stellar interest as it should and furnished an outstanding surprise in the vic ¬ tory of Calcutta a heretofore lightlyregard ¬ ed threeyearold and which the handicapper assigned the insignificant impost of 90 pounds but which carried five pounds additional to enable J Corcoran to ride Of the original twentyfour named to start thirteen went to the post with the same Sam Louis stable entry and Maximac the favored ones Others that attracted considerable betting attention were Tippity Witchet Blarney Stone and Sir Thomas Kean KeanThe The winner began well and under alert riding took command at once and led tho others for the entire race withstanding gamely the challenges offered by Billy Bar ¬ ton Olynthus Maximac and Sir Thomas Keaii in succesion The finish found him tiring1 a bit but no more than Sir Thomas Kean and he won by a scant half length Maximac un der strong riding outstayed Olynthus The net share of the money to the winner was 3650 second money was 1000 third 500 and fourth 250 The winner received an enthusiastic reception on his return to the stand despite his being an outsider Corr coran is still popular here and his faithful followers profited profitedThe The overthrow of favorites began in the opener when Honolulu Boy having the call could do no better than land in third place Dr Rae a neglected one winning after a hard drive from Mountain Rose II IIE E R Bradley opened the year auspiciously when his Blue Nose came home in front of the favorite Anonymous in the second race Kummers inability to keep his mount straight was in part the cause of the favor ¬ ites failure failureDISASTROUS DISASTROUS FOR TALENT TALENTThe The third race was disastrous for the back ¬ ers who had centered all their attention on Gentility and Marvin May but the winner here turned up in the inconsistent My Rev ¬ erie which ran a good race and outfinished Gentility The form somersault of My Rev ¬ erie was apparent and Hie stewards Im ¬ mediately asked her trainer the reason for her vastly improved showing over her rac ¬ ing at Jefferson Park He claimed that in her preceding race Corcoran was too light to do her justice and that she is best on a muddy track The explanation was accepted but the trainer vas informed that consis ¬ tency would be expected from her in tho future S Pastoral Swain waSj the victor in the fifth race He had to be best to win for he was almost thrown on the first turn as a result of Corcorans rough riding It brought tho youngster the first punishment of tho sea Continued ou twelfth pace PLEASING BEGINNING Continued from flrst page son the stewards suspending him for five days for his crowding Corcorans handling of Atta Boy II in this race was hurtful to his chances as he raced him into ex ¬ haustion in pacemalang for the first three quarters quartersCorcoran Corcoran fared better in his next trial when astride Mose Goldblatts Rama which won from Our Birthday in spite of having been forced out on the lirsl turn with a big loss of ground groundThe The concluding dash fell to Ballotcar which found heavy support from some of the wise ones He made good but had to be driven out to finish in advance of Matinee Idol and the fastcoming Huonec HuonecAlfred Alfred Hennan Morris a member of the Jockey Club and his brother David Mor ¬ ris viewed the running of the handicap from the stewards stand standPresident President John Dymond Jr and assistant general manager James Lamarie expressed great satisfaction with the results of the opening I have had nothing but satisfac ¬ tory expressions from even those who were formerly hostile to racing said Mr Dy ¬ mond We will strive to retain the good opinion of all lovers of racing and will lend our best efforts toward maintaining the high class of sport that was witnessed today and is bringing out these expressions of good wilL

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