Jefferson Downs Has Average Mutuel Handle of 48,729: Louisiana Track Conducts 45 Nights of Sport; Shipp Top Money-Winning Owner, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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► Jefferson Downs Has Average Mutuel Handle of 48,729 * Louisiana Track Conducts 45 Nights of Sport; Shipp Top Money-Winning Owner By Staff Correspondent Jefferson Downs staged its first meeting March 9 to May 2, one of- 45 days duration, and had a daily average mutuel play of 48,729. Attendance averaged 4,768 for~the session which was conducted at night at the course just outside New Orleans. Jefferson Downs officials took over the site of the old Magnolia Park track and converted it into a modern, well-designed plant. The meeting, followed that of the New Orleans Fair Grounds but was handicapped at the start by a lack of horses. The weather, too, was none too inviting but the management went ahead and the figures, while not as high as anticipated, were satisfactory and they are going ahead with plans for its next meeting. Opening night produced the largest attendance with 9,186 on hand. They wagered 42,912, second highest handle of the "meeting. The top nightly handle was recorded last Saturday, May 2, closing night, when 48,892 went through the machines. Ormazd Earns ,295 The seven-year-old Ormazd was the leading money winner of the session with earnings of ,295. Danger Cue was .second with ,557 followed by My Fair Miss with ,315. Thev stable of Mrs. E. B. Shipp led the owners with winnings of 5,865. Shipp horses won 17 races, were second eight times and third on 10 occasions. Anthony Graffagnini, with 3,119, was second followed by Al Wellman with 2,927. Herberto Hinojosa paced the riders with 67 winners, with Robert Nono second with 55. Hinojosa accepted 303 mounts, so had 22 per cent winners, while Nono, with 225 engagements had 24 per cent winners. Hinojosa had four winners out of five mounts on April 9, while Nono had "four-for five" on April 16 and "four-for-seven" on April 24. N. Atchley, however, had the outstanding feat of the meeting when he rode five winners out of seven mounts on April 23. James Preston also booted home four winners in five mounts on March 10. John Delahoussaye, the former rider, led the trainers, saddling 19 winners. J. B. Weir was second with 17 and A. J. Denton third with 16. The top Daily Double return was 66.60, the payoff when Job Done and Viney won the first and second races, respectively, on March 30. Jefferson Downs statistics follow: March 9 to May 2—45 Days* Gross distribution 42,550 Net distribution 42550 Daily average net distribution ,834.44-Attendance 214,554 Daily average attendance 4,768 Mutuel handle ,692,814 Daily average mutuel handle 48,729 Leading Money-Winning Owners Owner. 1st. 2nd. 3rd. Won. Shipp, Mrs. E. B. 17 8 10 5,865 Graffagnini, A. 10 15 10 13,119 Wellman, A. 9 12 13 12,927 Pamdee Stable 11 6 7 10,909 MikelFarm 9 10 7 10,212 Leading Money-Winning Horses Horse. 1st 2nd. 3rd. Won. Ormazd 3 2 1 ,295 Danger Cue 4 3 1 3,557 My Fair Miss 4-0 1 3,315 Gratified 3 2 0 3,250 Concentrator 3 2 2 3,159 Leading Winning Jockeys Jockey. Mts. 1st. 2nd 3rd Unp PC Hinojosa, H. 303 67 52 46 137 .22 Nono, R. 225 55 45 27 98 .24 Hay, N. Jr. 145 28 18 19 80 .19 Preston, J. 158 24 21 25 88 .15 Miguez, R. 123 23 17 12 71 .19 Leading Winning Trainers Trainer. Wins. Trainer. Wins Delahoussaye, J. 19 Loiino, F. J. 12 Weir, J. B. 17 McKissick, H. L. 12 Denton, A. J. 16 The percentage of winning favorites was above normal, as shown in the subjoined tabulation: Number of races 372 Winning favorites 136 Percentage of winning favorites .37 Dead heats 2 for win *No racing conducted Good Friday, March 27.

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