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PART 111
I Ten Thousand Turfites Gather to Usher in New
Course at Santa Anita and to Beat the
Books in Struggle for Coin — Marc
Antony II Wins Feature
M" 'R. R. F. CARMAN opened Santa Anita park most auspiciously
yesterday. There were six races on the program and Mr.
Carman had entries in five of them. Result : The Inaugural
cup, all the coin that went to the winner of the Pomona handicap
and first money in two lesser events added to the already healthy
looking Carman bank roll. Just how the New Yorker missed one
purse out of the five he tried fa : is hard to determine, but the other
horsemen at the new course found some consolation in the fact that
he did.
In spite of — or, perhaps, in line with — the Carman prominence
and that of his jockey, Guy Burns, many features developed to make
Opening day a thing to be remembered. Ten thousand turfites and
more braved the threatening weather and took the long ride to Santa
Anita, and that they were rewarded for their daring is a certainty.
The clouds held off and only a few ten-tative drops came down to
alarm those who paraded in best bib and tucker, packing stands,
betting ring and ground in jostling holiday good nature.
The crowds, fearful of ¦ missing something, left town for the
course early, and long before the bugle's note rang out to call the
horses to the post for the Inaugural cup the betting ring was a mass
of seething humanity n eager to get a wager down on one or the other
of the twelve thoroughbreds with which eleven owners were striv
ing for the purse. Both the Pacific Electric and Southern Pacific
trains were filled to the steps and when the horses started in the first
event the big grand stand was packed to its full capacity. On the
ground in front, necks craned in an endeavor to catch a glimpse of
the animals on their way to the starting point, clear around at the
other end of the track, and a rush from paddock and betting ring
proclaimed the fact that the busy bettors had made their choices
and were uneasily awaiting the result.
It was soon over. Starter Holtman found them aligned after a
short wait at the pest and with a jerk of the string which controls
the barrier the first race over Santa Anita's track was under way.
The Carman colors, due to be so prominent throughout the after
noon, flashed in front at the judge's stand, and in remarkable time,
considering track conditions, the race was won by Magazine, little
Guy Burns sitting still at the finish.
Despite its distance from town and the occasional long, tedious
waits while getting there, the new course will doubtless be more
successful than was its predecessor, Ascot. Every feature, every
part of Santa Anita, is up to date to the very last' minute, and the
mile and an eighth course marks no blemish in the rare beauty of
the surrounding scenery. The grand stand, paddock and other
buildings, in spite of their unfinished condition, are models of their
kind, and the ensemble from any point within the white posted fence
pays added tribute to Contractor Allen's skill as a builder of real
race tracks.
,The flash of silk, the thunder of hoofs on the hard-packed turf,
softened here and there by recent showers, seemed to awaken the
memories of bygone days in Lucky Baldwin. The aged rancher,
prominent on the American turf in times when four-mile heats test
ed to the full the power beneath shining coats and thoroughbred
lineage in horses, sat in the judges' stand during the first race, and
his whole being expressed the happiness that was his when the field
came to the post. Although he had entered liberally in the opening
day's events, Mr. Baldwin used the pencil freely and but once did
he see his colors carried to the post.
Opening day brought no joy to the layers of odds, who lined up
nineteen strong in the betting ring to receive the wagers thrust upon
them by the speculatively inclined. Favorites in the first three
races, a barrel of Carman money to back the winner of the handicap
and the first horse in for the following event, and Optician in the
closing number, all helped to swell the lines behind the booths and
at the close of business the bookmakers found themselves shy con
siderable sums. Almost every victory was a popular one with the
crowd, and even the pool boys in the grand stand suffered ma
The depletion of the bank rolls began "in the Cup race, which
opened the day's sport. Magazine, played at less than 2 to 1, had a
large following from the wise brigade and despite a flurry on All
Alone, went to the post carrying bundles of scrip. When the colt
won by two lengths the bettors swarmed into the ring with plenty
of money to back their choice in the following event.
When First Peep, the public's fancy at around 2s, failed to get
away from the post with the rest of her field, it looked as though
the bookmakers would get back what they delivered on Magazine's
victory, but the finish + Id a different tale. Jockey Archibald grad
ually made up the ground lost in starting and at the end the favorite
was nearly four lengths in advance of the field.
The same result was recorded in the third race, when another
Carman entry, Lackfobt, went on the track heavily backed and
showed his class by galloping from the field. Marc Antony, again
with the Carman colors, did the same in the feature, and Jockey
Burns repeated in the fifth race with Prince of Castile. The sixth
found Optician, played heavily, coming on at the end in plenty of
time to reward his backers, "who were forced by the long lines to
wait until dark to cash their tickets. I
And after the day was done nothing but words of praise — aside
from the comments o;i the car service — were heard on all sides. The
beauty of the track, the class of the horses, betting facilities, ample
room to sit or stand as suited the faney — everything was satisfactory
and Santa Anita's first day closed in a blaze of glory, long to be re
membered as a fitting baptismal for the handsomest and most per
fect race track in America.
Something new to local racegoers were the chutes, from which
two races were started yesterday. The second event on the pro
gram, at a mile, was started on a separate stretch of track which
tuns into the main course at the lower turn, and the fe'aturc number,
at seven furlongs, broke from another chute oa the other turn. In
both cases the fields were aligned evenly and no advantage resulted
from the position at the post.
While the track was somewhat damp from the rains of the night
before and mud spots showed here and there on both the home and
back stretches, speedy performances marked the day and served as a
Los Angeles Sunday Herald.
OFF EARLY TIDE —Photo by Herald Staff Photographer Thompson
With Jockey Burns up, winner of the
Pomona Handicap at Santa Anita
line on what can be expected
when the track fully dries out.
Magazine ran five furlongs in
:S9 4-5, fast on any track, and
nearly equaling the record at
Ascot park, a -1 Marc AYitony
negotiated seven furlongs in
1 :26 4-5, which is also good. A
selling plater .of Prince Castile's
class is going well when he com
pletes the mile and an eighth
journey in less than "56," but 1-5
of a second was knocked off this
mark in the fifth event.
The Neptunlc drlbbllngs that manifest-,
ed themselves In the heavy fog of Friday
night and yesterday morning canceled
the horsehidej menu at the Chutes Satur
day afternooji and artificial lakes In the
region of thliij base discouraged the am
bitions of thfc Angels and Pickwicks to
mingle. Scandal-Infested gosslpers even
intimate that Hen Berry had spotted his
affinity in horseflesh and wanted to at
tend the Santa Anfta opening to substan
tiate his psychological Intimation on the
gei eral result.
However, that Hogan person who Is so
filled with the milk of human endurance
as to be rechristened "Happy," vows
that today's bill of fare at the home of
the bear cages will more than make up
for the delay caused by the obstinate
deity who controls the Irrigation of this
earthly sphere. The Joyful one an
nounces a double header for this after
noon, and tickets purchased for yesterday
may be used as rain checks.
The batteries for today are as follows:
First game: Pickwicks— Walter Slagle
and Jm Brandt; Angels— Mclntyre and
Eager. Second game: Pickwicks— Asher
and Le Brandt; Angels— Dolly Gray and
Happy Hogan.
Walter Slagle, who has just finished a
season's twirling for the Minneapolis
team, is touted as a wonder and is ex
pected to give the I^os Angeles sluggers
,1 puzzling bunch of '/alls.
Today's games will give the fans a line
on the Pickwicks, as the San "virgo team
now consists almost entirely of the cream
of the Northwest league, many of the
players wintering in tße bay city.
Telegrams, letters and words of con
gratulation poured in on the officials of
the LO9 Angeles. Racing association yes
terday, and every one was pleased with
the way things turned out. From Thomas
H. Williams, president of the Pacific
Jockey club, came the following wire:
"Wish you grand opening and hope you
will have a very successful meeting," and
from others cheering messages were re
"This is beyond our fondest expecta
tions," said George Kose, speaking for
the directors of the association. "The
crowd Is wonderful, and we wish to thank
everybody, the press in particular. It
seems that weather made no difference
with the racing pii'.uc, for they are hero
In a record breaking i. -ong.
"We appreciate this suport, and will do
our best to show It. Nothing but the
highest clasa of sport that can be se
cured or arranged will be offered, and
we will cater only to those who desire
clean racing."
That no mishap occurred or complaint
was made during the day, and that every
thing passed off with the smoothness of a
mldmeeting day, Is due to the efficiency
of Seymour Buettler's Pinkerton patrol.
The ring was remarkably free from touts
and boosters for the books, and nothing
marred the pleasure of those who at
The 1 arrangements were complete, and
Dr. Gardner, track manager, is to be con
gratulated on his capability. The card
presented by Secretaries Boden and Smith
and the close finishes In some of the
races attest to their skill with the
weights, and every one went home well
pleased with the inaugural of Santa Anita
NEW YORK, Dec. 7.— The list of winning
owners on the English turf during the
season just closed shows Richard Croker
in ninth place, with three wins to his
credit, all made by one horse, the Derby
winner, Orby. His winnings amounted
to $35,085. J-
Col. W. Hall Walker, M. P.. leads the
list of winners, with twelve firsts, made
by seven horses, the total winnings being
J85.500. King Edward won five firsts,
with four hfraes, and won $14,720. /
Only Awaits Certain Recognition by
National Amateur Governing Body.
All Ringere Will Be
Kicked Out
If the plans formulated at a meeting
of representatives of the four colleges,
amateur leagues and lnterscholastic
sport organizations of Southern Cali
fornia in the chamber of commerce this
morning can be carried out the .lit ire
complexion of the athletic situation In
the south may .be changed for the
The meeting for tho purpose of con
sidering entry into the Amateur Ath
letic Union of America for Southern
California colleges and independent
branches of amateur sport, was pre
sided over by George W. Braden, phys
ical instructor of the Pasadena Young
Men's Christian association, and in
cluded delegations from Occidental, U.
S. C Whlttier and Pomona colleges,
together with representations from the
different leagues in the south.
During the assembly plans were
made for the formation of a branch
organization of the A. A. U., to be
known as the South Pacific Athletic as
sociation, which will be directly af
filiated with tho larger and national
body of control.
The leaders of the movement are
confident of recognition by the A. A. U.
The following representatives were
present at yesterday's meeting, and all
voted in favor of forming the new or
ganization under the titlo of the South
Pacific Athletic association: George W.
Braden, Pasadena T. M. C. A.; Coach
Lloyd Thompson, Whtttlor college; C.
H Price, director of Los Angeles Y. M.
The millionaire owner, who won four
races on yesterday's card
C. A.; Coach Harvey Holmes of Uni
versity of Southern California, and
Student Manager Caril Hunt, Prof.
Fiske of Occidental, Oswald Lousley,
Los Vnteles County league; J. V. Car
roll for the Citrus Belt league, in
cluding the Riverside and San Bernar
dino high schools, and E. J. Stuart,
from the life saving corps of Venice.
Matters must rest where they are
until official recognition is made by the
A. A. U.
If the new organization goes through
It will be all off with professional ath
letes and ringers, and the atmosphere
of Southern California's amateur ath
letics will be considerably cleared.
I-TRST RACK— Seven furionßH, selling—
. Lord Rosslngton.. 77 .. Bon Vlvant *»7
.Tans »97 .. Nelllo Racine ...,»97
.Winsome ways. ..W2 .. Gromobol 102
. Dulclnea 102 .. Pepper and 5a1t. .102
. Lucky Lad 102 .. Little Minister ...102
. Phil Igoe «97 .. Buena «97
.Dr. Crook 102 .. Illusion 103
SECOND RACE —Two-year-olds, five and a
half furlongs, selline—
. Tom Shaw 1071.. Patriotic 105
a Arthur Hyman ..108|.. Kidnnp s>7
. Hal 105 .. Martha Jone 105
.Catherine F *94 .. L. C. Wlldrlg *95
. KlstPf Julia *9S
THIRD RACE— One mile, selling—
Sharp Boy 109 .. Bellmtnco *98
. Marpessa 107 .. Morendo 107
2 First Peep *UM .. Pr. of Orange ...»98
. Baker 110 .. Ed Sheridan *104
6 Paul Clifford ....107 .. Kinsman 110
FOURTH RACE— Handicap, six furlongs—
. Rifleman 120 1 Marvel P 98
. F. E. Shaw 101' 4 "Marster 113
4 Botanist 10S 1 "Sir Edward 112
. Llsaro 112| •?Walsh entry.
FIFTH RACE— MiIe and an eighth, selllnc
. Belasco 99 6 Court Martial ...»97
. Bogum *90.. Elie *94
2 Taby Tosa 99 .. Invlctus »3
2 Mary Candlemas. 95|.. Avontellus 102
. Corkhill 981 CJ. F. D0n0hue. ...102
SIXTH RACE-Five furlongs, selling—
. Belarlus 108.. Henry Kelly 108
. Bonton 103 .. Friar of E1gin. ...105
. Vivian May 105.. Dk of Brldgew'r..lo.i
.Vic. Hannom 105 .. Aromatize 105
. May Sutton 105 .. Clorlto 105
. Wise Child 108 .. Dlamonlto 105
3 Lola Cavanaugh .100 3 Ben Stone 105
. Gene Wood 106 .. Nick Stoner 108
•ApprentUo allowance.
The Pessimist
"The highest clouds are only ten miles from
the earth's surface, and are composed of rain
uti particles of ice," said tho professor.
"And those ore the farthest away, are
thfy?" asked Uie sour looking man.
"Yes; why?"
"Oh. I always thought the clouds with the
sliver lining were tho farthest off."— Yonkers
Magazine Starts Ball Rolling by Tak.
Inn Inaugural Cup from Good
Field, Running Remark.
ably Fast Race
That added starters are always to bo
considered was attested to again yester
day, when Marc Antony II proved su
perior to his field in the Pomona handi
cap, the day's feature, and finished
ahead of Col. Jack and Earl Rogers ot
win the $2200 purse provided for the win
ner hy the Los Angeles Racing asso
In the overnight entries for the event
Antony's name did not appear, Acrobat
being elected to carry the Carman colors.
Track conditions and other things moved
the owner to change his plans, and when
the horses were posted Marc Antony 11,
with 118 pounds up, was chosen as the
standard bearer.
That the change was a wise one was
shown at the finish. Jockey Burns,
breaking well and assuming the lead at
once, kept his mount at an even pace
throughout, and when they flashed past
the judges' stand the Carman entry was
four len -ths ahead of Col. Jack, the sec
ond horse, and running easily, fearl
Rogers, tiring In the stretch, was being
whipped out to save the show money
from Early Tide, which had a rough '
journey and which finished like a shot.
Botanist, the favorite, broke none too
well, and was shuffled back at the start.
He was in close quarters all the way,
and when clear was running over horses,
finishing fast. Orllene ran a good race,
for she was ridden miserably, the loy
taking her all over the course and spoil
ing the chances she had to get in the
money. Taxc- was well up in the front
half, but fei- away and stopped to noth
ing. The others were never in the hunt.
Magazine started the ball rolling by
winning the Inaugural cup. The colt
conceded weight to his field and after All *
.nlone had shot his bolt In the stretch
the Carman entry came on and won,
going away, the time hung out, :59 4*6,
being marvelous.
La Gloria was well ridden, and after
All Alone quit hnrl the place at her
mercy, but could not catch the winner.
All Alone :et a fast pace, and at the
n.addi ok looked unbeatat le. hut ouit
for a half and then dropped.
First Peep Best
In the second race First Peep was much
the best. She was last to leave the bar
rier, but Archibald, who rode her, was
content to wait with her and picked up
his field one by one, then finished with
a rush and won easily. Prolific came from
far back and In a drive got up In time
to beat Henry O. for the place honors.
The latter was close to the pace all the
way and when I'm Joe and Barato tired
from making pace drew away by a
length, but could not hold tis advantage
and stall off Prolific and First Peep.
Carman's colors were again carried to
victory in the third number, when Lack
foot, after leading all the way, won as he
pleased. Whidden went wide In the
stretch and finished on the extreme out
side like a shot and easily beat Kerry,
which came fast after being outrun early.
Bal Reid hung on to Lackfoot for a half,
when he began to tire. Ben Stone was
almost left at the po3t and Ryan sent
him after his field, finishing a bang-up
The closest finish and the prettiest race
of the day was the fifth event. Nine
lined up at the barrier with Prince of
Castile, J. F. Donohue and Kilter about
equal choices at post time. Ormonde's
Right broke slowly and Kilter and Frank
Fllttner set out to make a runaway race
of it, drawing clear of their field by
three lengths. They ran head and until
the stretch, where their early effort told
on them and they stopped, allowing
Prince of Castile, which was nicely
rated, to come on and In a drive win by
a heitd. Fllttner would probably have
won If properly ridden, as he was made
too much early use of. Kilter, in a drive,
lost the peep money to J. F. Donohue,
which finished fast the last eighth. Ed
uardo and Baron Esher will earn brack
ets soon, as they were palpably short.
Optician Well Ridden
R. Imes, who piloted Optician to victory
In the sixth event, roae a clever race. The
horse was slow to get going, and he went
through his field, saving ground until he
got near the pacemakers, when the boy
sent hts mount on in th« middle of the
track p.nd won as fie pleased. The Sultan
showed superior speed for six furlongs,
but was beaten by a uetker horse. The
latter will do from now on when properly
placed. Paul Clifford was raced to pieces
chasing The Sultan, but always held third
money safe. Bazil went well for a half,
then retired. This one is well worth re
membering, as he needed this race to put
him on edge. Christine A. finished etrongr
and llkee a longur route.
Cad Doggett, the New York clubhouse
commissioner, will arrive In town and
will be on the block at the next cut Ip.
No bet is large enough for him.
Horsemen and dockers predict that
when the track dries out selling platers
will run a mile in 1:39. The track has a
nice spring cushion and crippled horses
will go as well as eound ones, as there
Is no jar under their feet.
Eighteen books, Including two field and
a combination, drew yesterday for the
first cut in.
NEW YORK. Dec. 7.— Formal applica
tion has been made by the Omaha Field
club of Omaha, Neb., through the United
States National Lawn Tennis association,
for the holding of a national play court
championship on its courts. The applica
tion has the support of all the big lawit
tonnls organizations throughout the mid
dle west. The leading western players, It
is argued, rarely compete at the Casino
at Newport, R. 1., ir the national cham
pionship meeting.

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