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OBSCURE LATONIA RACING. FOG PREVENTS VIEWING CONTESTS WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY. Favorites Fare Badly Dr. Spruill Furnishes -a Surprise Ex-Jockey "Tiny" Williams in a Narrow Escape from Death, Cincinnati, O., November 5. Weather conditions today were most abominable. A heavy mist invaded Cincinnati and vicinity at an- early hour and up to noon it was difficult to discern objects at a dlstanco of over fifty feet. The sun made a hard effort to penetrate the -fog and succeeded partially by the time the horses were called to the post for the first race, but the continuous pumping of smoke from the switch engines in the railroad yards, directly in the rear of the track made the atmosphere murky and dark and it was next to impossible to view the running of the races, in spots, with any degree of accuracy. Before turning into the stretch the horses were as indistinct as a phantom brigade and forced even the lustiest lunged shouters to refrain from cheering his or her favorite. Nearlng the finish there was little difficulty in distinguishing the colors. The bookmakers recouped extensively the losses they sustained last Saturday, as, with the exception of the lukewarm choice, Miss Alert in the opening race, all the other favorites were beaten handily by horses that were slightly thought of. The exception probably being Grace Kimball, which, on account of her good race in her previous effort, had a. moderate following. The steeplechase attracted a good crowd to tho course, but the visitors could hardly- have enjoyed the race as a spectacle, the water jump being the only clear view point, except .the finish. Sam Hoff-hcliner appeared to have led the others throughout and won well in hand. Ohio King and Maraschino came to grief, but this was unknown until the race was over. Both riders of the fallen horses escaped injury. O. R. Ellisons Dr. Spruill furnished the surprise of the afternoon by winning the mile condition race from good horses. He was little fancied and a good price could always be had about his chances, Auditor, Granada and Debar being considered the ones having the race between them. Their poor performances were extremely disappointing. . Another pair of heavily backed choices were downed in the fifth race when Lexollnc and Zipango failed to land inside of the money. Minnehaha furnished the closest finish of the afternoon by getting up iu time to nose out Lady Ethel in the final stride of the last race. Miss Alert -was bid up 00 over her entered price by "Kansas" Price. He failed to get her. Among todays arrivals was John Fay, who will remain here for the remainder of the meeting. He stated that Ids season in the east was unprofitable and that few of the big operators from tho ground, had cleared any money betting against the books this year on New York tracks. Henry Wehmhou", who also reached Cincinnati with Mr. Fay went on to Louisville. Wehmholl is a winner on the season. E. Hardy is here in. the interest of the Crescent City track soliciting entries to the stakes that will lie decided at the old New Orleans course this winter. Wayne Joplin, who arrived here from Baltimore yesterday, stated that jockey Koerner would arrive here some time during the week. A. G. Weston lias only a verbal agreement with Joplin for the boy to ride in several stakes that will be decided at the Pimlico track. Jockey Foy was sharply cautioned by Judge Price for his attempt" to draw the finish fine while astride Revolt in the second race. Ex-jockey R. Williams and C. Thompson had a narrow escape from death by fire yesterday in their home near Latonia. Both were forced to jump from windows to save themselves. Williams was slightly burned by the flames. All their belongings; were consumed. J. A. Murphy will not be connected in any official capacity this year at City Park. There is a rumor that Charles F. Price will be the presiding judge-there. Nothing definite, however on this score has been decided on.