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LOS ANGELENO WINS THE THORNTON. Thrillinq Struqqle and Close Finish in the Four-Mile Race at Oakland. Oakland. OaL, March 16.— Americas famous long distance turf classic, the Thornton Stakes at four miles, was decided hi day over a sloppy track in the presence of 15.000 wildly enthusiastic spectators. Rain was falling steadily during the afteraeea. The starters, because of the muddy Inch condi tions. numlicrcd four— Or. U-ggo. Mamie algal, Los Ai geleno and Miss Killie. The winner turned up in Los Angeleno. the eight year old son of the great cup mare Los Angeles, after the most prolonged and thrilling struggle that has aeea seen In a race of four miles on the American turf in many years The proverbial blanket would almost have covered the leaders. Dr. Leggo. Mamie AKol and Los An geleno. for over three miles and a half of the tfe inendous journey. The trio unexpectedly maintained close order until beginning the last half when Dr. Leggo, the favorite, succumbed through link of con dition and baa Angeleno and Mamie Algal drew out simultaneously and engaged in one of the most des perate spectacular closing struggles ever witnessed. The Santa Anita bred horse gained the verdict in the last stride by inches. The chief honors of the race, however, belonged to the mare, which, but for a too strenuous early pursuit of Dr. Leggo and a premature move on the first turn when beginning the last mile, would assuredly have won. The winner was heavily backed by a big Ascot Park contingent who had journeyed up by special train to be present. L. J. Baldwin sold Los Angeleno as a three year old to his ranch foreman for 0. After a long dif appearance he was discovered in Mexico between the shafts of a milk wagon. H. G. Bedwell. his present owner. took him up and prepared him for long-distance racing. President Williams will give a consolation purse of .5nO for another four mile race to which all the horses originally nominated in the Thornton Stakes are eligible. This race will take place within two weeks. The program for Monday is mainly devoted to the selling plater* and docs noi promise- much, but the inclusion of aacfa horses as Memorize. Rustler. Baa Oil; Tawasentha. Maud Met;.. Peseadera : Modicum. George P. Mrffrar. Bonar; Mandator. Bedford, Dorado; Hedgolliorn. Flevation. Cadlcfion; Curriculum. Rightful and Miua Oibson among those entered may serve to make the racing moderately interesting. H. Forsland.