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WILLIAMS LOSES HIS STAKE WINNER. Murphy Bids Up Phil Finch, but the Captain Claims Carthage Storm at Latonia. Cincinnati, ., July G. The Merchants Stakes, which, with six other good races made up an excellent program at Latonia today, had an interesting selling contest after it was over. The race was won by W. S. Williams Ihil Finch which, closely following the pace set by Carthage and The Clansman, had the most sliced at the end and defeated the Itespess candidate by a neck in a hard drive. Morales was only a head back. Ihil Finch was entered to sold for 00. lie was bid up to ,000 by John Murphy, a brother of Tim Murphy, who secured him at that figure. Immediately after the run-up Captain Williams, who has an interest in Phil Finch, made speed to the secretarys oiliee and claimed Cartilage from Itespess for the entered price of 1907.sh00, plus the value of the stake, ,S70, or ,470. This is the biggest run-up in the stake since II. T. Grillins Henry Young was "boosted" in the early nineties to 1,200. The transaction was favorable to Itespess, as he received ,100 of the run up. Carthage thus netting him ,570, besides the 00 second money. Captain Williams is satisfied that lie has the best of it. He says Carthage, which is a four-year-old, is a better horse now than Ihil Finch. Lee, who rode Carthage, roughed The Clansman considerably. Pasadena was shut off on the first turn and forced so far back that he had no chance to get into a contending position. Winners of the Merchants Stakes since 1002 have been: Year. Winner. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1002 Alard 105 Birkenrth .,000 1:40. 1903 Pourquoi las ... SI L. Wilson . 1,007. 1:431 1001 Jake Greenherg..l0 R. Davis .. 1,S15 1:40 100.-. Ked Leaf , 85 Rildtke 1,77.0 1:40 1005 Concert SO M. Preston. 2,1.S." 1:42s 1007 Phil Finch 110 L. Williams 1,800 1:150 Lee was lucky in escaping the attention of the judges. He indulged in quite a bit of rough work during the afternoon. In the free handicap lie rode Miss Alert and impeded Cablegram to the extent that he put the latter out of the running. The decision of this race made it reasonably clear that Miss Lida was the lK-st of the Oaks starters and that she would have beaten Miss Alert in that event, but for the fact that she was jammed to the rail and shut Oil" in the final sixteenth. Today she trailed the pace made by Miss Alert to the last furlong and then, in the final sprint, won easily in 1 :.!!, that just equalled the time made in the Merchants Stakes. It. 0. Kami and Bosorrian were the only snc-cessful favorites. llffJ-Kaiiii Jjoorod a lucky vlc-fory, despite tlie interference he met, for with an even start Cloyne would have taken his measure easily. Just before the running of the last race one of those terrific wind and rain storms sent the crowd to cover. It was of short duration, but the rain was hard enough to obscure the horses for a portion of tlie race. Jockey E. Martin was suspended for three days by the starter for disobedience at the post.