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CARTHAGE LOSES AGAIN DEFEAT IS CHARGED TO C. BOOKERS LACK OF RIDING SKILL. Polly Prim Shows Sudden Improvement-Two Horses Fall Blafock Engineers Coup with Confessor. New York, August 22. Qaptain Jim Williams belief that C. Booker Is a good jockey cost him-another purse that should have been easily won by Cartilage at .Empire City track today. Booker in his last three efforts on the Williams crack has shown plainly a lack of riding skill and brought about Carthages defeat by small margins. Today was no exception. Carthage was best. He was allowed to wheel at the start, causing him to be almost left. Booker then raced him into exhaustion in a vain effort to overhaul the flying Polly Prim. Near the end Carthage tired badly from his early effort, barely lasting it out to retain second place. Booker, to excuse his poor horsemanship, went into the stewards stand and made complaint against Crimmins, rider of Old Honesty, charging him with having interfered with Carthage. The stewards promptly ordered him down without taking action in the matter. This race, the Melrose Handicap, at one mile and one hundred yards, was the feature of a fairly attractive card, and, though showing sudden Improvement, Polly Prim took the purse in easy style. Eastern and western owned horses divided the card. T. P. Hayes captured both of the youngsters races with Hollow and Colonel Bob. The latter ran to his best form and beat out the badly ridden Manheimer in the last few strides. Hanbridge, a double winner at the meeting, was a receding first favorite, and was never prominent through the fact that his saddle slipped soon after starting. When Hearing the finish in the first race Eleanor Fay, at the time a prominent contender, was swerved into Silver Cup, causing her to fall. Coin-i cident, unable to avoid her, also fell. L. Williams on the latter sustained bruises which caused him to cancel his further engagements for the day. Musgrave, beyond a shaking up, escaped injury. Mexican Silver acted liked a wild horse while going to the post, and getting the better of his rider, Pohanka, went five furlongs at a good clip before he was checked. He was eased up in the race. After the finish he was taken in charge by a veterinary on an order from the stewards, who desired to know if he had been given a stimulant. The veterinary reported the horse in normal cohdi-. tion and failed to detect that any stimulant had been used. J. W. Blalock engineered a coup that cost the layers a big sum when Confessor won the closing race. But Blalock lost his horse. Confessor was entered for ,000. William Walker bid him up and took him for ,500. Walker also boosted Cloisteress from ,000 to ,000, but her owner protected his filly. After the horses had emerged from the paddock In the last race to go to the post, the paddock fence was discovered to lie burning. Cool heads and a hose averted a conflagration. Colloquy is reported to have sustained injuries in her last start that may- keep her in the stable during the remainder of the meeting. Secretary Edwards of the Jamaica track was a visitor and solicited entries from horsemen to the stakes to be offered at his course next October.