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1 J I ; ; i LOUISVILLE RACING GOOD. ENCOURAGING- ATTENDANCE IS REWARDED BY FINE SPORT AND CLOSE FINISHES. Darknight Wins the Chief Race of the . Day Hard Pressed by John E. McMillan Lens and Alice George Successful, Louisville, Ky October 2. The Douglas Park management was given further encouragement thi afternoon by an attendance ot about yesterdays pro portion. Should these conditions 1m maintained next week, when a slight: decrease in purses Is -announced, there is no reason for doubt that the association will break about even for the remainder of the racing. Beginning Moutlay the daily pnrae-offerings will amount to ,000. the minimum purses heing scheduled at 0. but a liberal sprinkling at .00 and 00 should bring out the better clasa horses in competition. The expenses since the opening have been reduced rnnterially and the shelving of six of tho mutuel machines-, there now being only three and a like number of machines in operation, has been quite an Item to the association. Todays card was a splendid cne. bringing out evenly balanced fields in all the races. The finishes were close and conideraole enthusiasm . van manifested. The mile and seventy yards purse, whlen featured the card, was somewhat marred by the withdrawal of Pinkola. but resulted In a strenuous struggle by the remaining quartet, Darknight. the favorite, eventually winning. In a sharp drive with his former stablemate. John E. McMillan. But for interference that the latter was subjected to on the stretch turn, when ho was bumped off his stride by Maclas. in all probability be would have won. as he; was pressing Darknight closely near the. end and wearing him down rapidly. Maclas. after showing a high turn of speed for three-quarters, fell back soundly beaten, but had scant opposition for thirti place from Gild. Lens started tho form players off in their stride by winning the opening race from the speedy Mar bles. The judges were dissatisfied with the ride that Pickens gave Merrick, which finished third, and had him up for a session. The rider explained satisfactorily, however, by claiming that he rode to orders, aitd this was corroborated bv trainer Jack Baker, who is training the horse for J. C. Milam. The matter was dropped. Margaret T. and Lady Ethel fought it out hard in the secoud race. Mar-. garet T. winning in the last few strides. Barney Schreibers filly. Alice George, furnished the surprise in ihe third race by beating a good band of youngsters that she led for the entire trip. Dr. Barkley taking second place from COwdln. with Warlield in fourth place. T. W. Moore had Cowdln primed for a good betting coup and might have consummated it but for the horse falling lame after going three furlongs. Another tight fit resulted with the running of the fifth raee when Aspirin, the favorite, barelv lasted long enough to get to the finish a head Iu advance of Buffous. The latter was going the fastest at the end and, but for suffering from interference iu tho last furlong, would bave been the victor. The closing race brought another form somersault by Beau Brummel, the heavily supported first choice, and Tivollnl. Beau Brummel was a contender to the throe-quarters only, where he dropped out of eon-: tentiou and enabled Tivollni. which had been tho leader from the start, to go on and gain an easv wln over Albert Star and Severus. The betting eu this race was the record since the opening. Wink Williams will shin his horses to California at the close of the Latonia meeting. In the string- will be -Carthage, which is going sound and will be entered liberally in the stakes.