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i TOP WEIGHT TAKES CLARK KINGS DAUGHTER EASILY BEATS BEST RACERS IN TRAINING IN WEST. McDowell Mare Apparently as Good Now as at Any Time in Her Career — Churchill Downs Purses to Be Increased. Louisville. Ky.. May 14.— T. C. MclJowells consistent mare. Kings Daughter, this afternoon added th - Clark Handicap to her extensive string of sue cesses. She was top weight anil disposed of formidable opposition with such ease as to leave no room for doubt that in her present form she ranks with the best racers iu the couutry. Tlie lark Handicap, named in honor of Col. Louis M. Clark, founder of Churchill Downs, has always ranked as an ini| ortaiit fixture and lias Ix-on contested for by the best horses that have raced in this section year by year. Today was no exception, a splendid field starting. The race was marred by a runaway before the start. ii», which J pooiier and Haiibridge took part. Both gained the mastery over I heir riders and circled the course repeatedly. Hanbridge. after going the course once, appeared tractable, but on returning to the post started away again and went five miles without interruption. His trainer was given permission to withdraw him. The others were sent awav iu ragged order after a delay of twenty-two minutes. DHMHI at once went into the lead, with Green Seal and Crystal Maid in closest attendance. Tlie first named quit after going half a mile. Kings Ifciugb-ter was under sharp restraint in the early stages, and when called on she quickly sprinted into the lead and thereafter held the ra«-e safe. l onau tired pal-pablv a furlong from tlie finish and was passed by T. M. Green and Crystal Maid. Both went wide into tlie stretch and would have I een closer up with better handling. The condensed history of the Clark Handicap since 1900 is as follows: Year. Winner. A.Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1900 Lieut. Gibson.. 127 Bolatid $:;.:!5 1 :5t 1901 His Eminence.. 127 Winktield .. 5.380 1:55 lM2*B«atk 7 116 Slack 1.900 1:47 19tt loves Labor... 0 100 Scully 2.150 1:48 IfttH Colonial Girl. ..5 100 Lyne 2,170 1:4KJ 1905 Bat ts 4 KM Nicol 2.070 IM% l.XMJ Ilvporion II.....! 103 W. Mclntre 2.100 1:41 1907 Tlie Minks 1 1 10 Nicol 1.830 1 :50* 1908 Ioltv Prim 5 117 V. Powers.. 1.670 1:5.* 1909 Miami 3 US M. McGee. . i.sao 1:45* 1910 K. Daughter.. .7 124 I. Koerner. 1.600 1:45% ••Changed to handicap for three-year-olds and over and distance reduced to 1 1-16 miles. Todavs attendance was exceeded in numbers only by the Derby day crowd. The betting ring was congested throughout the afternoon with eager speculators and the twelve mntuel machines proved inadequate to handle the play satisfactorily. The racing was spirited, most of the finishes Isdng sufficiently close to suit the most exacting. The handicap at three-quarters of a mile was taken by the fast Texas fillv. Meadow, in a streuous stretch sprint with Dr." Waldo Briggs. Merrick ran in this race and showed to better advantage than he did in the race which resulted in jockey Pages suspension. The opener, a sprint at three-quarters of a mile, furnished the best finish of the meeting. Sugarniaid. . Carlton G. and Donovan measuring strides on even terms during the last sixteenth and finishing noses apart in the order named. Louis Katz showed himself to be a fair colt h.v downing II. R. Brandt after tlie latter had secured what seemed a winning lead at the start in the second. Danceawav just managed to get up in the last stride to beat Ella Bryson in the fifth. J. H. Reed was lucky to win the closing race. Fantastic, which finished second, was best, but was subjected to much interference by D. Austin on Bonnie Bard. The latter was beaten for third place by Edwin L. Had In- been placed he probably would have ls-en disqualified. The gratifying success of the meeting to date led the management to announce this afternoon that beginning a week from Monday all purses would be raised. The smallest sum that will be added to any purse will be M . This figure will prevail in selling races. Allowance races will carry a value of MM and handicaps will have a minimum value of JM These increased values will go into effect with the issuing of the new program book. Jockey McTaggart was suspended for three days by tlie starter for disobedience at the ] ost. Nothing further has developed in the investigation of the Merrick race of Thursday. Jockey Page, who had the mount and was suspended for his ride, was given a hearing this afternoon. Owner Milam was also interrogated, likewise George Reif. who has Page under contr.c-t. The matter probably will remain in abeyance for a time. Jockey Page stated today that if lie succeeds in clearing himself of Manic in connection with the Merrick race he will enter into a contract with Henderson and Hogan. Tlie Reif contract has but a short time to run. Owner Reif intends shipping his string of mean to New York shortly. Before leaving for New York. C. L. Harrison stated that lie has acquired second call on jockey V. Powers, with a further privilege of uMiig the rider in special races. Powers will divide his time between Canada and New York. Eve While has been declared out of the Latonia Derby. Owner Fizer is pointing Boca Grande for that race and the colt is again rounding into good form. There was some disappointment on account of tlie withdrawal of Boola Boola and Fighting Bob from the Clark Handicap. Before the races Captain Kenie dv ami Inexorable were sold bv auction in the paddock. J. A. Brouso secured the former for 00 and T. F. Brick paid a similar price for the two year-old. The judges hab«d D. Austin l efore them after the I ist race on account of his rough riding, and wann-d him that suspension wonbl follow a repetition. M. J. Daly. W. R. Hall ami P. II. ODonnell are among tie- horsemen who will go from here to Montreal for the Delorimier Park meeting. John Ferriss. one of the best known trainers in the west, is contemplating retirement from the turf to engage in the hotel business. He departed last night for Nashville to look over a site for a modem hotel.