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OPENING MARRED BY RAIN 3 BIG CROWD AT CHURCHILL DOWNS DESPITE UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS. 1 Falls City Handicap Marked by Thrilling Finish Between Leochares, Helen Barbee, Grover j Hughes and Prince Hcrmis. j Louisville, Ky., October 9. John W. Schorrs Leochares, capably handled by jockey Goose, scored at todays opening ot the Cburcbill Downs meeting over Helen Barbee and Grover Ungues in the Falls City Handicap, carrying a net value of .7f0 to the winner, after one of the most spirited struggles ever witnessed at this course. The trio landed noses apart, the final stride determining the result. Throughout tin; entire stretch racing, they were kept at top speed, their riders working hard with whip and heels. Helen Barbee was snowing the way by a slight margin, but the going proved bothersome and she seemed willing enough to relinquish the lead, but Loftus would not give it uu and kept her hard at it. Leochares, driven liercely, was responding to the urging and Grover Hughes also held on tenaciously. Right up to the last strides they ran on practically even terms and Leochares just got up at tlie finish. Going the strongest of all and right on the leaders heels cauie Prince Hennis, which had closed a big gap during the last quarter. Had the race been seventy yards further lie would have been the winner. Considering the adverse weather conditions which began during the night and continued throughout the day, the attendance was remarkably large. While todays volume of betting in nowise approached the total of 211,000 wagered on last years opening day, it was up to the managements expectations. As a result of the changed track conditions scratches were numerous and two of the original races, the third and fifth, were declared off. Two other races were hurriedly substituted to complete the card of six races. Jefferson Livingstons establishment began the meeting auspiciously when Sosius won the opening race over .Uorristown and Bolula. Neylon had the mount on Sosius and showed a return to his good paddleJCjjrih. Pif Jr. had to be much the best in nie sVcuiidWta-.: urercome the bad racing luck be m. NuUered. huthVTlrifpiged to draw out in the stretch. Ho was the most pronounced choice of the afternoon to score. Charles F. Grainger, president of the New Louisville Jockey Club, who is in charge of affairs during General Manager Matt J. Winns absence, expressed satisfaction over the good results attending todays opening. Had the weather been propitious a record-breaking crowd would likely have winessed the opening. Jake Marklein and J. C. Calm took over the colt Murtlnos today from J. W. May. The latter had bought him, from John G. Greener and disposed of V him this afternoon at a slight advance. , Track Superintendent Larry Borgenschout came over from Litonia today and received applications from horsemen for stable room at that course. President Harve.v Meyers of the Latonia Jockey Club and General .Manager John Hachnieister and his assistant, Krank J. Bruen, -were among the visitors for the opening. Messrs. Talbot and Grainger and General W. B. Haldeman, members of the Kentucky State Racing Commission, met this morning to transact pending business, but adjourned until Tuesday next. The adjournment was mainly due to Judge Allie Youngs absence from the meeting. The most important matters before the commission were the applications by jockeys Gross and Small for riding licenses, and action on the resolution introduced last month, permitting promiscuous cliamiug of horses beaten in selling races. Jockey J. Cbllins. whose contract was recently taken over by John W. Schorr, made his local debut this afternoon. There were many visitors today from Cincinnati and Lexington, who will remain over for tomorrows racing. The following were among yesterdays work-outs over the Churchill Downs track: Track slow. Balgee Half mile in 52. Billy Joe Three-eighths in 39. Chalmers Five-eighths in 1:05. Dr. Carmen Half mile in r0. ! Edith W. Three-quarters in 1:19. First Venture Five-eighths in 1:04. Flying Yankee- Five-eighths in 1:01. Little Bean Five-eighths in 1:03. "-. McAdoo Half mile in 51. Nobleman Three-eighths in .19. Orinulu Five-eighths in 1:07. Pan Zareta Five-eighths in 1:05. Scrutineer Five-eighths in 1:00. Sieeth Mile in 1:50. Trans Miller Three-quarters in 1:19. This mornings work-outs over a muddy track in- eluded the following: Horel Half mile In 52. Coy Lad Seven-eighths in 1:40. Day Day Five-eighths in 1:07. Disparity Five-eighths in 1:10. Inkle -Mile in 1:51. Justice Goebel Half mile in 53. Knight of Pythias Five-eighths in 1:07. Korfhage Three-eighths in .57. i Malabar Three-eighths in .7. Martha Lei- Half mile in 52. Oakland Half mile in 52. Prosjiect Mile in 1:50. Sunset Five-eighths in 1:08. Tillies Nightmare Five-eighths in 1:07.