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. SLIPSHODS EASTERN SHORE HANDICAP. Thompson Two-Year-Old Defeats the Crack George J Smith in Muddy Going. I.altiniorc. lid., Septeinlicr 21. — The L. S". Thiaup-son stable aeldeel another stake to it- already long li-t lor this year when Slipshod todaj accounted for the Haatern Shore- Handicap, a dash of five and : a half furlongs for t wo-year-olds. His victory was a clean-cut one. and he easily defeated some of the j be-t two year-olds at the course. Behind him tin- | isheel King N -ptune. with Pesky third. Tin- M. - : Bride entry. George Smith and Pesky, was installed : favorite for the race ami heavily supported by the ! talent. George Smith evidently does not run well I in mud. as his only defeats have been in soft going. ; i he course was drenched by rains late last nignl ; ami the mud runners obtained a long-WHited opportunity. The card suffered heavily from withdrawal-, but the sport was wholesome. 1 In the feature race a held of ten faced the i starter, two added starters being posted. The field was dispatiied to a gcti el start and Startling was the first to show in motion. He- was closi-ly pressed by the winner, ami George Smith made a challenge on the turn for liime. but he quit again when he got into the deep going along the inside. Despite- the threatening weather of early morning a large- crowd journeyed to the course. Thirty three layers cut in. Harry White was a visitor today and was kepi busy allotting -tails for the forthcoming meeting at Laurel Park. Word was received at the track this afternoon that the grandstand at Palmetto Park. Charb-t n had buined clown. It is presumed that the tire was caused by sparks from a passing engine.. H. B. Watkins will ship his horses from Toronto to Laurel. Barnegat will be sent to fill his long distance stake engagement iu Kentucky, but he is the only one of the string that will be sent there. Oscar Lew ise hn was a first time visitor at the track this afteTiioon. There is a rub- of racing that requires each horse to have five feet of room at the barrier and some of the fields that nave gone to the i csf at Havre dc- Grace have not c nfornied to that regulation. There are horses enough here for eight big fields eaih day. Hie owners of eross-coentry stables are circulating a petition requesting the Maryland State Pair Association, which conducts tlie racing at Laurel, to continue the steeplechasing there. No provision has been made for the jumpers and there are a great many on band ready on short notice. It baa iieen arranged by the Laurel management to ran a daily train from New York to the coarse over* the Baltimore and OHO, It is to be known as the Laurel special and a round-trip fare of $ ; has been arranged. The running of this train will mean that he iff - must :*■ over by ."e oclock each afternoon.