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DONE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS SUCCESSFUL MEETING COMES TO A CLOSE WITH A DAY OF INSPIRING RACING. The Lightly-Weighted Raincoat Takes the St. Leger Handicap and Makes a New Track Record for Two Miles and a Quarter. Louisville. Ky.. October 7.— The St. Leger Handi- -ap at two miles and a quarter, the crowning lea tore of the Churchill Downs fall meeting, which eauie to a close this afternoon, furnished an upset in the defeat of the popular Hodge, which followed the extreme outsider Raincoat to the finish alter a gallant effort. The task of conceding thirty eight ikiuikIs in actual weight to the winner, proved too much for the Welter representative. Inlike the running or the Louisville Cup at Douglas Park, in which Hodge scored in easy fashion, there was a stiff pace from the start and. instead of lieing kept in the van. restraining tactics were employed 011 Hodge this afternoon. The early running was made by Hank ODay. with Water Witch in second place for most of the way and Hodge within re-s|iectab]e striking distance. Hodge responded in game fashion, when called on. hut when he moved up on the leaders. Raincoat, which had lieen reserved far bark for the first mile and a quarter, sprinted on with him. heat hiin to the lower turn ami raced into a lengths lead, which he held for the remainder of the race in spite of Hodges efforts to reduce it. Water Witch lauded third money, with the others well strung out. Lindenthals race was a poor one. due partly to the blundering ride he received. Hank ODay quit badly in the last half. The time of the race 3:53. represented a fine IM-rformance and supplanted the former track record of 3:57%. made by Hindoo in 1SS2. It is several seconds slower than the American record of 3:40V:-., made by Ethelliert at Urighton Beach in 1M00. The St. leger Handicap was revived in 1914 to take the place of the discarded four-mile Kentucky Endurance Stakes. The St. Leger dates back to 1S75. and its condensed history since its institution is as follows: Year. Winner. A.Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1K75 King Alfonso. 1IK Walker ,750 3:34 V-.! 1K7 ; Creedmoor ... 100 Williams ... 1.550 3:34 1577 Vera Cruz ... 07 Murphy .... 2.550 3:35 1578 LeTeller lfto J. McLahlin 2.750 3:42Vs 1N7JI Lord Murphy.. 101 Murphy 2.800 3:34 1SW LukeBluckbuni 105 J. McLahlin 2.S50 3:42 1.SK1 Fellow play ... 102 Parker S.MIJIK 1XS2 Apollo 105 Hund 3.030 .1:35% is**:. Vanguard 102 Yet man 2.K80 3:47-i » 1*M Loftin HO Ellis 1.9X0 3:57 V* 1HK5 Ten Booker .. 107 Stoval 2.7SO 3:40 ISNi Sir Joseph ... lis E. West ... 3.200 3:46U 1HS7 Montrose 118 I. I-ewis ... 3.110 3:39 1SKK Long Chance.. IIS Barnes 2.720 3:30 ISM* Heron lis E. ;oodale. . 3.280 2:14Vi isuii Lncle Bob ... lis Brit ton 4.160 2:12Vt 1H»1 Rudolph 122 W. Fitzpatk 2.850 2: 14 4 1892 Seni|»er Rex .. 122 Juisoti 2,54ft 2:59% 1893 Sabine 122 A. Clayton. . 2.420 2:11 1910 Ks Daughter. 7 115 K. Martiu .. 1,440 1 :45=K 1914 Ringling 4 101 C. Vn Duseu 1.020 4: »4 1913 Raincoat :t «.a» J. Morys ... 1.810 3:33 Run as race for three-year-ohls until 1911. Distance 2 miles until 1889. then 1 1-4 miles until 3910. instance 1 1-16 miles iulOlO. Not run from 1893 until MHO. then not run again until 1914. A better setting for the close of a successful season of racing could not lie imagined than that of this afteruoo:i. The weather was ideal, tin-track in splendid condition an 1 the attendance by far the liest of the present meeting. Secretary Iearee provided a card of much merit ami it like-wise served as a medium for heavy sueculatioli. The meeting terminating this afternoon an.l bringing the Louisville racing season to a l.ise. was a satisfactory one ill every respect. The patron-age was a bit In-tter than tliat of last year, but the betting, while it reached last falls proitortioti. was a trifle short by comparison, as seven ra-es were carded daily this fall as against six last .near. The sikuI was wholesome and interesting throughout. William Joist, of Nashville, today announced his retirement from the turf. He will dispose of all his hordes in training l v auction Oct. 19 in the La Ionia iwddock. Zal ami Hanhririge. as well as fifteen mare* he has at his stock farm, will be retained and their produce will be sold annually. Trainer Will McDaniel has hem successful with the stabl. and during the short |»eriod that he was in charge won twenty-nine races, was sec Hid thirty-three times and third tweiity-eisrht times. majoritv of the turf followers ami horsemen will depart tonight by special train for Cincinnati. Tin-bulk of the horses will arrive at the Latonia track Train* W. McDaniel today sold to K. S|«enco the four-vear-old filly Morsetto. sister to Froglegs. The ten dajs suspensions of jockey Stirling ami Martin expired tixlay and lxith were in the saddle.