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/ i ] , t ] , , . j , , . GAINER DEFEATS THE FINN LEADS THROUGHOUT THE MILE AND AN EIGHTH OF THE WASHINGTON HANDICAP. Laurel Track Still Heavy, but Improving Slowly-Back Bay Defeats Good Sprinters Easily — Rose Water Proves Herself a Stayer. Laurel. Md.. October I.— The Washington Handicap, which was offered as the feature of a good card here this afternoon, resulted in a surprise for the talent when the Greentree Stables Gainer was returned an easy winner over its mile and an eighth course. The Finn was the one to finish second, a short head in advance of Addie M., xvhilo Tactics, the only other starter, was a distant fourth. Of the original overnight seven named to go. but three declined, the withdrawals being the Belmont pair. Stromboli and Flitterg. id. and Short Grass. Tlie winner showed a good turn of speed and. outrunning his opponents to the first turn, was rated along under slight restraint for the remainder of the xvay and showed no signs of quitting as he did in his few recent starts. The Finn had n» excuses for his defeat, except for being bumped a trifle at the start and knocked off his stride, which, he quickly regained. Tlie track dried out some as a result of the sunshine, reinforced by the efforts of the harrow brigade, but was still heavy and required a stout horse to run well ox-er it. The crowd, xviiich xvas probably the largest of the meeting, was treated to an enjoyable afternoons sport, despite the fact that favo-ites xvcre again in eclipse, the talent being generally unable to locate the winners. In the overnight handicap, which brought together a big band of sprinters. Peter Sheridans good sprinter Back Bay. repeated his recent victory in the Laurel Handicap and led home his opponents by a good margin. Water Lady was the one to he placed second and Montresor was third. Superintendent stepped into a hole shortly after the start and almost went to his knees, unseating jockey .1. MeTuggart. Fortunately neither rider nor horse sustained injury. .. The first race of the fall season in which two-year-eltls were asked to go a mile brought together a small field Rose Water had little trouble in defeating her opposition. Edna Keiina. the favorite, ran wide on the first turn and got into tlie deep going. Balfrcn. xvinner of the fifth race, was made the target for the runup brigade, when he was advanced 00 over his enteerd price by S. Lexvis of Nexv York. He xvas retained by owner Bedwell. Edxvard McBride has claimed the name Orlin G. for his yearling son of Ciinard and Wayward Lass that xvill be shipped from Kentucky shortly. The youngster is uoxv in the care of Louis Tauber. who broke George Smith and Tom Elward. It is probable that the season for tlie L. S. Thompson string of horses xvill come to a close with the end of the present Laurel meeting. G. R. Brysons Hill Stream has reached Laurel from Toronto. arrangements have been made for a special car t« convey the lcrses that will take part in the hunt races at Warren ton. Ya.. November M an. I 20. This special will leave Philadelphia and transport horses to the course free of charge. Sam I»uis has taken up River King and Crisco and will have them ready for racing at Pimlic-.. From there they xvill be shipped to Nexv Orleans. Lewis Garth, the young Virginia turfman, xvill shorllv wed Miss Wiugtield, a daughter of Judge Wingfield. of Richmond, Va. Fred Foster will take the horses of G. A. Alexandra to Nexv Orleans next winter. After winning the first race. J. B. Goodman, oxvner of Nonreddin. the xvinner. claimed Sarsenet from R. T. Wilson for ,000.