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LAUREL FINISHES CLOSE NORTHWOOD TAKES THE CHEVY CHASE STEEPLECHASE BY A HEAD ONLY. Bondage First in the Potomac Handicap for Two-Year-Olds by a Nose, -with Tragedy Second Distinguished Patrons View Racing. Baltimore, Md., October 2S. The Maryland State Knir "Association provided a splendid program for patrons of racing at Laurel this afternoon. The Chevy Chase Steeplechase, over the two anil a half miles course, and the Potomac Handicap, for two-year-olds at one mile, both furnished stirring contests. Short heads separated two horses at the finish in both events. Northwood got up to beat Shannon River in the closing strides in the steeplechase and I.ondage just outllnished Tragedy in the Potomac Handicap. There were ten starters in the latter race and in the early running Friendless went to the front and raced into a long lead. Tom McTaggart ran well, hut tired in the final eighth. Bondage came from a long way back, as did Tragedy, which finished second. At the end the latter was going the fastest of the two. Waukeag was in close quarters all through the last eighth. Lew Marlon wires that lie -would leave Latonia lor Baltimore witli the good racer Prince Hermis. It is his intention to retire Prince Uermis to the stud at the conclusion of the present racing season. I. M. Hedrick claimed the two-year-old Yellowstone after he was beaten in the opening race. William P. Biggs, secretary of the Maryland Jockey Club, and Clarence Beynolds. treasurer of the same organization, motored over from Baltimore this afternoon. Mr. Biggs is enthusiastic over the prospects for the coming meeting at Pimlico and predicts that it will be the most successful ever held at the famous old hill top course. The Hunt Club element lias been especially catered to this fall, anil several valuable stakes will be given for steeplechasers during the meeting. The condition books for the first seven days of the Oriental Park meeting in Havana, were distributed among the horsemen this afternoon. There are six races every day and the purses range in value from 00 to 1916.sh00. The horsemen who raced at Oriental Park in previous years, almost to a man, have reserved stalls there for next winter. It is a well known fact that a majority or them made money last winter in racing their horses there. The list of officials is the same, witli the exception that C. C. Campeau will succeed George Dillon as Associate Judge and Clerk of the Scales. James Milton will assist H. 1. Brown in the management of the meeting. Jockeys O. Byrne and J. Metcalf were suspended yesterday for the remainder of the meeting, the former by the starter for disobedience at the barrier in the second race, in which lie had the mount on Mother Machree. and the latter by the stewards for rough riding on First Ballot. Oeorge Miller lias purchased from James Fitzsim-nions the plater Navigator for a client in Porto Bico. Jules Carson has sold the yearling by Dr. Leggo Georgia Girl to K. A. Burke. Five carloads of horses left for Pimlico this morning. In the consignment were the horses trained by A. J. .Toyner, T. J. Henley and a division of the Midgley and Garth strings. C. C. Capps has purchased from E. Fred, the plater Valas. Capps disposed of Leoma. which he purchased a few days ago, to W. S. Kinker. Leoma will be schooled through the field. Count and Countess Bakhmctoff motored over from Washington this afternoon. A big delegation of "Washington society folks also came over and the Club House balconies were crowded. H. L. Murray, well known about the eastern and western race courses as an experienced board marker, died in one of the local hospitals yesterday and his body was shipped to St. Louis for interment. Mr. Murray was a sufferer from tuberculosis for several years.