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DOUGLAS PARK FLOODED RAIN SPOILS THE TRACK BUT IT IMPROVES AS THE DAY WEARS ON. Change Brings Downfall of Favorites — Sleeth Takes the Main Feature of the Day — Violet Bonnie a Failure — Good Horse Ed Crump Is Lame. Louisville. Ky.. May 31.-Terrific r:iins during the night and early morning hours, changed track conditions and gave appal ! unity to those horses which run well in mud to r.n e to their host. The track was thoroughly Irene lied and puddles of mud covered ii as the horses went to tin post in the initial race, hut the astonishing rapidity with which the track dries caused It to improve "steadily and it was almost g I when the com lmling race was decided. Ideal weather overhead ruled after the rain and a Idg crowd was again present. The racing offering on tin- whole, was devoid of any outstanding feature mm] arranged with a ii-w to giving the i ier ones opportunity to earn purses. six of the races having the claiming clau.se. The only one devoid of the sidling clause was the fifth mec, in which two year-olds met and it furnished a l.ig upset by the pronounce. I failure of Violet II —it, an eiitstninliug favorite. She did not run to a place and tired badly after going a half mile. Silk Lady winning, with Broom leddler just managing to outstay Behest L. Owe* for second place. Iiie bettors agaii. experienced a rough time, starting out with niolty in the epeaer. The colt was well meant this afternoon, but upset the calculation • if ids connections by Im coining iiuiuauagable while on the way to the barrier and indulging in a mile runaway, wheh unfitted him when the actual race was on Sushis- w;is another disappointment. He was backed into odds on and failed to get a place in the second race, the winner turning up in Fuzzy Wuzzy, with BKkPJ lauding in second place Track Conditions Suit Sleeth. The veteran Sleeth was suited by track conditions thin afternoon, but had to be urged to his utmost to outstay Mary II. in the sl.ooo race. Pala table f id it an easy task to win in the third race from Mine Cap. John Y. Schorrs Cadge] gave an astonjshiiiglv good preliminary after the fifth race in prepara tion for his start in the Kentucky Handicap. He was worked I mile and a ipiarter. which he env end in 2: S::„ casing up. His first mile was done in 1:40. W. H. Baker intends to cull his stable considerably and will offer for sale by auction next Tuesday, eight pre .cut numbers of his establishment. The sale will be held ill the Douglas lark paddock and these to be disposed of will embrace Charley Nolte. Tom Manson, Pretty Baby. Lady ;.. Walter H. Kearco, Carl Ellwangir, Khareinaneli and Judge Vaughn. C. A. Tilles. who is extensively interested in the Douglas lark and Urteahl tracks, arrived today from the s. ,uth. traveling in his houseboat. He wijl remain for several days to witness the apart. He expressed surprise at th.- excellent conditions here. The Macomber ill-luck that has lieen so apparent this season, still hangs on and the establishment was a decided sulfeier again when H Crump, one of its mainstays for the Kentucky Handicap, went amiss after a mile and a ipiarter trial this morning, bill his trainer believes that he will get over it in time to stall nexl Saturday. Mis elimination from the rich race next Saturday would make the mantle of dependence fMU on the sturdy Hoots, which shares with Andrew .Millers Bonnier, the paat of honor, each carrying lLti pounds, old Rosebud, after his sterling victory yesterday, has acquired for himself an immense following, that threatens to install him favorite. An offer of .100 to 00 was instantly snapped up this morning. B. J. Br. union took the long end of the wager. Prospects Good for Fast Track Next Saturday. If no more rain falls until Saturday, the Douglas Park track will be in its best condition for the running of the big race. Manager Hacluneister is claiming extensively for the entertainment of the largest crowd in the history of the track. Jockeys Kairbrother and Loft us left New York tonight to ride the A. K. Macomber pair in the Kentucky Handicap. Trainer Barnard announced late tonight that lie did not deem the injury to Ed Crump as grave as he at first expected, Leftaa will probably have the mount on Ed Crump and Kairbrother will be astride Boots. Their preliminary this morning consisted of a mile and a ipiarter in 2:10. Roamer was worked at Churchill Downs and did a mile aud a |uarter in ,_:14. Trainer Goldsborough lias uot decided on a rider for that horse yet. The runaway of Cruelty in the opening race could have been avoided, had the parade leader made an effort to take hold of the colt, when he began showing iinriiliness Jaek Hare, Jr., which won at Douglas Park last Monday, was bred by W. B. Walsh of Toronto. Mr. Walsh sold the colt to W. E. Applegate when a yearling. , The following work-outs took place at Douglas Park this morning over a muddy track: Bell Cow— Seven -eighths in 1:40. Big Fellow — Three-quarters in 1:21 %. Bob Dundon — Three-quarters in 1:20. Bob Hensley — Three-quarters in 1:21%. Boots — Mile and a quarter in 2:10. Clare — Three-quarters in 1:22%. Colonel Vennie — Mile in 1:47. Dr. Barlow — Three-quarters in 1:20. Dr. Samuel — Three-quarters in 1:23%. Ed Crump— Mile and a quarter in 2:16. Evelyn V. — Half mile In 52. J. Kufus — Three-quarters in 1:19%. Jane Straith — Five-eighths in 1:00. Leo Skolny — Three-quarters in 1:19%. Matin — Three-quarters in 1:21%. Midway — Three-eighths in 43. Prince S. — Three-eighths in 42. Rosewood — Five-eighths in 1:08. Royal— Three-eighths in 39%. Syrian — Half mile in 54. Taxi — Seven-eighths in 1:33. Velvet Joe — Half mile in 55. Votary — Five-eighths in 1:10%. Waterford— Mile and an eighth in 2:00%. Yenjuee— Half mile in SO.