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TWO THRILLING FINISHES ♦ Columbia Tenn Defeats Muskal- longe by a Few Inches. » Trust Official Has the Best of Brown Check in Another Close Contest. $ iRY .T. L. MEMPSKT. NEW ORLEANS. La.. J;iim:iry 12. —The stcadily Improving Columbia Tenn. inmllll bcrc I supposed -•■Mug plater, proved liirnsclt a handicap eligible of M iiic-i ii ability when lu ■cored in tbc ?l...oo three- i|Uarters li;ili1ic;i| from MMC of the be — t in the-se parts, im -Mentally running 1 h - distance in 1:12, the fastest of the meeting, lie- was pal to ■ HtcMoti drive for Pud Fishers recent 8,000 acquisition, Munksllouge, disputed every inch of ground] with tin- «inmr through Hit- 1:isi eighth and t lie finisi found tin- pair separated by a margin of in lies. with Rapid Day in third place and only a half length back. The early running found Muskallonge-in full -way and he set I ureal pace, with the result that I he laggard* were completely eliminated before tlie streteh m reaehed. Mil-kul loii::o. how-ever. tired a bit in the last eighth. arMch enabled Columbia Tenn to head liim. but the younger In rat bald on resolutely, with the result the finish developed one of the most stubborn contests witin s-ed at I lie course. Another finish that had the big throng to a high pitch came with the running of the third race, in which Urown Cheek and Trust Official landed noses apart, with the judges awarding the purse to tin latter, whb/h caused some grumbling. Brown Check had snlk.-d in the early raring, but I.yke loused him in the stretch and he came with a sensational rnsh. barely failing by an inch or two to overtake Trust Official and was a good margin in front a stride beyond the finish. Johns Cnima. which had turned into the stretch with a good lead, tired and swerved out llradlljr in the last eighth and just managed to Rare third place. The spoit began spiritedly when Rrourgentng just managed to win by a nose from Omcr K.. with Roisterer in third place. Ina Kay reversed the decision with Rainbow Girl of their last two meetings when Rainbow Hrl triumphed. Ina Kay was away en eqMl teraM with Rainbow Girl this afternoon and it brought about licr sin ■ -ess. st. Isidore was benefited bjf racing link in the fifth race, which enabled him to had throughout and win easily from Biff Bang and Iiniuiry. Tom McTuggart. favorite in the race, was nearly thrown at the start, arbjea Dr. Carmen bumped him and it practically disposed of his chances. 1.. A. Braaddus, represented in the sixth race by Rar tin, claimed Warsaw for S2.00O. Ureal Gall has been pain bawd privately by M. B. Porretto.