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; , " : j , ; ; , SPIRITED RACING AT HAVRE No Outstanding Attraction, but Well-Matched Fields Provide Good Sport. HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., September 20. Racing at the Havre de Grace course this afternoon was of a spirited nature and productive of several close and exciting finishes in which the respective winners were forced to stand hard drives to earn the verdict. There was no outstanding attraction, but well matched fields started in the majority of the races, the large overnight entry list being reduced considerably by the numerous scratches which were posted during the course of the afternoon. There was no apparent cause for the withdrawal of so many, as the going was fast and overhead conditions all that could be desired. The steeplechase was captured by J. W. Beans Peccant in an easy manner from Perkiomen and Lytle. The winner was ridden in a confident men-ner by jockey Bush and kept under restraint the first turn of the field. Overmatch and Reddest were the ones to force the early pace, which was fast, and when the final turn of the field was reached Peccant assumed the lead with apparent ease and, jumping cleanly, maintained his advantage to the finish. Perkiomen might have offered a more strenuous battle in the final eighth had he not stumbled when landing. Lytle, after following in the rear for the first part, closed In a determined manner and got up in time to nose out Overmatch for the smaller end of the purse. Twelve maiden two-year-old fillies faced the barrier in the opening dash of the afternoon and It resulted in another victory for Harry Payne Whitney when Plucky was returned the winner after a strenuous stretch drive with Little Black Sheep. The latter came over from Pimlieo heralded as a speed marvel and was backed into favoritism at post time. She sprinted into a commanding lead with the rise of the barrier and, after being passed by the Whitney racer, came again and only- failed after a game and hard fought battle. Kirah and Jlmmle Butwell made a runaway affair of the third race, whlch was at three-quarters mlleiiter claimliTgSfilinfRons. Another large band started in this race, with the ultimate winner installed the popular choice. Leaving the barrier with a rush she opened up a commanding lead, which was gradually increased as the race progressed. Dairyman finished second, while Trusty took the small end of the purse. The battle for the minor portions of the purse was an interesting one and the proverbial blanket could have covered the quartet that came to the finish, heads and noses apart. G. W. FORM AH CLAIMS KIRAH. The victory was a costly one to J. D. Bar-tolowmeo, for following the race Kirah was secured by G. W. Forman via the claiming route for ,048. Siesta was another favorite that gladdened the hearts of the students of form when he was returned a winner In the fourth race, leading home Bill Hnnley and Norfords Choice. Frank Farrar narrowly missed being injured on Friday, when an auto which he was driving col- lided with another coming from an opposite dircct- tion. The driver of the other car collided witli an express wagon and the impact swerved him diagonally across the roadway and before Mr. Farrar could apply his brakes, he crashed into him. The driver of the wrecked machine suffered a broken leg and was removed to a Baltimore hospital. The only claim deposited on Saturday was for Lady Lillian, which went to E. Hankins for ,812. A surplus of 12 derived from the claim depos-, ited on Saturday will be added to the races run on Tuesday, September 27, and will mean a surplus of 4.57 for each overweight dash. Among the arrivals noted about the lawn today, was Col. Lafe Block, who got in from New York. C. B. Murray, Stewart Polk and Jeff Horde ar- rived from Toronto, with their respective strings and stabled at the track. Jockey E. Fator, ac-1 compained the Polk stable. At private terms Joseph Tevis sold to E. Hank-ins, the horse Everbold, which will be campaigned here and later shipped to New Orleans.