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. j 1 i , . , , . l RAIN AND SLOW TRACK Result in Reducing Fields for Mondays Jamaica Racing. Edwina Beats Ralco in Stake Feature Bon Homme, Well Backed, Wins-. . ti NEW YORK, N. Y., October 3. A steady rain, which drenched the track and kept n great number of the carded starters in their stalls, contributed to make the racing at Jamaica today below normal in quality. Seven of the horses scheduled to start in the feature, the Gowanus Selling Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, decided to stay at home. Edwina and Ralco were the only ones brave enough to fight it out in the mud. Ralco went into the lead goinff to the first turn and drew clear in the run down the backstretch. He maintained his advantage until the turn into the sretch, where Wilson brought Edwina up and challenged. The pair raced neck and neck through the straightaway until the final sixteenth. Here Edwina finally drew up on even terms with the leader, forging to the front in the last few strides to win by a short head. Ralco made a fast pace for the going and forced the winner to run the mile and a sixteenth in 1:4014, an exceptional performance on a soft track. Fator rode Emotion to a rather easy victory in the first race, a dash at five and a half furlongs, for two-year-old fillies. Wishbone was second and Confunion third. "Wishbone set the early pace, but when Fator" moved up on the turn with EmoUan the Sweep filly- had no reserve speeitwro -withstand lier rival. Emotion was drawing away through the r.tretch, wiiilc Wishbone held the place safe from Confusion. Frank Fogarty took the measure of one of the cheapest bands of platers seen on a metropolitan track this year in the second race at a mile and a sixteenth. Salute was second and Rockport Just saved third money from Queen Blonde. Frank Fogarty and Favour were coupled in the betting and the oralizcrs gave an unwarranted Rhort price ngainst the pair. McAtce rode a peculiar race on the winner. He allowed him to take the lead going to the first turn, then relinquished the pacemaking to Flypaper and followed the leader under restraint to the turn out of the backstretch. There McAtce put the Wrack gelding under a drive and kept him under pressure to the finish, although he moved up and passed the leaders at once when called upon. He came to the finish nearly a dozen lengths in front of his closest pursuer, but McAfee was still pressing him. Salute beat the remainder of the. field for second place in the stretch drive. Rockport was threatened by Queen Blonde through the final eighth, but managed to save third money by a short hose. COMMANDER McMEEKJNS GOOD RACE. Commander MeMeekin was hard ridden by Turner, came up on the outside of the leaders in the stretch and closing with a burst of peed won the third race from Reparation and Venizelos. Hephaistos sot the pace to the .turn, where Zoellcr moved up witli Reparation. The latter soon passed the Vul-cain colt and was drawing away at the entrance to the stretch when challenged by Venizelos. Meantime Turner had been working his way up with Commander MeMeekin, which seemed to fancy the, soft going. In the final sixteenth the Commander loomed up as a strong challenger and his last burst of speed carried him easily past the leaders. He held a half lengths advantage at the finish. Venizelos outlasted Reparation for second place, taking1 it by a length. Reparation was a good two lengths ahead . of his closest rival for the short end of the purse. Bon Homme, one of several well-backed good things in the Boston Handicap, last on the card, scored an easy victory from Sea Cove and Last Straw. The Xalapa Farm colt was favored by the going, which was soft and just to his liking. He replaced Sea Cove in the lead on the turn and pulled away into a two-length advantage in the stretch, while Sea Cove was under a hard drive to hold second place from Last Straw, which closed rapidly through the final quarter mile after a slow start. Billy McLaughlin ran disappointingly. He obviously did not fancy the going and dropped back early in the race. He was far out of contention at the finish. Dream of the Valley also failed to run well in the going. Wynnewood, well ridden by Fator, took the measure of a fair band of platers in the fifth race, a claiming affair at a mile and seventy yards. The Ben Brush gelding got away in front and drew clear at the first turn. He opened up a long lead in the racing down the backstretch and was never seriously threatened. Sea Sinner and Rep kept in closest -pursuit of the leader for the entire distance and put up a hard battle for second place, the former getting the verdict. Jockey W. Kelsay visited Jamaica today. He is on his way from Woodbine Park to Laurel, where he will ride for his contract employer, Willis Sharpe Kilmer. Exterminator was shipped from Woodbine to Laurel, where he will fill a stake engagement on October 8. George Peterson and F. Staton returned to Ja- maica from Havre de Grace, where they have been racing a string of horses. C. Ponce, contract rider for Peterson, accompanied his employer. R. E. Watkins claimed Court View out of tho fifth race for ,700. J. L. Holland claimed Frank Fogarty out of tho second race for ,500.