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EXODUS IN A FAST FINISH . Defeats Champlain by a Nose in Capital Handicap. Attendance of Record-Breaklnp Proportions Rialto Triumphs Over J. K. Ii. Ross Lilt. LAUREL, Md., October 3. Exodus, racing for the Greentree .Stable and ridden by Lawrence Lyke, was returned the winner of the Capital Handicap, the outstanding attraction of the opening day at, Laurel Park. The son of Peter Pan First Flight came with a cyclonic rush through the final sixteenth that carried him to the wire a scant nose in front of G. W. J. Bissels Champlain, which in turn had a length and a half margin over Walter J. Salmons Careful. The field that faced the starter consisted of the best sprinters in this locality and Exodus was of a brilliant order, negotiating the sprinting journey in 1:12, within two fifths of a second of the track record. The start found the field leaving in excellent order and Careful, under equal weights with the winner, was the one to establish the early pace. Champlain raced along with her, while Calamity Jane, the popular choice, was in third position. The pace was very fast and when settled in the stretch Careful began to falter and Lang sent Champlain into the lead. The latter apparently had the race won at the seventy-yard pole, but Lyke brought the Greentree Stable starter through the final sixteenth and the pair swept across the line with the winner undecided until the official placing was displayed. Exodus was omitted from the official entries, due to a delay in the delivering of a message from trainer Harlan. The winner was an outsider in the wagering and netted the handsome return of 5.90 for the usual investment, while Champlain returned a large dividend for the place. Careful ran one of her best races and it was just at the end that she faltered. PROMINENT PEOPLE PRESENT. The racing scene in Maryland was transferred to Laurel Park this afternoon and a twenty-three-day meeting was inaugurated under brilliant conditions. A return of warm weather, coupled with a well-balanced card, acted as a magnet to bring out an attendance of record-breaking proportions, representing all status of life from the surrinding country. The clubhouse was the scene of several box parties, in which men prominent in the financial and political world of the country were noted. A spirited and rousing finish came with the running of the third race, in which R. Schorrs Jock Scot, ridden by G. Mein, outlasted J. W. Beans Pietrus by a nose on the post, while Flags was a good third. The race marked the first start of Flags in some time and he showed a much better disposition and broke with his field and set a fast pace. Jock Scot was in second position throughout, while Pietrus was never worse than third. When well settled in the stretch Flags began to stop and Jock Scot moved into the lead. Pietrus came with a rush that was carrying him fastest of all at the end. Racing was of a spirited and wholesome order and the majority of the winners were forced to sustain severe drives to earn the victory. GOOD LINE ON THE STARTERS. The talent had a well defined line on the merits of the different starters. The track was in splendid condition and much faster than last season. The dust, which played havoc with horses working yesterday, was abated this afternoon, due to the liberal application of water. The H. P. Whitney stable continued its success when Rialto, ridden by Keogh, got up in the final strides to beat J. K. L. Ross Lilt in a spectacular finish by a short head, while the Quincy Stables Carol was third. The field that faced the starter was a well-balanced one and attracted considerable attention from the public. Lilt displayed a high order of early speed and saved ground throughout, while Carol was closely lapped on her in the first part. Keogh had Rialto off with the leaders, but he was quickly outrun and entering the stretch Keogh took him to the outside of the leaders to secure clear sailing. Lilt had passed Carol when well in the stretch and was hanging on in courageous style, but tired right at the end and Rialto drew alongside to earn a head finish. J. J. Farrells plater Hot Spur, brother to He Will, which has been turned out all summer, will be operated upon for throat trouble by Dr. H. ,J. McCarthy this week. A train of five cars arrived this morning from Aqueduct. In the shipment were the main division of the Quincy Stable, in charge of J. Fitzsimmons. J. Sadden, a resident of San Diego, Cal., who recently purchased the Julian Ranch, some sixty miles from that place and formerly the property of the Clark estate, is in the market for the, purchase of a stable, destined for racing in California.