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STARTLE A FAILURE Crack Filly of Last Year Runs Much Below Expectations. E. Pools Superior Riding Stands Out in Striking Contrast to Amateurish Rivals. LATOXIA. Ky., October 1". Improving weather, but a difficult track, was again the rule during the afternoon, but the course continued improving under constant labors of the track workers. The attendance, considering the wintry weather, was of generous proportions. The racing in many instance:? was thoroughly enjoyable. Some of th dashes brought surprises, the sixth race particularly so when Mr. Lee, which had figured in a victory at Lexington as a result of Al Steblers disqualification, winning after having shown the most speed from the start. Pequot landed in second place, with Chiva following. IT. IT. Hewitts Startle, a crack of last year and of whicli much was expected this spring, furnished todays outstanding racing incident by a poor performance and failure to succeed in the mile and seventy yards dash that featured but in which she was opposed by some ordinary ones and ruled at prohibitive favoritism. She was ridden by Connelly, who got her away bunglingly as a result of the barrier failing to function properly, but she recovered fast and moved into command when the field was about to reach the first turn. Billy Star was her closest pursuer, but during the earlier stages she seemed to hold him safe. It was only when approaching the stretch turn that her backers began feeling uneasy, for Billy Star at this juncture moved up fast as if to pass her, but the filly responded and she again moved into the lead. Connelly took her wide in the stretch, where Kennedy ! rode Billy Star close to the inner rail, and he gained perceptibly in the last sixteenth and finally drew out to win by a comfortable margin, Startle being forced out near the end to save second place from the fast finishing Anglum Maid. SEWELL COMBS EASILY. Jockey E. Pools superior riding made the efforts of some of the others having mounts ! in the first two races look amateurish. In the opener Pool had the mount on Sewell : Combs and he rushed him into such a long early lead that overhauling him seemed a hopeless task. He won under restraint, with Green Gold in second place and the favorite, Orlova, ridden by the diminutive J. Owens, in third place. Archie Alexander was another that absorbed considerable speculative attention, but W. Pool had him in the heaviest going for the entire race and it settled his chances. The elder Pool had the mount on E. Ce-brians Romping Mary in the second race, while Ambrose was entrusted with the care of Portland Urn, a slight favorite. It was here that Pool made the others appear like novices, for though Romping Mary was han-j dicapped by an inner position, where the going was heaviest in the stretch, he took her out after attaining the lead and she managed to outstay Grass Maid by a scant margin. Portland Urn went blunderingly all through the race under her weak riding and finally brought up far in the rear. Golden Floss, an outstanding favorite, had little difficulty in annexing the third race, with Royal Dick in second place and Promising Tom heading the others. Backers of Golden Floss never experienced much uneasiness, for he was rushed into a long lead immediately after the start and won as his rider pleased. Jockey W. Fronk, astride Smuts, made that racer show a vastly-improved performance over that he showecs w:ien ravorite in a preceding start and he slipped up in the last few strides to beat out Mormon Elder, another that suddenly recovered his speed and made vastly improved showing over a former start. Tulsa landed in third place. MERCHANTS SHOWING HAD. Merchant had the call here, primarily due to the supposedly faulty ride he got in his last start and his known liking for going such as prevailed this afternoon. His showing was a bad one and Zoeller was content to let him stay far back. Macbeth earned the first purse of the Kentucky fall season for L. Gentry when he romped home in advance of some ordinary ones that started in the fourth race. Leslie was closest to him at the finish and Al Stcb-ler headed the others in third place. Because of the close proximity of the first turn to the mile starting point and the prospects of a big field engaging in the rich Queen City Handicap, it has been decided to alter the starting and finishing point a sixteenth below the present finishing line. The field will be started at the sixteenth post and the placing judges will occupy pesi- tontinued on twelfth nase. STARTLE A FAILURE Continued from first page. tions at that point and place the finish when the horses flash past after having circled the course. It marks the first time in the history of Kentucky racing where the finishing point has been changed. It is done primarily with a view to giving all the starters as much equal chance and eliminate if possible any crowding, usually inevitable in big fields when started at the present mile post. The stewards approved the application of Charles Landreville for an apprentice license. He is under contract to the Seagram stable. The application of J. G. Bussey for a trainers license was also approved. He trains for W. E. Nestlehouse. J. T. Taylor, who was ruled off at Lexington for using profanity and threatening language subsequent to the finish of the Breeders Futurity, made an apology to the stewards for his conduct, stating that at the time he was in bad health and knew not what he was doing. He pleaded for a reinstatement, which was denied by the stewards. Lon Jones arrived this morning from Chicago with the Harned Brothers horses. Jockey F. Keogh, who will have the mount on Rialto in the Queen City Handicap tomorrow, was among the newcomers this morning. Trainer S. P. Harlan and jockey B. Lyke arc due to arrive tonight from New York. Lyke will ride Cherry Pie and S. P. Harlan will supervise the saddling of the youngster. Joe Tighe passed through today en route to New Orleans with a carload of horses that he will race there this winter. J. W. McClelland arrived this morning in advance of the Xalapa Farm racers, including Lucky Hour, Missionary and others that will be raced here for the remainder of the meeting. J. B. McTCee was required by the stewards to make affidavit that F. W. Staton owned no interest whatsoever in the horses Aba-dane and Grace E., purchased from the latter by McKee prior to the time when Staton was ruled off in Canada. Grace E. is now the property of George Mayberry, who bought her from McKea.