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USUAL FRIDAY CARD * No Outstanding Contest at Bowie Track Yesterday. » Attendance Surprisingly Large and Enthusiasm Generous Despite Mediocre Offering. ♦ BOWIE, Md., April 8— With all seven of the todays races for platers, there was really no outstanding race on the Bowie program, but the fields were well matched and that atoned for the lack of class of the starters. The track had dried out considerably and was better than at any time during the meeting, and the weather was warm, though cloudy with a threat of rain that did not fall. The attendance was surprisingly large, considering the program, and there was an abundance of the usual Bowie enthusiasm. The race which held the post of honor on the card, was a mile and a sixteenth contest, for platers and it resulted in an ea.sy victory for M. Sheas Bessie Gershel, which won by half a dozen lengths from J. Reynolds LumU, while W. S. Murrays Jacques was third. The start in this was a good one, with Lally first to show from the barrier, while Jacques was third and, like Lally, on the inside. At the first turn Lally bore out a bit, carrying the others with him, and Workman slipped through next to the rail with Jacques, with Lord Meise right with him. Workman took Jacques under slight restraint as Lord Meise sprinted along outside of him and Bessie Gershel went after the leader. They hung together for a few strides, when Bessie Gershel shook off Lord Meise and dashed away into a long lead that was to see her home a winner. Workman hung to the inside with Jacques and rounding out of the backstretch he dropped back slightly, as though he had struck a soft spot in the track. Lanoil in the meantime was going well and for an instant Betsy Bacon moved up. EAST FOR BESSIE iKRSHKL. There was nothing to bother Bessie Gershel in the final drive and Lanoil outfinished Jacques, while the others were far back and strung out badly. J. P. Smiths Out Step, a Miami performer, was winner of the opening half mile dash for two-year-olds. The daughter of Then. Cook won by a length from William Garths Trappy, but it took her best to dispose of the colt. Close at hand, in third place, came the Greentree Stables 1pper Crust, and the Nevada Stock Farm Stables Piute was a close fourth. From a good start Apple Pit was first to show out of the company, but Trappy went away running and soon had her headed, with Outstep close after the Garth hope. From that instant the pair of them dominated the running and Trappy was still showing the way as they swung into the stretch. At the eighth post Workman drew his whip on Out Step and, under the drive, she proved her gameness by gradually putting Trappy away, to come home the winner by a length. Upper Crust was going well at the end and might have beaten the first two in another sixteenth. MAKES AUSPICIOUS RKTURX. Samuel Ross Mariner, which had not been to the races since the fall meeting at Laurel, was winner of the three-quarters mile third race. He outstayed Clarence Buxtons Cross Word, which had been idle since the Lmpire City meeting, and Pop Bell. Bight at the start there was a bit of a mix-up in which Porto Bello Gold and 1op Bell were crowded back. Copey Boy was the one to take the lead and Mariner chased right after him. with Grierson in third place and Suky leading the others. Pop Bell was working his way up on the outside and the others were in fairly close order. Turning into the stretch the leaders rac-d wide and Pop Bell was forced extremely wide. Cross Word had gained, while Copey Boy had dropped back. Then Mariner proved to have the most left in the final eighth and won by a length, while ross Word out-staved Pop Bell a like distance lev second place. Mrs. A. Swenkes Tipperary Mary was winner of the mile and seventy yards sixth lace. Never far from the leaders, she came away in a drive through the stretch t outstay Tahoma, while Complaisance was good enough to save third place from GMMM Second. The big disappointment of the running was Sparkling Water. He raced in a forward position to the far turn, but quit badly und. r* a drive and was disgracefully beaten.