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MARY JANE VICTRESS ♦ Captures Ashland Oaks After Decidedly Creditable Race. • Scores for T. C. McDowell — Dingo and Bobby Double Winners of the Meeting. * LEXINGTON. K , April 27. — Gallaher and Combs good three-year-old filly Mary Jane, in accounting for the Ashland Oaks, which featured a good program at the Kentucky Association course today, took into camp the best of her age and sex that could be mustered in these parts. She performed her task in splendid manner and left little room for doubt that she was mistress over her opponents. The race was at a mile and a sixteenth, and the time of 1:46%. considering she carried 121 pounds and the season of the year, was decidedly creditable. Her earnings by her success amounted to ,110 net. Hal Price Headleys Handy Mandy raced into second place, being a considerable distance from the winner and also well in ad-Vance of Krick. Mary Janes success today marked the third time that the Gallaher Brothers or Gallaher and Combs have accounted for the stake. Regalo was victress in 1919, and Iongee earned the honors in 1921. Todays race brought nine to strive for the laurels and the running found Mary Jane always with the leaders and taking command when Connelly, her lider, called on her. She was well in hand during the stretch racing, though over-anxiousness on the part of the rider caused him to drive her mildly in the last eighth. Handys Mandy, in the early stages, looked hopelessly out of it, but came in resolute fashion during the last quarter, finishing fast and gamely. Krick raced prominently for seven-eighths, and thereafter began tiring JOHNSON* HELD TO BLAME. Billie Burke was held to be the mainstay of the Bradley pair. She finished in advance of her stablemate and her showing might have been much better but for the blunders of factey Goldie Johnson. He attempted to take her back shortly after rounding the first turn and the restraining tactics forced her off stride, and it also brought her into interference from those directly in her wake. When straightened on the back stretch she was a considerable distance from the leaders. She gained steadily going up the hill under urging, but she was well spent when reaching the last eighth and tired. Mix-lp. another that was expected to cut considerable figure in the" result, raced disappointingly. This daughter of Man o War also met interference at the first turn from which she never recovered. In addition to the purse, a handsome silver plate, donated by Major T. C. McDowell, went to the winner. The Hotel Lafayette Handicap, which Served as a secondary feature, brought to the post a high class band, with Boot to Boot and Beneficent coupled as the Idle Hour Farm entry, favored over the H. P. Headley pair, comprising Helens Babe and Almadel. Tile race developed a sensational finish, with Helens Babe triumphant by a matter of inches over Boot to Boot. The latter was probably the best, but had to suffer a loss of ground when forced to race wide on account of not finding rating room next the inner rail approaching the stretch. DUl RAI«; CONDITIONS. Ideal weather for outdoor sport, and a perfect racing strip, contributed to make the sport this afternoon all that could be desired, and attracted to the course another generous patronage that included many visitors from Louisville and Cincinnati. The white and black colors of Major T. C. McDowell were carried to victory by Heed in a close finish, with Jealous in the opening race, which brought out a field of nine to race over the Futurity Course. After disposing of Jane «.. the pacemaker. Heed hung on under L. McDermotts good riding and outstayed Jealous by half a length. The latter outstayed the tiring Jane C by two lengths for second place. The unplaced ones were well strung out at the finish. Hy Schneider, from the Applegate and Van Continued on twentieth page. MARY JANEJICTRESS Continued from first page Dusen Stable and ridden by F. Chiavetta, raced to an easy victory over Chatson, Tchad-flyer and five other maiden two-year-old colts and geldings in the second race. The winner was a pronounced choice and his fine speed permitted him to race in advance of his opponents all the way. After the first eighth he was far in front and reached the finish with six lengths to spare over Chatson and with Chiavetta restraining him. Chatson, after dropping back soon after the start, came with improved speed when approaching the turn and while he got up in time to outstay the others, he did not menace the winner. Tchad flyer ran a good race. Firebug, a starter here, sacrificed his chances by running out badly at the turn. Dingo, which accounted for a purse on the opening day of the meeting, took down another for F. P. Wilson, when he defeated a small band of platers in the third race. This was over the one mile and an eighth distance, with Dingo racing in front the entire way I under D. Connellys well judged ride. He won from Stars and Stripes, which was closest in pursuit of the victor throughout, while Stars and Stripes led Black Grackle by a length. The latter moved up fast at the last turn and finished fast. Chittagong ran disappointingly under C. Churchmans weak ride. He was taken back to last place and was led into several bad pockets during the running. Another to register for the second time during the meeting was W. T. Hupps Bobby, which ran back to her previous fine race to defeat Pani Roma and nine others brought together under claiming conditions and over the Futurity Course in the fourth race. J. Ryan hustled the winner away and. racing in her best form, she was always in front of her company much to the complete satisfaction of many supporters, who installed her an odds-on choice. It required rather hard driving to keep her clear of Pani Roma in the last eighth and the finish found her with a short half length to spare. Pani Roma displayed most speed in the chase, after the winner and her game finish was slowly taking her to the front. Coming with a big rush in the last quarter of a mile. Macks Baby raced into third place, with Choice in fourth position. J. Lowenstein and T. P. Hayes, whose horses are at Churchill Downs, came over this morning and remained for todays racing. Jockey Alfred Johnson, under contract to the Idle Hour Stock Farm Stable of E. R. Bradley, made his 1927 Kentucky debut astride Boot to Boot in the Hotel Lafayette Handicap this afternoon.