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IMPRESSIVE VICTORY * Jock Carries 126 Pounds and Wins One Mile Handicap. * Gallops Distance in 1:38% Over Dull Track at Churchill Downs to Defeat Flat Iron. ♦ LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 21.— Edward B. McLeans good colt Jock gave further evidence that he is at the top of the handicap division by carrying 126 pounds, conceding weight to all his opponents, and scoring an easy victory in the one mile Hotel Watkins Handicap, serving as the feature race. He ran the part straightaway mile in 1 :38% over a dull course. Flat Iron finished in second place and Rolled Stocking third, with Handy Mandy and Genial Host following. Only five started and the son of Colin — Kathleen ruled an overwhelming favorite. At no stage of the racing did he give his backers much anxiety, for he moved promptly into the lead and, racing under restraint, held Rolled Stocking safe for seven-eighths, and when Flat Iron challenged easily outran him to the finish, Ambrose continuing to keep him under restraint. Flat Iron made his bid in the last eighth and it availed to an extent that he got up to beat out Rolled Stocking by a small margin for second place. He continued on for an additional quarter, in anticipation of his start in the Grainger Memorial Handicap next Saturday, a fixture he won last year, when he beat home Boot to Boot after a gruelling drive. ANOTHER BIG CROWD. Another immense attendance, which included many of the Derby visitors, were at Churchill Downs during the afternoon to witness some excellent sport. The racing was over a dull track, which was rapidly improving. Cloudy weather continued. The betting was sharp and good prices ruled because of the diversified play for all the starters. H. P. Headley furnished the winner of the opening race in Big Chief, grouped in the mutuel field with five others. He came from far back to beat Old Fellow, another that began sluggishly, by a head, with Malcolm in third place. The race was marred by a poor start, which found Sesqui held tightly by the barrier until the others, with the exception of Fuss and Feathers, were well on their way. Thats It, from the Three Ds Stock Farm Stable, gave convincing evidence of exceptional quality when she raced the five-eighths of the second race in 1 :00% to score an easy victory over a dozen other maiden youngsters of her sex. She won by eight lengths from Lady Broadcast, with Nevertell in third place. J. R. Kelly sent the winner to the front with a rush in the first eighth and, although racing a trifle wide, she steadily added to her advantage. The stretch racing found Lady Broadcast gradually drawing away from the others in her vain but game effort to reach the leader. HOWARD LEE LUCKY. There was a lucky victory for Howard Lee over Susan Rebecca and others in the third race. The former managed to get home just a head in advance of the latter, which he forced back sharply an eighth out and there was no doubting that F. Chiavettas handling of the winner cost Susan Rebecca the race. Howard Lee, after having been the pacemaker almost from the start, was allowed to swerve in the stretch and, catching Susan Rebecca moving up on the inside, crowded her back. When taken to the outside in the later running, Susan Rebecca gained with fine speed and just failed to get up. They were followed by Miles Prior. Maidens Choice, a winner of his previous race at long odds, came back to again upset public calculations by winning the Dawson Springs Purse, the fourth race. He was aided at the start, where he managed to get away in full stride, and won by five lengths from Relline, the favorite. The Choctaw was third. Relline made a futile endeavor to reach the leader in the first three lengths and after the winner forced him wide on the stretch turn, he tired, yet was not seriously menaced for second place. Ragus ruined her chances by making an extremely wide turn entering the stretch and the poor riding accorded Thundercall was largely responsible for his failure to obtain a contending position at any time.