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FOUR FOR WIDENER Philadelphias Colors Dominate Racing at Havre de Grace. -- Gerard Repeats Recent Victory After St. Prisca, Finita, Torrential Win. HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., April 22. The. George D. Widener Stable had a great day at-Havre de Grace this afternoon when the. Philadelphian sent four winners to the post. Three of them score,d in a row when Torrential, St. Prisca and Finita finished in front of their fields in the running of the second, third and fourth races. Gerard then came back to win the sixth race and J. Eaby rode all four of them. Jack Joyner evidently had received some flattering reports from his assistant trainer W. F. Mul-holland and he came down from Erdenheim Farm for the occasion. There is no hapijier man on the race course than this same Jack Joyner when his employers horses come down in front and he had plentw cf opportunity to burst forth in enthusiasm this afternoon. There was a fly in the ointment, however, for after St. Priscas victory, she found a new owner when the Branncastle Farm claimed her for ?7,500. St. Prisca was bred by Mr. Widener and is by his young stallion St. James. FIXITAS GOOD DACE. Finita showed a good performance in her 1 race. Stepping to the front when the break came and setting a fast pace, she was never headed. Eaby permitted her to step 1 right along from the break and she went i the first quarter in :23. She continued on to reach the half mile in :47 .and finished out the six furlongs in 1 :13 to beat Flos-sine by a length and a half. Panda was third, another head away. The latter began j rather slowly to finish in courageous 1 fashion. t Eaby rode a particularly well-judged ride on Gerard and it was his clever handling that was probably responsible for the geldings viqtory. In the early stages he took back and permitted Guide Right to go to the front, and Gerard was rated in behind him under slight restraint. Making the turn for home Gerard again took the lead and at the end had enough in reserve to. : stall off a determined challenge from Black Patricia only by a length. The first was an open claiming .race for two-year-olds. The conditions called for . a dash of four and a half furlongs, and it brought together a field.of fifteen. Abduction : and Amour were coupled, and they were made favorite. The former had shown good form in the mud when he won here a few days ago. There was some doubt as to whether he would perform as well over a fast track. Abduction won, but his victory was of a fluky nature. True, he made all of the pace, -but it took the. best that Coltiletti could put up to make him last long enough to beat -Miss Canopy by a head. JACK .TOYXEK OX IIAXD. Jack Joyner came down from Erdensheim this afternoon to take in the afternoons sport and, incidentally, to witness the running of the three-year-old maiden Torrential that he prepared at the. faVni this spring." Torrential, one of the fifteen maidens that made up the field in the second race, had shown some good trials and came in for smart support. J. Eaby had the mount and the Widener filly had No. 13 post vsi-. tion. When the start came she was away . fast and at the half mile post was out in front and carrying Little Imp along at a i rapid pace. The pair raced head and head s rounding the far turn, but entering the home i stretch Eaby shook Torrential up and she ! drew away to open up a lead of two lengths. I In the last sixteenth the leader faltered a I bit and at the finish was under a hard drive to stall off a challenge from Dun Ro to win by a scant length; Kai-Lo was third, beaten I .four lengths for second place. Like all events of this sort, there were several "good things." 5 Among them. Surgeon, a colt that had started ; a couple of times at Aqueduct last year, but I showed nothing. Rumor had it that this fellow had shown some good trials at Pimlico. He showed a flash of early speed in todays . race, but faded away after passing the half mile post and dropped completely out of it. The George D. Widener colors were again seen in front when St. Prisca came back after Torrentials winning effort to beat a band of sprinters in the third race. Eaby 1 had the mount on the Widener filly and she 1 went to the post favorite. In the early running Cloudy and Genuine went to the front and set a rapid pace. Eaby trailed the leaders with St. Prisca and not until rounding the far turn did he make an effort. When called on. St. Prisca responded, with a rush and moving up stoutly, passed Gen- iContinued on twenty-fourth page. FOUR FOR WIDENER Continued from, first page. uirie "as they made the turn for home. Equation, which had been rated under slight restraint, then made his bid. Carlisle had taken him to the outside, going unnecessai--ily wide. In the final furlong Equation made a determined effort and a sixteenth from home forced Eaby to shake the Wide-ner filly up to retain her advantage. A scant length separated the pair as they passed the winning mark. Montferrat. which began very slowly and saved ground entering the home stretch, finished next the inside rail. He was going the stoutest of the lot at the end and would have been second in another stride. Equation beat him but a head for the place. Cloudy faded away when the real issue came, as did Genuine.