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] ] , ; , ® MAIBEN HERO OF ILLINOIS OAKS , • Pilots W. S. Kilmers Suntica to Nose ! Victory Over Late Date -+ Jockeys Skill Main Factor in Victory — I Say Finishes Third in Washington P ark Feature — Portco-dine Disqualified in Third Race * HOMEWOOD, 111., June 4. — Jockey Johnny Maiben, hero of hundreds of turf battles 3 during his long service on the turf, put up one of the greatest rides of his career at t Washington Park this afternoon to get Willis Sharpe Kilmers Suntica home winner of f the 0,000 Illinois Oaks, which featured the days racing. Using his whip to good j advantage and holding his mount together nicely, Maiben had Suntica home a nose in 1 advance advance or of the tne Audley Auaiey Farms rarms Late i_.ate Date, uaie, ; an an outsider, outsiaer, while wnne the tne Chicago-owned unicago-ownea I l Say Say j ; an an outsider, outsiaer, while wnne the tne Chicago-owned unicago-ownea I l Say Say j ® 3 finished third, and J. W. Parrishs Depression . was fourth. The race was run over a good track, and the time was 1:53%. Suntica - earned ,480 by her victory. Evening, which has been feeling none too well since ; her arrival here and which struck a fence j while running away this morning, was a i late withdrawal from the Oaks, as were j Princess Camelia and Princess Ivre, the » Marsch pair. As a result of the withdrawals, . the field was reduced to four, with i Suntica favored and I Say the second choice. :. They got off to a good start and on the B first turn I Say showed the way, with Suntica close up under restraint. Going down i the back stretch I Say still led, but Suntica i was at her flank and Late Date, showing y improvement, not far back. Depression was s being outrun. Leaving the back stretch i Maiben sent Suntica to the front and when i I Say began to tire on the stretch turn, Late ; Date moved into second place. It became a two-horse race after they had entered the o stretch and when Late Date moved up on a even terms with Suntica an eighth out, the e battle was on. Late Date, inclined to swerve, «t bumped Suntica repeatedly in the last t eighth and at one stage got her head in a front, but the old master Maiben, putting 5 ! up a marvelous ride, literally lifted his s mount across the line to a nose victory. Although many in the audience voiced i their objection to the placing in no uncertain . terms, evidently believing that Late e . Date had won, it was obvious to those on a a line with the finish that Suntica had gotten a the verdict. The finish was very close, but t Sunticas nose certainly showed in front t at the end. A big crowd was out to witness the running of the Oaks and the other good races s ! on the program and was favored with fine e ! weather. The track was slow to begin the e afternoon, but improved as the day wore e on and was in good condition for the later r 1 races. I The day started off with a surprise when n Gift of Roses, an outsider, won the first t race and paid 29.12. The winner met with d some early interference, but got through d - an opening to take a good lead approaching g the stretch turn and was never in trouble e J thereafter. Mannerism raced to second j place and Renewed, one of the favorites, 3 _ t Continued on twenty-first page. MAIBEN HERO OF ILLINOIS OAKS Continued from, first page. was third. Major Lanphier was also well backed, but lost all chance when he was off poorly. It was the first win for Gift of Roses, a three-year-old filly by Sand Mole. C. C. Van Meters good two-year-old Red Whisk scored a popular victory when he won the second race from a large band of two-year-olds. The winner, heavily backed, was close to the pace set by Le Bruyere, an outsider, at all times and proved better than the latter colt when it came to a drive in the stretch. Metaurus took third money by besting Lerack. The race was at five furlongs and it was the second success of the meeting for Red Whisk, which was ridden by jockey H. Fisher. Bronx Park, a recent arrival from Belmont Park, had many supporters, but dropped out of it after meeting with some early interference and racing a trifle wide in the stretch. The first disqualification of the meeting came when Portcodine, long shot winner of the third race, was set back for interfering wich Black Comet, the favorite, and the well backed Stock Market, after entering the stretch. Portcodine, running strongly from the start, took command in the final eighth but in doing so hampered the chance of the aforesaid pair. He came on to win by a half length from Portmanteau, but after the disqualification, Portmanteau was declared the winner, Grand Prince was placed second and Black Comet third. Midway in the stretch Portcodine took command and Portmanteau moved up on the extreme outside. Portcodine bested Portmanteau in the driving finish. Jockey Toney Salazar, who has been penalized for rough riding many times in the past, was astride Portcodine and was suspended for ten days. Dis Dat, showing improvement over his last effort, was a handy winner in the fourth race, which brought out eight three-year-olds at one mile. After Blackstrap had wrested the lead from Va Carriendo in the early stages and gained a considerable advantage, Dis Dat came strongly to take command in the last eighth and win by a length. Blackstrap was an easy second and Durango finished third. Jockey J. Neel was on the winner and rode one of his good races. A heavy last-minute play developed for High Proof, but the colt performed poorly and was some distance back of the leaders all the way. Dis Dat was the favorite.