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DOWNS TRACK IMPROVED] f , Good Racing Wednesday As Result of Fast Drying Out Course. ♦ Likewise Scores in Decisive Fashion — Dr. Freeland Victorious — Bobsled Outgames Gyro in Hard Drive. « I ♦ t LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 3.— Although the £ weather remained damp and cool an improv-ed track prevailed for todays racing at r Churchill Downs and the attractive and j diversified program offered, furnished much keen sport for the largest crowd of the week. For the opening two of the eight t races, the track was a trifle away from its t best, but yielding to the efforts of the track t crew, it was fast for the third and subse- . quent contests. In addition to the regular programmed racing, patrons saw Sarada, one of the leading Kentucky Derby candidates, in his final distance trial for Saturdays £ a big event. He was on the track between the third and fourth races and made a very j fine impression. T The Pewee Valley Purse, or fourth race, and first of three features brought out a limit field of two-year-olds, a number highly j regarded and resulted in a victory for Wil- liam E. Smiths flashy Likewise, which was coupled in the betting with Angon Bridge, also owned by Mr. Smith. Likewise won in most decisive fashion with Col. E. R. Brad-leys Bakers Dozen second and J. W. Par- rishs New Deal third. The youngsters met , over four and a half furlongs, the winner , covering the distance in :54. s Five of the better grade platers hooked j up at seven-eighths in the fifth race and j Dr. Freeland, Mrs. A. M. Creechs seven-year- , old, emerged the winner. Taking the lead i after a quarter, he won thereafter, while | North Mill and Cresta Run were second and | third throughout the closing three-eighths. . In the stretch the winner, given a hustling j ride by M. Parke, pulled away and his winning margin of four lengths was one of the : most decisive of the day. North Mill was ; three lengths better than Cresta Run. Gaillardia and Impish completed the quintet, , but, aside from early speed exhibited by the former, were widely outmatched. Several Kentucky Derby eligibles that recently failed badly in attempts to qualify for that race, were among the six three-year-olds out for the mile and one-sixteenth South Louisville Claiming Purse, the sixth race, and the running resulted in a victory for Col. E. R. Bradleys Bobsled. He outgamed Gyro in a long hard drive, gaining the honors by a neck, while Gyro drove home two and one-half lengths before Edith A., Shep-berd Boy, the favorite, quit badly after showing speed for fi-e-eighths and Interpreter was through after a half mile. The latter two received rather serious consideration as Derby possibilities up to previous starts. Twelve older maidens were out for the first race, and the six and one-half furlongs contest resulted in a victory for Meteoric. He registered by the decisive margin of three lengths but had little left and probably could not have improved on his showing. Corbett placed the winner in front soon after the start and, clever rating aided the A. L. Ferguson three-year-old in coming through successfully. Mannerism, which dwelt or attempted to prop at the start, carried off second honors and, getting away better, might have been the winner. He was the favorite. He outstayed Foxland Hall by a half length, and Never Quit was fourth. Genteel Lady, sharing favoritism with Betty Wee, added another purse to the Dixiana earnings when she outgamed Paper Profits to take the four and one-half furlongs second race by a short length. This was for juvenile fillies, and Sallie Gray was best of the seven that followed the two leaders, Betty Wee, which was fourth, ruining her chances when she ran out at the Stretch turn. Overcoming light interference and withstanding a long, hard drive, the winner slowly wore down Paper Profits, which led the Dixiana miss by a length as they swung into the stretch. Closing fast, Sallie Gray got up for the minor honors in a close finish with the unlucky Betty Wee. Volta Maid, a member of the mutuel field, carried the colors of L. M. Severson to a well earned victory over a band of eleven others that started in the third race. Billy Jones was second, with Grand Prince third. After wresting the lead from Billy Jones, the Severson filly dropped back only to assume command in the stretch and led Billy Jones by slightly more than a length at the finish. Traitor, which received the most support, was never prominent. R. H. Anderr 1 and Dr. D. B. Knox came from Georgetown, Ky., for the afternoon. The formers Betty Wee was a starter in the second race. Warren Wright was expected at his Calumet Farm today and will be a visitor through the Derby period. Flying Dere, owned by J. C. Milam, continued on the ailing list and may be sent to Milams M -rrick Place Farm for a rest.