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CLOSE RACE AT CICERO ♦ Essential Outstays Very Well by Narrow Margin. » . . Young Bill and Bad Axe Earn Purses at Sportsmans Park — Track Remains Heavy. ♦ - CICERO, 111., May 10.— The Union Park Purse, fifth race on the card and bringing together five of the better grade platers, was won by Essential, racing in the silks of C. W. Moore. It was one of the most hotly contested races since the meeting opened and, after Barashkova tired after leading for five-eighths of a mile and dropped back, it was almost anyones race until the numbers were hung up. Essential, under a well judged ride by W. Carroll, was rated under strong restraint, while Barashkova and Very Well were having a duel for the lead entering the stretch turn. It was here that Barashkova tired from his pacemaking efforts and Very Well also dropped back. Essential, with a small margin of a head, took the lead half way down the stretch and Dr. Parrish, the even money choice in the race, made his bid. To the surprise of the onlookers. Very Well seemed to have taken a new lease on life and came with a rush and, passing Dr. Parrish, almost got her nose in front right it the end. While Dr. Parrish made a creditable effort, he has not seemed to regain his good winter form, when he won five races at New Orleans. Deemster suffered ill luck in the race when he stumbled twice and never recovered the lost ground. LARGE CROWD PRESENT. The weather, which started out so promising around noon, when the sun was shining brightly, finally turned out as has been its custom the past two weeks, to be a dull gloomy day. The track, which was drying out slightly on the surface, was in a heavy condition due to the rains of the last ten days. A surprisingly large crowd was on hand and the close finishes had them on their feet all afternoon. My Desire, under the colors of H. O. Simmons made a runaway affair of the second race, which brought together a band of older platers at five furlongs. Breaking in full stride, the Simmons filly was raced close to the rail on the turns, seamed to be at home in the going and maintaining her advantage to the second turn, won in a canter. Oh Yeah was in nearest pursuit of the flying winner but when he made several attempts to get up. he seemed to lack speed and could not better his position but took down the place award. The offending favorite, Theo. Rochester, showed a flash of early speed going to the first turn but raced poorly after that and failed to share in the purse. RESUBMISSION BEST. The first race, carded for maiden two-year-olds at four and one-half furlongs, was won by Resubmission, racing in the colors of Mrs. A. Hrdlicka. He had to be much the best to overcome the amount of territory he chose to cover when going almost to the outside fence while coming out of the first turn. Exercising good horsemanship, jockey R. Tilden managed to get the Infinite gelding straightened out in the back stretch, but he had to go around all the others to be home the winner, which he was by a length and a half, but was tiring rapidly. Gale Way found himself presented with a lead of five lengths when the leaders went wide at the first turn, but he soon tired and failed to obtain a portion of the purse. Nawab showed for a brief period in front, but seemed to labor in the going ar2 just managed to last for the minor awa."J. Ed McCuan scored his second victory of the meeting when his useful Bad Axe was a driving and tiring winner of the third race. Given a hustling ride by Dent Smith, the McCuan colorbearer raced into a handy lead on the first turn and, under a hustling ride he could not increase his margin, and when entering the stretch it was apparent he was tiring badly. Swerving out from the rail and causing One Long Hop to go wide, Bad Axe just managed to retain his narrow margin as Tennywood, which had squeezed through on the rail while the leaders were starting their wide run, was coming fast and finished strongest of all. One Long Hop, the public choice in the race, made a valiant effort to catch up with the tiring winner, but it seemed he also tired from his early efforts trying to get up and barely lasted for the minor award. The fourth race, a dash of five furlongs, Continued on twenty-third page.. CLOSE RACE AT CICERO Continued from first page. brought together about as bad a bunch of post actors as are at the track. After a delay of eight minutes, caused by the fractious-ness of Jargon, the field got away to a fairly good start, and Young Bill, from the stable of J. Carter, was a cantering winner. Betty Browning essayed to force the pace and raced head and head with the winner, but the Noel gelding was the stronger and, showing a pronounced liking for the heavy going, he was merely cantering at the finish. Jargon, racing from outside the stalls and last on the back stretch, came with a rush and, passing the field on the outside on the last turn, found a narrow opening on the rail and came with a lightning rush to get the place award. Jaz Age was honored with the post of favoritism on his reputation as a sprinter, but he gave a poor performance and, racing far back of the leaders, made no effort to get up and may need the race. A change in riders from A. Yerrat to E. T. Moore seemed to greatly benefit Bettina H. when she was an easy winner of the sixth race. Moore took the A. J. Bellew filly back off the early pace, while Concisus and Pent House were staging a duel for leadership on the back stretch and when these two tired, the daughter of Nocturnal had things all to herself and came on to be winner by four lengths. Concisus managed to last for the place award and Pent House tired so badly from his pace making efforts that he did not share in the purse.