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: 8 | TRED AVON AND TOP ] | EIGHT IN SPECIAL| NEW YORK, N. Y., May 10.— Joseph E. Widener, president of the Westchester Park Racing Association, today arranged an extra attraction of great turf interest and importance for decision at Belmont Park on Decoration Day, May 30. It is a special race between C. V. Whitneys Top Flight and S. W. Labrtos Tred Avon, the leading race mares of the country and keen rivals for popularity particularly in New York and Maryland. They will carry 118 pounds each, and the distance will be one mile. The Westchester Racing Association will add a substantial purse, and C. V. Whitney will add a gold cup. Top Flight is now a four-year-old, a daughter of Dis Done — Flyatit, by Peter Pan and is Whitney-bred. Tred Avon is a five-year-old daughter of Sir Greysteel — La Muiron, by Durbar II., and was bred by the master of Holly Beach Farm, Maryland. She also scored in the Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park, Matron Handicap and Belmont Park, Clover Stakes at Aqueduct, Spin-away Stakes at Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Special. Her earnings in 1931 were 19,000. Last year Top Flight was undefeated in races exclusively for her sex. She scored five victories, all stakes, these being the Acorn Stakes, Coaching Club Oaks and Ladies Handicap at Belmont Park, the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Springs and the Arlington Oaks. In four other starts last season she finished unplaced behind colt rivals. . Although her career has not been as sensational as that of the Whitney miss, Tred Avon has been a remarkably consistent race mare. As a two-year-old she did not race. In 1931, 1932 and 1933 to date she started fifty-two times, and seldom has failed to finish in the money. She has won twenty races, finished second twelve times, third seven times and fourth five times. She finished worse than fourth only eight times. Her total earnings to date are 0,965. Tred Avons stake victories include the Arlington and Washington Handicaps. In the Washington she beat Equipoise and Mate in a head finish. Top Flight and Tred Avon met only once. They measured strides last year in the Delaware Handicap, and both suffered defeat, but Tred Avon led Top Flight to the finish. There were only four other starters in the one mile fixture at Saratoga Springs. Flagstone was the winner, with Morfair second, Tred Avon third and Top Flight last. Top Flight led the field for the first half mile and was eased up when she tired. She gave her filly rival four pounds and one year, carrying 120 pounds, against 113 pounds on Tred Avon. In the special race at Belmont Park the two race mares meet on virtually even weight terms. Top Flight giving Tred Avon but one pound on the scale.