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OFF-DAY AT CHURCHILL » Platers Monopolize Entire Program at Louisville Track. ♦ Don Manuel Wins Best Race — Riding of Oorbett Feature — Panther Rock Surprises. ♦ LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 17.— For the first time during the meeting platers had an entire program to themselves when the card offered here today gave the less fashionable an opportunity to provide the sport. Lack of a particular feature and inactivity of the better grade horses did not hold down the attendance, for a crowd appreciably larger than on any day during the current week, turned out. Ideal weather was a big factor in the large patronage and, with the track at its best, conditions were as near perfect as on any day during the season. Only one of the eight races was given over to two-year-olds and, while but five answered the bugle call, they furnished an interesting chapter of the afternoons sport. The race filled the feature or fourth notch on the card and the running resulted in a victory for Jack Howards confidently backed Don Manuel. He was ridden out to win by three lengths at the end of the five-eighths, where Pharamaid filled second place and Impel was in the van of the two others, namely Cherry Time and Quidam. Ridden by Charles Corbett, whose riding featured, the Howard gelding made every post a winning one. After reaching the stretch he drew away from Pharamaid and the others, but Corbett, taking no chances, rode the youngster out. Hamilton, the popular choice, was a decisive winner in the six and one-half fur-I longs race that opened the sport. He won from such as Proud Princess, Miss Mary Lou and five others and was not fully extended to score by more than two lengths. He set the pace after the first quarter, but performed in his best fashion and taking a wide and safe lead entering the stretch was in hand as he ran the final furlong. Proud Princess, which saved ground throughout, was some three lengths better than Miss Mary Lou, which tired badly after reaching the final eighth in second place, and Why-mask, which finished fourth, was never a serious threat. The third race, for older maidens and engaging twelve, also saw the winner much ! the best when Double Date, one of the choices, got home six lengths before her j nearest rival. She reached the lead on the I stretch turn, where she squeezed through between Shadowdawn and the rail and, coming away rapidly, was four lengths before the latter at the end of seven-eighths. In the final run, during which Shadow-dawn also bowed to Blondella, the winner added two lengths to her advantage, and this despite the fact that J. Westrope had her well in hand. Pony Up was fifth, a nose I behind Chauvenet, which tired badly after performing in promising fashion to the stretch. The longest-priced winner of the meeting broke through in the fourth, the third for lowly sprinters and over six and one-half furlongs, when Panther Rock, a maiden three-year-old son of Paicines, racing for the Young Brothers, bested Sis Agnes, Lutie Schuster and the five others. Odds of 28.90 for prevailed against the winner, the second of the day for jockey C. Corbett, who brought the gelding past the entire field and whipped him to victory by a length as Sis Agnes, which closed at 9 to 5, outfinished Lutie Schuster for the place award.