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AVANT WOODBINE SURPRISE EN arber Stable Representative Wins Bend Or Plate. pleasant Weather Brings Out Big: Crowd at v Toronto Racing; Lacks Feature But Thrills Fans. r TORONTO. Ont., May 23. While there was no outstanding attraction down for decision at Woodbine Tuesday, it was a splendid program of sport racing secretary J. B. Campbell provided, with platers furnishing the contention in each of the events. The continuance of pleasant weather saw another good throng on hand, and it was racing deserving of the patronage. The second division of the Bend Or Plate furnished an upset when the lightly regarded En Avant, from the Harber Stable, reached the end of the three-quarters of a mile a neck in advance of F. Serembas Anne L. H. A. Coulsons Dr. Syntax, after leaving the barrier tardily, closed an immense gap to take the show award from the public choice, Lullaby II. After a delay of more than ten minutes, the field was sent away, with Comman and the favorite, Lullaby II., having the most speed and racing heads apart well clear of the others. Midway on the far turn the fast pace took its toll, and Common dropped back, and the Harber stable filly moved up. After a brief rush with Lullaby II., En Avant went into the lead, and Anne L. was her closest attendant. In a drive through the last furlong, En Avant held to her task in resolute fashion and lasted to hold safe the challenge of the Seremba representative. Dr. Syntax began to catch his opponents turning out of the back stretch and, circling around on the outside in the stretch, got up in the final strides to take his share of the purse from Lullaby II. En Avant was so lightly regarded in the pre-race calculations that she returned the substantial mutuel of 25.95. Lady Hockberger, brought here from Kentucky, had an easy time of it in the opening offering. This engaged six two-year-olds over the four and one-half furlongs distance. The J. O. Burttschell filly reached the finish well in advance of George M. Hendries Patch Pocket. B. A. Langmuirs Chrysmute landed third well clear of Gift Roman from the Fairfields Stable. Pat Remillard hustled the Chilhowee miss into the lead in the opening sixteenth, drew away after rounding the turn and was, home without receiving a threatening challenge. Patch Pocket, making his debut to racing, came to the outside in the stretch, responded gamely to a hand ride and wore down Chrysmute inside the closing seventy yards to gain his part of the award. Gift Roman was under pressure from the beginning, but was never in a position to menace the leaders. T. Donleys Mild, ridden by J. Pollard I triumphed in the Bend Or Plate, a claiming affair that engaged nine useful platers. Hastings Stable supplied the one to be second in Devout and Bylona was third over Indian Message. Mild, lacked speed during the early stages arid leaving the back stretch was back in the ruck. Altsheb and Captains Girl had displayed the most speed through the back stretch but were through before the quarter post was reached. As the early pacemakers faltered, Remillard came through on the inside with Devout and moved into the command. Meanwhile Pollard had threaded his way into the contention and moved into third place. Devout held to her lead until inside the final sixteenth where Mild came with her winning rush to draw clear as the finishing line was passed. Bylona had been in the thick of the fight all the way but was a neck back of the Hastings stable filly. Indian Message, the Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark entry, loomed Up as a possibility in the stretch while on the outside but was unable to improve her position to any extent in the drive. The Hopeful Steeplechase, at two miles, fashioned for maiden jumpers and winners of one race, was the third offering of the day. L. H. Drennan again furnished the winner when Eric the Red scored easily over Hamptonian, the Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark standard bearer. Paramour, a stablemate of Hamptonian, after leading the field for the first turn of the field, went down at the tenth obstacle. J. W. MacNamaras Lead-gold was third. Eddie Ball kept the Drennan jumper under stout reserve the first time around. Eric the Red when called upon on the flat after taking the eighth fence, moved up and was in front after the ninth fence. Once in the lead, Ball rated Eric the Red cleverly and was not unduly endangered by the challenge that Hamptonian offered leaving the back field the last time. The race was strictly between the first two after the tenth fence, the others being beaten off. Another fatality occurred in the Hopeful when Mrs. Clark lost Paramour. The latter broke her back in the fall at the tenth fence and had to be destroyed. Paramour was injured in much the same way as Blue Arab, which had to be destroyed after a fall in Mondays chase. Old Mr. Gaiety, with his nine years resting lightly upon him, had little trouble in the. Falmouth Plate, winning easily from Lindsay, Shorelint and four other Canadian-breds. Ridden by the veteran Terry Wilson, Mr. Gaiety moved up on the outside in the run down the back stretch and went to the front near the far turn. Pepper Prince, which had set the early pace, was second, but began tiring after being passed by the For Fair gelding. Once in the van, Mr. Gaiety opened up daylight on his opposition and, straightening out in the stretch, Lindsay was placed under punishment in an effort to catch the leader. Lindsay made a valiant effort, but was unequal to the task and barely lasted to earn second place from the fast finishing Shorelint. Pepper Prince and Fess, which had displayed speed in the early part of the running, dropped back badly and finished in. the ruck.