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CLOTHO LOWERS TRACK MARK Gallops Mile and a Sixteenth in 1:44 at Hamilton. Civic Holiday Handicap Witnessed by Largest Crowd of Meeting Ideal Weather Prevails. HAMILTON, Ont., Aug. 7. The famous Eton blue and brown silks of C. V. Whitney were seen in their first major victory since arriving in the Dominion when Clotho, the good son of St. Germans Mrs. Trubbel, took the measure of five other good performers to account for the Civic Holiday Handicap that served as the special attraction for a huge gathering at the course of the Hamilton Jockey Club. Clotho, under the clever riding of G. Rose, clipped three-fifths of a second from the track record for the distance when he sped over the route in the fast time of 1:44, reducing the old mark of 1:444,6. Hacing at the throat-latch of the swift running Spey Crest to force the pace, the C. V. Whitney four-year-old reached the finish to beat Flyat, from the W. I. Newmarch stable, in a fighting finish by a length. Third was accounted for by Khorasan, the top-weight and there was some excuse for the defeat of the Mrs. J. Badame star, as C. McTague rode him with rather poor judgment, but he was still good enough to be third before Spey Crest, Espinetta and Syndic, which completed the small but select field of six. While Clotho and Spey Crest were going along stride for stride as they set the pace, McTague on Khorasan had his mount well in his stride and full of run and as the back stretch was reached Khorasan moved into third place on his own courage. Not content with this McTague allowed his mount to drop well out of contention- on the turn and before he could get going again he was supplanted by Flyat. In the meantime Clotho had done away with Spey Crest and holding to his task in resolute fashion, gamely resisted the persistent Flyat as they flashed past the line leading the choice, Khorasan, by two and one-half lengths. Ideal weather conditions and a fast track resulted in some of the best racing provided at Hamilton this season. A crowd considerably bigger than that of Dominion Day, squeezed into every available space at the course and enthusiasm reached its peak when the field paraded for the feature event. Twelve sprinters from the cheaper class home-breds were engaged in the opening dash, at six and one-half furlongs. Circulet, from the J. H. Black stable, raced to a front-running victory under his 123 pounds. Bidden by G. Riley and neglected in the speculation, Circulet dominated the running under nice handling and, holding to his task in game fashion when forced to a severe drive during the final stages of the journey, reached the finish in advance of C. S. Mitchells Sabana. Third was earned by Kings Bounty of the W. H. Wright stable in a nose decision with Rockroma of the G. H. Ellis barn. At the end the first two were separated by a neck, while Kings Bounty was three lengths away as he saved third. Juveniles of the best grade were matched in the second that was styled the Kensington Plate, which was the first time juveniles were required to race over the increased distance. This brought out a field of eight and the winner -turned up in J. O. Burtt-schells Merely, a well-backed choice. He was good enough to lead every step of the journey to score his triumph in a thrilling drive. Chasing the winner home after suffering much interference when bumped by Kieva all during the stretch drive, came X C. 1 Milams Speed Girl, while Kieva, in a close finish with Beau Kilrane, managed to earn the short end of the spoils. The first three to complete the journey were dominating factors over the others, although right at the end Beau Kilrane was racing much the strongest as he lost third honors by a nose, with the first two separated by a head. Jockey J. Paradise was questioned about his rough riding following the finish, but no word was given out whether any action was taken. Ten sprinters of good grade raced six and one-half furlongs in the third event. In this another upset occurred when Golden Spur, from W. F. Morrisseys stable, scored over . Georgia Lily, Song Hit and the seven others under silks. Neglected in the wagering, but having enough speed to race along in the first flight while Georgia Lily and Indicative furnished a fast pace, the winner, nicely rated by F. Mann, let; the first two fight it out. Luckily securing racing room on the inside of Georgia Lily, Golden Spur managed to race past the J. E. Smallman miss inside the last eighth and at the end had a length " to spare. Song Hit took third for Mrs. J. Mandonia as he lost second place honors by a half length and then followed Crackle to take the measure of. the disappointing Indicative and the others. A. J. Halliwells veteran distance per-, former, Black Diamond, scored his second success of the meeting when he took a lowly band into camp to account for the fourth race. In this the Halliwell gelding met contention from eight others, of which The Tout, racing for T. L. Evans, took second place from G. R. Allens Piecemeal. Black Diamond had the most speed and from a moving start T. Vercher permitted his mount to move clear when weU settled on the back stretch. Steadying the son of Black Toney along for the final part of the journey, the winner gamely held to his task to reach the end with a length and one-half to spare. The Tout was never in jeopardy of being supplanted for second and saved that part of the spoils by two lengths as he led Piecemeal and Try It.