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SUN MONK BIG SURPRISE Defeats Red Wagon in Graded Handicap at Havre de Grace. Vanderbilt Silks Score Another Double Cherry Stone and Gum Win Their Respective Races. HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., April 16 Sun Monk, racing for H. Massey and showing a vast improvement over recent efforts, was an easy winner of the best offering of the Harford Association this afternoon. The result was a surprise when he caught A. C. Comptons Red Wagon, which had campaigned in California during the winter, and Mrs. C. Cranes Ladfield was a close third. The winner paid 33.90, and it was a price in keeping with what he had shown in recent efforts. The racing brought two more successes to the Vanderbilt silks when Cherry Stone took a juvenile race with her stable-mate, Parva Stella, racing third, while Gum, a candidate for the Chesapeake and the Kentucky Derby, graduated from the maiden class. The coldest April 16 in eight years prevailed giving one an idea of weather conditions for the sport. There were occasional light flurries of snow during- the day and a biting wind blew over the course that kept the attendance down to shivering regulars, who are always faithful. This condition, naturally, resulted in light speculation and for the first two days of the Maryland season there has been much to be desired. The victory of Sun Monk came in a Grade B Handicap over the six furlongs distance. Red Wagon, the homely son of Canter, as had been expected, was the one to set the pace. Beginning fast, he at once opened up a good lead on his opponents, and Kurt-singer took him in hand as he was showing the way. Ladfield raced second and then came Steelhead, a Vanderbilt starter, on which the apprentice G. Wilker was riding his first race. At that stage of the running Sun Monk was last of the seven, but the field was well bunched, and it did not mean much of a handicap. MOVES UP STEADILY. Ladfield held resolutely to second place back of Red Wagon, but Steelhead soon tired, and he dropped back until from a contending position he was last of them all. At the same time Sun Monk began to move up steadily on the outside, and before the stretch was reached it was apparent he would be at least a keen contender. Turning for home Ladfield was still a length and a half to the good, but a furlong out Kurt-singer was forced to go to a drive, and it was there that Sun Monk moved into third place, while Ladfield was doing his best and unable to run Red Wagon down. In the last furlong it was no trick for Sun Monk to race past the pair and he crossed the line the winner by two lengths and with plenty in reserve. Red Wagon only saved second place from Ladfield by a head, and the son of Ladkin was three lengths before Night Sprite, which had shown late speed. The Vanderbilt luck was in good working order for the opening four and a half furlongs dash for juveniles when Cherry Stone was winner by a short nose over Grand Slam, from the Bomar Stable. Luck played an important part, for as the race was run Grand Slam was pounds better than the ! winner. Well back of the leading pair Parva Stella, also from the Vanderbilt stable, took third from Hiatus. Grand Slam caused a long delay at the post and as the field left he was last, and Bryson was pulling him up all through the early stages to prevent his jumping on the heels of the field. Cherry Stone, on the other hand, left the post running, and Bejshak saved ground with him all the way. He was under a slight restraint as he showed the way with Lookabout racing alongside, and Hiatus and Parva Stella following closely. Cherry Stone had put Lookabout away Continued on eighteenth page. SUN MONK BIG SURPRISE Continued from first page. when the stretch was reached and then for an instant Parva Stella showed in second place and Hiatus was third. Grand Slam had moved up rapidly cn the outside and after closing a big gap was in fourth place, but still two lengths back of Hiatus. Then in that final furlong he came with a mighty rush and Cherry Stone was out to the last ounce to win by a nose. Parva Stella was two lengths back of the Bomar Stable colt to take third. This Grand Slam is an eligible for the Aberdeen to be run next week, and his stock went up a bit by this running. A Vanderbilt double was recorded when Gum, an eligible for both the Chesapeake and the Kentucky Derby, led home a band of three-year-old maidens in a six furlongs dash. He won rather easily and was worked out the full mile in 1:41 but was disposed to loaf after the real contest was over. It also gave Bejshak a riding double. In this dash Capt. P. M. "Walkers Paradun raced to second place, and J. V. Stewarts Flight of Gold just beat- Indelible, a stablemate of the winner, for the third award. From a good start Indelible was rushed into the lead by Fallon, and he was followed by Flight of Gold and Paradun, with Fan leading the others. Gum was in a good position, but racing along on the rail with little chance to come through in the early stages of the running. When an opening offered, Gum moved through, and as Indelible was still showing the way, the Vanderbilt silks were first and second. Paradun was hanging on well and lapped on the stablemate as the head of the stretch was reached. Then, when straightened for the run home, Bejshak shook up Gum, and he drew out to be winner by two lengths. Paradun hung on well to take second place, and when Indelible tired, Flight of Gold beat him a head for While being exercised at Pimlico Tuesday morning, Red John, owned by A. Hullcoat, wheeled and threw jockey C. McTague after completing a six furlongs workout. McTague was stunned after being thrown, but soon recovered.