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FASTEST MILE OF MEETING Stocks Earns Close Decision Over Don Guzman at Salem. Victor Runs Eight Furlongs in 1:37 to Win by Nose Usual Week-Day Crowd Attends. SALEM, N. H., May 28. In the fastest mile race of the meeting, the Ascot Stables Stocks earned a narrow verdict over Don Guzman, from the string of C. W. Muller, South American sportsman. Well back of the two leaders, Percy Pikes Polydorus was third. This was in the American Claiming Handicap, stellar attraction on Tuesdays program here. Nine paraded in the feature, each entered with a valuation of ,000. Stocks ran the eight furlongs in 1:374 and scored by a nose. After a two-minute post delay, the field was sent on its way. Gentle Knight, winner of his two previous races at the meeting, lost little time in getting to the front and before the turn into the back stretch was reached was well clear of his nearest pursuer. Don Guzman was under restraint, following closest to the leader. Polydorus, also in hand, was permitted to drop back after mal hig the first turn but was sent up fast on tne outside down the back stretch, soon raced into second place a short neck to the good of the Muller colorbearer. Meanwhile Seabo was reserving Stocks within striking distance, and. when going around the far turn, began to move up. Gentle Knight showed signs of tiring midway on the turn. Rodriguez on Don Guzman soon raced into the lead. Seabo timed his move at the same time and started to move up with the Ascot Stables four-year-old. Throughout the final three-sixteenths, it was a ding dong battle, with the scantiest of margins separating the, two leaders at the finish. Polydorus had dropped back before reaching the stretch, but at the sting of the whip moved up again, though never in a position to menace the first two. Gentle Knight, after his pacemaking, tired badly and landed in fifth place. Hows Chances, after being pinched back at the start, trailed his opponents throughout. The racing was enjoyed by a crowd of usual mid-week standards. The weather was sultry and threatening throughout the afternoon, which augurs toward a rainy day for the big event to be decided here Thursday. Sandy Mack, a disappointing choice in his last three trips to the post, finally made good and deserted the maiden ranks in accounting for the five furlongs of the initial offering framed for non-winners from the juvenile brigade. The Prince of Wales youngster achieved his success in decisive fashion, cutting out practically all the running and always was Continued on thii ty-second page. FASTEST MILE OF MEETING Continued from first page. master of the situation, reaching the close with a length and a half to spare. Browbeaten, a Cudgel miss from the Greentree Stable, reached the finish in second place after having been a prominent factor for the entire running. Tugboat Frank turned in a powerful effort, coming from last place in the closing quarter mile to run down Seabiscuit for third.- Seabiscuit, a tardy beginner, benefited by a great saving of ground in the stretch, closed an immense gap in the running and was beaten only in the last strides for the show award. Jamboree, a High Time colt from the Greentree Stable introduced to racing last Saturday, finishing second to Zowie, registered his first victory by leading home the favorite Swashbuckler, Armful and seven other jnaiden juveniles in the second, another dash at five furlongs. Swashbuckler, which came up one of the hottest paddock tips of the meeting, was backed into almost even money favoritism. The Canter colt flattered his armful of followers by quickly opening up a margin of a- couple of lengths over his closest rival, the Greentree colt. Straightened out for the run to the finish, Robertson sent Jamboree after the leader, cutting down his advantage with every stride. The High Time trick, seventy yards out, was on even terms, and by the time the finish was reached had increased his lead to half a length. It was strictly a two-horse affair, with Armful landing third half a dozen lengths back of the leading pair. Merovech, racing right back to his recent good third, was returned a driving winner of the five furlongs of the third offering, engaging a field of eleven platers. Finishing in second place after having been up with the pace from the outset, the public choice, Great Lover, saved his share of the prize easily from Stepbrother. The latter was lucky in gaining racing room on the inside when staging a rush through the stretch that carried him into third place. Apprentice J. Deering was entrusted with the handling of the Pharamond II. gelding, I reserving him within striking distance of the pace and making his effort when reaching the stretch. Merovech quickly raced to the front and, continuing in courageous fashion, held Great Lover safe through the final furlong. Ted Husing, making his second start of the year, raced to a, front-running victory in the fourth. A length back of the J. H. Louchheim representative at the finish, Blackmail, racing for C. V. Whitney, was second. Witan, performing for R. Robertson, was third. Ted Husing contributed to the four-minute post delay, but when the start came the Stimulus gelding led the other three-year-olds out of the stalls. Once showing the way, Malley permitted Ted Husing to open up a length advantage, then took him in hand. Pocket, American Emblem and Blackmail, heads apart, were chasing after the leader. Ted Husing continued with undiminished stride and at no stage of the race was he ever forced to stave off a threat. Atmosphere accounted for the sixth race. The score was easy for the Wildair gelding when Cabouse suffered sharp interference when moving up on the inside approaching the far turn, thereby practically being eliminated. Atmosphere was up with the leaders, and after indulging Luck In with the lead for almost a half mile, took command and was always able to show the way for the remainder of the journey. Pass was the one that raced into second place, and Adamite, another that was close up throughout, was third. The veteran Lou Morris signalized his return to the saddle by guiding Stare homein advance of the maidens that met in the seventh. Befitting, the well-backed choice, raced into second place before the outsider, West Star. It was the first mount in fourteen months for the veteran rider, who rode to fame many years ago on such well known performers as Irish Kiss, Slippery Elm and many others. Morris was for many years connected with the stable of R. A. "Bob" Smith. Jockey Silvio Coucci is scheduled to come up from New York to ride Plat Eye in the 0,000 Decoration Day Handicap. Merrit Buxton was among Tuesdays arrivals.