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SPECTACULAR CONTEST Best Bid Defeats Beth Bon by Nose in Lake Ontario Purse. Mondays Racing: at Motor City Track Proves Disastrous for Followers of Favorites. DETROIT, Mich., May 25 Cloudy weather ushered in the first full week of the Detroit Racing Associations spring and summer season here this afternoon, but despite the unfavorable conditions a large crowd was on hand for the well balanced program, whici was topped by two features. Fillies and mares met at six furlongs for the Lake Ontario Purse, which served as the fifth race and the first of the dual attractions, and it resulted in another of the several thrilling finishes and an additional surprise when H. W. and W. J. Youngs Best Bid got up to beat the speedy Beth Bon by a nose. Spur Flower, coupled with Hi-Nelli as the J. Shirley Riley entry, was third, six lengths in the wake of Beth Bon and three lengths before Amy Cooper, which saved fourth from four others. There was a long delay before the start, and it was necessary to send Silver Tidings to the outside of the stalls before a start could be effected. Once aligned the field went away in splendid fashion, and although Hi-Nelli was the first to show, Beth Bon was rushed into the lead from her inside position. Silver Tidings was right with her, and the pair raced as a team to the far turn, where Beth Bon drew away. After establishing a big advantage, Beth Bon began to tire, and Best Bid, which was sent to the outside for the run through the stretch, steadily wore her down to beat her at the end. From the start, Spur Flower and Amy Cooper indulged in a merry tussle for minor honors, but Spur Flower proved the gamer and although failing to threaten the leaders she was much the best of the others. Fast Stride made up a little ground in the stretch, and Hi-Nelli was done after three furlongs. Beth Bon was a 19 to 10 choice, and the fifth straight favorite of the afternoon to meet defeat. WESTY JUNIOR AGAIN. H. C. Wolfes Westy Junior, winner of his last four starts and favored by the light impost of ninety-eight pounds, provided another surprise when he annexed the Royal Oak Handicap; the sixth event and second of the "Double" feature. Miney Myerson, under the Motor City Stable colors and a stablemate of the winner, was second, three parts of a length, back of the winner and a head before W. C. Stroubes heavily supported Croon, which enjoyed the same advantage over Indiantown. Grand Rock and Night Play pursued the leaders to the end of the six furlongs in the named order. Making every post a winning one and reaching the finish six lengths before Hearty, Star Cluster carried W. Bradleys colors to her initial victory and a surprise score in the introductory dash. Third went to Jay Bee Jay, with the well supported Little Wichita finishing fourth after holding third position for half a mile. Dan Lehan, who left his native Kentucky for the Motor City season, furnished a surprise winner of the second race, for which eleven three-year-old maidens were under colors when his home-bred Lord Dalton triumphed in easy fashion. Peloria was second and Photography third. MORRIS R. AUSPICIOUSLY. Morris R. made his 1936 debut in auspicious fashion when he furnished a surprise in winning the third race, at one mile and a sixteenth. Some Boy came from far back to take second honors, while Silent Don lasted to lead seven others to the end. After causing the long delay before the start, the winner, which raced for J. L. McKnight, began from outside of the stalls and. coming over sharply when wresting the lead from Silent Don, soon established a clear lead. Under the weak handling of A. Treptor, Silent Don swerved repeatedly, and Some Boy, which enjoyed favoritism raced down to beat him a neck for second! Black Flash, a strong second choice, finished fifth after showing little to merit her support. The most thrilling finish of the meeting and the only one that really required the camera eye to separate the leaders at the end of the six furlongs, was the fourth event, which went to W. A. Mikels lightly regarded Sarahmond. Chinese Empress was second, a nose back of the winner, and a head before All Devil, which enjoyed the same advantage over the tiring Albuquerque.