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GRANVILLE GRANVILLE BELMONT BELMONT STAKES STAKES WINNER WINNER Dogaway Dogaway Triumphs Triumphs in in Hawthorne Hawthorne Juvenile Juvenile Handicap Handicap flr V : I BREVITY OUT OF MONEY Mr. Bones Sets Pace and Finishes Second Hollyrood Third. National Stallion Stakes to Pompoon Crowd of 40,000, a Record for This Year. NEW YORK, N. Y., June 6. To the accompaniment of the hysterical cheers of some 40,000 people, one of the most sensational finishes in the long history of the famous old Belmont Stakes occured at Belmont this afternoon. At the end of that long-, gruelling mile and a half gallop W. Woodwards Granville and John Hay Whitneys Mr. Eones, eight lengths before the others, were fighting it out stride for stride and they swept past the line so closely lapped that the placing judges called for the camera to make the decision. After a long delay the decision went to Granville and with it the 9,800 that was the winners prize. It was only in the last stride that the son of Gallant Fox caught Mr. Bones and the race run by the Whitney colt was a marvelous one, for he had set the pace all through the long, trying gallop to falter ever so slightly in the last few strides. Hal Price Headleys Hollyrood was the one to take third but he was eight lengths back of the battling pair and only half a length before the Brookmeade Stables Corundum. Brevity, the favorite, and of which much was expected, was next and then came Memory Book, Teufel, Jean Bart, Red Rain and Isolater, a stablemate of Granville. The closing day of the Belmont meeting saw two other features, the National Stallion Stakes, taken by Pompoon, and the Meadow-brook Steeplechase, which fell to the Brookmeade Stables National Anthem. BIGGEST CROWD SINCE 1923. Not since the memorable match race between Harry F. Sinclairs Zev and Ben Irishs Epsom Derby winner, Papyrus, back in 1923, has their been such a tremendous crowd at the big Nassau County course. Every available space in the enormous stand was occupied, and the roof, which seldom is opened, was crowded. Others moved over to the infield to view the sport, and it was a representative throng. In that vast cheering crowd was Walter S. Vosburgh, retired handicapper for the jockey club, who has seen every running of the race, first taken by the filly, Ruthless, way back in 1867, while another visitor was the venerable Perry Belmont. William Woodward, chairman of The Jockey Club, was on hand, but Joseph E. Widener, president of the Westchester Racing Association, was on shipboard, sailing for England, having left Friday on the Europa. He was listening to a description of the running of the Belmont, though far away. No more delightful weather could have been had for the closing day of the Belmont Park season, and it is a day of sport that will long be remembered. BRIEF DELAY AT POST. There was some delay at the post, for which Isolater and Teufel were chiefly to blame but the start was a good one and Gilbert at once took Mr. Bones to the pace. Isolater, breaking from the outside, was rushed after him in an effort to carry him along for the benefit of Granville. Jean Bart was another that followed the pace and while Brevity was bothered slightly on the first turn, he did not have to shorten stride and Wright had him under steady restraint. Hollyrood followed the Widener colt and then came Granville, which was also under restraint as he held his position. Through the back stretch Jean Bart raced along with Mr. Bones but the Whitney colt Continued on third page. GRANVILLE BELMONT STAKES WINNER Continued from first page. was showing the way and Gilbert had him under wraps. The pair drew away to a lead of four lengths-and then came Isolater. Wright had moved into fourth place with Brevity and the Widener colt was galloping along smoothly and well within himself. Stout moved up with Granville to keep Brevity within striking distance and then came Memory Book and Hollyrood. Isolater was first of the leaders to tire. He had completed his assignment in carrying Mr. Bones along and. he began to drop . . back before the horses had rounded from the back stretch. Jean Bart was soon doing his best, and Brevity was in a winning position, before the long stretch was reached. As Wright called on him he failed to respond and as he tired Jean Bart also hung out distress signals, but Mr. Bones, after having put them away, was still racing with courage next to the rail. Then Stout made his move with Granville in that last furlong. The son of Gallant Fox when called on drew up stride by stride. Gilbert sensed the danger and went to a drive on Mr. Bones. It was thus the pair drew away from the rest of the field to stage one of the most thrilling finishes in the long liistdry of the track. Stride for stride the colts battled along. It was a rare duel and there was every reason for using the camera as they swept past the line closely locked. Many who watched the finish thought Mr. Bones had won and just as many more saw Granville as the winner. The Woodward colt had finished on the outside and his magnificent finish atoned for his defeat in the Preakness, but giving the son of Gallant Fox every due, nothing can be taken from the great performance of Mr. Bones, which took care of all the relay of challenges, but was only a stride short of beating the Woodward colt. Hollyrood probably ran his best race to be third, though he, was eight lengths back, while the performance of Brevity must eliminate him from the: top division. Red Rain also was a bitter disappointment and there was no part of the running that he cut any figure. The fractional time for the running was :24, :49, 1:14, 1:39, 1:52, 2:05, 2:11, and the final time 2:30. Pompoon, the swift-running son of Pom-pey and Oonagh that races for J. H. Louch-heim and unbeaten in his only three starts, took on an altogether new importance when he took the rich National Stallion Stakes from Joseph E. Wideners Fencing, with Samuel D. Riddles War Admiral barely beating C. V. Whitneys Black Look for third. Close after these came Alvin Unter-myers Gurkha. On his previous excellent races the winner was made the public choice over the others, though in his two previous races he had not met anything like the quality that opposed him in this prize, which carried a net value of 3,850 to the winner. There was some delay at the post, but the start was a good one, the ten leaving the stalls in excellent alignment, and Pompoon was right in the van as he left his stall, but Rebellion, the George D. Widener starter, which began from the outside,, was showing the way. Fencing was right with these, but he swerved over slightly toward the inside as he went into action. It was not until, the final furlong was reached that Pompoon definitely took command and Peters stepped him right along to have a winning margin of a length and one-half. Rebellion had tired badly when caught, but Fencing came right along in game fashion when called upon by Balaski to hold the place safe by a length. First of the three closing stakes of the meeting was the Meadow Brook Steeplechase Handicap, over the two and a half miles course. The promised field of six was cut in two by the withdrawal of Bushranger, Birmingham and St. Francis, and of the three that remained. National Anthem, from the Brookmeade. Stable, proved best when he led home the Greentree Stables Jungle King, with John Sanfords Snap Back third; The big day began well lor the Joseph E. Widener silks when his juvenile Advocator was an easy winner over a smart band" in a five furlongs dash through the Widener course. Top Radio, from the Brookmeade Stable, took second and ICnave High, from the Saratoga Stable, was up in the last stride to. nose out Mrs. Parker Comings Merry Maker for third. Victor Emanuels good mare Miss Merriment was an easy winner of the Gladiator Handicap, run as the third race, and she had to run a remarkable race to score, for after causing a long delay at the post she was taken to a position outside the stalls. She scored by a wide margin, with Mrs. Charles S. Bromleys Excite just beating Jouett Shouses Weston for third. The only other starter was A.G Vahderbilts Postage: Due.