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Darby Darby Dieppe Dieppe Wins Wins Blue Blue Grass Grass Stakes; Stakes; Port Port List List Leads Leads Throughout Throughout in in Joliet Joliet Shows Way Home To Fighting Step Lewis Colt Avoids Crowding In Stretch, Slips Through On Rail to Score in Clear LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 2— Slipping through in the deeper going along the rail while the favorites were engaged in what looked like a football scrimmage midway the long homestretch, Mrs. W. G. Lewis lightly-regarded Darby Dieppo captured the twenty-first running of the Blue Grass Stakes before a large and excited crowd at Churchill Downs this afternoon. Sunshine Calvert hustled the gray Foray II. three-year-old .to the stand two lengths in advance of Murlogg Farms Fighting Step, another outsider and one who ran "a big race to beat Lt. Cmdr. T. D. Buhls Air Sailor by a nose for the place. Pot o Luck, badly outrun in the early stages and blocked at the critical "hot corner" atop the stretch, finished in fourth position. Up the stretch were Burning Dream, Sea Swallow and Best Effort, the latter developing a great deal of favor when a shower visited the track this morning. This was infinitely the most important tally in the career of the successful Darby Dieppe, who earned his fair Kentucky owner a net prize of ,500 and returned his scattered backers 8.20 after going over I the mile and a furlong route on a "good" surface in 1:5325. Bad Jam at Furlong Pole There was ample excuse for Burning Dream. Fighting Step and Sea Swallow, as they were the principal sufferers in a particularly bad jam which developed about the furlong pole, when Bymeabond ranged outside them. These were racing abreast of Air Sailor at the time, when it appeared "anybodys horse race". During the melee, the stretch running Darby Dieppe slipped through on the rail and off to victory by a margin more decisive than the result. The clever George Woolf. who makes capital of doing the unexpected in rich stakes, amazed everyone by sending Sea Swallow head and head with Air Sailor from the fall of the flag. The two raced in that fashion for a full, exciting mile, with Burning Dream perfectly placed on the outside, a length or so away, and Fighting Step crying for running room on the inside. Bymeabond himself was in tight quarters near the end of the back-stretch. Extricating himself on the turn and coming to Continued on Page Four Darby Dieppe Surprises In Blue Grass Stakes Avoids Crowding in Stretch to Show Way Home to Fighting Step Continued from Page One the extreme outside at a considerable loss of ground. Bymeabond ranged alongside the pair. With Air Sailor on the inside and the Houssel horse on the outside. Fighting Step. Burning Dream and Sea Swallow were caught in a tight wedge. Burning Dream was knocked back. Sea Swallow was turned sidewise and only escaped going down by a minor miracle, whereas Fighting Step managed to recover and was looking for Darby Dieppe at the end. Jockey F. A. Smith, on Bymeabond, was grounded the rest of the meeting. The fractions were :24,5, :49, 1:14, 1:40 and 1:53*5- Occupy completed a double for John Marsch and jockey Billie Thompson in the six furlongs of the Brown Hotel Handicap, where the son of Bull Dog had top weight of 122 pounds and was burdened also with the bulk of the wagering. He won by a determined neck from the swiftly closing Sirius and paid , the same return as his stablemate. Art Roi. winner of the third race. Traffic Court was third, four lengths back, in what was her seasonal debut. Occupy was the aggressor all the way. and ran one of his gamest races to repel Night Crawler in a speed duel, then lasted to withstand Sirius. The time was 1:125, the track dried out to "good.