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Fire Dust Annexes Hawthorne Feature Denemark Gelding Whips Cooling Spring With Ease In Role of Odds-On Choice STICKNEY, 111., June 13.— The locally-owned Fire Dust, performing for Mrs. Emil Denemark, sprinted to a highly popular victory in the Ted Weems Purse, at six and a half furlongs before nearly 14,000 persons at Hawthorne this afternoon. The race was named for the popular band leader, who was on hand to decorate the winner and to present the winning jockey, Steve Brooks, a war bond. Fire Dust, scoring his first victory of the year, ran the distance on a fast track in 1:1945 and this demonstration of speed brought him under the wire with two and a half lengths to spare over the runner-up. Cooling Spring. Twixt accounted for third honors and he was followed by Roman Red and four others who rounded out the field. Cooling Spring Sets Pace Cooling Spring, as the pacemaker, and Prince Sang displayed the most speed for more than a half mile, but Fire Dust was always within striking distance of the lead. After straightening out for the run through the home stretch, the Denemark five-year-old made his charge and before reaching the furlong pole was in front. Then, under the lash of Brooks whip, Fire Dust drew out to score in decisive fashion. Although Cooling Spring could not hold the winner he held on well and in taking second money was a length and a half in advance of Twixt, who made up many lengths to be third. Roman Red was another three lengths back, and then came Prince Sang, who tired badly after his demonstration of early speed. Meminisse. After Lunch and Fiery Justice were the remaining contestants. The mutuel return on the Denemark horse was .20 for . Chance Taker, owned by H. P. Christiansen and ridden by Steve Brooks, was in front all the way in the six and a half furlongs first race. Warrior Lad was lapped on Continued on Page Four Fire Dust Makes Good In Odds-On Choice Role Denemark Racer Takes Lincoln Feature Over Cooling Spring Continued from Page One him from the three-sixteenth pole to the wire, but Chance Taker would not give up and he outfinished his rival to be winner a half-length. Florizan Ace was in third position throughout and he was just a length farther back at the wire. Another to score a popular victory was W. Marschs Dads whom Billy Nichols piloted to victory over the six and a half furlongs of the second race. Dads followed Victory Feet and Vero Lumen to a point deep in the homestretch and then forged to the front himself, drawing clear near the end to score by a length and a half. Vero Lumen raced Victory Feet into submission in the first half-mile and then took a long lead, but she could not stall off the winner. She took the place, however, by three lengths. Nichols rode another winner when he piloted Isaiah Girl to a triumph for Mrs. Monte Weil in the third event, a contest of three-quarters of a mile for three-year- olds. Held in reserve behind Noisily and Woodfin for a half mile, Isaiah Girl responded to pressure thereafter and was up in the last sixteenth. She won by a neck, as Miss Stage, coming from a good way back, finished second and Port Wine, who also came from behind, was third. Xen McNairs Dark Lad, making his first start in three years, won the six-furlong fourth race under the handling of Jess Higley. He scored by two lengths over Short Life as Hogan ran third. Dark Lad was slow to begin, but he was hustled up on the outside into a contending position, went to the inside for the drive and wore down the pacemaking Short Life near the end. Though unable to handle the winner, Short Life held on well and took the place two and a half lengths before Hogan. Stars at Night was fourth. Mrs. M. T. Hartmans My Scott was a surprise winner of the fifth race, a dash of five and a half furlongs, and those who supported him in the mutuels were enriched by 4.20 for . With Paul Glide-well at the reins the Hartman gelding came from behind in the stretch and was up in time to win by a head with three of his rivals lapped on him as he charged under the wire. Second, third and fourth respectively were Relantago, Bagnell and Silver Toy. The latter showed the way to the last sixteenth and then weakened.