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Amber Light Victorious As Detroit Meet Opens Dixiana Racer Defeats Jimmie In Boots and Saddle Handicap DETROIT, Mich., June 16.— In clean-cut fashion, Charles T. Fishers Dixiana representative, Amber Light, began successfully his Fair Grounds campaign by capturing the fourth renewal of the 0,000 valued Boots and Saddle Handicap as racing returned here today at the home grounds of the Detroit Racing Association. The winners share of the purse was ,500. A crowd of 21,365 witnessed the forward march of the Pilate offspring — he had to move from slightly off the pace and around the field — and was treated to an interesting duel midway of the stretch between Amber Light and Jimmie before the former could pull away. At the end two and one-half lengths separated the pair. As favorite Amber Light paid even money. He covered the six furlongs over a heavy racing surface in 1:1325, creditable enough time considering the adverse conditions. Bring Me Home Runs Third Bring Me Home, prominent here last year, finished third, three lengths behind Jimmie. Fourth position in the group of 13 went to Grey Days. For Amber Light this victory was a just award. He was thwarted last year by Black Badge. On this occasion, though, he had the most trouble stubbornly putting away Jimmie. The latter set most of the pace. Carrying 116 pounds including Steve Brooks, Amber Light was 16 pounds below scale. His weight allotment appeared to be no trouble whatsoever. For, although he was held in light restraint early, once called upon he rushed up to Jimmie, who had been hard put to turn back first Golden Continued on Page Two Amber Light Victorious As Detroit Meet Opens Dixiana Racer Defeats Jimmie In Boots and Saddle Handicap Continued from Paae One Man and Final Glory, but just could not withstand another challenge. In the first of two supporting features, | the ,000 valued Inaugural Purse, the locally owned two-year-old Billy Bumps, from the Bomar Stable of Peter A. Markey and Charles A. Bohn, not only graduated from the maiden ranks but served notice that he might well be a most competent racing tool. Rounding his field to swiftly take over approaching the stretch, the son of Grand Slam — Lovely Girl, both of whom, incidentally, raced over this strip some years back and for the Bomar Stable, Billy Bumps just "bumped" along through the stretch to lead Gregalach by four lengths at the end of the four and one-half furlongs covered in :5435. The heavily supported Bob Murphy, also locally owned, being the property of Dave Ferguson, finished third. A winning ticket was worth 4.70. In Bob Murphys behalf it might be claimed that the "jamming" on the far bend forced him to lose momentary momentum while being steered clear. He was guided in a wide sweep as Bayonet and Our Style were forcibly eased. Billy Bumps came from last in the field of 10, moving steadily forward from outside and overhauling the leaders at the turn for home.