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Grand Barter Coasts Home in Single Foot Mike Basile Keeps Stemar Gelding Arjead All the Way By PALMER IIEAGERTT PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 4.— The Single Foot Purse, best race on the Maryland Jockey Club featureless program, was styled for ,500 to ,500 claimers and Stemar Stables Grand Barter was an eight-length winner while touring the mile and a sixteenth in 1:49 over a muddy track. P. L. Leydeckers March Chick was second, almost a length clear of G. T. Strothers Wohneda and Bobanet Stables Retintin, who finished noses apart. Grand Barter, a four-year-old Grand Slam gelding, showed the same liking for the "off" going that his sire displayed during his racing days, sprinting to the front early and holding a clear advantage throughout. Mike Basile played it safe for the backers of Grand Barter and kept his charge under intermittent pressure to the end. His backers in the crowd of 8,865 fans received 5. - Retintin and Wohneda were supported as named, but both moved into trouble while in the midst of rallies. Retintin was knocked back early and then crowded on the final turn, while Wohneda came from far back on the last elbow, only to move into a pocket. They resumed their rallies through the stretch while racing side by side. Apprentice Eddie Sanders, who had but a single winner to his credit when the Maryland spring season opened, then proceeded, to lead the "bug" riders at both Laurel and Havre de Grace, chalked up another saddle double early in todays program. The youngster won the opener with Brief Whirl, then took the fourth race with Sylvester W. Labrot, Jr.s, Dutel, another public choice at .00.