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Determine Reaches Wire Head Before Mister Gus Covers Mile and Sixteenth in 1 AOYs in Inglewood Handicap HOLLYWOOD PARK, Inglewood, Calif., June 27. Andrew J. Crevolins Determine, 1954 Kentucky Derby champion, hit the wire a head in front of Mister Gus in the 7,550 Inglewood Handicap here Saturday. It took one of Determines greatest efforts and all the skill of jockey Ray York to give the gallant gray his first victory of the current meeting. Mister Gus was second a half length ahead of Alidon at the end of the mile and a sixteenth which was run in an excellent 1:40. Just two-fifths of a second off the world mark set by Swaps in the Californian. Seven started in the inglewood but it was clear from the start that only four would be serious contenders. Berseem, with Johnny Longden up, took command at the start and set fractions of :22, :45 and 1:09 before fading. Llangollen Farms Mister Gus followed the pace in hand and displaced Berseem at the head of the lane with Determine making his move only a length away and Alidon charging as if he would win it all. Easily one of the best races of the meeting, the situation changed three times in the final, eighth. First it looked like Alidon would roll right past Determine and Mister Gus, but he could not get past the gray and hung in the final yards. Determine forced to the front, seemed to bobble slightly and then came on again to hold off Mister Gus in a superior performance. Mister Gus dropped back to third after leaving the sixteenth pole, but came again for Willie Shoemaker and gave fans who backed Determine a real scare at the wire. Correspondent dropped back to last place after running in third place for the first half" mile. Karim, who finished fifth and Cold Command, sixth, never appeared to be in contention. The Saturday throng .of 41,777 sent the entry to the post a solid odds-on choice. The. one-three finish of the Crevolin-Mayer entry produced a minus place pool of ,395.55 and a minus show pool of ,989.70. The mutuel return across the board on the entry returned .30, .10 and 10. Mister Gus paid .10 and .30.