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LATONIA MEETING CLOSES. LAST DAY MARKED BY A GREAT ATTENDANCE AND SOME SUPERIOR RACING. Cudgel Runs a Grand Race in Winning the Independence Handicap in Fast Time Blind Baggage Once More a Winner. Latonia, Ky., July 4. An attendance that exceeded even the best Derby day crowd, was on hand this afternoon at Latonia to view the windup of the spring racing season in Kentucky. A better setting for the sport could not be imagined, the weather being balmy and the track in excellent condition. The card on the whole compared favorably with the best that has been offered at this meeting, with tho Independence Handlcau at a mile and three-sixteenths the outstanding feature, a handicap at five and a half furlongs for two-year-olds, and one at three-quarters bringing together the best sprinters, serving as secondary features. The sport was highly exciting and close. The speculation was in keeping witli other banner conditions and In this respect a record was probably established for the total handled. John W. Schorr repeated his success of last year in the Independence Handicap, then won by Dick Williams, when his crack three-year-old. Cudgel, conceding weight to all the others, wou in impressive fashion in 1:57; incidentally, the same time made by Dick Williams for the mile and three-sixteenths. Hodge landed in second place and Manager Waite finished third. The net value of the stake was ,220. Cudgel clearly demonstrated his superiority, for he had to close an Immense gap. due to his customary slowness at the outset, but when he finally did settle fully into his stride, he came in whirlwind style and, drawing even with Hodge, the leader, in the stretch, passed him in the last seventy yards under gentle urging. Hodges performance was a good one. and he suffered from no mishaps. Manager Waite had to be driven hard in the stretch to overhaul Faux Col. Pif Jr.,, which was given considerable attention, fell lame In the race and was far back at the end. Todays was the. seventh running. st the Independence Handicap, "the brief history of which follows: Year. Winner. A.Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1910 Pinkola 5 115 Warren ...,435 1:44 1911 Rd tho World. 3 108 A. Thomas.. 1,440 1:40 1913 Milton B 0 100 J. Callahan. 3,005 1:50 1914 Black Toney...3 115 A. Neylon. . 2,900 1:57 1915 Prince Hennis.5 109 E. Pool 3,430 1:57 1910 Dick Williams. 3 110 G. Garner.. 3,100 1:57 1917 Cudgel 3 110 W. Kelsay. 3,220 1:57 Distance 1 1-10 miles in 1910 and 1911. Not run in 1912. Blind Baggage again demonstrated his ability as a high-class sprinter when he won the sprint handicap in easy style from Guy Fortune and Chalmers. T. C. McDowells Plum Fast Filly. T. C. McDowells Plum also showed a sparkling race by outstaying the band of highly regarded two-year-old fillies that ran in the youngster handicap. Othello, racing to his best form, landed his purse and W. W. Darden won his first purse in a long time when his Prince Igor came home in advance in the opener. Louis A. Cella and a party of friends came from St. Louis to take in the racing and attending incidents. It was the first time that Cella had visited this plant in years and he was greatly impressed witli its magnitude. He returns to St. Louis tonight. A delegation of the Thoroughbred Horse directors, including Messrs. Hancock, Headley and Thomas B. Cromwell, were among the visitors and met with the Racing Commission before the racing this afternoon. The exodus of owners began this afternoon, but most of the shipments will be made tomorrow. The eastern contingent will be especially strong this season. Charles F. Price will leave tonight for his home, from where after a rest of about a week, he will go to Windsor, where he will serve as the presiding steward. He has also accepted to serve in a similar position at Kenilworth, which track concludes the Canadian racing this year. J. P. Ross horses have been turned over to George Land, formerly trainer for John W. Schorr, and they will be shipped to the Empire City track for the racing there. A number of the mutuel crews, that have been employed here, will leave tonight for Grand Rapids to assist in the mutuel department there. There was a big delegation tonight for Grand Rapids, to take part in the meeting there. H. Fink claimed Ellison from the last race for ,S00.