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CLOSE FINISHES AT OTTAWA Make Up for Absence of Feature Attraction at Connaught Park Yesterday. OTTAWA, Ont., September 15. Despite the fact tiiat the card at Connaught Park this afternoon was lacking a feature, the racing was of a spirited order, with the majority of the contests decided in the closing strides after their respective winners had undergone hard stretcli drives. This was particularly true in the running of tiie fourth race, in which American Eagle, carrying the colors of Blair Mock, got up in the final strides to defeat First Pullet, with Cormoran in third place. The proverbial blanket could have covered the first four at the end. The winner was ridden by Ro-manclli and came from behind with a great display of speed that brought him victory. He was overlooked by the talent and netted his supporters a handsome dividend. A race for two-year-olds foaled in Canada and non-winners brought together a band of seven in the opening dash, in which Fox Glove, from the Brookdale Stable, easily triumphed over China and Target. The winner was ridden by Gantner. A long delay at the post caused by the fractious behavior of Bright Morning kept the spectators on the qui vive for some time. The Ross youngster unseated her rider, Gruneisen. by repeated lungings. The boy fortunately was not injured beyond a slight bruise on his leg, which did not interfere with his riding engagements. Improved weather conditions over those of yesterday prevailed and another decided increase in attendance was noticeable. The track was dulled by a brief shower which swept over the course at an early hour this morning, but it did not result in many withdrawals!. Trainer Clarence Buxton last evening was the guest at a dinner party tendered him by his brother. If. "Happy" Buxton, on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. P. Maloney, the efficient track superintendent of the Hamilton track, was an arrival here today. Since t lie close, of the. second meeting at Hamilton Maloney has been following the fairs, assisting, his brother in campaigning a string of "trotters, lie. is a good driver and has won a couple of races at the Toronto and Ottawa fairs. Sheridan Clark at the close of the meeting will return to Montreal for a few days, attending to some detail work at Dorval, after which he will leave for New York. Jockey C. Lang, the premier jockey among the apprentices riding in Canada, left tonight for Toronto to join the stable of his employer, James Arthur. The Seagram Stable will have second call on the lad during the Woodbine meeting. Jockey Erickson. who was set down for the remainder of the meeting- for rough riding, left for Montreal last night. Trainer McDonald sent jockey Gruneisen over from Blue Bonnets to take Erick-sous place with the division of the Ross stable that is racing here. Gene Lutz has decided to retire Lady Ward and will dispose of her to some breeder. E. Moore, the latest apprentice developed by trainer Lutz, rode his first winner yesterday. This is the eightli jockey that Lutz has developed. Mike Gorman, one of the old guard among the Canadian trainers, made his reappearance at Con-naught Park this afternoon after a protracted illness and was the recipient of, congratulations from his many friends on his recovery. The steeplechaser Martian, which broke down in his recent race, was destroyed this morning.