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P0PP1NA TIJUANA SURPRISE * Hutchison and Leeds Filly Wins Best Race on Program. * Showers Responsible for Sloppy Track and Slim Attendance — Favorites Have Hard Ray. ♦ TIJUANA. Mexico, April C— Intermittent showers changed the state of the Tijuana going today from fast to sloppy and materially affected the attendance. An 00 claiming race, run as the seventh, served as the feature and resulted in victory for the colors of Hutchison and Leeds, Poppina being the winner. Poppinas victory was a big surprise. At the finish she was out to the last ounce to outstay Seths Memory. Poppina led from the start and had a good lead. Corbett never gave her a moments respite and drove her hard all the way. It was lucky he did for Seths Memory came so fast in the stretch that had it not been for the early lead of the winner he would have beaten her. Hands Up was second most of the way but could not withstand the rush of Seths Memory and finish third. Beap had a slight call in the betting over Trapnet but he lacked speed and finished fifth. From the manner in which the players backed Sergeant Both in the opening race, it appeared as if they considered him much too good for his opponents. The race justified their confidence. The Jones Stock Farm Stables two-year-old simply canteved to beat his rivals and was home winner by a comfortable margin, a margin which he could have greatly increased had jockey Burns so desired. The latter was content, however, to keep Sergeant Seth well to the fore of the others and then, turning his head, watch them struggle to get on even terms. Palolo and Assault tried gamely to catch the leader and. failing, staged an exciting tight for the place money. Palolo got up in the last few strides to outstay Assault by a neck. The latter was permitted to show the way for the first quarter. After that he was a follower of the winner and his efforts to stay with Sergeant Seth was responsible for his tiring and losing second place. Full Moon carried the colors of Mrs. J. Gentle to victory in commanding fashion in the second race. Under a well-judged ride by McHugh, who utilized his mounts early speed to the utmost advantage, he took a big lead immediately after the start and, holding it easily, won by a length and a half from Beniorecareful. The latter chased after Full Moon from the start and, although he could not catch the leader, had no trouble Continued on ninth page. POPPINA TIJUANA SURPRISE Continued from first page: t:ikinp second place Assent wa.s fourth to the stretch turn where he inoed up and followed l-ull Moon and llwumx ■mftri to th.-finish to be third. He was two lengths clear of Coombs at the finish. Coombs ran close to the leaders most of the way then tired sliphtly when challenged by Assent. A cheap band of platers met in the third race, but tliey furnished a fine finish and one which had the crowd in an uproar. The excitement was caused by the efforts of the favorite and one of the second choices. Shady Hrook was the best backed horse in the race but there was not much to chOOM betW— him and two or three others, one ..f which was Hard Dealer. Shortly after the start Shady Hrook pot to the front and stayed there until wejl into the stretch. Hard Dealer, well back for a half, had gradually worked his way up until he was following the favorite after they were straightened out for the final drive. Then began Hard Dealers drive for victory. He came with a rush, but seemingly had an impossible task to overhaul the leader, but a few yards from the finish* Shady Hrook tired unexpectedly ju. n when he appeared to have the lace won. The fast finishing Hard Dealer then had little trouble passing him and as he swept past tlie finish he had a length to ■pare. Tolieha was a poor third, five lengths back. A nose separated Miss Omond and Meddling Beth at the end of five-eighths of a mile in the fourth. Miss Omond proved best and got up in the last stride to take the winners share. Meddling Seth was a well backed favorite and ran in the early stages as if lie would win easily, but Miss Omond also had plenty of speed and something in reserve for the final dash. She followed Meddling Seth all the way and then challenging him in the stretch raced with him stride for stride all through the last eighth and got up in time to drop her nose down in front. Cocksure was third, but never at any stage of the race had the necessary speed to go to the front.