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FAVORITES IN THE LIMELIGHT • Vandalia Purse Results in Triumph for L. B. Combs Broadside. » Showing of The Begum II. Under Investigation — Track Improves Rapidly During the Afternoon. COLLINSVILLE, 111., May 31.— Favorites fared successfully over the Fairmount Park track today, and their victories pleased the majority of the big crowd that viewed the sport. Most of the winners were outstanding favorites, the confident support they received reducing their odds. Track conditions had been converted as a result of the hard rain during the night, but, while mudlarks were benefited, the course improved rapidly and was in fairly good shape for the final races. Small fields were the order in most instances, with four of the races at one mile or over. The longer races were more to the liking of the crowd. The Vandalia Purse, at one mile, held chief interest, and furnished a victory for L. B. Combs Broadside, which beat home Capt. George Foster, but had to be urged hard to do so. Frank Andrews finished in third place, with the others beaten off. The winner followed Capt. George Foster closely in the early stages, but the leader seemed to be well in hand until the stretch, where he began tiring, and the diminutive Shropshire found him too much to handle, with the result that he swerved, and this gave Broadside his opportunity. His victory might not have been so easy but for Bo-ganowskis action in cutting across Capt. George Foster in the last sixteenth. The showing of The Begum II. in the race was so disappointing that the stewards began inquiry about it, and had jockey F. Reilly before them, and also the trainer. J. Hazel-wood. Nothing was announced by the officials during the afternoon and they probably will continue their probe. The first race furnished an added incident when Paton and See Sag, two of the dozen in the field, ran away while on the way to the post. Paton unseated Boganowski and raced riderless at top speed for hall a mile and ran into the sttfble yards, where he was captured and led back to the post to be remounted. See Sag ran away for half a mile. Their runaways entailed a delay of thirteen minutes at the post. Jean Bond proved best in the race and got up in the final strides to overhaul Cleo, after coming from far back. Mother of Pearl, the early leader, held on long enough to finish in third place. See Sag was not preserved with in the race. Taton raced prominently and probably would have been a strong factor but for his runaway. Contiuued on twenty-second page. FAVORITES IN THE LIMELIGHT Continued from first page. J. C. Milams The Doctor, the favorite, w:.s easily best in the second race and graduated into the winning ranks by beating home eight other maiden youngsters. He led for the entire race and had considerable margin on Vanquish, carrying Hal Trice Headleys colors. The latter came gamaly in the stretch after closing a big gap. Uncles Miss, which had been away slowly and forced to race wide for the entire distance, got up in the last stride to head Empty Glass for third place. In the third- race P. O. Andersons Adele W. was backed with rare confidence and justified it by winning somewhat hamlily from roniinoi. which in turn outstayed Hayess Choice. The winner was in jeopardy in the early stages when she lacked racing room, but Fisher kept her close to the inner rail and she finally found an opening that enabled her to move into the lead and she held sway thereafter. Ponoaioi also escaped interference and benefited by racing close to the inner rail He moved up fast in the stretch when urged, but was not good enousi: for the winner. Hayess Choice had little difficulty keeping in advance of Ramkin in the final drive. Some well known sprinters raced in the three-quarti is race and it resulted in an easy victory for Medley, carrying Phil Beaters colors. The horse was shuffled back slightly v/hen a perfect start was effected, but staying close to the inner rail he raced fast and succeeded to the lead in the first quarter. Thereafter it was only a question of by how far he would win, for he raced fast and easily. His margin was a good one over Shasta Bine, which, under strong riding, continued in the van of Anaconda for the entire distance. The others in the race were considerable di5:tances back from the leading trio, but well grouped, with San-utar acting as the whipper-in. Medley was a pronounced favorite.