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I , e p of f s e : s in n i i_ i g y j. is s r. 0 c e r , $ 1 1 | $ A. L r. e i y j. d "s ?- n DEDICATION MUCH IMPROVED Takes Measure of Six Seasoned Op-t ponents in Main Race at Dufferin, Scoring in Close Finish. TORONTO, Ont, June 21.— Coming back with a greatly-improved effort over his pre-.. vious outing at this course, Dedication, rac-,. ing for Conny Smythe, local promoter, was winner of the best race furnished for the semi-final day of the Dufferin Park meeting today. Meeting six other seasoned op-n ponents in the fifth race on the card that consisted mostly of overnight events, the winner, under a vigorous ride by jockey G. Atkins, drove to his conquest after waging ! a bitter finish, and reached the end of the mile and one-sixteenth journey just a head in advance of C. W. Brownes improving Poop Deck. Third was annexed by Playful Martha, while Fair Mole led the three others. i In his recent effort here Dedication, in a sprint of seven furlongs, showed none of the ability that characterized his achieve- , ment in the offering, and his score continued I the downfall of favorites that were bowled over regularly during the matinee. Rated back of Playful Martha and Poop Deck as the latter two went away abreast of each other to furnish the pace, Atkins, astride his second winner, was content to wait back of his rivals for six furlongs be-r- , fore engaging the pair. Moving up deter-g minedly after alternating with Poop Deck j in running down Playful Martha, the Smythe I three-year-old exerted a bold rush after | reaching the front stretch and, with the aid of his capable pilot, drove abreast of t ! Pcop Deck, which had succeeded in displac i ing the early pacemaker, then under a tenacious drive was up in the closing strides for . victory. * Sullen skies that indicated rain at any moment but which fortunately held off until the racing program was completed, failed J to detract from the sport, and several close finishes kept enthusiasm rife.