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APERITIF WINS IN FINE FINISH ♦ Prevails Over Song After Spirited Finish in Aqueducts Main Contest. *7TT. i War Lassie Takes Measure of Glory Greenock— Royal Thomas Disqualified in the Hurdle Race. ♦ NEW YORK, N. Y., June 24— Aperitif, which races for the Howe Stable, was winner of the best offering at Aqueduct Monday when she took the measure of C. Y. Whitneys Song, after a long stretch duel. This was in the six furlongs of the Rose Tint Purse, confined to three-year-old fillies. Third went to Mrs, John Hay Whitneys Sorrow and the others in the small field were Light Brocade, Marcella Miss and Foxy Agnes. They followed the first three in the order named. While there was a threat of rain in the air, weather conditions were excellent and a crowd of goodly proportions was on hand. In this filly dash there was only a slight delay at the post, and as the six left in good alignment Coucci at once went into command with Song. As she opened up a daylight lead she was taken in hand and rated along. Aperitif was following the Whitney filly and she was soon three lengths before Marcella Miss and Light Brocade, while Sorrow followed these and was lacking in early speed. Merritt made no serious move with Aperitif to catch Song until well into the stretch. There he called on the daughter of Stimulus and as she drew up on the Royal Minstrel miss there followed a lively duel that lasted to the line. Coucci roused Song so successfully that she went stride for stride with Aperitif until right at the end, where the Howe silks gradually drew to the front to register by half a length. Sorrow closed some ground through the final furlong when she was right at the heels of Song, and Light Brocade was another four lengths away. Three of the six races were for the two-year-olds and the best field was brought out in the fifth, a five-furlong dash for fillies. It went to Samuel D. Riddles War Lassie when she led home Curtis Kings Glory Greenock, and, well back of the daughter of Greenock, C. V. Whitneys Tonys Wife just beat Flopsie for third. There was considerable delay at the post and before Cassidy could have an alignment to his liking he banished Gilt to the outside of the machine. The start was a good one and it was not long before Jones had War Lassie safely in the lead and, cutting out such a fast pace, was able to hold it throughout. Tonys Wife and Flopsie raced after the daughter of Man o War, while Glory Greenock was farther back. Right at the end Glory Greenock finished with good courage and Jones rode War Lassie out to make the victory certain, scoring by a length and a half. Glory Greenock, with her final rush, beat Tonys Wife by two lengths for second place and the Whitney miss was only a neck before Flopsie. The hurdle race was for maidens and it brought a disqualification when Mrs. Louis A. Parks Royal Thomas, after finishing first under a vigorous ride by the amateur, L. E. Stoddard, Jr., was set back and the purse awarded Miss Evelyn E. Lawrences Zut, with second going to Kepi, and third to Woodwind. The race was a rather stormy one for Royal Thomas before he found his way to the front only to be disqualified. As Mr. Stoddard attempted to send him through on the inside going to the lower end of the course he was so sharply shut off that he had to be taken up short. Then in the back field, when he was sent through on the inside, he was in close quarters. But at the last fence he interfered to some extent with Zut and in a driving finish he only beat the mare a head. St. Elmo, a juvenile son of Man o War-Smoky Lamp, that races for Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, escaped from the maiden class in the opening five furlong dash. It was a fighting finish and Joseph E. Wideners Good Chance raced to second place, beating Mrs. C. Oliver Iselins Knowing. Knowing, Good Chance and Re-Election were the three that dominated the race from the start and it was not until after having made the turn of the course that St. Elmo came into contention. As the winner made his charge he went over slightly to catch Good Chance in rather close quarters and as Knowing tired the pair fought it out with St. Elmo winner by half a length while Good Chance had beaten Knowing a like distance for second place.