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Five Passes Noses Out Dukes Duchess at Ascot Debbie Doll Tops Zaca Khan For Show in Thrilling Finish By J. R. BATTY Staff Correspondent ASCOT PARK. Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio., April 30. — An all-time high mutuel handle was destined to be established at this track today after an estimated crowd of 11,000 wagered a record 6,184 on the Daily Double and the race-by-race handle throughout the early contests on the program substantially exceeded previous high figures. The best single day handle previously was 35,190, set two weeks ago. Horace Adams, president of the new organization operating Ascot Park for the first season, indicated todays handle would reach nearly 50,000. One of the closest finishes of the meeting was provided with the running of the third race in which Five Passes emerged a nose victor over the favored Dukes Duchess. A neck farther back, Debbie Doll gained the show by a head from Zaca Khan. Owned by John Stuart, Five Passes was capably ridden by Charles Billeaud and paid 0.80 after racing six and a half furlongs in 1:22. The program, quality-wise, the best offered since the meeting opened on April 1, was conducted over a fast strip and under a clear sky. Ed Luthers The Snapper, a scheduled starter in todays sixth race, a sprint handicap of six and a half furlongs, is also contained among the field slated to furnish the interest in the main attraction on the card here Monday. Besides The Snapper, sfx; other seasoned* campaigners are named to i«oi poetward in Mandays*besi£of f ering, an allowance test of six and a half furlongs which has a purse award of ,500. Facing the Snapper, if he fills his engagement oh Mondays program, will be War Fantasy, Hard Hack, Flying Trinity, Mor-Snoozey, Speedy Jet and Say. Preceding the feature and offering the same amount of purse money is a combination race in which 10 speedster are gathered to match strides at four and a half furlongs. The Snapper ran directly behind the pace for six furlongs in a route handicap test a week ago before shortening strides and this effort stamps him as a dangerous contender. Say finished second in a game try in his most recent outing while Flying Trinity could take down top portion of the purse, judging from local efforts.