ARISTIDES broke in front but McCREERY took lead briefly near end of first quarter; ARISTIDES quickly moved back in front with McCREERY, TEN BROECK, VOLCANO and VERDIGRIS his nearest rivals. CHESAPEAKE, a vicious starter, was among the last to break. McCREERY retired after a half mile, as his owner expected, due to recent illness. The field continued in that order with ARISTIDES gradually increasing his lead. Owner McGrath, standing near the head of the stretch, waved to jockey Lewis on the little red horse to go on because CHESAPEAKE, supposedly the better of the McGrath horses, was far back and had no chance. Both VOLCANO and VERDIGRIS challenged the winner in the stretch but neither could catch him.