KEOKUK replaced quick-starter FAVOR before the field had gone a quarter with JOE COTTON, the favorite, lagging far behind. Rider Henderson was so confident JOE COTTON would be the winner he didn't make a move until almost a mile. The ultimate winner worked his way to the front at the head of the stretch but BERSAN, never worse that third after a quarter, and TEN BOOKER finished with tremendous speed and JOE COTTON's margin was only a neck. TEN BOOKER was a half length back of BERSAN and one in front of FAVOR. KEOKUK quit after being in front for a mile.