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ADVANCE GUARDS ENTRY. Advance Guard may not be allowed to start in the big eastern handicaps, the Brooklyn, Suburban, Metropolitan and Brighton. It is said the son of Great Tom Nellie Van has not been entered for those events strictly in accordance with the rules as recently amended by the stewards of the Jockey Club and that for that reason Advance Guard will not be allowed to start. The rule which covers this case comes under the head of "Partnerships" and requires that all such business combinations between owners must be registered with the Jockey Club and published in the next available issue of the Racing Calendar. Advance Guard last year was owned jointly by Alexander Shields of Bound Brook, N. J., and J. "W. Carruthers of Toronto, but no notice of such partnership has been made public in any issue of the Calendar since the new rule was adopted on Dec. 11, 1902. Advance Guard, meanwhile, has been entered in the handicaps for this year in the name of Alexander Shields exclusively, which would strictly comply with the rules, provided a registration of such ownership had been made. If it is found that Advance Guard has been illegally entered he can be disqualified unless the stewards decided to allow his owner to rectify the error upon a nominal payment. It is a matter of fact that the new rule is not generally understood, even by some of the best posted turfmen, and for this reason it is believed considerable leniency should be exercised in its enforcement.