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MERMAID TO YANKEE GIRL. GIVES KILLALOE AND COURT DRESS FIVE POUNDS AND A BEATING. Dr. Gardner Wins the Handicap Rye in Form Again Coup with Rara Avis Raineys Pony Is Defeated. New York, .Inly 1. Tlie weather was broiling lint lodny, lint some 15,000 people were at Sheeps-lie.ul liny to sec the running of a big, unwieldy e;inl. The feature was the twenty-first running of the Mermaid Stakes, which was won by C. R. Ellisons Yankee Cirl, the second choice in the betting, from two others. The distance of this old fixture was one mile ami an eighth, and after the prohibitive favorite, Court Dress, had shot her bolt, Yankee Cirl and Killaloe drew out and indulged In a thrilling hammer and tongs finish that brought the spectators to their feet in wildly enthusiastic applause. Mr. Koene ascribed the defeat, of Court Dress to a sudden coming of an ailment peculiar to her sex, and added that the enppy going may have also bad something to do with it. With a break of discontinuance Horn ISO.", to 11101, the Mermaid .Stakes is one of the oldest American fixed events. Its history is as follows: Year. Winner. Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. 1880 Glidelia 11 :: W. Doiiohue.050 1:50 1881 Thora 113 W. Donohue 2,250 1:37 1SS2 Iliawasse 11:: Fen Ices 2,050 1:581 188:: Miss Woodford. .11:: Mclghlin . 3,150 1:38 1884 Duchess li:: W. Donohue 3.150 1:50 1SS5 Wanda li:. H. Onlev.. . 3,470 1:50 1SS0 Bandala li:: Littlelield . ::,.S70 2:02" 1887 Tirenze 11:: McLghlin . 4,310 1:55 18SS Bella 15 114 .McLglillu . .V2S0 l:r,7 1880 She li:: Mclghlin . 4,7:: 1 1800 Her Highness 113 Garrison .. 5,080 1:502 1801 Kipiity 117 G. Taylor.. 4,440 l:5.;ie 1802 Yorkvill Belle. .117 1. Murphy.. ::,S1 2:005 1803 Afternoon 117 Doggett ... ::,.-io 1:5J 18!4 I.eldemere 117 Simms 5,100 l:.".ti 1002 Gunfire 111! liurns 3,315 1:54! l!l:: Daisy Green ...-.111 Dullinau ... 4,480 1:505 1004 r.eiaaine 120 ONeill r.,.r.7 1:54 1005 Tradition 1111 W. Davis.. 4,355 1:582 ISMM! Perverse 121 I.vne 3,C,00 1:54 1!07 Yankee Girl 125 Hadtke ... 4,870 1:544 In a purely racing way the brilliant victory of the topweight, Dr. Gardner, in the long distance handicap, far overshadowed the stake affair. Dig "Tim" Sullivan was not present to witness his horses splendid achievement, nor was lie bet upon by tin? stable connections. Steady public support, however, was forthcoming. The prevailing quotations I were 4 to 1 throughout the betting. Dr. Gardners feat was the more remarkable in view of the fact that when Ironsides jumped on him on the first turn, lie sustained a severe cut which bled freely, on the coronet of his right hind leg. The day, on the whole, was in favor of the layers, although two heavily backed odds-on favorites scored. The majority of the crowd remained after the regular card was run off to see a match race between ponies at a quarter of a mile. The starters were Hoy A. Haineys Grace Fulliam, ridden by Walter Miller, and W. Hamiltons Song Bird, piloted by a boy named Henderson. Hainey was laying odds of 100 to 40 that Grace Fulliam would win, but Song Bird took her measure after Miller had tried to put Henderson over the fence. Hainey lost a big wager over the result, the largest share of which went to Will Wallace, the trainer of Song Itird. After nearly a decade of jndifferent success on the turf Wallace is now on the top wave of prosperity. He engineered a big and successful coup with .T. W. McClellands Hara Avis in the closing race for two-year-olds today. Jockey Hadtke was set down for a week by bis own stable at the Hay today. It is reported that Mr. Hainey was dissatisfied with bis ride on John Marrs. Willie Shields has returned from Canada and was at the track this afternoon. The celebrated Olseau was a visitor to the paddock today and attracted much attention. Foun-tainblite was worked a milt! and an eighth between races. The disappointing Hrady horse displayed a pionounccd inclination to bolt on the turns and covered the first six furlongs in 1:15, running on the extreme outside of the track. NImporto was so roughly jostled by Iloy.il F.vox in the early running of the last race that his rider, F. Kelly, fell off. He escaped serious injury. Hudolph Spreckels Horghesi and San Alviso were shown for the first time on the Coney Island Jockey Club course this morning.