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THISTLEDALES IMPROVEMENT. "Thistledale bids fair to make a truly great steeplechaser. If he keeps sound he is apt to leave behind when he retires a record like that of the lamented Good and Plenty," says a racing critic at Saratoga. "He has overcome the greenness and awkwardness which marred his racing at Brighton. He rushes his fences boldly and takes them flying. There is no sidling up; no looking for holes in his work. And the stiffer the course he finds himself in the better he jumps. He will make his mark at Belmont Park, where the fences are stiffer than they are at any other course on this side of the Atlantic."