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UNCLE DOING WELL AT OAKLAND. San Francisco, Cal., November 4. S. C. Hildreth is credited with the statement that he will start Uncle in the Opening Handicap at Oakland as a compliment to the New California Jockey Club and the people of California, who are much more anxious to see the colt than Hildreth is to start him. Uncle is now the chief attraction in the shape of horseflesh at Oakland since Firestone has been sent to Brentwood Stock Farm for the winter. lie would probably have the stellar part of the show if the two were to appear, as Firestone lias been seen on the Emeryville track in sonic of His best races, while Uncle conies to the coast for the first time as the 0,000 near-champion of the eastern season, the matchless Colin being his only superior. Uncle will not start in many races at Oakland this winter if owner Hildreth follows the plans he lias laid out for the colt. Montgomery, Tony Faust, Vails, Rapid Water, Meeliek and Guiding Star will be the horses Hildreth will rely upon to carry his colors in the big events to which they have been nominated, while Uncle will be reserved for his eastern stake engagements, with only racing enough to help him grow and till out. "Uncle is entered in nearly 50,000 worth of stake engagements in the east next summer," says Mr. Hildreth. ""He is in the Realization and all the other important stakes that have already closed, and will be entered in the other big events, including the Brooklyn and the Suburban. I would lie foolish, under the circumstances, to take a chance on breaking him down this winter. If I start him in the Opening Handicap it will be out of compliment to the Jockey Club and the people of this vicinity who, of course, are anxious to see the colt, and not because I must depend on him. For the reasons I have suggested, Uncle will be raced very little this winter." The story sent out from the west two weeks ago that Ben McCIain, one of the best jockeys riding at the Seattle and Spokane meetings, was killed in a race at Lewistou, Idaho, was refuted by the boys employer, William Caine, upon his return from that point to Oakland. Mr. Caine left McCIain in St. Josephs Hospital at Lewistou, where he is recovering from the injuries from which lie was first reported to have died. He sustained a broken leg, several fractured ribs and some scalp wounds when his mount fell over a hound which attempted to run across the track. It will be some time before McCIain will be able to resume riding. II. E. Rowell lias sold Altanero to Thomas Proctor at private sale. Proctor will race the Altamax Picnic colt at Oakland. II. I. Wilson, president of the Butte Jockey Club, who raced Geniniell .and Golden Wine at that track last summer, has sent them to Oakland, where they will race this winter.