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SHELLY FOR TEMPORARY STARTER. New Orleans, La., November 19. It has been practically decided, although no official announcement has been made, that AVilliam Shelly will do the starting pending the arrival of Mars Cassidy from New York. The original plan was for Jacob Holtman to dispatch the fields for the opening days at City Park while Cassidy was officiating at Bcn-ning. Announcement that the Santa Anita track at Arcadia, Cal. would open on ThanksgiTing Day causcd a change in plans and Shelly has been selected as substitute. The illness of Air. Cassidys wife, whicli at present is preventing his filling his position at Bcnning, may mean that the popular official will be unable to be here this winter, and in that event Dade may be the man selected to wield the Hag for the term of racing here. Nothing definite lias been decided as to who will preside during Clarence McDowells absence at Bcnning. AVith Shelly doing the starting another vacancy in the stand will also have to be filled. The man who will probably fill one of these positions for the present is Frank Thorpe, the New York turf correspondent, who is due to arrive here within the next few days. Air. Thorpe acted as presiding judge during the Empire City track meeting and gave satisfaction. AVith the opening of the meeting five days off stall room at both tracks is already at a premium, and Secretary Maginn is in a quandary where to quarter the late comers. To be exact, there are 1932 stalls at both tracks and all this space has been reserved and filled. One hundredxand sixty stalls have been - secured on the outside and even this number has been found inadequate. Telegrams haTC been sent by Mr. Maginn to different owners informing them of the scarcity o stables and a number of horsemen who are racing on the Texas circuit have been advised that they would be unable to find accommodations here. With close to a couple of thousand horses here it will readily be seen that the game will be far from an easy- one. Granted that seven races will be carded . daily this means that S47 races will be run this winter and that more than half the horses here will leave without winning a purse. Jockey Delaby, who cut such an important figure at the late meetings at New York, arrived this morning. He is under contract to R. E. Watkins, who will race one of the largest strings here this winter. Other arrivals of riders were Koerner, Minder, Mountain and J. II. McCormicks promising lightweight, Sumter. Notter and R. McDaniel are expected within the next few days. The horses owned by J. R. Wainwright and J. J. Marklcin got in this morning from Latonia and are quartered at City Park. Frank Brown got in this morning and expected to find his horses here on arrival but found a tel- w egram instead which informed him that his car had been stalled at the new depot at AVashington and that his stable would probably reach here tonight. A. G. Westons lot of twelve horses arc due tomorrow, while the twenty head owned by George C. Bennett that will be raced and disposed of hero this winter are expected in tonight. Considerable sickness is prevalent at City Park and any number of horses are on the ailing list. Pat Dunne and R. A. Smith are the chief: sufferers up to the present time, each having lost a highly tried yearling. The old New Orleans favorite, Phil Finch, which John Murphy purchased out of a selling stake at Latonia last summer, arrived this morning in charge of W. Harris, who will handle him this winter. Mrs. M. C. Lyles string got in this afternoon.