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WASHINGTON WEATHER IMPROVING. Prospect of a Better Track Yadda a Surprise Berkeleys Good Race. Washington, D. C, November 25. A beautiful day, the first here in a week, brought out a good attendance and, while the card was featureless, the racing was interesting. The track is fast drying out, but was still heavy this afternoon, although it should be good tomorrow if the good weather continues. The races opened and closed with a handicap, the first for three-year-olds and over and the closing for all ages, and both were well patronized by the best horses at the track. Royal Lady and Dolly Spanker were the choices in the betting for the first race, with the latter best backed at post time. Dolly Spanker finished a tiring, third, while Royal Lady was knocked out of contention at the start. Yaddo proved to be one of the best things of the meeting from a speculative standpoint and was well backed by a wise coterie. Fairbrother sent the black colt to the front at the start and increased his advantage all the way and won in a canter. Listless, from the Daly stable, quickly secured second position and never relinquished it and was an easy second two lengths in front of Dolly Spanker. Hoyal Lady lost whatever chance she had at the start and Comedienne ran a poor race. Economy, which has not started since winning two races during the three-day meeting of the tnited Hunts Club at Belmont Park early in the month, was made the favorite in the second nice, which was for jumpers over the two-mile course ami the Voter Frugal filly was an easy winner under a good ride by McAfee. Monkey Puzzle was prominent In the early running and took second place when Fin MacCool tired. Touchwood was jvell backed for place and show and was In a contending position until making a bad lauding and unseating Dupee. Those who lost when Greeno was beaten by Baby Willie, in the third race Thursday, went back to him again today and the Greenan colt rewarded them handsomely for their loyalty. Belle of the Bay, with Notter in the saddle, was the favorite, but was beaten for second place by Tony Bonero by a short head after going wide in the stretch. Tony Bonero led to the stretch when he was passed by Greeno in a hard drive. Winning Star won another race for W. C. Daly when the Star Shoot Winsome III. filly finally got up to beat Kingsessing under a poor finish by Yorke. Gay Gryselle, which George Odom has leased from A. J. Joyner, led to the stretch, but finished a poor third. The good fortune which has been attending this ex-jockey trainer and owner seems to have left him. Eleven declined the issue in the fifth race, leaving eight to start. Iligginbotham received the support, while El Dorado, notwithstanding his last race, was well backed by some of the hardiest of his former admirers. Monacodor followed the favorite closely for a quarter, then dashed into the lead, setting a fast pace and held sway to the end to win going away. Iligginbotham was as easily second best. El Dorado ran in third place right up to the wire, where he tired badly. Ballot Box finished a poor third and only beat out the fast coming Keidmoore by a head. Berkeley gave weight to all his opponents in the closing handicap, carried his big impost well and made all .the pace, but Notter was obliged to ride him out all through the last furlong to win. There was a big plunge on Berkeley by the clubhouse contingent, while the public took Killiecrankie. Killiecrankie ran a resolute race, finishing six lengths in front of the long shot DArkle, which came with a rush right at the end, running by Aiauda and Campaigner.