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! • ■ OFFICIAL DATES OF EASTERN RACING. Aqueduct to Open and Close New York Season — Empire City Given Two Meetings. New York. January 9.— The stewards of the Jockey flub have given out the racing dates of 1908, md seem to have provided equitably for all of the associations, including Empire City. It now remains for Mr. Butler to say whether he will accept the Empire City allotment or otherwise. The dates are is follows: Aqueduct — April 15 to April 28. Jamaica — April 29 to May 12. Belmont Park — May U to May 30. iravesend — June 1 to June IS. Sheepshead Bay — June 19 to July 6. Brighton Beach — July 7 to July 29. Saratoga — July 30 to August 22. Empire City — August 12 to August 2s. Sheepshead Bay — August 29 to September 12. Cravesend — September 14 to September 20. Brighton Beaeli — September 28 to October 3. Belmont Park— October 5 to October 17. Empire City — October 19 to October 24. „ Jamaica — October 20 to November 4. Aqueduct — November r to November 14. Ben Fleet, a promising three-year -old by Ben Strome— Strychiuia. died at Sheepshead Bay today t spinal meningitis. He was a full brother to the unfortunate Highball, winner of the American Derby, which broke a leg in a race at Brighton Beach and had to be shot. Ben Fleet was entered iu many stakes. He was bought last year from E. R. Thoinas by the Oneck Stable of H. K. Kuapp. lackey Club member, steward and menilier of the State Racing Commission. Mr. Kuapp said today at the Windsor Arcade: "The il Ss is a severe one, is gr-at hopes were entertained of Ben Fleet in his three year-old form. Others in the Oneck Stable have been sick, although not with meningitis, but there is no general illness at any of the Long Island tiacks.. Frank Gill has not been sent to Kentucky. His ..wii;r eon eluded not to take a chance of sending him to the stud and gelling him hack lo racing i.gain lor tlie Suburban and Brighton after he looked over lie entries to the three big handicaps. The Toddiugton — La Fleur colt in tin- Durea barn is said to outlook his ."i.n00 stable mate by Griffon — Pillowdex. which worked so fast last fall as to bring about his sale at that big figure. The ant i racing bills al Albauy are in the hands of couimiltees said to he safely ill he majority again*! them. The farmers will not take a chance on the Aguew bill yearly a| fropriafion. which ihey will have lo fight for every year instead of holding the certainty they now have in the race track tax.