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. 4, THE CHAMPION COLT MR. KEEIME RESERVED FOR HOME RACING. , j JAMES R. KEENES CH. C. 3. CELT. BY COMMANDO MAID OF ERIN. Last year James B. Keene was credited witli saying that Celt was. nearly. If not quite, the equal of Colin. Nothing took place that led to a test. Colin kept on sweeping everything before him in the big stakes without needing -any assistance and it was not until late along in the racing year that Celt was i" I lowed to confirm the good report concerning his great speed and high class that had long been current. This was in the Flatbusb Stakes, at Sheepshead Bay. September 7. Colin won by three lengths, covering-the seven furlongs of the race in 1:24$. but Celt was second under restraint and six lengths before Bar None, with Firestone, Meellck. Johnnie Blako and Chapultepec unplaced. This was sufficient to show that in case of accident to Colin Mr. Keene still held command of the two-year-old situation with Celt. In continuation lie was started alone in the Junior Champion Stakes, at Gravesend. September 22. and won easily ever a heavy track from Uncle, Meellck and Firestone. That was all the racing that fell to him when a two-year-old. but there was that in his way of running, appearance, and evident adaptability to all sorts of going that made turfmen in general think Mr. Keene was right in placing him "nearly, if not quite, as good as Colin." The brevity of Celts two-year-old racing was matched bj that of his three-year-old career, but for a vastlv different reason. He simply was not needed when a two-year-old and so was not raced much. This "year he was retired early because of unfortunately spreading a hoof when in the beginning of what promised to lie a campaign of brilliant achievemvnts. He started but twice and won. twice. His first start was tor the Jockey Club AVeight-for-Age Race, at Belmont Park, May 2S. In this he defeated Jack Atkin and Dorante, set the pace all the way and ran the mile and an eighth of the race in 1:52. His next and only other start was in the Brooklyn Handicap, in which at the finish the first four were thiee-ycar-olds. Celt carried 100 pounds and won comfortably by a length and a half from Fair Play. 519. he a half length before Master Robert, 95, and the latter lapped out by King James, 9S. The race was run in 2:04i, a new record for the Gravesend track. The subsequent racing of Fair Ilay. Master Robert and King James was such as to make the surpassing excellence of Celt stand out commandingly. He was heavily engaged and but for the accident that retired him would probably have made a clean sweep of the rich stakes that fell to Fair Ilay and other horses that profited by his absence from the race track. It was generally understood late in the year that Celt had grown a sound hoof and was fit for training. But Mr. Keene was disinclined to have him prepared and so it was decided to hold him over for next year. He is undoubtedly a grand race horse and it is to be hoped that the difficulties now confronting New York racing will be so cleared awav by next year that he may again delight his thousands of applauding admirers, as he did in the Brooklyn of this year. Celt is a horse of friendships and has taken a .small calico pony into his affection so completely that he will not work or race unless ills small friend is sent on the track witli him. This wiiy is presented along with Celts picture. The record of Celt and his pedigree are as follows: Year Age. Sts. 1st. 2nd. 3rd. Unp. Won. ,.,, 7 2 2 1 1 0 0 $ 0,425 0 0 0 jOOS " - - 22.540 Totals -1 :! 1 0 0 8,905 , j Eclipse. Alarm - r Ilirnyar J Aland "J"U 1 . Lexington. 1 Ilira Ilegira. f Domino......... - j " . , Leamington. , tannic Gray . J I,"n"rcr " - . j War Dance. Lizzie G M. by Lecompte. r Commando" .... j j S . ;. , . Melbourne. Tho Poer 1 Clnizelli. ; TDarebln Traducer. S Lurlme Mermaid. S I T, Emma G.. . T , .. , J Norfolk. n I"001 Hennie Harrow. -a tCuenn A J am.Mry. g g . , - Glendew 1 Glenrose. W j Voltigeur. o f Vedette j Mrs. ltidgway. 8 I Speculum or -j j Aiarm or Orlando. r Amphion J KSL,,e,"y Dorallce j Preserve s - j Newnunster. Hermit Seclusion. S L Suicide J- 1 Rataplan. "3 I Maid Maid of or Frin Lun.. t Ratcatchers Lady Alicia. Daughter W.Australian. Solon j Darlings dam. Barcaldine . Belladrum. Ballyroe Bon Accord, j Marsyas. Albert Victor I Pcess of Wales. Gaydene 1 Scottish Chief. Fl. Macdonald .Mayflower.