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1 , • . . 1 1 I 1 ■ WELL WISHES FOR KING GEORGE. Coincident with the announcement that King George V. will extend to the sport of the turf the same patronage and interest bestowed by his revered father, came the opening of the racing season iu Canada, marked by the first coitest for the guineas of the third monarch that has contributed annually to the maintenance of the sport in this province. The history of the Kings Plate extends back to the year 1H60, when the gift was first made by Queen Victoria, and without interruption has continued to this day. Queen Victoria herself regularly attended in state the Ascot, Goodwood and Windsor races and maintained at Saudi inghani a breeding establishment from which came some of the most famous and successful of English thoroughbreds. King Edward VII. carried that on and in addition set up a racing stable which met with no small share of success. To have three times wou the Derby is an honor that few owners have accomplished, but King Edward was one of the few, and but a year ago the world was celebrating his last success in that great race when Minoru wou at Epsom. That King Georges colors will meet with equal favoring fortune is much to expect, but it will not tie too much for his loyal subjects to hope for. There is no royal road to success on the turf, where tlie democracy of equality sets all men and horses on the same footing — -"let the best win" — but his. majesty has a splendid start in the foundation laid by his fathers proven stock. His adherence In this particular to the traditions of the throne of England will no doubt 1m- approved by eight out of ten of his subjects, for there is no part of that empire on which the sun never sets that is not devoted to racing as a great popular sport. — Toronto Globe.