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ITALIAN RACING GROWING IN IMPORTANCE. New York. January 10. — Preston M. Hatch is back from Franc. a visit to his patents iu Washing- liin He- N one of the recent acquisitions to tlie , ..l.mv of American trainers Burned and is .piarforcd at Mafawns I.afiitte. lie said of tlie sport at MM and abroad: . , •The- United States once held a prominent place aasaag tl,. • mesne, countries of the world. Win non r a biased public opinion and a general all around indifference, willi a few exception*, on the part ol norae owners has caused a Teat decline. Tlie foremost racing countries of the world nowadays are rrance. England and Italy. Racing In Italy is looking up. There bookinaking is still in practice- on a large scale and the sport is untrammelled. American hbraes which are nuking records for themselves ■broad include Noveltv. Hampton Court. Bestigonche au.l Shannon. These horses are doing excellent work as juniper-, while in the United Slates they ran as flat runners. In fact, the American horse is ■ veiv superior animal. ••The respect with which the Frenchmen hold the ni-riean borse is shown by the weight they pal upon oar American bred horses. Novelty, in the stable of Sain HIMreth, is conceded to be the best American hied racer in Europe. ••The American colony at hfaMons I.atlitte his grown steadily. Manv former American trainers are there and have made names for themselves in Fur.ipe. It is a pitv that all Americas best riders and horses are compelled to go to Europe on account of the decline of the sport here."