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MORE RAIN AT CHARLESTON MUD RUNNERS CONTINUE TO BE SUITED BY PALMETTO PARK GOING. Public Fails to Pick the Winners with Any Considerable Degree of Success Old Ben Scores an Impressive Victory, Charleston, S. C, December 20". Adverse weather conditions prevailed this afternoon and detracted considerably from the sport at Palmetto Park. Haiti slowed the track and was responsible for the failure of the public to pick the winners, onlv two favorites leading home their fields. W. G. Yankes two-year-old. Old Ben, running iu his best form, made a show of the good baud of sprinters that furnished the contest in the feature race at three-quarters. The impressive fashion in which he disposed of his cider and more seasoned opponents won him many admirers and It is freely predicted that he will win the rich Palmetto Derby, to be run two months hence. Samuel It. Meyer and larts were most extensively favored for the race, hut the last named retired precipitately after showing good speed to the last furlong, while Samuel It. .Meyer, under hard urging, just did get up for third place. The winner, following his customary style of racing, ran behind the early leaders, but after rounding into the stretch wore them, down with ease to win by two lengths. The mile handicap under selling conditions went to Kinmundy, with Earl of Savoy, the pacemaker, taking second place, and the favorite. Merry Lad, third. After the finish J. AV. Hedrick. owner of Earl of Savoy, bid up the winner from his entered price of 1913.sh00 to ,000 and bought him. Chas. Canuell, backed almost to the exclusion of the others in the second race, just managed to get up after a tempestuous trip to beat Belle Terre. Archie Zimmer had planned a double during the afternoon witli Chas. Cannell and Ann Tilly, but the latter was beaten by a short margin by KIghteasy. Ann Tilly was best and her failure was due to Mc-Taggarts tactics in steering her extremely wide on the stretck turn. Not alone did Mr. Zimmer lose the purse and u good-sized bet, but he also lost the BUy,1 When W. 5. Weaut; represented iu the race by Stelcltff. claimed Aim Tilly for 025. Bill Beverley and Al Valentine dropped out of the ranks of the layers this afternoon on account of heavy losses they have sustained. J. Wiedlcr, assistant to Algernon Daingerfleld, assistant secretary of the Jockey Club, arrived totlav to assist iu taking applications for licenses from trainers and jockeys. Nearly two hundred trainers aud jockeys here will be compelled to have tho necessary licenses on or after the lirst of January If they desire to coutinue the plying of their vtica-tions. J. S. Ward sold Counterpart to J. L. Shaffer this morning. Mrs. W. H. Frey lias bought Turkey in the Straw from H. G. Bedwell and II. Warner has sold Le-tourno to Willinm Walker. Secretary Natliansou announced this afternoon the weights for the New Year Handicap. The race Is at one .mile and an eighth and worth 2.000. The likely starters will probably come from Samuel K. .Meyer, 112; Ringling. 110: Sir John Johnson, 119; G. M. Miller, 109; Harry Lauder, 95; Douald Mac-donald. 120; Prince Hermls, 10S; Charlestonian, 90; Republican, 110; John Furlong, 108; Clubs, 10S; Floral Park. 107. Jockey Borel returned this morning from Norfolk, where he went to confer with Albert Simons relative to a. riding engagement for the Whitney stable next season. The matter is still in abeyance. The track was fairly firm this morning and some Creditable trials were recorded, including the the following: Banjo Jim Three-eighths In 38. Briar Path Three-quarters in 1:22. Buzz Around Three-eighths in 37. Clem Beachey Half mile In 53. Colfax Three-quarters in 1:19. Deposit Three-quarters in 1:111. Donald Macdonald Mile in 1:44. Floral Park Mile in 1:40. Grosvenor Three-quarters in 1:17. Hans Creek Seven-eighths in 1:33. Kirn Three-quarters in 1:19. Luria Three-quarters in 1:19. Oakland Three-quaurters in 1:21. Palanquin Five-eighths in 1:05. Prince Chap Seven-eighths in 1:33. Sager Mile in 1:48. Stucco Three-quarters in 1:19. Troy Weight Three-quarters in 1:18. White Wool Three-quarters in 1:19. Winning Witch Five-eighths in 1:04. AV. W. Clark Mile in 1:43.