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TRACI RAPIDLY DRYING OUT SUN SHINES AT CHARLESTON ANB PALMETTO TARK COURSE IMPROVES FAST. Patronage Runs Far Ahead of Last Season in Spite of Wintry Weather H. G. Bedwell Still Leads Owners. Charleston, C, January 4. -That raring at Palmetto Tail; is firmly established was ably demonstrated last wivk when, in spite of six days of rainy anil wintry weather, the attendance showed a big increase over the corresponding days or the meeting last winter. The heavy track did not kin-p all the good horses in their stables anil they contested in overnight handicaps and the stake race in goodly numbers. Today the sun came out strong and the track was drying out fast. Burring further rain, of which there is none in sight, the going should le good by Tuesday and the course should lie jaster than at jiii.v time during tlie meeting by the following day. Tl. rain lias served to settle the new top layer of soil that was spread on the track, which was responsible for the slow time made to date. Secretary Nathansons condition book calls for Munc racing of good quality during the week with long distance races as a special leature. lie lias also made liberal provisions lor the new two-year-olds and they will le seen in action several times in the next few days. Two stakes will be run off this week, both with selling conditions, they being Hie I.attery Paris and the Isle of Palms Stakes, the firmer at one mile and the latter at six furlongs, lioth are for three-year-olds and over and have a guaranteed cash value of 81.200. Thus far the betting ring has averaged twelve layers daily, but this will be increased to at least fourteen within a few days. The acquisition of .iohnn.-l.ewis, who will cut in Tuesday, will add new life to tit" ring and it is said that Horace Paul will be here from Juarez shortly. At present the layers have their hands full taking care of the speculation, and all report losses on the thirty days of the meeting which have elapsed. Selling race troubles at Palmetto Park are at the most acute stage since the meeting opened and a record number of horses have changed bauds by the run up process. The selling handicaps have served in a measure to protect the better class of platers, due to the high prices for which they are entered, but even in several of these races the winners have been given a stiff tilt. II. C Bcdwoll still leads the owners in the matter of purse winnings, but the victory of Uiugling in the New Years Handicap put the Beverwyek Stable i lose to him. Pour owners have thus far passed the 85. 000 mark. Jockey Johnny McTaggart leads the jockeys, with 34 wins to his credit, with Buxton next with 21. Deronde. with 10; R. Goose. 12: IT. Martin, 11; and C. Turner, 10 are the only other riders who have ridden ten or more winners. The owners who have won ,100 or more up to and including Saturdays races are: II. C. I ted well. 80.595: J. . Talbott. 85.200: J. L. Holland. 85.000-P.everwvck Stable, .85,795: V. Walker. 82.010: K7 P. Parma n Sl.tKiO: A. Weber, 81.570: A. Colton. 81.450; 1.. II. Adair, 81,300; J. M. Zimmcr, 81.575; . T. Worthington. 81.150; G. C. linker, 81.085; J. W. Iiedrick. 81,025; J. II. McCarron, 81,025.