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OUTSIDERS TAKE PURSES DECISION OF PALMETTO PARK CARD ATTENDED BY NUMEROUS SURPRISES. Track in Treacherous Condition as Regult of Rain Ivan Gardner Wins St. Valentines Day Handicap Impressively. Charleston, S. C, February 14. Todays racing at Palmetto Park was marked by a series of surprises. Long shot backers and the layers had a lield day of it, as only one lirst choice managed to score. The track was iu bad condition, for in addition to the muddy state of the going, several blind holes developed. Improved weather contributed towards a generous patronage. The outstanding feature was the ,500 St. Aalentines Day Handicap, at one mile aud a quarter. It resulted in an easy victory for Iviu Cardner, which three-year-old showed an exceptionally good performance. Kiiimundy figured prominently in the running during the first three-quarters, but thereafter weakened badly. G. M. Miller also retired in the final drive. Ivan Gardners victory this afternoon will entail a penalty for him in the Palmetto Derby. Duquesnc, supposed to be especially favored by going such as prevailed, made a poor showing in the sprint handicap that preceded the feature race and finished unplaced. Robert Bradley wou the purse handily, with Americus and Loan Shark second and third. lie was hid up 00 over his entered price of ,000 by .1. J. McCalferty and was retained. Font was a supposed "good thing" in the fifth race, but Tom King, running to his best form, won out from Tay Pay, with Font leading the others. Ruisseau seemingly had the race at his mercy after rounding into the stretch in the lead, but stepped in a hole and nearly fell. J. L. Jones, represented in the second race by Inferno Queen, claimed Corncracker, running in J. Todds interest, for 25. "Daggie" Smith will leave tomorrow for Louisville to take up the horses Al Bloch and Mocker and prepare them for racing, beginning with the Lexington meeting. Mockler is owned by J. C Calm. Emersmi Cochran will be left here in charge of the stable foreman and will be shipped with the first consignment of racers going to Kentucky. Steve Lllommedieu, T. F. Buckley and Gus Blume were among the new layers in line this afternoon. Jockey Sumter, who has been incapacitated by a severe cold for the past few days, left for Aiken, S. C. this evening to join tin: stable of his employer, W. H. Karrick. who is wintering the horses in his care at that poinl. C. it. Ileisclimann has purchased from Frank E. Brown the racer Coreopsis. He will be raced at the hunt meetings in the cast. Thomas Ready, who came here from Washington last winter, died this morning after a short illness. .Mr. Ready at one time raced several horses, among them the mare Miss Modred. He retired from the furniture business in AVashington several years ago anil was in comfortable circumstances. It. C. Evans has purchased Coining Coon from Mr. Van Orden and X. B. Davis has bought Berts from L. P. Hamcl. The track at Palmetto Park this morning was deep and heavy. The "dogs" were up and this meant that horses were forced to go wide all the way. The best trials shown were: Bundle or Rags Half mile in 50. Carbureter Three-quarters in 1:21. Carlton G. Three-quarters in 1:18. Colonel Cook Three-quarters iu 1:17. Hill Stream Three-quarters iu 1:22. Joe Finn Three-quarters in 1:22. LAiglon Three-quarters in 1:10. Pollv II. Mile in 1:50. Sherwood Three-quarters in 1:21. Stairs Three-quarters in 1:21. Stellata Throe-quarters in 1:23.