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PROMISE LIBERAL PURSES PALMETTO PARK MANAGEMENT MAKES AN- , NOUNCEMENT OF MARCH OFFERINGS. This Week Most Important of Charleston Season from Stake Standpoint, with George Washington Handicap and Derby to Be Decided. harlcslon, .S. C, February 22. With indications Unit I hi Hack will Ik- faster than at any p.cvious time during tin- meeting the present we -k f racing at Palmetto Tar!; easily bids lair to h -the best of the session. The week will be ushered in with the ,000 George Washington Birthday Handicap and will wind up with the .i00 Palmetto Derby. Tin? aniouut distributed will he the greatest for any one week of the meeting and th two big fixtures will be contested by the best of the stake horses in training here. The Derby will complete the stake schedule for the meeting. It will be the twenty-third closed event of the season. The management of Ialinetto Park has announced that liberal purses will Ik. provided for the extension period of the meeting, which takes in practically the month of .March, and there will be plenty of overnight handicaps for the good horses to race for. Interest in the Derby is at fever heat and it is expected that a new record for attendance will be established at Ialinetto Iark next Saturday. Cliarlcstouians recent victory caused him to loom up as a likely contender. The Derby Trial will he run Tuesday at one mile and a sixteenth. The recent Derby Preliminary was marred by adverse weather and track conditions and did not serve Jo ge a true line on the merits of sonic of the candidates. Owner il. .. Itcdwell increased his purse winnings Jircatly last week and there is little doubt that he will lead the winning owners for the remainder of the meet lug. He is now within a few hundred dollars of the 15,000 mark and would have passiul- -V th.s liguie but for being disqualified from first and second money in a race last week. To date forty owners have won $ l,oot and upward in purses, lint liedwcll and the J. O. Talbott stable are the only i IKS that have passed the 0,000 mark. .lot-key McTaggart still has a commanding lead over the other riders, hut jockey .1. Hanover made a good gain during the week. McTaggart and Hanover are the only riders high up in the winning list who are accepting mounts regularly. Owners who have won 1,000 or more are as follows: II. C. Bed well, ,.GS0: J. O. Talbott. 0,207: l.everwyck Stable. 1914.sh,005: A. Weber. ,925; J. L. Holland. ,810; K. F. Carman. ,215; I. M. Iled-rick, ,905; W. Walker. ,950; G. W. .1. liissell. S2,S35; W. 0. Yanke, .-lS5; F. K. Drown, ,725: .1. V. Hedrick. ,510; .1. L". .Strode, ,510: O. C. Baker, ,495; .1. II. McCarreii, ,275: T. 1". Shecdy. ,050; 1 . .1. Pons. ,995; I,. Marion, ,.m;5: C. A. Spiel, ,825; J. M. Zimnicr, ,800; M. A. Colton, Sl,700; It. Cdston, ,685: K. McP.ride. ,030; .1. . Johnson, ,585; Mrs. W. 11. Frcy. ,400; K. V. iluymaker, ,::S5: M. C. Moore, ,335: L. H. dair, ,350; -J. M. W. Green. ,200;i W. V. Casey, ,250: J. 1. Byrne. 1.230: C. S. Wilson, ,210; P. Hyams, ,200 J. II. Nichols. ,150; C T. Worthington, ,150; S. II. Kunz, ,110: W. K Mizell. ,uS5: .1. M. Goodc, ,000; O. Pons, ,025. N. B. Davis, .Jt0. Y. G. Yauke lias announced his plans for the coining season. The stable will be shipped from here to Kentucky and will take part in the Lexington, Douglas Park, Churchill Downs and Latonia meetings before being shipped to Saratoga. All of th" old horses are training well and great things are expected of the three-year-old, Old Ben, which has shown every indication of being a stayer. In his races here this winter Old Ben lias come from behind and finished like a lion. Jockey Borel understands how to handle this sou of Ben Brush and can get more out of him than any other rider. The mare Bound the World, that raced wilh such distinction in the Yanke c-olors, will be mated with Uncle this spring. She is now in Kentucky. It is the purpose of Mr. Yanke to select for his stud several mare of high breeding whose performances on the turf stamped them as great racers. This small baud of matrons will be sent to wine farm in Kentucky for the present and in the event of racing being revived in California, the entire band will he shipped to the coast. The accident on Wednesday last, which Tesulted fatally to B. F. Carmans Kalinka, was an unfortunate one. It probably could have been avoided had Ward gone on with Kalinka instead of taking her hack and messing her alxiut. Had he done so he would have been clear of the jostling which occurred just before the turn was reached. When Kalinka went down her leg snapped. The break was between the hock and the stifle, rather a peculiar place. Mr. Carman, of course, was much put out over the loss of Kalinka, hut it was oue of those mishaps that are likely to occur at any time and on any track. There has been some rough riding here this winter, hut no more than at any long meeting. J. Smyth, the apprentice who is riding for Edward McBride here this winter, is developing into a skilful rider. This lad has Improved more than any other youngster and by spring should be able to hold his own with any of the lightweight lads. The chances are that Smyth will sign with one of the important Canadian stables, as several offers have been made for his services. 1.. A. Cassidy is thinking seriously of going from here to Caracas, Venezuela, with Senor Jamie Todd at the conclusion of the Palmetto Park meeting. Senor Todd is secretary of the jockey Club at Caracas, and the members of that organization contemplate building a line plant on modern lines. In the event that Mr. Cassidy goes to Venezuela, it will be to superintend the building of the plant. Last Monday evening the Palmetto Minstrels, made up of racing folk, gave a performance in the Academy of Music to a packed house. The show was a great success and fairly took this sleepy old town hy storm, so much so that a second performance will be given at the request of Mayor John P. Grace. The lirst performance was for the benefit of local charities and the next show will be given to establish a fund for local oarsmen who desire M to take part in the regatta to be held in New York J next summer. The Palmetto Minstrel troupe is made tip of followers of racing who ate wintering here. Tin; entire production was staged and produced by Melville S."Oollius and was under the sole management of Harry L. Shaw. Several new songs were composed especially for this performance by Collins and they proved a great success. The company numbered about forty, with George Beardon as Interlocutor and Max Murphy and William Duff as mid men. These three were especially good in their parts and were the hits of the show, being equal 10 the best of the professional talent seen here this winter. Others who took a prominent part In the performance included Patrick ONeill. Edward Maher. y John Roche. Harry Aldert. Victor Goldstein. Austin Kennedy. Michael Crimmius, Maurice Hyams and Frank Moore.