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FAVORITES FARING POORLY FRANK HUDSON IS ONLY FIRST CHOICE TO SCORE AT PALMETTO PARK. Extension of Charleston Fair and Racing: Associations Meeting Is Begun Under Adverse Conditions Racing Marked by Close Finishes. Charleston, S. C, March 1. The Charleston Fair and Racing Association today entered upon the extension of twenty-four days to its original schedule granted by the Jockey Club. Extremely cold weather prevailed today, but the full quota of regulars visited Palmetto Park ami enlivened proceedings iu the betting ring by spirited speculation. Close finishes were the order and the sport was enjoyable. Favorites were again in eclipse, Frank Hudson being the only one to escape defeat. He accounted for the feature race, a selling handicap at one mile and twenty yards, which he won com liiaudingiy from tlie poorly handled L. II. Adair. The latter was an intended "good thing," being backed from a high price of 7 to 1 to 7 to 2. Tlie sport liegan with a victory for Billy Stuart, which got up in the Inst few strides to heat Dirks Pet. with Dr. Dougherty, the favorite, third. Caslara, another well-hacked one, ran in her Iiest form and won the second by a small margin over Ralph Lloyd, the favorite. Martre, a lirst-tinie starter and extensively supported, just man aged to stagger home in advance of the frequently raced Rye Straw iu the third. The mile race, that was liftli on the card1, resulted in a desperate finish, in which Gaty Fallen just tiid last to beat Milton B. by a nose. The closing dash was almost a repetition of tlie fifth race when Henry Hutchison and Sonny Boy lamled noses apart after a strenuous stretch drive. Knights superior riding skill contributed toward Henry Hutchisons victory. W. G. Yankes horses left for Lexington this morning. Mr. Yanke himself will go from here to Indianapolis for a week or ten days and then to New York for a couple of weeks. Jockey Borel went direct to New York. Jockeys W. and R. Goose were called to Iheir home in Louisville by a telegram bringing news that their mother was dangerously ill. A few weeks ago Mrs. Goose was burned severely as a result of a gasoline stove explosion. She took a turn for the worse yesterday and fears are expressed that she will not recover. Tin? stakes to be run at Dorval this spring, which closed yesterday, filled exceptionally well, as did the stakes to be run at Churchill Downs and Havre de Grace, which dosed today. C. S. Wilson lias entered the Palmetto Derby winner. Ivan Gardner, in the Kentucky Derby, and in tlie event of the latter stake being run over a muddy track the son of Ivan the Terrible will doubtless give a good account of himself. Wilson will make an effort to secure Borel or some other stout rider to pilot him in the Churchill Downs event. Cockspur has been transferred to George Paul, a local turfman, who will race him on the Kentucky tracks. Sylvestris broke down during the running of the third race. She will probably be sold to J. L. Holland to go into the stud. Track conditions were rather bad this morning when the following work-outs took place: Untouch Three-quarters in l:205i. Chilton Queen Half mile iu 5;:. Dick Deatlwood Five-eighths in 1:04t. Golden Treasure Three-quarters in 1:17!. Mona G. Half mile in 51. Moscowa Half mile in 51. Lncle Ed Five-eighths iu 1:04. Volthorpe Three-quarters in 1:21.