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ALL READY FOR THE DERBY EXCITEMENT RUNS HIGH AT LOUISVILLE AND THE CITY IS CROWDED WITH VISITORS. Twelve Carded to Start, but Only Eight Kay Run — Fear That the Whitney Colts Are Not Ready to Race to Their Best Form. Louisville, Ky., Slay 12. — A brighter setting for a brilliant occasion could not be conceived than that which prevails here on the eve of the renewal of the forty -second running of the Kentucky Derby, which is slated for decision at Churchill Downs tomorrow. Old timers are amazed at the tremendous crowd already on hand and every train from every section of the country is adding to the throng. At no former time has interest in the Hport been so keen, particularly in the outcome of the Derby and, so diversified is the opinion as to the probable result, that practically all the starters will come in for supi ort. In all the sporting rcndcvoui and hotel corridors, the Derby is the one theme of conversation and wag, -ring is indulged in freely. Most of the speculation is on a horse to horse basis, with the Whitney pair. Star Hawk. George Smith and Franklin held in highest regard. The Whitney representatives are steadily losing favor, there being a tendency to play around the pair. The principal reason for this is uncertainty as to their thorough fitness and the fact that they have shown symptons of lameness since their arrival at Churchill Downs. That the "wizard trainer." James Rowe. will st::rt one or both, is regarded certain, else they would not be carded as a rule of the Kentucky State ltaiing Commission forbids the carding of any prospective starter unless by consent of the trainer or owner. This rule was passed as a result of traiuer Howes complaint that Regret was carded last sei.son for the Kentucky Oaks without warrant from him. Twelve are named for the Derby and eight will probably compose the field that will strive for the rich prise and the honor that goes with it. Those reasonably certain to start and their riders follow: Horse. Wt. Jockey. Thunderer 117 T. McTaggart Dominant 117 J. Nottcr Star Hawk 117 M. earner George Smith 117 J. Lof tus Lena Misha 117 E. Dugan Kinney 117 L. entry Dulse 117 R. Goose Frnnklin 117 F. Murphy In the event of the track being muddy, a remote prosi ect Judging by present weather indications. Dodge will In- substituted for Franklin and St. Isidor may help out George Smith. The Cock may also be a second string dependauce for the Macomber stable. All the intended starters have been given their final trials. Thunderer and Dominant galloped a half mile this morning respectively in 47% and 47%. Dulse was sent an easy mile in 1:43. Trainer Young still feels sanguine that his colt will redeem himself in the running of the Derby and that he is certain to go the route in 2:03 or better. Notables of the turf and sporting world are on hand in great numbers from every section of the country. The eastern representation is particularly noteworthy. The New Yorkers outnumber any foimer eastern delegation and include II. K. Knapp. Schuyler L. Parsons. P. R. Hitchcock. Andrew Miller. P. J. Dwyer. Mattie Corbett. William Streett, Jefferson Livingston, Chief Lally, Dr. Silencer. Price McKinney and a host of others. Delegations from Chicago. Indianapolis. Memphis. Nashville, Cincinnati and other Ohio points began arriving here early today and more are due tonight and tomorrow. Hotel space is at a premium and late comers will have to shift as best they can. Everything is in thorough readiness for a successful opening even to the smallest detail. There will be forty -seven mutuel machines in use tomorrow. They will be of . . S10 and 5 denominations. Six machines of the style will be used exclusively for preliminary Derby betting. They will afford opportunity for wagering straight, place and show. It had originally been intended to dispense with their use, but to relieve congestion on the Derby the machines were put on. There will be no mutuel wagering in the infield, which, in accordance with a former custom, will again he free. An innovation this year at Churchill Downs in connection with mutiu 1 betting will be the Misting at intervals of approximate odds on the different starters. The method was tried out at some of the Canadian tracks last year and worked satisfactorily. Secretary W. EL Iearce stated today ths.t there ure in the neighborhood of 1,410 horses at the two local tracks. Churchill Downs is quartering over 800 of this numlier. Governor Stanley, who will be present to see the racing tomorrow, was an arrival today from Frankfort. He will witness the running of the Derby from the stewards stand anil present the winning jockey with the customary lioquet. A big deal is at present pending, which if consummated, will transfer Franklin. Dodge. Sedan and Berlin from the J. S. Ward establishment to A. K. Macomber s stable. Mr. Macomber regards this quartette of Jim Gaffney colts so highly that he has made an offer of 0,000 for them. Mr. Ward turned it down, but it is rumored that Mr. Macomber is so desirous of obtaining the horses Unit he will probably raise his bid to a higher figure. Mr. Ward feels supremely sanguine that Franklin will be returned the winner of the Derby if the track remains dry. This mornings work-outs over a fast track at Churchill Downs included the following: Belgian Trooiier— Mile and a quarter in 2:13. Three in 1:20. Dig Smoke — -quarters Borrow — Mile and an eighth in 2:04. Bulse— Mile in 1:43-;,. Dominant— Half mile in 47%. Foxy Griff— Threc-quarterb in 1:16. Hiuis;. — Mile and an eighth in 2:04. Hard Ball— Five -eighths in 1:00. Hodge — Three-eighths in 35%. Irish Gentleman — Mile in 1:4a. J. B. May low Three -quarters in 1:10. John Gund— Five -eighths in 1:08. King Gorin— Mile in 1 :45. Leo Skoln.v — Seven-eighths in 1:32. Little Spider— Three-eighths in 3*. Luzzi — Mile in 1:47. Miss Fannie -Three-quarters in 1:18:;0. Money Maker Half mile in 4i. Pan Handh — Three -eighths in 3S. Pif Jr. — Three-eighths iu 39. Rifle Shooter— Mile in 1:40. Sparkler — Three-quarters in 1:16. Thunderer— Half mile in 47%. W. W. dark — Three -quarters in 1:20. Water Witch— Mile in 1:40. Worlds Wonder -Three-quarters in 1:15%.