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OLD-TIME LONG-DISTANCE RACES. It is interesting to recall some of the old-time long-distance races. In former days, however, speed was not regarded as of so much importance, and .we find a writer inquiring, in ante belluni days: "Who remembers the time of many o the best horses of England and America? Florizel and Monarch were so superior to all competitors as never to be put to their sneed by any of them. In England, by handicapping, putting heavier weights on the best horses to produce an equality, the inferior ones most frequently win, and with light weights they make faster races than their superiors." Following are some of the long ago four-mile races: Lecomte, three years eleven months old, carrying S9 pounds, beating Lexington, on the Mctairie course, near New Orleans, in 7:20 7:3S. Fashion, five years old, 114 pounds, beating Bos-ion aged, 12C pounds, on the Union course, near New York City, Long Island, in 7:32 7:45. Tully-ho, four years six months old, 104 pounds, on the same course, beating Boston and Free Trade fu 7:33 7:43 7:52 8:10. Free Trade, winner of the first heat, was distanced in the second. Eclipse, aged, 120 pounds, beating Henry, four years old, 108 pounds, same course. Henry, winner of the first heat in 7:37 7:49 8:24. Dick Doty, four years six months old, 100 pounds, beating Little Flea and others, at Lexington, Ky., in 7:37 7:40. Red Eye, seven years old, 124 pounds, beating Nina at Broad Rock course 100 and more feet over a mile, near Richmond, Va., Nina winning the second heat in 7:4 7:40 7:49. Red Eye, aged, 324 pounds, beating One-Eyed Joe, winner of the first heat, and Fanny Fern, at Baltimore, in 7:43 7:45 8:24. Red Eye had previously beaten Joe in two and three-mile heats.