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1 1 , SOLDIERS AT BELMONT PARK 0 "Sammies" from Camp Mills Are Guests of Racing Association. « Columbine and Corn Tassel Furnish Interesting Duel in Plattsdale Handicap. ♦ New York. June 3. — Racing at Belmont Park yesterday assumed a military aspect, when hundreds tif soldiers of the national army, stationed at Camp Mills, were the honored guests of the association. The "sammies" crowded the lawn and grandstands and seemingly enjoyed the days outing, for thfjr cheered vociferously for their favorites in each race run. The warm weather had thoroughly dried out the track proper and the program offered contained races that brought forth sterling contests. The feature of the afternoon, the Plattslale Handicap, proved to he the most exciting contest of the day. when the two choices Columbine and Corn Tassel, fought throughout the entire distince of the stretch for the stellar honors, the Widener candidate landing the verdict by a short head. The winner forced a fast pace and drew into the h.-ol at the eighth poet, but found unexpected opposition from Corn Tassel, which moved up rupidly from his rear position. The battle then ensued to the finish line, but Columbine possessed the greatest staying powers and outgnmed his adversary. The International Steeplechase brought together a fine band of high-class jumpers and provided an interesting contest. Belle of Bryn Mawr was re turned the winner, scoring her third straight victory in as many starts this year. She went to tie-front today after going a half and held sway throughout. Nan Knoehr captured the oi»ening dash, beating Little Maudie in the final strides of a close finish. Algust Belmonts Jyntee easily asserted her apparent siqieriority over a band of good fillies in the three-quarters of a mile dash over the main course. Jyntee led all the way to win by five lengths. Too much weight boat Harwood II. in tii" fifth, for which he was favorite. He tired near the end after closing a big gap and Picrrc-a-Fen. which was reserved in the early running, drew away to win by a comfortable margin. On Friday next, which will be Red Cross day at Belmont Park, visitors will have an opportunity to see the type of thoroughbred horse the experts of the federal government have secured fer their western remount stations. On that day. Light Arms. Roly. Achievement and OSuIlivan. which are now quartered at Belmont lark. will be shown to the public between the races, in front of the stand and in the paddock. Light Arms and Roly are among the horses donated by the Breeding Bureau of the I Jockey Tub, while the other two were acquired by purchase. When Maj. Rt.bt. Straw-bridge. F. Ambrose Clark and J. Howard Lewis were inspecting suitable ma- terial a week ago. they were particularly pleased 1 with the horse Light Arms and offered ,500 for him. This sum was refused by his owner. John ; Shaughnessy, who is secretary of the Liberty Leather " Company of Newark. The horse cost Mr. Sim ugh nessy ,000 a year ago and, if he had not gone wrong in training, he was expected to duplicate some of the brilliant successes he had scored tin I the continent In-fore being brought to this country by Edward Burke, who is now serving under the • colors in France, t ELEVEN HORSES TO GOVERNMENT. Mr. Shaughnessy yesterday consented to donate r Light Arms to the Breeding Bureau of the Jockey Club in urefi relict- to selling him for ,500. thus ; revealing a natriotic spirit worthy of emulation. Frank K. Sturgis. chairman of the Preetling Hureau of the Jockey Club, in turn passed the horse on t 1 the Federal Government, thus completing a total of eleven high-class horses which have been donated • by the governing hotly of racing to the Federal au-I thorities. Light Arms is not only a magnificent appearing horse, but is superbly bred as well, being by Iibra dor. a son of Sheen — Ornament, the latter the dam of the great Scentre, while his dam. Light Shot, is by Donovan— Light of the Harem, by Favo. J. F. Cleaver has repurchased the plater N. K. r Beal, which he lost in a selling race recently. H. G. Bedwell and jockey Lyke returned from Kentucky. Cudgel, with Manokin, Valais and Bu ehanan Brady of the Ross string, and A. K- Ma-combers llollister. are en route from Louisville. ■ ,-Best horse I ever rode," was Lykes comment - regarding Cudgels victory in the Kentucky llandi- I cap. Jockey J. Rodriguez apprenticeship will expire with the rilling of two more winners, under the ii rules of the Jot-key Club. V I. Hammond was an arrival from the Maryland half mile circuit. His campaigners Clark M. and t Wat an- quartered at Aqueduct. Advice received from Spain indicates that Pat - Freeman is enjoying a great measure of success with - the string he trains for a Spanish nobleman. II A. M. Or|ien of Toronto was an arrival. H. B. Dalley has transferred the contract he had - on apprentice W. Humphries to S. C. Hildreth. e bv whom he was previously employed, it t "John Coleman will return to San Francisco atanat 11 Wednesday to look after his real estate business. 1- "I have had a most enjoyable trip anil am pleased e to see racing in such a healthy condition in New-York. I am in hopes of seeing the spirt revived e in California as soon as the country is more settled, in fact, the sentiment, for racing and breeding in the a west is growing every day." Foxhall Keene was a visitor at Belmont Park to-e be day. While he is not racing any horses at present, I! he is much concerned iu the welfare of racing. s Mr. Bedwell said that Cudgel will lie a sun-starter in the Suburban Handicap, providing he is not too much worn from his Kentucky trip. "He would have established a new track reconl last J Saturday." added Bedwell, "but for the blinding rainstorm. On the morning of the race at Douglas Park, he showed me an eighth of a mile in eleven e seconds. i- John E. Madden has sold the two two-year-old ir fillies Ambassador HI. and Passing Showers to J. le H. Rosseter. the California breeder. They will n--lt main in the hands of John Madden and trained by ,1 V. F. Walker uutil Saratoga, when they will be k turned over to tieorge Strate. Mr. Kosseters trainer, s who is now iu Kentucky. C. K. ii. Billings, former partner of Fnderick is Johnsons in Omar Khayyam and other horses. by iv was a visitor today at Belmont. While |» is not it interested in a stable at the pn-seut time, he is still an urdeut advocate of racing.