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EMPIRE STAKES ARE WELL PATRONIZED Many of the Best Racers in Training Named for Autumn Events at Popular Yonkers Track. NEAA" YORK, N. Y., September 9. The ten stakes of the Empire City Racing Association, which will be decided during the autumn meeting, scheduled to open on October 13 and .conclude October 25, have closed most satisfactorily with some of the best thoroughbreds in training named for the various events. The Columbus Handicap, at a mile and an eighth, which will be the feature of the opening day, for three-year olds and over; the AMctory Handicap, at a mile and a quarter, for the same ages, and the Westchester Handicap, at a mile, for all ages, all give promise of sensational contests, as the nominations include such phenomenal performers as Purchase, Naturalist, Lucullite, Hollistcr, AVar Cloud, Star Master Over There, Thunderclap, Fairy AVand, Spur, Bally, Corn Tassel, Hannibal, AAesty Hogan, Enfilade, Lord Brighton, ATalor, Old Rosebud, Ticklish, Hcndrie, AVar Zone, Sennings Park, together with numerous others of lesser note. -There has been considerable discussion tliis year as to which thoroughbred is entitled to championship honors over the mile route. Opinion a month ago favored Naturalist, but within the past week Lucullite has made many friends and it should bo an even thing between this fleet pair over a course like Empire; War Cloud, Star Master and Hollister are all horses with extreme speed. Bally is another AAestchester candidate that is fond of the distance and of the track. Westy Hogan, Hannibal and Sennings Park, as well as Aalor and Enfilade, arc partial tq a mile, while, of course, Purchase is at home over any route. HOMELY A SPEEDY YOUNGSTER. Two two-year-olds are among the nominations for the AAestchester. Homely, recently purchased by Lawrence A. AAaterbury, and Bersagliere, a handsome youngster that was bred by Gifford A. Cochran at his Mr. Kisco Stud, are named and will probably start. Homely has always been running away from her opponents in the three-quarter races in .which she has taken part, and she should show a good class effort at a mile. Minute Man and Plaudit when two-year-olds defeated such fast liorses as McChesney and Ben Brush,, so there is precedent for giving a juvenile a chance in the best of company at this distance. Tiie Columbus Handicap, which has 2,500 added, should be one of the best races of tiie autumn season. The weather in mid-October is usually of the best, the various insect,pcsts which arc prevalent during the summer having disappeared, horses train more kindly and as a consequence run more truly to form than in the summer months. The distance of the Columbus will favor such performers as Purchase. Star Master, AAar Cloud, Spur, Corn Tassel, Valor and Thunderclap. Naturalist and Lucullite, however, may surprise the talent by staying the extra eighth.. The fact that Thomas AAcIsh and S. C. Ilildreth, their respective trainers, have nominated them for the Aictory Handicap, which is at a mile, and a quarter, would indicate that they do not share the popular belief that these horses are sprinters essentially. Horses of great speed which may be placed in the early part of their races sometimes put up astonishing performances over a long route. All of this adds to the uncertainty of the turf and brings about that. difference of opinion which is one of the fascinating characteristics of horse racing. The present year has been one of brilliant success on the Jockey Club courses and it is safe to say that the sport at Empire City will be in keeping with that which has gone before it.