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JOCKEY CLUB RACING NEAR ♦ First of New York Meetings to Open This Afternoon. » . Two Days of Sport Under United Hants Auspices* — Jamaica to Throw Open Gates Monday, April 2"». « NEW YORK, N. Y., April 20— With the opening of The Jockey Club racing season but a few days away, interest in racing grows apace, and the activities of the various stables having headquarters at local tracks are engaging the attention of those followers of the sport who find morning workouts on a par with the actual contests that come later on. Because there are more horses quartered there than elsewhere Belmont Park probably has the call with these early birds, but Aqueduct and Jamaica have their own quotas of enthusiasts who like to note the improvement of old favorites and to inspect the fledglings that are now testing their wings preparatory to the real flights that will be under way once the season begins. Racing is back to New York. The long winter of anticipation has come to an end and the thoroughbreds are out again to begin the long season of sport that is to continue in the state until November 8. The Inited Hunts Racing Association will raise the curtain Thursday afternoon at the Belmont Terminal course and all is in complete readiness for the most brilliant opening in the history of that sporting organization. For this opening day of sport the entries are surprisingly liberal with a total of ninety-four horses named for the six races. Of course, some of the fieds will be pruned down before post time, but that will add to the attractiveness of the sport and it is assured that enough of those named will be seen under colors to make it a notable day of sport. This card offers a varied entertainment, beginning with a half mile dash for two-year-olds and winding up with a mile race in which gentlemen riders are to perform. The other events are the Goshen Hurdle, at a mile and a half ; Biltmore Steeplechase, over a two-mile brush course : the Initial Handicap, at three-quarters, and a claiming event over a like distance. The Introductory wiil mark the first racing effort of several two-year-olds, though some of those named have had a certain amount of education with winter racing. Then both of the three-quarters of a mile events will bring together sprinters of quality and in the Initial Handicap particularly there will be great interest in the first 1927 showing of Copiapo. the outlander that has been working exceedingly well at Belmont Continued on twelfth page JOCKEY CLUB RACING NEAR Continued from first page! Park. Lucky Play is another in the same field and there are several others calculated] to make the race a worthy one. All of the boxes at the Terminal course were long since reserved and to take care of the overflow it has been arranged that there will be several big motor busses employed, from which an excellent view of the nicing may be obtained. Then the old Turf and Field Club is undergoing some alterations that makes it unavilable for the delightful luncheons that have always preceded the racing, but the loss of the old clubhouse is taken care of by the placing of immense tents where these luncheons will be served. One of the best stakes to be run at Jamaica is the Wood Memorial, for three-year-old fillies and colts. Geldings are barred under the conditions of the test, which has an added value of ,500. The Wood, named in honor of the late Eugene L . Wood, leading stockholder at Jamaica, will bring together for the first time this year some of the most prominent three-year-olds. Among the colts eligible are Valorous, Whiskery and Afterglow, from the Whitney stable ; Rancocas Stables Sankari and Sweepster ; Sage Stables Rip Rap ; W. J. Salmons Black Panther and Teheran ; A. C. Schwartzs Kentucky II. ; Log Cabin Studs Friedjof Nanscn ; William Zieglers Wee Burn and Bois de Rose ; J. L. Hollands Ramoneur; Hamilton Farms Pouter: Greentree Stables Adios and Peter Peter; William Daniels Justice F. : E. F. Cooneys Dolan ; G. A. Cochrans Draeonis and the Belair Studs General Lee and Sun Hawk. The fillies that are eligible to the Wood include Bonnie Maginn and Black Curl, which made a host of friends for themselves last year. Neither will have to improve any in order to make it interesting for their opponents. Among the other filly eligibles I.odina and Charade raced well at two. A bad case of buckshins kept War Feathers out of competition in 1926, but she showed in private that she was a worthy daughter of Man o War.