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Dick Welles* Selections At Aurora $— _ h » One Best Bet — PAUL WEIDEL n. — In the Fourth Race. Racing comes back to Illinois today wh?n Aurora throws open its pates for a thirty-five day meeting. Chicagoans and others who are devotees of the sport are anxiously awaiting the bug.e call which brings the horses to the post for the first race, this being the first meeting held in these parts since last fall. With the sport firmly established once more in the Chicago vicinity and the founding of the Illinois Turf Association during the past winter, tending to bring the various associations in working harmony, we should witness the best brand of racing since the old days of Washington Park. Owners who in other years passed up the Chicago tacing are now much in evidence and likewise a better class of horses will be seen in competition. Much has Wen done to improve the Fox River Valley course and every comfort of the patron has been the object. A new innovation in that the running of the various races will be broadcast throughout the stands and lawn should prove a popular feature. It is just a bit unfortunate that Aurora has to start its meeting off with a muddy track. It seems as though this track is destined to be a course for mud-runn?rs. A new drainage system has been installeel since the close of the fall meeting and this should tend to make for a better track after a hard rain than was the case in past years. Most of the races on the opening card were well patronized, the Aurora Inaugural, serving as the feature, finding the smallest field of the day. Mud-runners are sure to predominate, but there are plenty of fast track performers entered in case the going should become fast. OLD BROADWAY— AL STEBLER— XEPTI E. The opening number is a five and a half furlongs dash, engaging a fair class of platers. OLD BROADWAY, which put in a strenuous campaign at Tijuana, seems the class of this field and is picked to be the first winner of the meeting. He has been training well since arriving here and only needs to run in his best style to score. AL STEBLER is a good mud-runner and can race well over any distance. Although he usually is seen in longer distance races, we believe he will show-well in this company. NEPTUNE has been training in fine style and will be a hard one to beat. ROCKING will be making her first start since the fall meeting at this track. She usually performs well over a muddy course and may prove troublesome. ESCOLANE might cause the others some trouble. REDSKIN— MONASTERY— BETTY ELVIRA. REDSKIN looks liKe a good proposition in the five and a half furlongs of the second race. This racer is strictly a sprinter and, once clear of his opponents, is hard to catch. He holds a good post position and should escape the crowding at the start. MONASTERY was in fine form at the Pompano meeting and, if he has retained that ft rm, will be a dangerous one for REDSKIN to beat. BETTY ELVIRA has been turning in some nice moves of late and is ready for a ge od effort. She should do for the show-end of the purse. OLD TOP is well suited to the distance, but may not relish th» going. CAS WELCH and ANTIQUITY appear to be the best of the others. GOLDEN LT55-WOODLAKE-FORI Bill Still another short sprint is offered for the third. GOLDEN LYNN, holding the inside post position, may be good enough to win tnis tilt if she gets away in the first flight. She is to meet up with a tough one n WOODLAKE, however, and if this old fellow gets to the post, will take plenty of beating. His races at Tijuana were all of high order and the distance te day is made to order for him. FORE GOLD is said to be in good trim. JAGGER la well suited to the track conditions. SHASTA IRISH may surprise. PAUL WEIDEL II— MK KUIM — EAGER. What appears to be the best betting proposition of the day Is seen in this number, over the three-quarters distance. This tri. k is PAUL WEIDEL II., a good mud-runmr and in fine condition at the present time. His last start at the Fair Grounds saw him leading home his opponents by many lengths and | he would only have to duplicate that race j here to score. MERRIMAC is selected for the place because of his ability to plow-through the going. He has had a long rest since the close of the Miami meeting and should be in fine fettle now. EAGER is usually found close up when the numbers are hung out and today should be no exception. WILDRAKE and OUTLAWED seem la have a slight edge on the others. SANOLA— THEO. FAY— IRON MASK II. SANOLA, the game little daughter of Sain, which races for the Sanola Stock Farm, is picked to romp off with the Aurora Hi-augural. She likes this course and usually shows her best form when racing over it. She put in a busy season at Miami last winter, but appears fresh and ready at the present time. THEO. FAY more than paid his way at Havana, winning his last two races, and is the one SANOLA will have t- beat. IRON MASK II. won but one race at the Fair Grounds last winter and that was over a heavy track. BOLTON is a superior mud-runner, but is inconsistent. SETHS HOPE won his last three races at Havana, but he does not like muddy going. SMOKY DAY— WAPOXOC A— ii I XSH; II T. The distance and the track conditions are all to the liking of SMOKY DAY in the sixth offering, over the three-quarters route. She has been training satisfactorily since arriving here and a race to her best form should find her hard to beat. WAPONOCA raced against some of the better grade of sprinters over the New Orleans courses and usually held his own. He is expected to prove troublesome in this field. GUNSIGHT may prefer a longer distance, but he is a fast starter and his early speed may find him dose up at the finish today. SINGING CRICK ET is the one to fear if she races in her best style. BLUE TORCH prefers a longer distance. HALF— FOOLSCAP— LEYOY. The final is the only race of the day over a distance of ground. This is at a mile and seventy yards and brings to the post some ..f the better grade of selling platers. HALL* has been working in a manner to suggest that he is not far from a winning race and is selected to cop this number. FOOLSCAP shows to best advantage over a muddy course and should do well in this company. LEVOY may be the one to get the show end of the purse. BARB WIRE is usually well up at the finish and may prove troublesome in this field. LETTER SIX seems to be the best ot the others.