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! REFLECTIONS- , - By Nelson Dunstan r?. : . 1 WhirlaWay-Market Wise in Butler Breezing Home Furnishes Surprise Doublrab Greatly Improved Racer Yankee Draws Shut Out Orphan NEW YORK, N. Y., June 29, Empire City opened its 24-day meeting today and will carry through to July 25, when the trek to upstate Saratoga takes place. This Saturday will be ArmyNavy Day at the popular Yonkers course, and Col. Matt Winn, for years a friend and associate of the late James Butler, will be present -for the ceremonies. During the meeting approximately 75,000 will be distributed in purses and stakes, but by the same token, Empire City will be the fourth, of the five New York tracks to make good their pledge of 00,000 to War Relief agencies. Saratoga officials insisted on being included to make, up the 00,000, but it is expected they will have a difficult task in fulfilling the offer. The response of racing associations throughout the country has been highly pleasing to the Turf Committee of America, and after the holiday cards, Herbert Bayard Swope, through John Shevlin, secretary of the New York State Racing Commission, will issue a detailed statement of the contributions that have already been made. Close to. 50,000 is expected to be realized at Empire City, Arlington Park, United Hunts and Detroit this week-end. When summed up, the total should be well on the way to the one million dollar mark. Saturdays racing: was brilliant at many points, but the sport promises to be even more so this week-end. By -winning: the Brooklyn Handicap, Whirlaway soared his earnings to 04,486, just 3,244 behind Seabis-cuits record figure. Ben Jones has announced that "Mr. Longtail" will start in the Butler Handicap at Empire City, but he will have a fight on his legs, as George Washington Carroll states Market Wise has recovered from his cough and will also be seeking the major share of the 0,000 added money. A victory for Whirlaway MATT BRADY Saddled William Zieg- would bring him so close to the Biscuit ler Jr.s homebredBreezing Home for a that it is a foregone conclusion he surprise triumph in the Great American would not only become the new worlds Stakes money-winning champion but also has a splendid chance of becoming the first to win over 00,000 in the history of the sport. Immediate objectives after the Butler could be the 0,000 Massachusetts Handicap on July 15, the 5,000 Arlington Handicap on August 1 and then many of the rich events for older horses that will follow. But he must defeat Market Wise before he is regarded as the undisputed king, and the Butler will be the proving ground, one way or another. It is hardly likely that more than six will go to he post on Saturday, but the feud between Whirlaway and Market Wise is just about the biggest of all crowd magnets at the moment. Woolf rode Whirlaway superbly in the Brooklyp, just as he did last Monday in the Celt Purse, when the Calumet champion established a new track record for one and one-eighth miles. He keeps "Mr. Longtail" closer to the pace than Arcaro did in the Suburban and Carter, and in the doing avoids that "this is a job for Super-, man" run which though pleasing if he makes it places a terrific burden on the horse, to say nothing of the hearts of Warren Wright and Ben Jones. Woolf has exploded the myth that Whirlaway and Arcaro are the perfect combination. If there was a perfect combination at Aqueduct it was Doublerab and Thompson. This colt had 10 pounds the better of it over Whirlaway in the Carter and beat him. In the Army and Navy Handicap on Saturday, Doublrab was given the acid test with an assignment of 125, but then he cracked the track record as he disposed of Parasang, Overdrawn, Col. Teddy and other shifty speedsters. That makes his fourth straight victory and it will be interesting to see how John B. Campbell regards him when assigning weights for the Fleetwing Handicap, at five and three-quarter furlongs on Saturday, July 18. The Army and Navy was his 50th start in two years, and he has been in the money on 40 occasions. He is just about the most improved horse racing today. Juveniles were in the spotlight on the week-end, and tally cards will require sharp revamping as a result. Five answered the bugle for the Great American two of them maidens. And it was this pair, Breezing Home and Famous Victory, who showed the way to Best Irish, Four Freedoms and the odds-on choice, Supermont. The canny Matt Brady sent out Breezing Home, a bay colt by Espino Marching Home, by John P. Grier, to makfr every post a winning one in his seventh and most important start to date. At Suffolk Downs, Hygrohour created a new track record in the Myles Standish Stakes, winning over Jack S. L., Gold Shower and Through Bound, the latter a fast youngster who goes away like a shot, but apparently lacks what it fakes when challenged. Publicity notices, prior to the race, just about called this youngster another Alsab, if not Man o War. Down at Delaware, Fair Weather again demonstrated she is entitled to a claim of juvenile honors among fillies until they can beat her. This J. E. Widener babe by Sickle Fair Day, by Fair Play, has now won her last four starts and her fifth out of eight. Anthony Pellteris La Reigh, winner of her last two, was second, and Parachutist "third. Championships in the baby division will hold for a spell. Empire City will have its Whirlaway Market Wise hook-up onSaturday, but Suffolk Downs will have a like attraction in the meeting of Shut Out and the New England idol, Valdina Orphan. But on going through the list of 58 nominations we imagine a very small field will go to the post. Yet, this is one of the occasions when another entry means little to the spectators, although it means plenty to the mutuel turnover for the day. Following the Yankee, Shut Out will probably return to New York for the 5,000 added Empire City Handicap on July 11, and then ship to Chicago for the Arlington Classic on July 25. Valdina Orphan is not named for the Empire City event, so he will probably go direct to the Windy City for the 0,000 event that is expected. to bring Alsab back to the wars. The Sabath three-year-old is now jogging. Even should Sun Again not be ready Calumet will have a husky representative in Col. Teddy, a three-year-old who was not worse than second in his seven previous starts to the Army and Navy Handicap on Saturday, and in which he finished fourth. He has been racing against older horses and giving a good account of himself. Ahamo is another supplementary entry for the Classic.