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THE HAWTHORNE PROGRAM. Hawthornes program for the first seven days of its spring meeting has been issued, during which time there will be distributed more than 7,000 in stakes and purses. Chief among the former is the 0,000 Hawthorne Handicap, which is set for the opening day, May 23. Other races for that day are a dash of five furlongs for a purse of 00, a purse of 00 for two-year-olds, one of the same value for three-year-olds at one mile, a 00 purse with selling conditions for four-year olds and upwards, and a steeplechase over the short course for a purse of 00. The Vernal Stakes for two-year-olds, colts and geldings, is set for Wednesday, May 27, and on Decoration Day, May 30,the Flight Stakes, at six furlongs, and the Prairie Stakes, at two miles, will be run. The Flight Stakes numbers among its entries all of the best horses in the west, and in the Prairie Stakes such well known horses as Favonius, Nitrate, South Trimble, Red Comyn, Terra Firma, High Chancellor, Caliban, Hargis, John McGurk, Flying Torpedo, South Breeze, Amur, Barrack and Little Elkin are likely to be seen at the post. The feature of the program is the new Hawthorne Handicap, and .as it will be the first of the big spring handicaps to be run, it will arouse an unusual amount of interest. The field for it will number fifteen or more starters. Prominent among the list of eligibles.with Prominent among the list of eligibles, with the weights to be carried by each, are Mc-Chesney 128, Savable 106, Glen Water 120 including 2 pounds extra for winning the Inaugural Handicap at St. Louis, Toah 115, Owenton 120, Hargis 104, Wainamoinen 110, Hernandb 119, The Picket 95, Runnels 119, Caliban 110, Wyeth 118, Nitrate 119 including 8 pounds extra for winning the Worth Handicap, Au Re voir 98, Gregor K. 96, Banter 99 including 4 pounds penalty for winning the Mound City Derby at Kinloch, Linguist 102, Red Comyn 110, The Picket 95, Telamon 108, and Judge Himes 100, the latter being penalized 8 pounds for winning this years Kentucky Derby. Three steeplechases appear in the book, and it is the purpose of the club to continue giving three such races each week during the season. The conditions of the over-night races throughout are so arranged as to bring out the better class of horses, and the added money shows a liberal increase, over last year, most of the purses being 00 and upwards. A number of stables will ship direct to Hawthorne at the close of the Louisville meeting.