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IT WAS EVER THUS. Iu the San Pranclsco Chronicle of but Friday, the day before the running of the Barns Handicap. there was published tlie opinions as t- the probable ii -ii its of the big ra.e of forty eight men who ate regarded at Oakland as experts in mailers pertaining to racing, inly one. II. 1 . l.eams. expressed tbe belief that Kercheval would win and only one Other, Y. Soule. mentioned tbe name of liie Conran candidate at all. The majority of them thought Neakm would win on a fast track and gave preference to Proper should tbe track he muddy. A few thought Logiatllia would win. This is but another iiiiisli ation of the fact that horsemen and bookmakers are generally inattentive to the per-formancea of animals not racing day after day under their Very eyes and they are ever ready to discredit the chances of the newcomer, unless the newspapers have dinged his SBppoaad prowess into their ears for days, and even then they are reluctant to admit that sack a horse lias better than an oatalds chance i.. defeat their own particular choices.