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PECULIAR, ENGLISH RACING. THE 1908 ALLOTMENT OF DATES PROVIDES FOR 136 MEETINGS. Only27 of These Last Over Two Days and None Over Four Thirty Are of One Days Duration. In England the details of Hat racing are arranged and prescribed witlt clock-like precision by the Jockey Club. Similarly jumping racing is governed by the stewards of the National Hunt committee. Already nearly all the racing dates of 100S have been parcelled out and published. The allotment to latest reports covers 130 race meetings in Eng- land, Scotland and Wales. The greatest number of days allowed any meeting is four. Tlie meetings of tills number of days are the Newmarket First Spring, Epsom Summer, Manchester Whitsuntide, Ascot, Newmarket First July, Goodwood, Doncaster September, Newmarket First October, Newmarket Second October, Newmarket Houghton and Liverpool Autumn. Those are tlie great and aristocratic turf reunions of England and their brevity is in curious contrast to the time deemed necessary by American racing organizations. The English fiat racing season of 100S will begin at Lincoln Monday, March 211 and terminate at Manchester Saturday, November 2S. The first week of racing will cover three days at Lincoln and three days at Liverpool. After that every week lias at least two meetings, but the majority have inore. Those already allotted are in length as follows: Meetings of one day only .50 Meetings of two days each 7! Meetings of three days each 10 Meetings of four days each 11 Total 13G A one-day meeting would be viewed witlt great scorn by track managers in this country, but in compact and populous England they are frequently great money makers, especially in the cases of such enclosed tracks in the vicinity of London as Sundown Park, Kemptou Park. Alexandra Park, Newbury, Hurst Park, etc. Alexandra Park, for instance, has five meetings of one day each assigned to it for 100S. Each falls on a Saturday and the profit of each day will be immense, sufficient to defray all expenditures, pay a good slock dividend and leave a goodly sum over for surplus and contingencies. The more fashionable Sandown and Kempton Park tracks profit enormously on their racing days, but are not confined to one-day meetings. Sandown has three meetings of two days each and one of one day. Kempton Park has two of two tlays and three of one day. Over these two tracks some of tlie richest prizes of the English turf are decided. In this country no man now knows on what day of next year the Kentucky Derby, Krooklyn Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Krighton Handicap, Kelmont Stakes, Coney Island Jockey Club Stakes, Saratoga Special, Futurity Slakes or any of tlie other great events of the American turf will be decided. This will not be known until the different governing bodies allot racing dates early in 1U0S. Hut in England all patrons ol the turf know now the exact days, when not alone the Two Thousand Guineas, Epsom Derby and Doncaster-St. Leger will be run, but the dates also -of nearly every fixed event to be decided in the course of the racing of 1!0S. To show the truth of this, Daily Racing Form presents this list of great English stakes and the dates set for their running next year: Lincolnshire Handicap, Lincoln, 1 mile, March 24. Great National Steeplechase, Liverpool, 4 miles and S5G yards, March 27. Liverpool Spring Cup, Liverpool, 1 3-S miles, March 2S. i Queens Plate, Keiiipton,J 1 1-4 miles, April 20. Kabrahain Plate, Newmarket, 1 1-2 miles, April Great Metropolitan Handicap, Epsom, 2 1-1 miles, April 2S. City and Suburban Handicap, Epsom, 1 1-1 miles, April 20. Hyde Park Plate, Epsom, 5-S mile, April 20. Sandown Park Produce Stakes, Sandown, 5-S mile, May 1. Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket, 1 mile, .May C. , One Thousand Guineas, Newinarkct, 1 mile, .May S. Chester Cup, Chester, 2 1-1 miles, May 13. Great Jubilee Handicap, Kempton Park, 1 1-4 miles, May 1C. Newmarket Handicap, Newmarket, 1 1-4 miles, May 19. Newmarket Stakes, Newmarket, 1 1-4 miles, May 20. Great Northern Handicap, York, 1 1-2 miles. May 2S. Woodcote Stakes, Epsom, 3-4 mile, June 2. Derby, Epsom, 1 1-2 miles, June 3. Oaks, Epsom, 1 1-2 miles, June 5. Acorn Stakes, Epsom, 5-S mile, .Tune 5. Hurst Park Foal Plate, Hurst Park, 5-S mile, June S. Coventry Stakes, Ascot, 5-S mile, June 1G. Prince of Wales Stakes, Ascot, 1 G-S miles, June 10. Coronation Stakes, Ascot, 1 mile, Juno .17. Gold Cup, Ascot, 2 1-2 mllea, June IS. New Stakes, Ascot, 5-S mile, June IS. Continued oa second page. 1 PECULIAR ENGLISH RACING. Continued from first page. Hardwlcke Stakes, Ascot, 1 1-2 miles, June 1J. Alexandra Stakes, Ascot, 2 3-1 miles and S5 yards, .Tune 19. North Derby, Newcastle, 1 1-2 miles, June 2.1. July Stakes, Newmarket, 5 furlongs and 110 yards, June :;o. Prince of Wales St.-fkes, Newmarket, 1 1-2 miles, July 2. Linglield Park Plate, Lingfield. 1 1-4 miles, July 10. Great Foal Plate, Lingfield, C-S mile, July 11. Chesterfield Stakes, Newmarket, 0-S mile, July 10. Eclipse Stakes, Sandown, 1 1-1 miles, July 17. National Breeders Produce Stakes, Sandowli, Ti-S mile, July IS. St. George Stakes, Liverpool, 1 3-S miles, July 22. Great Lancashire Breeders Stakes, Liverpool, 5-S mile, July 23. Liverpool Cup, LiverpioI, 1 3-S miles, July 24l Ham Stakes, Goodwood, 3-4 mile, July 28. Goodwood Plate, Goodwood, 2 miles, July 21. Goodwood Cup, Goodwood, 2 1-2 miles, July 30. Molecouth Stakes, Goodwood, 3-1 mile, July 31. Astley Stakes, Lewes, 5-S mile, August 7. City of Loudon Foal Plate, Kemptou Park, 1 1-1 miles, August 13. Durham County Produce Plate, Stockton, 1 1-4 miles, August 20. Lennox Plate, Hurst Park, 1 1-1 miles, August Great Ebor Handicap, York, 1 3-1 miles, August 2G. Great Yorkshire Stakes, York, 1 1-2 miles, August 27. Champagne Stakes, Doncaster, 5 furlongs and 132 yards, September S. St. Leger, Doncaster, 1 3-1 miles and 132 yards. September !. Doncaster Cup, Doncaster, 2 miles, September 11. Ayrshire Handicap, Ayr, 1 3-S miles, September 17. Prince. Edward Handicap, Manchester, 1 1-1 miles, September 10. Newbury Autumn Cup, Newbury, 2 1-S miles, September 25. Jockey Club Stakes, Newmarket, 1 3-1 miles, October 1. Imperial Produce Plate, Kemptou Park, 3-1 mile, October 1. Duke of York Handicap, Kemptou Park, 1 mile, October 10. Champion Stakes, Newmarket, 1 1-1 miles, October 13. Cesarewltch Handicap, Newmarket, 2 1-1 miles, October 11. Middle Park Plate, Newmarket, 3-1 mile, October 10. Gatwick Stakes, Gatwick, 1 1-2 miles, October 20. Surrey Stakes, Gatwick, 7-S mile, October 21. Saudown Produce Stakes, Sundown, 1 5-S miles, October 22. Cambridgeshire Handicap, Newmarket, 1 1-S miles, October 2S. Dewhurst Plate, Newmarket, 7-S mile, October 20. Liverpool Autumn Cup, Liverpool, 1 3-4 miles, November 0. Chesterfield Nursery Plate, Derby, 5-S mile, November 11. Derby Gold Cup, Derby, 1 3-4 miles, November 13. Manchester November Handicap, Manchester, 1 1-2 miles, November 2S.