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1 1 , ; • 1 | I 1 t t GETTING READY AT CHARLESTON. Horsemen Begin to Send Their Charges Along and Racing Folk Are Gathering For the Opening. Chnl, -ion. S. C. January .;. Palmetto Park 19 now the scene of great activity, as the opening day is only throe wicks away aud all the horsemen are getting their charges ready. There are now unaltered on the grounds nearly 588 homes and more are / coming in every day. The weather is ideal for training purposes and last time is heing made over the track, which has been greatlv improved hv widenlog the backstretch and the turn at the three-eighths post. The judge- -tan. I has tx-en enlarged and the arena l»-x moved down to the front of the grandstand. Frank Briien. who acts as auditor, has arrived Ironi Cincinnati to lake up his duties and J. Oscar Holder, the ring manager, is also on the ground. busily engaged in nvci-hauling his paraphernalia and making ready for what promises to be a highly ane- ceanful winter sting. The town is rapidly filling up witii racing folk and the hotel lobbies are the meeting places of raeegoera from all parts of tie- country. Charles T. Patterson, one of the best known trainers iu America, arrived lure yesterday with twelve horses belonging to John B. Madden, tho mister ot Hamburg Place. Mr. Patterson, who had an pxtreuieM successful season la.-i year with the horses ol Robert Davies of Toronto, ha- returned to the employ of Mr Madden, with whom he whs .on nected for a number of rears The -tring consists ol two thr.. year old- and ten two v. ,11 old.-. The star of the lot la the three-year-old colt. Herimdotte by Contest..!- Reality, which i- a candidate for tho Palmetto Derby. White Heather is a three vear old gelding by McGee— Virginia Moore. Among the two-year olds an- a half-brother to Liberty Hall, bv M. Gee— Baltimore Belle: a half brother to Donau br Cesarion Al Lone: sister to ;. m. Miller, by Lis-sak- Subdue: a chestnut filly bv Star Shoot— Breakwater, that is bled in the purple being a sister to Christmas Star, and a half sister to Ititiining Water Mr. Palter--n has Jockey Eddie Martin under 0011 tract. Martin N considered one of the best light weight- riding. Although be ha- In-en in the saddle for seven years, he can still make weight at loss thuu 100 pounds.