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. i . . | ■ AMERICAN DERBY HORSES. With the decision of the most important event of the western turf, less than ten days away, the present prospect is that the American Derby field will be composed of the following good three-year-olds : Owner and Horse. Weight. C. H. Smiths br. c, Lieutenant Gibson 129 Arkell and Elmore6 ch. c, Sarmatian 122 Carrutbers and Shields ch. c. Advance Guard .122 P. Dunnes ch. c, Reminder . 122 Hackett Bros.ch. c. Yellow Tail 122 T. H. Griffins ch. c, Knightbanneret 122 William Midgleys ch. c, Colonel Roosevelt .. 122 G. B. Morris b. c, Pupil 122 G. B. Morris b. c, Goldone 122 J. F. Schorrs ch. c, Sam Phillips 122 H. J. Scoggans br. c. Highland Lad 122 E. F. Simmsblk. c, Mark Cheek 122 F. M. Taylors b. c. Waring 122 Thompson Bros. ch. c, Sidney Lucas 122 W. L. Olivers ch. g. All Gold 119 All of these may not start, and on the other hand from such eligibles as James, Radford, Admiral Schley, Norford, Thrive, Barrack, The Conqueror II., Kentucky Farmer, Right Bower, Hoods Brigade, Lady Elite, Andrisa, F. W. Brode and Benalder may come enough starters to make up for any withdrawals from the foregoing inspiring list. The following extracts from a letter received by Secretary Howard from a prominent eastern turfman who has been looking after the interests of Washington Park, gives interesting information concerning horses to be sent here from the east. "Mr. Whitney has decided that he will not ship Kilmarnock to Chicago for the Derby although Mr. Madden, who still has the horse in charge and trains him, tried hard to have Mr. Whitney send the horse on. Mr. Powers saw Mr. Whitney and had a long talk with him, told him all about the standing of your club, etc. Still Mr. Whitney would not yield. He said that he would like to ship him and win the Derby, but that as the horse was of a nervous temperament and was a bad shipper he thought best not to take any chances, as the trip going and coming might knock the horse out so that he would be of no account the balance of the season. "Mr, Perry Belmonts Gonfalon is such a disappointment that trainer Joyner says he could not get a place and so he will not be shipped. Mr. August Belmonts Brigadier is in the Realization, which comes off soon after your Derby and he will not take the chances to ship and perhaps lose both. Mr. Dwyer says that Withers is lame and that Hammock cannot win a selling race, so that ends bis chances. Mr. Featherstones Mesmerist is N. G. He cannot run a mile. Missionary is in the Realization and Mr. Featherstone is undecided regarding him, but my impression is that he will stay here although I am still after him. "Green Morris will ship six more horses, all his best and will have a Derby starter. He asks that you make room for him at the track as he will certainly ship and bring his good jockey, Bullman, with him. E. F. Simms will ship Mark Cheek for the Derby also two other horses, and perhaps his entire stable. Lew Elmore will ship Sarmatian, winner of the Broad- way Stakes last Saturday in which he beat Brigadier, Missionary and other good ones, and another. W. Lakeland will not send his candidate, Ten Candles. There is a chance that Col-1 onel Roosevelt will be shipped. Sidney Lucas will be a starter and will have the services of Taral as pilot. Waring will be sent on in all probability. All the horsemen speak in the highest terms of your program and if you suc-1 ceed this year and continue you will have many an eastern stable with you next year." John Rodegap writes that he will be on here with fifteen horses, including Pink Coat, Kentucky farmer, Anthracite and a number of good two-year-olds. W. B. Jennings, the California turfman, now in the east, will send on Andrisa, the good daughter of St. Andrew and Fanny Louise, in hopes of winning the Englewood Stakes for three-year-old fillies, to be run on the fifth day of the meeting.