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i I 1 i i i I f 1 I t I s a a 1 s AT SHE EPSHE AD BAY. A New York exchange of December 19 has this to say about things at and around Sheepshead Bay track these early winter days : "A midwinter visit to Sneepshead Bay yesterday proved very interesting. Tho sun had quite an inning and the temperature was not at. all disagreeable. The course in tiptop winter shape and no racing grounds in the country is more presentable than the Coney Island Jockey Clnbs course at the present time. The track has quite recovered from tho lato blizzardy weather and throngs of horses are jogged over it every day. Many improvements are in progress and the scene during the morning was full of. life and activity. "On the backstretch, near whore the Sheepshead Bay Gun Club grounds, used- to be situated, a new stable for J. A. Drake is being built. It will have brick foundation, will have forty stalls and a : kitchen and sleeping rooms, and will bo one of tho smartest establishments on the course. The Drake racers that ape now wintering at Nashville will arrive in the spring and mako their summer homo at tho Bay, which is the Newmarket of America. "Trainer Frank McCabe has taken up his quarters i at the now stable of Perry Belmont, that haslbeen lately erected. The trainer is comfortably situated . in a neat suite of rooms adjoining his kitchen, and 1 he is quite comfortable. "During the morning his racers, that are in per- 1 feet winter condition, wore sent to jogging exercise 1 over tho track and will be ready when aterner : i question is asked. Among those allowed that vari- ety of exercise in two sets were the yearlings Lo- narka, Ionian, Southampton, Bandyville, Algonquin and the older horses River Pirate and Fly Wheel. The trainer is quite pleased with his new stable and his horses aro doing well since being quartered there. At the Lotos Stable trainer Ed Heffner was busy with his string and regretting the death of one of his yearlings that died the night before. Tho youngster was a black colt by Loyalist that was most promising. He had worked three furlongs in 36i seconds, was well engaged and the stable regrets his loss very much. He died of lung fever. Trainer A. J. Jdyner gave his racers their exercise under the shed of his stable and they looked a proper lot as they did tho rounds of tho barn at a jogging pace. Among tho number so exercised wore tho yearlings Watorford, Consideration, Water Pansy, Ormondes Right, Shady Lad, Juvenal Maxim, Granade, Yellow Hammer, Extra Low, Honey Bee, St. Juvenal, Florizel, Fitz Rosa, Valour, Emergency, Bambino, Whistle Heather, Hamburg Belle, Schoolmistress, Fine Flour, Gamestrees, Follow Finch, Inquisitive Girl, Moorhen, Austrolina, Doucement, Miss Shylock, Dapplo Gold, and the older horses, Waterboys Bontoiiniera?Gharl6sEl- wood, Sir Voorhies, St. Jude, Lady Sarah, Ada Nay and Parisienne. "At trainer W. Beckers establishment, on the backstretch, Roue, Scoffer, Bellgardo, Glorious and others were seen at jogging exercise around the stable. This trainer has a fine yearling in his charge by The Sailor Prince Persistence, that is owned by John Daly. The youngster is a most pres- 1 entable horse and is wintoring in fine shape. "Trainer John Chapman has a youngster housed in the Beckot stable that is owned by jockey John Bullman. The yearling is a chestnut colt by Jim 1 Gore Gallitan. He has been highly tried, is well engaged, and Chapman thinks the jockey has a promising racer."