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GOSSIP OF THE TURF. Some eastern owner, whose name was not made known, has his eye on Ed Trotters big sprinter, Scorpio. The gentleman in question wants the speedy Chorister galding for steeplechase racing. "Billy" Karrick was commissioned to gtt a price on the gelding, and asked Trotter to name his figures last Wednesday. Trotter set a price, but as he does not want to sell the star performer in his stable he named one which he thinks will put an end, to the New York gentlemans desire to possess the gelding. Scerpio would not be green at the jumping game. He was raced through the field at Chicago last summer and showed himself to be a good horse at the steeplechase game. Darnell and Herz, owners of the most powerful stable now racing at New Orleans, intend to ship all their horses away in the next few days. They will send about half their lot of twenty-five or more to the Scoggan farm at Louisville, to bo turned out until spring, and the other half they will race at the Los Angeles meeting, which begins January 31. Of the Louisville contingent several, including Lucien Appleby, Prince Blazts and Boiling Boer, will be fired, while licChesney, The Lady and the selling platers that the firm have accumulated, including Scotch Plaid, will go to Los Angeles. J. C. Milam has received a telegram at Lexington, Ky., from J. S. Wadsworth, of Geneseo, N. Y., stating he would ship to him to train this season three two-yer-olds by the noted racehorse Nick, out of the famous mares Eomuraski, Lady Disdain and Tuttut, all of which Milam trained for Wadsworth and gave them their racing rocords. They will swell Milams stable this season to twenty-five horses. Of the race a that were run on the fiat in England in 1902 there were 516 for two-year-olds, of which 442 were run distances under six furlongs, sixty-four of them six furlongs and upward, but under a mile, and ten of them a mile. In 1901 there were 508 races for two-year-olds and 497 in 1900. Ed Trotter sold to J. J. Ogles last Wednesday, on private terms, the three-year-old filly, Nicolette. The filly, which is by Lieber Karl, is one of the lot which John W. Schorr sold to Sam Hildreth recently, Hildreth later disposing of her to Trotter.