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LOCAL TURF GOSSIP. Three American Derby candidates, Au Revoir, Lendin and Manru,- were shipped yesterday to St. Louis to start in the St Louis Derby, which is carded for decision Saturday. For a long time yesterday it seemed decidedly against the chances of the horses leaving for the Mound City, as the agents of the express company would not undertake to ship the horses through to St. Louis on account of the flooded districts. The difficulty was finally gotten around by shipping the horses by way of Moberly, Mo. Jockey Reiff, who rode Salto in the first race, was unseated shortly after the start by several horses crowding into his mount and causing him to stumble. The rider escaped unhurt with the exception of a slight bruise underneath his left eye. Rough riding on the part of several jockeys in the fifth race came near proving serious to one rider and crippled one of the horses so seriously that it is doubtful if he will be raced again this year. The mishap occurred while the horses were rounding the first turn, where there was considerable crowding in which Safeguard, ridden by jockey W. Knapp, was the chief sufferer and the rider had his leg so badly hurt as to make It feel lifeless and forced him-to pull the horse up. Haydon, which finished second, was badly jumped on and cut down while going around the turn, supposedly by Our Bessie, which was his nearest attendant. The Injury was a severe one and the horse displayed great gameness by sticking to his task, although only running on three sound legs. J. B. Respess stated yesterday that it was almost certain that he would be represented in the American Derby by two candidates, and possibly three. The certain starters from his stable are Dick "Welles and Bernays, and should Colonnade show a disposition to favor Continued on second page. LOCAL TURF GOSSIP. a route in his final trials he will also be a starter. Jockey Landry, who is under contract to Gorman and Bauer, was yesterday engaged to ride Bad News in the St. Louis Derby. The horse was shipped yesterday from Latonia, where he has been prepared by L. Bellew to the Mound city. Before being shipped he was given a mile and one-quarter workout with his weight up, covering the distance in 2:12. John W. Schorr was asked as to whether Bob McLean would be a starter in the American Derby, and who he thought had forced his price down from 200 to 1 to 25 to L "No chance of him starting in the Derby," was "his quick reply. "And as for the people who are betting on him at the present prevailing price, I -would like to lay them 200 to 1 to S show and then give them 50 per cent, of the ! money back that they will bet me on the horse." C. R. Ellison left yesterday for Lexington, Ky., to inspect several yearlings which he . intends to purchase. His absence from the * track saved him a considerable sum, which ie in all probability would have placed on SkflfuL " ] ; Sylvia Talbot, by her clean-cut victors in the third race yesterday, left no room for doubt as to her superiority over the field at the weights. Skilful, which attempted to keep pace with her in the early stages, had enough after going a little over three furlongs and started to run out, causing more than one shrewd trainer to remark: "He is not game." The time made for the first half mile was remarkably fast, weather conditions considered, the quarter being run in 23J seconds and the half in 47|.