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GOSSIP OF THE TURF. Hinde and Baker, of Millbrook Stud, near Lexington, Ky., deny the report sent out from Nashville, to the effect that they had sold the stallion Gold Heels to T. P. Hayes for ,000. Hayes has leased the racing qualities of the Brooklyn and Suburban Handicap winner from Hinde and Baker, with a view of getting him in shape to run in the Worlds Fair Handicap at St. Louis next summer. If the horse stands the training and is sent to the post in any event the owners are to receive ,000, and should he be returned a winner they are to get a per cent of the winnings. If the great horse fails to stand up under the strain he will be retired permanently to the stud. Hinde and Baker have refused an offer of 0,000 for the horse, and say 5,000 would not buy him. The American Breeders Protective Asso ciation, which has been in existence since 1898, held a meeting at Lexington last Monday and elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: President, Col. E. F. Clay, Paris, Ky.; first vice president, Lucien Appleby, New York; second vice president, Milton Young, Lexington; C. F. McMeekin, secretary and treasurer. Gen. Jackson, of Belle Meade Stud, at the time of his death was president of the association. Mr. O. H. Chenault resigned as secretary, handing in his report, which was accepted. It showed that a total of 357 mares had been banished from the breeding ranks and that during the five years of the history of the association a total of ,059 had been subscribed to its support, and that there is now in the treasury of the association ,686.56. The association has the sympathy of the Jockey Club, which is a liberal contributor to its support. At the meeting Monday C. F- McMeekin was made chairman of a committee appointed to levy an assessment on the members for the support of the work of banishing mares at the December sales. Other members of this committee are Hal P. Headley, O. H. Chenault and Col. E. F. Clay. The Yeager horses that arrived at Oakland Nov. 18 should cut quite a figure in the racing there. Waswift was a high-class handicap horse around JNew York and Chicago this season. Irascible is a good performer. His Eminence a former Kentucky Derby winner ran in fine form on the metropolitan tracks, while Jane Holly broke the American record for six and a half furlongs at Washington Park. The horses Lucien Appleby and Caliban, from the barn of Emil Herz, have been taken from Oakland over to Ingleside. It is very doubtful if either will start in California this winter, as Lucien Appleby is lame while Caliban will hardly stand up. "The Latonia meeting wilt end on Thursday, the opening day of the long winter session of racing at New Orleans, and if the Crescent City Club can average as much to the good per day as has the local organization this autumn, President Bush and his associates will have quite a bundle to cut up at the annual banquet in March," says Thos. Cromwell in the Enquirer of Nov. 22. "This has been the most successful fall meet ing in the history of the Latonia Jockey Club, and will enable President Perkins and Secretary Hopper to carry out their plans for needed improvements in the plant and permit them to offer better inducements to the horsemen next spring. It is intended that before the next meeting a tunnel shall be constructed which will permit the entrance of patrons to the grounds afoot and in vehicles without the danger and annoyance of crossing the railroad tracks. The buildings will be given a new coat of paint. The fences will be repaired. A new paddock will be arranged and better stabling will be afforded. An effort will be made to secure an allotment of dates at the December meeting of the Western, Jockey Club which will permit of racing on three Saturdays next spring. The recent spring meetings here have not put any money above the expenses for half a year into the treasury of the club, because of competition at Chicago, St. Louis and in the east. From a betting standpoint the meeting which is to end this week never had an equal here. There were more high players on the ground than were ever collected here before. While no extraordinary winnings have been made by the players, the books havent laid up a great deal. Through the winning of an unusual percentage of the favorites in the first part of the meeting the books were hit hard, but the cold weather of the past week and the changing conditions of the track were responsible in a great measure for reversal of form, which militated to the advantage of the layers."