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GOSSIP OF THE TURF. John Oliver Keene, of Lexington, Ky., who has been training thoroughbreds for the last two seasons, and who is visiting his home, has just received a letter from D. Uawasisky, of the Imperial Stud, in Russia, stating that it is the inclination of the Government to secure a stallion of different blood to take the place of Galtee-More, the famous horse which for the last four years has been at the head of the Imperial Stud. The writer says that the question of selling the great sire of Irish Lad, Pan-Adam, Bxtace, Ligia, etc., has been submitted to the acting committee, and the decision of this committee will have to be submitted to his imperial highness, the Grand Duke, but that it is certain the report will be favorably acted upon. The price quoted is 20,000 pounds. Galtee-More has out twenty-two winners, of which eleven are three-year-olds and eleven are two-year-olds. The total winnings of these youngsters on the Russian turf up to October 4 was 152,947 roubles, or about G,000. Trainer John W. Rogers last Tuesday shipped the racing establishment of W. C. Whitney to Aiken, S. C, where the horses will go into winter quarters. Everything was taken with the exception of Gunfire, Leonora Loring and another mare and a yearling that was ailing and will be left at Sheepshead Bay until in a better condition to stand the trip. There wili be some regret among lovers of racing in the announcement that the racing days of both Gunfire and Leonora Loring are over, and that they will become matrons. When Rogers shipped the others these were left temporarily in charge of A. J. Joyner, and it is expected that they will leave before the end of the week for Kentucky. McChesney has four companions now in his winter quarters at Gravesend. Last. Tuesday morning four of the Smathers performers from the west arrived. They are Dick Bernard, Witchcraft, Grand Opera and Stevedore. They were shipped from Memphis, where it was first intended to winter" them, and all appeared to have stood the long journey remarkably well.