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NEW ORLEANS DERBY CANDIDATES. Eliqibles to the Two Biq Races in March Are Attractinq Much Attention. New Orleans, La., January 2C In vleu of the fact that the Crescent City Derby, uith 0,000 guaranteed, and at a mile and an eighth, and the CitJ Park l erh with ,000 added, and at a mile and a quarter, are the mo si valuable stakes |o lie de eided here this winter, as well as the most valuable ever in-fore run for iii this section, the performances of the prospective Derbj candidates are already at traeting attention. The January 1 declarations to the Creacenl City Derby left forty two eligible*, die of which. Allow tiiaisc. winner of the New Years Handicap, has since then suffered from so severe an attack of pleuro pneumonia that he cannot possibly be a starter. February l." declarations will weed out a considerable ■amber of those left in that, in view of the briniant running of same of the prominent candidates, would seem to have no poa-sihle chance for the big prize. The City Park Derby has but one declaration, namely February 1. As it is run March 10, prior to the decision of the Crescent City Derby, which is scheduled for March 2::. and as the cost of starting in it is S10 as against -S175 in tiie l-air Grounds, event, it is likely that a fair percentage of the nominations will re main in. To date the pick of the candidates running in the interest of the Buriew i: ONeill combination have shown to better advantage than any others. In the Crescent City Derby the eastern linn is represented by Fantastic, Boyal Breeac, Judge Post. ;ild and Sir TodduagtOU. All of these, with the exception of Fantastic, arc also in the City Park Derby. 8Bd and Judge Pool are the pick of this lot. although Sir Toddkngtou, which is a strapping Mg, powerful colt, has iKrformed well enough in heavy going to give him a winning Chance should the tracks he muddy when the Derbya are decided. c. De Witt ft Co.s judge Davey, F. T. Darsti Bud Hill. P. Dunnes Lena, W. II. Pbaw ft Co.s Morales, M. Gokfblatts Mortfboy, T. Capos I., s. B .. J. 11. MeOormicka Tllelng and a. C. MeCaBertys Clamor represent the cream of the locally trained Crescent City Derby eligihles. while I.. A. Cellas Coiiville and Marathon, and China and Forsy flics Montgomery, which are receiving their preparation at Memphis, are also in the list of very probable dangerous factors in the race. Of all the local lot Gild, Judge Iost and Tileing size up best as having Derby qualities, and unless Coiiville or Montgomery, whose form in the east last season was better than that of any of the other nominations, reverse the traditions of tin-race, which has rarely been won hy a Memphis horse, one or another of the local trio named is pretty certain to land the valuahle prize. GUd and Judge Post are bath horses of good suhstance and muscular development, and Gild, a lengthy, powerfully huilt fellow, especially impresses one as having the weight carrying ability to take up his Derby impost and travel the mile and a furlong journey at a fast pace. His performances here, both in December and January, were far superior to these of any of the other Derby prospects, and especially his races as a two -year-old in which he defeated older horses, making weight con cessions, at distances ap to one mile ami a sixteenth. One seldom sees a three -year-old at this season of the year with so mature a development as GUd possesses, As a weight carrier he should excel any of the others of the local division, with the exception of niesag, which is put up much on the same lines, is just now rounding into form, and is in the hands of a pant master in the art of fitting horses for important races. In his lirst start here some days ago Tileing was defeated over the six furlongs route in a race which he should have won. He was evidently short on that occasion and with the improvement tii.it may tie expected of him, he is certain to figure among tin- -elected few likely ones on the day of the rant. He has the huild of a weight carrier and a stayer and the hreeding as well, as he is by Hastings lilory. both of which were superior racers in their day. Judge Post does not possess quite the lagged ness of either of this pair, hut he is put up on splendid racing lines, and that he is very speedy was fully established in the raee at a mile and a quarter recently won at City Park hy Alma Dufour. in which, with ninety-four pounds up. he ran the lirst mile in IRf. It invariably hapi eiis that eastern eolts with only ordinary summer records behind them come here and improve vastly in winter racing. In some horses the change of climate evidently lias marvellous effects, and this trio of easterners seem to lie the ones that so far are profiting most by the present southern winter campaign. Morales recent race with Tileing was an un usually game performance, as the colt stood a hard drive and hung on like a bulldog all through the final furlong when it looked like a certainty that Tileing would heal him easily. He won on his courage. This son of the Commoner is not a big i-olt. but he is a wiry sort. Clamor while a tine tilly and a fast ,-an hardly be expected to have much of a chance against Ihe colts that will go to the peat in the race this season. Either Coiiville or Montgomery, or hath of them. may possibly npsel all calculations, hut the history of the race argues against that, contingency, for only on two occasions have Memphis trained ones been successful. Ihe locally prepared horses have the advantage not only of running over the course where the race is to be run. but of the hardening process that comes best from actual racing rather than exercise gallops. At the present writing it appears that the Crescent Cily Derby will this year bring out the best field in its history. As much the same lol are named to go in the City Park Derby ■ discussion of likely chances in the one race applies equally to the other. About " "I.v exception to be noted is that Mr. Corrigans Ilanute. by his Imported stallion, Plsnndcs. one of the best bred as well as ,., ■ the best Individuals imong tie- horses in the stud in Kentucky, is among the nominations. This ,-,,ii showed one or two per tormai.iis at Latonia in he early summer which made it look as though he might be pretty dose to a first-class racehorse, lie gave on,- the Impres siou then of leggineaa and as though he needed considerable growth and development to enable him I ainlain his speed over a long route. He i.as had but little racing, and with ihe Improvement that might aatarally be expected since his summer races he may strip as a formidable Derby coll when the City Park race conies up for decision. Apart from a consideration of the Derbya, it is well to bear in mind thai Ihe leading candidates in these races come pretty near to ranking all the older horses here and that a majority of them will give a ikmI account of themselves between now and Derby time.