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, » • - NOTES OF THE TURF. f o II. T. Rowell has purchased Transmute from S a as C. Hildreth. Fire destroyed the three large barns belonging to z W. Tieman at Sheepshead Bay last Tuesday morn ing. All of the horses were saved. Matt Allen has returned to New York after a 1 holiday trip through the south. He will devote the -lest of the winter to preparing the horses in hi charge for spring racing. Jockey W. W. Pickering, who arrived in Ibis country from England a few weeks ago. lias dc , cided to join his brother in the mining business in ,, Hurhan. South Africa, and will leave next week. : Superintendent William Clare of the Brighton Beach track, has been having it harrowed every j day when the weather would permit and horsemen wiiv.enug there have found this improved the track i for training purposes. I Frank McCabe is wintering fifteen two-year olds i at George Millers farm at East Millstone, New j Jersey. The youngsters are being given considerable ; work under the saddle on the farm track and will 5 be prepared for early racing. J A colored boy In the service of J. F. Clifford has -been ruled off the turf for the alleged doping of I Altair. which he says he had done on his own re sponsibility. The stewards will reopen the case againsi. Clifford and his friends thuik he will be re- I instated. Dick Williams claimed Lackfoot out of the first race at Santa Anita Park Wednesday from It. F. Carman and the latter retaliated by claiming L. C. Widrig, which finished third, from Williams, who has an interest in the horse- with the Pasa dena Stable, for which he is trainer.