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I1 NEW ORLEANS RACE TRACK POLITICS. 1 Important Meetings This Week — Hopes for Hot Springs Racing — Gossip of the Derby Horses. Xew Orleans. La.. January 10. — The coming week will be a busy one fraught with tnatters of no little Isepartaace to the sasnsaas racing season iu the west. Within that time the directors of the American Turf Association will discuss and very -Rkerj practically agree spsa spring dates for Louisville and Luteals, and dates for the Canadian Circuit will also very probably be mapped out. On Tuesday. January 14. the Crescent City Jockey Club will hold its annual meeting for the election of otlicers and the transact ion of other business. II is expected that both L. A. Celia and John . ondoii will be in. sent at this meeting. The blind man" of Chicago is apt to have something to say about the management of the Fair Grounds r meeting, especially with reference to Jhe specula- Ii tion. as be has all along been strongly op[ ose l to s Ihe hist it u tion of the eastern system of betting, t believing that witli the books in the ring as s formerly the receipts of the track would have been 1 much greater. If Mr. Condon does enter a personal A protest BS to the betting, however, he is certain f to be overruled. The eastern plan of speculation will be eontitiied at both meetings. i L. A. Cella has this winter remained away from a New Orleans so far mainly for the reason, it is 1 surini.-ed. that he did not desire to he on the « •-round "bile points of difference were being a adjusted between the Fair Grounds and City Park I to be appealed to as a sort of umpire by both I sides in these matters. Through his original in- f vestments in the Crescent City Jockey Club, and loans made to other members of the club on hy- « potheen tad stock. Cella is now l» ss of the situa- 5 tion as far as the Fair Grounds property is eon- 1 reined, and whatever he says goes. Cella and 1 Condon practically own the Oaklawn track at Hot 1 Springs and when they get together here it is 1 likely that ssssethlng definite will be known as 1 to prospects at that point. The Hot Springs out- 1 look just now appears to be more promising than 1 at any previous time in the last six months. A special session of the Arkansas legislature is called 1 to convene January 1.1. and indications are that the solons may favor a bill, which is sure to be r introduced, exempting Garland County, in which t both Oaklawn and v-s.-v Park sw located, froia . the provision* of the anti-gambling law. I Another encouraging feature with reference to i the Hot Springs situation is that an agreement is J said to have been reached between Cella and Con- i don, and 1mbrella Bill" McGuigau. who sold Essex Park to Shannon ami Kespess. and to whom the property reverts in case racing is tabooed 1 at Hot Springs, to the effect that Essex Park will lie granted a division of the racing dates up there. ] This was done to secure the support of McGuigau. who is a prominent political factor in Arkansas, j in getting through favorable legislation. Local racing is rapidly increasing, as it always does after the holidays, both in patronage and interest. The running of the juveniles and the ! performances of Derby candidates give to the sport j much added zest. While the time set for the ! decision of the Derbys is still a long way off, yet the greatly increased values of these events over j the California Derbys, as they will be worth 0,000 gross each, tend to keep owners keenly alive as to , the prospects of likely candidates. Bartow and, I ONeills Chapultepec. among all the Derby cligihles that have so far been shown in public, stands out in the light as in a class by himself. Chapultepec is a big flashy looking eolt of tremendous speed. To the critical eye he scarcely . fills the hill as a really rirst-class Derby type — that is. as a horse likely to pack weight and put up a game contest over a long distance of ground. He lias not that depth through the shoulder that one associates with staying ability. Yet he possesses such a wonderful turn of speed that under favorable conditions he ought to get right to the front in such Derby company as he will probably meet here, and towrope his opiioneiits from end to end of the local Derby journeys. Last summer Chapultepec showed himself to be a high-class two-3ear-old. He lias improved greatly in development since his arrival here and some of the horsemen even go so far as to predict, without warrant, that lie will turn out to ho another Svsonby next season. W. H. Fizer has been keeping his Derby candidate. Pinkola. under cover since the youngsters series of brilliant victories early in the season lure. The gelding will have very little racing between now and Darby time, it being the intention of Fizer to give him a special preparation for the big events. That Pinkola is a stayer can be set down as pretty nearly certain, but the i crucial question of his weight carrying quality has never yet iKcii Baked him in public. However, he has carried weight successfully in his work, and lie is a type of three year-old that should be able to handle any reasonable impost satisfactorily. A lit of unrest was injected into the camp of owners such as Burlew k ONeill and Fizer. with sure thing Derby strings to their bow. a few days ago when word was received here that Sam Hil-dreth would ship his high-class colt. Tnele. ou from Arcadia, at Los Angeles, to go in both Derbys. Hildroths thirty thousand dollar colt is said to have grown and improved, and if he is sent on here it can be safely asserted that Cue fields in the two hvcal Derbys this year will Me the best that have gone to the post anywhere iu the west previously since the closing down of the Washington Park track in Chicago. Fred Cooks Lawrence P. Daley. in training with the rest of the string at Louisville, is another very promising Derby candidate. A day or "two ago Cook said he would not have the coll sent down here, but so much may transpire before the Derbys are run that Cinik will probably change his salad on that, point. The two-year-olds so far shown are collectively a audi grown, racy looking lot. • although naturally some runts arc to be found among Them. The best appear lo he the winners, Irfaneh and Shone, and Cunning. Maritsa and Brougham. Shone and Brougham belong to Burlew A: ONeill. The former is a stonily built colt, an early looking sort, and one that can win in any ordinary company. Brougham is put op a good deal like a race horse. He has size as well as qualily. but is evidently no! yet ti I down :. racing form. He is a slow be gtaaer sad "i" probably do better when the two jraar-oM races lengthen out to four and a half and five lurloiigs. He is said to be the best in the B. 4 O. stable. Trainer Walden thinks well of Cunning and It. Tuckers Maritza is a racy looking type. In their first two starfs both these young siers Acre bothered right after barrier rise and had no chain e to show what they could do. They are bred and built to be good ones. Much leli.f w as felt among turfmen here when, early in the week. John J. Ryan tietook himself to his home in Cincinnati, ostensibly called there in the criminal action brought against him bv the Cincinnati saloon kneper. Dan Murphy, whom In-assaulted late last fall. The gossips" had it thai Kyan had been ordered away by the local racing aearars thai he. and he hints* If was sjaoted as snj lug that he did not wish to bring the sport bate disrepute becaaae, of Ihe notoriety he bad pained iu the newspapers sad that he was leaving of his own rolltioa Whatever the reason. Ryau ha-Continued on second page. NFW ORLEANS RACE TRACK POLITICS. Coiiliuued from first page. m. uniled liis •Moot tool" ami gone away, and thai i- peed enough. No charges were brought against him. No definite facts were known tliat would ItapUcata Ryan in any attempts to fix races. But his reputation 1m. tb «,u tlie turf and off of It is so bail that the least suspicious circumstances were seized upon as proofs that he was trying to burglarize Hie betting ring, and lie was thus made the targe for a lot of mini clinging that was calculated to do the turf here, iiniler existing reform con ilitious, a great deal of harm. S. B. Wccms.