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NOTES OF THE TURF. . The Empire City Trotting Club has opened an j office at Broadway and Seventieth street, N.w York. , E. A. Tipton, of the Fasig-Tipton Company of j New York, has gone to Florida on a fishing trip and will not return until some time in April. Trainer Frank MeCabe, who formerly trained for . Perry Belmont and P. J. Dwyer, will open a publie ! training stable at Shcepshead Bay next week. John G. Hechser. a member of the Jockey Club, has returned to his home in New York from Europe, where he has been for some time seriously ill. Stakes for two-year-olds will be run on the coast today for the first time this year, the Gunst Stakes I for two-year-old fillies at Oakland and the Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita Park. John G. Cavanagh has left New York for French I Lick Springs for a winter vacation. He will return to New York in time to prepare for the Washington Jockey Clubs meeting next month. John -E. Madden, speaking for his sons, says they will not train or race any trotters this year for the reason that they do not own any horses at present which they consider good rtfeing prospects. Superintendent W. A. Gorman of the Belmont Park track, accompanied by his wife and daughter, will shortly leave for a two-weeks trip through the south, which includes a visit to the race tracks at New Orleans.