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TWO-YEAR-OLD FORM AT. NEW ORLEANS. Sea Swell Held to Be the Best Yet Shown— Bush Cup Incident. Niw Orleans. La.. February 1 . — While no really high class two year old lias shown here Ibis winter, yet a large number of serviceable ones have been • brought out — more than in any former year, for the reason that there are nearly twice as many two-year olds lure as in any previous winter. It is not l « be cxpeetcd that Colins will come from this qnar-1 r. but MHJ e.ir New Orleans has developed youngsters that go eastward and win more than tlnir HHR of Uia early stakes and purses in that section. From present Indications it appears as thouli tlfis I ears crop of local juveniles will cut a much wider swalli than usual at the eastern spring meetings. With few exeeptions. the writer indicated about the first of the I ear and before form had been shown, pietty nearly all the lies! two year-olds that have so far started, naming as the most likely ones Pinion, Anne McGeo. Cunning. Marse Abe. Sea Swell. Roseburg II., and one or two others. H. as is claimed, the Vila stable has not yet started its best ones, it would seem certaiu that the St. Louis turfman will have a formidable string of juveniles when he ships to the metropolitan circuit. He paid liberal prices for promising yearlings at the New York sales last summer, so that no one can grudge him the success that he is now reaping from his investment. Among the lot that hao not jet started is a colt called .Mentor by m.-ickMoek. This is a growthy colt and not believing that he would come to hand early he was not entered in any of the local stakes. Whether lie will si tit and show his best form here is doubtful. Sea Swell, which won the Premier stakes at a half mile at the Fair Grounds, carrying stake weight, lis pounds, in a canter fro.v his stable mate Marse Abe a. 111 other supi« seii ;i od ones, is undoubtedly the l est jouiuister shown here to date. He is a well built colt by Cesariou — Njdia, and while he mav not lie good enough to compete with the best of the eastern youngsters in the big stakes next season it is pretty certain be will give a good account of himself in the early eastern events. Mr. Corrit:au has a big colection of juveniles, but most of thein are backward, are not being hurried and will iwt be at their best liefore the spring meetings at Louisville and Latonla. lie has some very likely hmking ones. Sensations continue to crop up day by day. On top of the allegation, which, however, has not liceii proven, that Ray Thompson, which won several laeis hero earlj- in the season, was I three-year •Id instead of a two-year old. came a bit of scandal in connection with the alleged carrying of an electric liattery on Hw horse First Mason on February 14. inasmuch as First Mason fell shortly after the start and then ran away six miles, whether he carried a battery or not. had nothing to do with the result. Hut it certainly was a suspicious move when the hois • was pulled up at the furlong post and hurried ae:oss to his stable without 1k--ing unsaddled at the judges stand. Suspicion was aroused about the horse before the race and paddock Judge l.vles made a close inspection of jockey B. Burton in the paddock. Kviileiitly if an electric appliance was used it must have been concealed in lli, saddle. .lust what exact information was in possession ol the olticials. Judg ■ Mcpowell would not disclose. bin ii must have been considerable to warrant the denying of privileges at both tracks to trainer Bishop and jockey Burton. There have been many HMTI as to the use of electric appliances here this winter, but these have related mostly to the steeplechase people and to the using of batteries on sluggish horses iu tb ir work. After a horse has lieen worked two or three times with a battery all that the jockey licils to do in a race to make him run is to prick him with the spurs and yell at l.im. The chanc- of detection In the use of dec Meal contrivances is so great that few trainers or Jockeys would risk using them in races. It is cli lined that the holding up of the license of a certain jockey at the recnt meeting of the license committee here was due to the suspicion that he was in possession of a battery. The First Mason iiieidini will have a ben- -lii-ial effect as it will only frighten the tew bar* men. if any there lie. who have batteries, but it will stir up the otlicials la a closer siiurvcillatice of su-spectod persons. A ■eaaattaaal story went the rounds after the running of the Bush Cup race to the effect that C. S. Bush hail refused to add the plate to the race — I this year. This was In a measure true. Since the reorgani7-ition of the club, and the advent of L. „ A. Cella with a big controlling interest, the remaining six original members of the old Crescent City .lockey Club find their protits materially reduced. I As Mr. Bush is entirely out of the active manage- , Inelit of affairs, no doubt he did not feel like pay ing for the plate out of his own Mickel. As a matter of fact, it is stated that he never did pay for it, as, under the old regime, it was paid for , by the Crescent City Jockey Club. After the reorganization of the club last year, Mr. Bush turned tin- bill for the plate into the club. There was some talk at the time of comp lllng him to pay for it. , but it is understood that the club footed the bill. S. B. Wecms.