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. NOTES OF THE TURF. W. II . Walker, II. Alex and J. Hinchcliffe will be seen in the saddle at the Havana meeting. Jack Martin, the former jockey, who had quite a reputation for riding stake winners, intends to buy some trotters for racing on the ice this winter. Jockey Dave Nicol has made no contract for the winter. His present Intention is to spend some time with his folks in Chicago and then fit himself for an early spring campaign. S. C. Hildreth, since the opening of the Oakland season, has won about 7,500, which is a better start that he made last season, vhcn in all his horses pulled down over ."0.000. The Rear, the four-year-old gelding by Bowling Green Erla dOr, ran the fastest seven-eighths of the Houston meeting Thursday, when he pulled up a winner by eight lengths in 1:2SJ. A part of the program for Thanksgiving Day at Brightwood Park, Washington, consists of several running races. The horses to fill the card will come from the winter quarters at Benning. Judge Murphy has ordered that jockey J. Murphy, riding for August Burttschell, accept no outside mounts, his ride on Fernando, second choice in the handicap Thursday, was responsible for this ruling. Jockey C. II. Shilling, before being suspended last week at Oakland, had made a brilliant record for himself since the opening of the season on the coast. He had nineteen mounts, rode eight winners, four seconds, two thirds and was only unplaced five times, which gives him a percentage of .42. The rides that P.ntwcll gave Gladys Louise and Lord Dixon In their last starts, were superior in every respect. He went through on the rail with both of these horses and saved ground on every turn. He stands out in the light on these two rides alone, for. had a different rider been up either time, the result would probably have been different. .Too Stokes, the four-year-old colt, by Eanrium Miss Bowling, was sold to John Strite for ,000 last Monday at Houston. Texas. Several months ago J. B. Haggin placed an order in Italy for a marble lion for the further adornment of his mansion at Elmendorf Farm. The lion arrived here a few days ago, but he was so badly bunged up that the transportation companies were called upon to make good the cost and a duplicate order lias been placed. Leo had evidently been in a wreck. He was minus all, four, feet and his tail. Eddie Ryan reports that work is progressing satisfactorily in the matter of improving the infield at Santa Anita, and it will be converted into a beauty spot instead of the old eyesore of last year. It has been plowed and harrowed, and the first time a good, soaking, gully-washing rain comes along, several carload lots of barley will be sown. In the course of a short time it is expected that the infield will present a pleasing picture, and there is no getting around the fact that it will be a distinct improvement.