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YEARLING MARKET IS FIRM. Kentucky Breeders Show Disposition to Exact High Prices for Thoroughbred Stock. Louisville. Ky.. July IS. — ". C. Van Meter, who with bis racing partner. Barney Melievitt, has returned from Lexington with the yearling colt by Nasturtium — Annul, recently purchased, says that it was his iuteitioii to purchase half a dozen yearlings, but thai be was deterred from doing so liy the hign valuation placed on their yearlings by the blue grass breeders. Notwithstanding the unfavorable conditions prevailing on the American turf at present. Mr. Van Meter states that for anything like a top-not, -fa colt. B2.500 was asked and that they evou wanted as much as S.HH for the most ordinary looking. Mr. Van Meter says that yearlings in central Kentucky are higher right now than in IMR Of IMM He has therefore made up his mind to wait until the fall or winier sales for the replenishing of his stable. Trainer V. C. Westmoreland has reached Douglas Paift from Nashville with the big band of yearlings that F. J. Pons recently purchased from V. »». Jariner, of Ede-nwold Stud. Mr. Pans now has the biggest string of horses at either Douglas Part or Churchill Downs, thirty-seven stalls being occupied. There are over twenty yearlings In the string. The eolts and Uliea by The Commoner are the liest lookers in the collection. Trainer Westmoreland will occupy his preseal quarters with the Pons yearlings until the time ceases to ship to Jacksonville next Novcnilter. lie will carefully break them hist and then begin trotting and cantering them slowly. By the last of October he will be ready to thoroughly try them out. ami those that arc found wanting will be sold or given away. Tin- coming winter Mr. Pons will lie in the lieid with the best stable hi has ever raced and wili be ready to olay a strong hand in the two-y.-ar-ohl racing of 1911. Trainer West nioro-land will lace the older horses of the string at the fall meeting at Churchill Downs and also at Latonia and then go to Florida with the entire siting. He is already much impressed with Douglas Part as a training ground. Mr. Paaa has an abiding faith in the future of the sport. He said recently: "There will always be good racing somewhere and 1 have no fear for my thoroughbred investments. The main thing is to get racers good enough to win and then a man can hunt the racing. Iain trying to get together a stable of good chiss. able to race with success on any track, ami I feel confident that 1 now own such a string, and if I cannot race them at one place I will send them Somewhere else. Jacksonville, is of course, all right this year and in the early part of 1911. and the favorable decision we recently won in the Florida courts leads us to reckon that racing may continue to nourish in the land of the everglades for many years to come." Trainer Pete Coyne has received nine yearlings from Renege J. I/mgs Hartford Manor Farm anil will hegtu breaking them at once. He brought in all the youngsters by the Kentucky Derby winner. Sir lluim. and others taken up are by Alvescot. The d.ath of the live -year eld. Balbaa, is reported. He and Sir Iluon were running in adjoining paddocks and in some way got together and figured in a terrific battle. In the onslaught Balbas was killed, while Sir Haon eaeaped with a few bruises. W. .1. Young has taken bis big string of horses from Latoala to iexlngtoa, including Solicitor. Kotsch. Stolypin. Pereao and nine t wo-year-olds. and will rest until Chun-hill Downs opens in the fall. Dusty proved about the liest of the youngsters he trained this season and some of his stable will bo turned out until next year. His IHOO campaign so far Ibis year has been alxmt the most unproduct ive of results id any lie has experienced since he came on the running turf, still he hopes to come out even on tin year the coming fall. Most of his two-year olds were sick during the Louisville meeting and have, in fact, never since just rounded to. and he also had the bad luck to have Little Oasis. Captain Vilcys crack half-sister to Lux Casta. ho| elessl.v crippled in the Ctlpsetta Stakes. He managed to nave the filly for breeding purposes for Captain Vih-y and when he shipped his string to Lexiagtou he sent the daughter of BelTidere to Stonewall Farm. Young Maya this is the first seaasa he has raced naming horses that his profits bare fallen short of SDMMMI. Carroll It. K ids Bea Trovato is in condition for training at Churchill Downs. The string halted horse has done no racing since last year, but If lie stands training be will do quite a lot of it the eoea-lug fall. Word comes from Lexington that Chat, J. T. Williams is endeavoring to send the crack colt. Cover-nor Cray, east with some c— pa teal trainer, as the veteran horseman is in such poor health he does not can- to take such a long trip away from home. The ten broodman-s that D. Mesclieudorl sent to faexlagtoa early ill the spring to In- mated with various successful sires have been returned home to V;ddeck Farm, in Jefferson County, anil thev and their foals reached that place in safety. The breeder of Voltborpe go! a fair proportion of foals from his band of hroodmarcs this season, and he has a llkclv lot of yearllujjs thai will shortly be taken up and broken.