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d ._ [j - " i- NOTES OF THE TURF. C. R. Ellison is sojourning at West Baden for a time. Tom Shaw will book at Norfolk. He is spending this week in New York. Owing to a death in the family "Mr. McMurtrie" will not race any horses this spring. A one dav meeting is announced by the fashionable Hose Tree Hunt Club for May 17 at Media, Pa. The lease of Eyebrow made between A. L. Ante and W. T. Andeison has beeu cancelled by mutual agreement. Judge Charles F. Price, much improved in health as a result of his sojourn at Mineral Wells, Texas. has returned to his home in Louisville. Hal Stevens, caterer at the Juarez track, has contracted with W. W. Finn to take charge of the catering at Minoru Park at Vancouver, B. C, during the meeting beginning June 28. The uew track of the Connaught Park Jockey Club at Ottawa will unquestionably be in readiness for the opening in June. Much enthusiasm is being manifested by the people of Ottawa over the new-venture. Richard T. Wilson, president of the Saratoga As- sociation. will return to New York from his winter home at Palmetto Bluff. S. C. this week. It is I probable that with him back In New York there will be further conferences on the racing plans in that state. N. K. Real has leased the racing qualities of O Fin aud Tactics from J. Luudendorf: C. T. Patterson has leased the racing qualities of the tVO-year-old Star and Stripes from J. Lundendo-f. and John Whalen has leased the racing qualities of Buafcla and Maxims Choice from Clarence II. Rob-bins, all for the season of 1913. The Prix du President de La Republique, a steeplechase handicap at two miles, six and one-half furlongs, was won at the Auteuil track in France Sunday by M. Gouveilles brown fillv Sybilla. Sansovino finished second, with Make Haste II. third and Frank J. Goulds Conte la Belle fourth. The stake was valued at 2,600 with a trophy added. W. R. Norvell, who passed through a severe sickness at Juarez early in the winter, has returned to his home in Chicago after extended sojourns at Hot Springs ami West Baden. He has completely recovered his health and will go to Norfolk in a few days for the Jamestown Jockey Clubs meeting. He will serve as racing secretary at the Dufferin Park and Hillcrest meetings during the coming summer. Wesley Fields, a well known turfman and trainer of thoroughbred horses, who died at Lexington last week after a protracted illness, was a native of Ohio. He went to Lexington about twenty years ago aud soon became interested in race horses, and for a number of years was a successful trainer, owning many of the horses which he raced. Among the w-ll known horses which he developed were Whyota, Mertie Keed, Lem Reed and El Toro. Horsemeu who knew him well regret to hear of the death of Rev. Father Denis Michael McCormick. pastor of St. Josephs Church in Baltimore. Father McCormick was a familiar figure on the lawns of Pimlico during the race meetings of the Maryland Jockey Club and was friend and confessor of racing men for many years. An ardent lover of the thoroughbred horse, he seldom missed a racing day at the course and w as as interested in the deeds of th horses as any patron of the sport. Father McCormick was born in Washington, D. C where the funeral services were held and many of the horsemen quartered at the Benning track attended the obsequies.