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NOTES OF THE TURF. W. G. Yanke is making cue of the biggest books at Charleston. The management of Connaught Park at Ottawa, Out., will offer a ,000 stake for its June meeting of 1014. M. Walker, breeder of Ruck Massie, Igniter, etc., died recently at Lexington. Interment was in the Lexington Cemetery. M. McDowell has sold the two-year-old colt Pulsation, by Joe Carey Prudential Girl, to R. C. Flowers, of Paducah, Ky. J. R. Ford, of Moose Jaw, Can., has purchased from Irwin Bros, the four-year-old bay filly Mammy, by Sempronius Manola Mason. The celebrated Fountainblue Stock Farm of Chinn and Forsythe, near Harrodsburg, Ky., containing 550 acres, was sold last week to ONeal Bros., of Woodford County, for 25 an acre. Chester is the oldest recognized race venue in the world, as properly organized meetings were held in the vicinity of the Cheese City as early as 1511. Earlier still, in 137?. the then Prince of Wales afterwards Richard II. rode a match against the Earl of Arundel, probably at Newmarket. Records arc extant that contain brief reference to races held in 1300 on what is now the Heath. Two-year-old racing was first authorized by the stewards of the English Jockey Club in 1770, and initiated in 1773, when a colt named Raby won a four-mile match at Newmarket. There were divergent opinions as to the wisdom of the new departure, and it was not until 1770 that pronerlv recognized races for two-year-olds took place October, at Newmarket, half mile, 10S pounds, sweepstakes of 50 each.