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RALPH NOT FAR FROM FORM OEOROE J. LONGS GOOD THREE-YEAR-OLD WORKS MILE IN 1:45%. Prominent Kentucky Derby Eligible Shows Keen Speed in Early Part of Creditable Work-Out at Churrhill Downs — Gossip from Loniisville. Louisville. Ky.. April ;».- -Sparkling speed shown in ihe first p:i 1 1 of Ralphs ]:itesi mile trial at Churchill Downs baa attracted attention more ilian •mi t. Hie Lang Kentucky Derby eligible, which iis .ill along been considered one of old Rosebuds IUOSI formidable rivals. Ralph went the lil si I, all .I a in i 1 «- ;mii!v ..in in AU auii finished out tin il,s tauee in l :45--. which was a lilih of a second Caster iii. in tin I Bowhuds trial at Douglas Part last Tues day. 1; showed thai Ralph is marly up in racing .•..million. The trial removes all doubt ir.uu the winds of bis adniir.Ts as to his being read; bj ia. :i. i in- date -i tor ii*e- running of the Derby i iii-- spring. Hey—Mr Felllers tiliy. Chrintophine, which i.s engaged in the Derby ami is ahw eligible io atari in iin- Kenteckj Oaks, is n.,w going along again in regular training after a real following Iter arrival from Mexico. Vesterday sin- breened six furlongs in 1 :20. Rohinctta. another Kentucky Derby ami Oaks eligible, i going ai..ng steadily in her prepara lion. Bet latest work was three furlongs in U- . She is surely a grand looking illy. Her owner, .lames MacMantia, i- sweet oil her ami expect-, her io fulfill his every expectation this spring. .1. I. Madden is now hen- sopertnteuding the pieparat ion of his Kentucky Iterhy ami Oaks candidate, the slashing lil : v . Watermelon. She i doing jltsl as well in her training as could be desired and can seemingly run fast and far. Watermelon .» IK. ill a Camilj of area fame on her dams side. She is out of Hell Ashland, a half sister to flu Manager, and her great-greatgraod dam is the dam of the famous David Garrick, which won Hie 0,000 • ■real Trial Slakes as a two-year old and a- a three-year-old picked up IIS pounds ami won the Annual Champion Stakes, beating men a great older hois.- as i:tucll»Ti over the full up course, two miles ami a tiuarter. Mi. Madden then -old him lo Pierre Lorillard lor $.10,000, and rlie latter seal him io l.iighuid. where he won the great Chester Cup, another two mile and a quarter race, and in which he beat many of the beat horses in that country. A remarkable trait in the family to which Watermelon belongs is the fact that mares of this line race as good as the horses of the other sex. as front ii lame, for Instance, tin- great Modesty, iin- only filly that over won the American Derby. Mi. Madden says that he will Start Watermelon in Ixilh Ihi- Derby ami Oaks races this spring. other recent work of horses in training here em brace a half mile in ."»0 by Florence Roberts, the same distance in 53 by Spindle, and live furlongs in 1:01-, by -I. W. OShea. The latter, a three-year old baj eoll by Leooidaa — Eastern shore. by The Kurd, appears to be a promising maiden. He tiiy started once as a two-year-old last season. In his recent trial he showed keen early speed, going the first quarter in 23%, three furlongs in .:•;", and the half in 50. There is considerable activity in the future lxioks on he Kentucky Derby on William Herats maiden • oli. Brlckley. enough money has been wagered • mi this son of On Wells to reduce his price from lint lo 1 to W to 1. MM W. Schorr, who has arrived here, after lookin" over the horses he bha in training at Doug-Ipa Part in charge of his son. John f. Schorr, is much Impressed with the development shown by his Derby candidate, ffandetgtlft. He says that he has been told that this son of Ren Rrush weighs lot pounds more than the Derby favorite. Old Rosebud. Mr. Schorr will remain in Kentucky during the greater part of this spring. He will stay here until the meeting opens at Lexington and will race i few ot his horses at lhal track. He moans to take a long respite from all nanteeao cares this s.-,.~on and Kentucky will see more than usual of him ihis aeaaoo. I .inner jockey Walter Rrannon. now an assistant m.iner in the stable of F. .1. Pons, has arrived from hat lesion. Mi. Pons will be represented here this spring by three horse: — .lohn Furlong. Pliant and Judge Wright. Tin- latter four year-old has been doing stud service in Tennessee this spring. These three horses will In- shipped here within the next two weeks in charge of trainer William R. Sallee. wiih perhaps two or three two year olds that Mr. Poos may succeed in picking up in Tennessee. Next season Pons will have in his stable four yearlings of his ..wn breeding, lb- has at present seven sucklings at Ms Tennessee farm, flnnnon thinks that Judge Wright is sure to stand training ibis year. When Rrannon left Charleston, K. F. Carmans big stable of horses, including his Derby candidate, Surprising, remained at the Palmetto Park course. Krannon was told that April It was the dale selected for i h.- departure of the big string for Churchill Downs. He said Surprising is takiug his work regularly and appears to be in exceedingly good condition at present. James Hriffiu. who has a string of eight horses in training at Churchill Downs, says that J. S. Mof iiliough, of Illinois, has in Hie yearling bay c.H by Voter ojtt of the English-bred mare Debacle. by Rend or. the dam of Hanbri.ige and Judge Wright, as grand a looking youngster of his age as 1 ja io be found in all America. Debacle was barren tbi] season and has already been mated with the I iiiuritv winner. Sweep. Mr. McCulloughs speedy foul -vear-old. Idle Tale, which was a promising Kentucky Oaks candidate until she was injured last season, has also born retired to the stud. She will he mated this season with the Futurity winner. Oi itiondiilc. William Gersf. of Nashville. Tenn., has in training ai Douglas Park one of the biggest strings he ha- had for several years. His stable Consists ot twenty two horses. Aside from his Kentucky Derby candidates, Brlckley and Macknea, he has a Ken-inckv Oaks eligible ill Colle. Trainer Thomas II. Ryan, who also has his hors-s nt Douglas Park, has Increased In- siring there in I the last few days io eight horses. The new Stable companions to Boadmnster and the other horses Mr. Ryan raced at Juarez came from his Tarin in Illinois. Manager M. .T. Winn spends most of his time now-a-davs at Chnrcblll Downs. He is personally looking lifter every Utile delail of the many big : improvements he has under way and by Derby Day h - will l e able to present |o the public probably the 1 most sightly racing plant in existence. His daily mail brings him many inquiries in regard to the - meeting at Downs this spring and illustrates the remarbable interest evinced from every quarter in i he fortieth renewal of the Kentnckv Derby, which 1 with the 0,000 added to it hv tbe New Louisville Jockey Cluh will make it the richest Derby . in the rating biatory of this state, and Hie most valuable three-year-old event in this conn try within ! the mat few years. Secretary Lyman H. Davis is daily in receipt of applications for stall room at [ the Downs. Ixnitr before the meeting begins everv nvuihihip stall will be in i a|lh d of coarse, there is nn abundance of room with Douglas Park also i available to aceosnmodnte all stables coming here • for Hie spring meeting and trainers need have no fear but that "lev will have comfortable quarters ■ »i oiiiinueii ou second page. HALPH NOT FAR FROM FORM. Continued from first page. for their horses lto matter how extensive the strings they -hip here. The bams at the Downs as well as at Douglas Park are in excellent condition in ever vay at the present time. It i- understood here that if negotiations betweeo Jefferson Livingston and n. c. Applegate and Co. tor the -ale of Old Rosebud come to naught. Mr. Livingston will make an effort to buy the next best Ken lock] Derby eligible thai may be available. Mr. Living-ton Is exceedingly anxious to win the Derby. His offer of 835.000 for Old Beached might have been accepted by H. C. Applegate but for the advice of trainer Frank P. Weir who is understood to hare an Interest in the gelding. .Mr. Livingston has obtained a price on Bodge ami bas also taken steps to ascertain if George J. Long is disposed to part with Ralph for a reasonable nm. P. T. China. who has ii a n representing Mr. Livingston in the Old Rosebud negotiations, said after his inspection "f the gelding here on Tuesdaj that old Rosebud had grown and tilled out to a "marked degri e since last aeaaon and can now be described as a good looking geldiag in fact, he is a much better looking horse titan he expected to see. When he was worked for tbe benefit of Mr. Chinn on Tuesdav jockey l McCabe received instructions from trainer Weir lo rate him along a mile in about 1:40. The fractional* of the trial were as follows: Ktrhtn, 13% ; Quarter. 20--.: three eighth-. 39%; half. 623 . five eighth-. 1:05%: three-quarters, 1:10: seven eighth-. 1 35%; mile 1:45%, pulled tn .