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CURRENT NOTES OF THE TURF. J. K. Hughes, well-known Texas breeder, is a daily visitor at the Fair Grounds. The filly Fruit Cake is doing well since E. T. Zollicoffer turned her over to W. A. Burttschell to train, bet work at the Fair Grounds showing improvement daily. J. Hawkins Chalmers is gradually recovering from the attack of fever he had when taken off the train at New Orleans. Chalmers will not be raced until later in the meeting. S. Donoghuc, who has led he English jockeys for three st asons. has written an American friend that lie will come to the United States this year to take a look at American racing. William Perkins, the negro trainer, has a useful stable at the Fair Grounds. He is training such horses as Marion Goostiy. Mieo Girl, Stout Heart, Easter Greetings and several others. The Connaught Park Jockey Club has decided to improve the track immediately and. with that end in view, has placed in charge Bradley Wheeler, who built the track. Satisfaction is expressed over the allotment of dates for the season of 1917. It is estimated that American turfmen have spent more than 00. MM buying thoroughbred stock in England. The faet that England was able to secure such n pretentious sum from the sale of horses :.t this time is used as a strong argument in favor of perpetuating the breeding of blooded stock. The promoters of the proposed new Rengics race track, denied a license by the Baltimore County Racing Commission, will carry the case to the Circuit Court of Baltimore County. Several years ago promoters attempted to build a track adjoining that at Hare de .race, but the Harford County Racing Commission refused to allot dates, and the cases were taken to court, which upheld the ruling of the commission. At a meeting of the executive board of the Back River Club, which operates Mount Royal track at St. Laurent, the dates for the two meetings to be held next summer were decided. In the spring the club will race after Mm Rounets. and against Conning!. t Park Jockey Club at Ottawa. In the autumn the club will follow Dorval, which will als. make its meeting conflict with the Ottawa meeting.