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CUEEENT NOTES OF THE TURF. John Coyle. trainer for the Chamblet stable, has recently obtained an option on twenty-five English steeplechasers for which he is seeking purchasers. B. J. Kid Weller, one of the big "plungers" to the turf a few years back, is enjoying life on his splendid ranch along the Columbia river in Oregon. Only occasionally does Weller see a bit of racing. Will Woodward has a fine prospect in a black two-year-old by Dick Finnell. The youngster is a ringer for Westy Hogan. Woodward also has a good horse in Opportunity. He has jockey W. Hoag under contract. Henry S. Koppin, wealthy Detroit real estate man. who is at present enjoying the races at New Orleans, has expressed himself as being anxious to become identified with the sport as an owner and may purchase a string of horses in the near future. A. J. Joyner is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the steamship Minnehaha on which he lias several broodmares, the property of Mr. G. D. Widener. Mr. Joyner is fearful that the long confinement on the boat and the rough sea passage may effect them unfavorably, as all are expected to foal in the near future. The horses have already been aboard for nearly three weeks. John Bartlett. well-known horseman of Baltimore, is spending the winter in New Orleans. Mr. Bartlett campaigned quite a pretentious stable a few-years ago. among them being Star Charter, which was one of the best handicap horses of his time. Besides being an enthusiastic horseman. Mr. Bartlett is quite an expert with the cue, and is scheduled to play for the amateur 18.2 balk line championship of Maryland in March. J. 0. Keene is worrying over the arrival of his big shipment of thoroughbreds recently purchased in England. •Somewhere out on the Atlantic the Minnehaha must be dodging the Kaisers submarines," was the opinion ventured by Keenp. "The latest word I have from the steamship people is that she will arrive here on the 14th. Im hoping shell get here any day. as its a mighty long, hard trip for horses." In the band coming to Keene are seventeen fillies and fifteen colts. He said it was his intention to offer the colts at auction in the summer sales, but that the fillies might be retained as broodmares.