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WARDS RELIANCES FOR COMING RACING. 1 Berlin Thriving and Now a Big Three-Year-Old — 1 Van Meters Horses. By C. A. Bergin. Louisville. By., March 5.— J. S. Ward, who developed and raced Dodge last year with such brilliant success, and subsequently sold the colt to A. K. Macombcr for a good price, has in training at Douglas Park a small but select stable, that will be campaigned on the Kentucky and eastern tracks this year. This astute owner never has more than eight or ten horses in his stable, but what the establishment lacks in quantity is amply compensated for by the quality of its members. Last year every one was a breadwinner, and some of them mighty good ones at that, and this year promises to be no exception. The stable at present constituted comprises seven horses, and is the smallest that. Mr. Ward has had in training in years. It includes Franklin, which finished third in last years Derby, Berlin, which will bo the Ward standard bearer in this years I rby; Norric, end four two-year-olds. The latter include a chestnut colt by Toddington — Idle Day: a bay colt by Transvaal — Ceriaa; a chestnut filly by Marathon — Ethel Carr; and a brown filly by Contestor — Black Witch. Mr. Ward is bewailing the fact that he was unable to secure any youngsters by Jim GalTney, the sire of Dodge, Franklin. Bedaa and Berlin. All of the stables horses have wintered well, and have passed through the eold weather without say sickness. Franklin, which will be the stables main dependence in many of the all-aged Stakes, is in splendid trim, and barring mishaps, ought to account for many races this year. Thai horse. BOW a four-year-el.;, won last year in stakes aad purses |S,SB8, aad this season he promises to duplicate or even surp is* that good showing. Berlin Healthy — Van Meter Youngters. At present the star of the establishment is Berlin, which is being groomed for this years Derby. Berlin is a bay colt by Jim GafTney — Autolce. and earned a fair reputation as a two-year-old, although he did not race quite as successfully as Dodge and Franklin did in their two-year-old stages. His record last year is seventeen starts, in which lie finished first on four occasions, second three times, third twice and unplaced eight times. His total earnings amounted to .S 1. This celt is highly regarded by his stable, although owner Ward, with his usual modesty, refuses to make any predictions as to what he thinks the colt can accomplish on the afternoon of May 12. The colt has attained a wonderful growth and is probably one of the biggest of the Derby eligibles in local training. C. C. Van Meter is another owner who believes in confining his table to the minimum number, lie has seven bead at Douglas "ark. where the horses have been all winter. The list includes the three-year-olds Bvelya V.. a candidate for the Oaks: Robert Bodes, and Jack Laflin, and the following two -year-olds: Grand Duke. b. c, by Duke of Ormonde — Mi~s Martha. King Trovato, b. c, by Ben Trovato — Susan Lennox. Tom lit. b. c. by Sweep — Chiclets. Queen Trovato, in-, f. by Ben Trovato — QuaeahudL All of these youngsters have been entered ia the juvenile stakes to be run at the spring meetings in Kentucky.