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LIVE METROPOLITAN TURF GOSSIP Horses at Gravesend and Belmont Park Kept Indoors Because of Severe Weather Conditions. New York, December 15. J. L. McGinnis lias eight horses wintering at Gravesend, with which he expects to figure quite prominently in the racing of 1018. "I dont say they are going to be all stars," says McGinnis, "but there should be a number of good winners among them. They are doing well, as are all the horses at Gravesend, considering the severe weather we are having." Frank Reagan finds his way into the city once in a while from his winter quarters at Gravesend. "Its mighty cold and brisk around the old track," was Reagans remark yesterday, "but Ave dont get the freezing wind that is clipping my ears off on Broadway." During the year 1917 there were registered with the New York Jockey Club, thirty-five assumed names of owners, 186 authorized agents, 102 sets of life colors, 584 registered colors belonging to different owners, 319 trainers licenses and 139 jockeys licenses granted. Tom Welch is contemplating a hunting trip with Mars Cassidy shortly. They will go to Virginia. Notwithstanding the severe weather hereabouts, no sickness is reported from the stables at either Gravesend or Belmont. One of the regular clerks, who went to New Orleans, hoping for employment, has just returned to the city. He says prospects for work in the clerk line are bad, as three men only are required for each odds-layer. The chief operator has to handle all bets and make change. He asserts the expenses are high for odds-luyers, but business is as good as expected for a new track.