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HARBINGERS OF SPRING AT PIMLIC0 The Garths Arrive from Virginia -with Big String of Horses, All in Fine Condition. BALTIMORE, Md.. March 3. The Garths, harbingers of spring and of racing, are up from Virginia. William Garth, with the main division of the stable of Captain Ital Parr and J. S. Conden. both of Baltimore, has settled down for March. April and May at Pimlico track. Lewis Garth, with part of the Parr stable and a few horses belonging to Woods Stockton of Clmrlottesville, Va.. and Garth pere are now at Henning track -in the District of Columbia. Lewis Garth will try to get his horses ready for the Southern Maryland Agricultural Associations spring meeting, which will begin at Prince George Park, Bowie, on the first of April and usher in the eastern season. He is in a fair way to ce-l, too-. -He--.lftw,VirKinhL..wiUu-ncHtrihg. of runners that were not so farfrohf racing condition, and he has made full use of the two weeks of good training weather Benning track has experienced since his arrival. There is in the Parr stable one potential candidate for the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, the gelding Esquimau, a son of Theo. Cook and Xorth-ern Girl, bred by the Garths in Albemarle County, Virginia. Esquimau was a fair sort of two-year-old and he has wintered well. Also there are possible candidates for the Pimlico Spring Handicap in Crimier, Man o the Hour and Discoverer, the last named a four-year-old son of Star Shoot, which was prevented from racing to his private form last year by a shipping accident. Discoverer may turn out to be the best long-distance runner in the stable. His dam. Unseen, a daughter of Yankee and Un-sightly, is a half-sister of King James. He eoulo, run as a three-year-old. and, he showed well enough last spring before he hurt himself. Also Crimper looks like he is better than ever. The big son of Maintenon and Frizette always made a brave showing in spring. STRONG IK STEEPLECHASERS. But it is not in long-distance running flat runners of mature years that the Parr stable is supposed to be strongest. Steeplechasers are the specialty of the big Virginian, and in Captain Parr, War Lock. Le Marsouin, Bughouse, Royal Arch and Plancy. the last three fonr-year-olds, Mr. Garth believes he has formidable candidates for the coming renewal of the Green .Spring Valley at Pimlico and for other cross -country stakes of value to be decided through the spring and summer about Xew York. Captain Parr is coming back to the races big and strong and sound. Big improvement is looked for in Warlock, Le Marsouin. Bughouse. Royal Arch and Plancy. It is a bit difficult to be picking as early -as this which of these fencers will start in the Green Spring Valley, but Captain Parr and Le Marsouin look like safe guesses. Bughouse, a painfully long and lightwaisted horse last year, has filled out notably. Folk are not going to recognize him when he first comes to the races. Specs Crawford, than whom there is no better crosscountry jockey, will do the steeplechase riding of the Parr stable. The Parr stable is unusually strong in robust two-year-olds, and the colt by Celt Votes, which showed such good speed at Benning last fall, is not believed to be the star of the barn either. Mr. Garth has youngsters by Wrack, a young English stallion Arthur B. Hancock, recently imported from Great Britain for service at his Claiborne Stud in Kentucky, and by Rock View, a son of Rock Sand and Golden View, which he believes can beat the Celt colt. Rock View, one of the best three-year-olds of his year, also is at Claiborne Farm. He is making his second season there this year. Ralco, a shapely black, whose dam was Black Mantilla, is the best Rock View colt of the establishment. Ralco is a youngster of reach, bone and substance, a quick starter and a willing worker- His dam. a daughter of Sain and Valencia, she by Hidalgo, is a granddaughter of Yum Yum. BEST OF THE WRACKS. The best of the Wracks is a dark bay colt of ample size and fetching conformation, dam Blazing Star, she a daughter of Star Shoot and Alarm Belle. Alarm Belle was a. daughter of Spendthrift and The Xiece, hence a half-sister to Uncle. The Blazing Star colt comes honestly by the speed he has shown in his trials, and he is as good a looker as may be found in Maryland. There is no Wrack about that does, not make a good showing on parade. The other son of Wrack is a gelding, dam Single-shot, because of which he is a half-brother of Sharpshooter. He is a bay and, happily, nothing like Sharpshooter in conformation. A more ill-favored thoroughbred than Sharpshooter was never seen unless it was old Sherwood. Bulls Eye, this half-brother of Sharpshooter is called. He lias big quarters, a short back and rather short legs. He knows how to use those legs. too. Ralco. the Blazing Star colt, which is not yet named, and Bulls Eye are the youngsters Mr. Garth will point for the Pimlico Xursery and the Spring Juvenile, the best of the Maryland Jockey Clubs May specials for three-year-olds. Other prepossessing youngsters in the stable are Kings Plume, a daughter of King James and Plumeria. hence a half-sister of Sir Wilfrid; Violet Tip. a daughter of Fair Play and Violet Ray; First to Fight, a son of Ogden and Rossmarine; Oceana, a daughter of Hessian and Ocean Tide; a chestnut gelding br Ballot Sweet Lavender, hence a half-brother of Rancher, and M bay colt by Assagai Yankee Rose. Tommy Davies will be the regular flat rider of the Parr stable this year. Davies has been in Virginia since last fall, and is already down to w eight. He will ride at 107 pounds.