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CURRENT NOTES OF THE TURF Johnny McTaggart is contemplating riding abroad tliis year, according to reports from the east. Improvements at Aqueduct include the moving up of the field stand to the grandstand, making one large stand. The steeplechase stakes to be run at Belmont Park at the spring meeting and the Brook Cup, a ,000 fall feature, will close for entries March 24. W. R. Coes mare Bet, winner of the Manly Memorial Steeplechase last year, having wintered well, has been entered liberally in the principal cross-country events to lie run in the spring, and will be put into training for an early campaign. Sergeant George Clark yroinises to show his silks on the Xew York tracks this year. He has been endeavoring to purchase three Irish thoroughbreds, and the deal may be completed within a short time, P. G. McDermott, who is acting as agent for Sergeant Clark, lias made some selections and should the horses, all three-year-olds, measure up to what is expected they will be Imported.