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BUSY AT LOUISVILLE TRACKS Near-Freezing Weather Fails to Reduce Spring1 Training Activities. Finance and St. Bernard Each Work a Half Blackbirder Shows Up Well in Fast Six Furlongg Gallop. . LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 16. Although near-freezing weather failed to cause any appreciable reduction in training activities at Douglas Park and Churchill Downs, where more than 900 horses are under preparation, a big majority for engagements during the meeting at the latter track which opens a week from Saturday, the several more popular Kentucky Derby candidates, namely Chance Sun, Weston and Bluebeard, enjoyed a day off. Both tracks were fast. With the "big three" of the Derby horses on the sidelines, their days exercise consisting of two-mile jogs each, the B. Shaffer and E. D. Shaffer nominees, Finance and St. Bernard; J. J. Flannigans Chance-view; W. E. Hupps Bobbys Son; Mrs. Hol-lis Hainesworths Blackbirder, and J. W. Parrishs Jawapa shared the limelight. Working on the Downs track for the first time as three-year-olds, Finance and St. Bernard went a half mile each, and both in :49. The former was accompanied by Top Dog, while trainer A. B. Gordon asked St. Bernard to drill alone. Chanceview and Jawapa had shorter "blow-outs" for something more ambitious tomorrow, the former going three-eighths in :36, as the Parrish candidate went a like distance with Scarp as a running mate in :36. Showing as much speed as any of their age here to date, Blackbirder rattled off three-quarters in 1:14, and eased up seven-eighths in 1:29, while Bobbys Son covered the latter distance in 1:29, nicely in hand. The latter was timed- in :49 for the half mile, and in 1:16 for three-quarters. Blackbirders half mile time was the same and he did the first quarter in :24. The strong wind which handicapped horses yesterday was missing today. Some snow fell yesterday afternoon, but skies were mostly clear this morning, and the temperature moderated fast after mid-forenoon. , Carroll Day, the maiden son of Peter Hastings, Al Thomas is training for Mee- Continued on eighteenth page. BUSY AT LOUISVILLE TRACKS Continued from first page. han brothers of Ironton, Ohio, and Shoeless Joe, Black Servant colt owned by Conn Smythe of Toronto, were Derby eligibles in action late yesterday. The former accomplished a mile in 1:43, the fastest of the season, while the Smythe hopeful covered three-quarters in 1:20. According to trainer Emerson Davis, Shoeless Joe did not extend himself. Resumption of schooling added to" the great amount of activity at the Downs today. It was the first time in almost ten days that conditions permitted this branch of preparation, and some two score or more juveniles were introduced to the starting stalls of the Bahr gate. T. L. Pierce, with six that wintered at Lexington, was the only important arrival. For W. H. Whitehouse he has the three-year-olds Gobet and Iocan; for J. Grant Brown, the two-year-olds Susan Hay and Porcellus, and Sam Furst and William Tracy have the three-year-olds Hay Ray and Buddy Tracy in the stable. W. J. Hirsch and Jake Lowenstein went to Lexington tb inspect a few horses there. They left after training their respective stables and were to return this evening.