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GOSSIP OF THE TURF. H. L; Coleman, the Memphis, merchant who will will enter racing next year, is sq enthused over present prospects for winning races in 190.4 that he has Instructed his tralner, L. D. Frazee, who has charge of the horses, to buy others. The stable will race under the name of H. L. Coleman and Co., the silent member of the firm being Joseph Brignardella. Mr. Brignardella has been a follower of the thoroughbred for some time, but has never owned a horse. The Coleman string which is wintering at Montgomery Park is: Effie S., ch. f, 3, by Riley Ever. Merry Sister, ch. f, 3, by The Friar Merry One. Kate Francis, b. f, 2, by Handsel Hoyden. Lady of the Manor, b. f, 2, by Tristan-Gypsy Maid. Chestnut colt, by Hermence Handsel. Brown colt, by The Cavalier Charlcote. Brown colt, by Glenheim Full Sail. Chestnut colt, by Octagon Jennie Lee. Bay colt, by Henry Young Lady Jim Gore. Chestnut filly, by Octagon Margaret II. Brown filly, by Octagon Ladysmith. Bay filly, by Henry Young Nettie B. Chestnut filly, by Pirate of Penzance Castopia. L. D. Frazee, who will train the new outfit, is well known in Kentucky from life-long association with horses and horsemen. He has been successful in former seasons and expects to make nominations to western stakes for young, middle-aged and old horses. H. P. Headley, who has just returned from New Orleans, says that there will be a revival of racing in Lexington at the old association track under the ownership of Capt. S. S. Brown. He says that plans are now on foot to open with a meeting in the spring of 1905, as it would be impossible to get the track and its appurtenances in shape for an earlier date. Trainer "Bub" May, who has W. M. Schef-tels champion two-year-old Highball in charge at Memphis, has given out his plan of campaign for the colt in 1904. "Highball will not only be entered in the American Derby, but he will be among the starters, barring unforeseen accidents," says May. "Highball will not be taken up until late in the spring. He will be given slow preparation, and if he trains perfectly he will be started in an overnight handicap or a stake at a short distance during the April meeting at Montgomery Park. Contrary to general belief, Highball was not entered in the 1904 a Tennessee, Latonia or Kentucky Derbys, en- 1 tries to which closed last January, and it is likely that with the. exception of the Memphis and Washington Park tracks Highballs racing days will be spent in the east." The colt is wintering In good health, but horsemen say that while he is improved in general looks he has added little weight. "A feature of the local racing that is attracting more than a little criticism is the starting at the seven-furlong post," says the New Orleans Picayune of Dec. 23. "The fields that have gone to the barrier at that point whether large or small, have invariably been crowded to the outside and packed so closely together that the horses with the outside positions have had their chances practically nullified before the start. In u more than one case those horses so placed have actually been the best in their races, but have been beaten by getting slammed about in the mix-ups that naturally follow the attempts to get good starts with fields standing in such positions. The track is wide enough there to accommodate all the horses that may start in seven-furlong races, but the starter neglects to compel the jockeys to line up across the track." An interesting feature in the entries thus far received by Secretary Rehberger, of the Brooklyn Jockey Club, is the assurance that at least two of the horses recently returned from England by James R. Keene will have an opportunity to show stake quality. The horses will he raced in, the interest of M. Corbett in 1904, and in his early nominations he has named both Hurst Park and Dalesman to go in the Brookdale Handicap. They will be nominated in other stakes early in the year, and reports from Gravesend, where they are stabled, are that they are both in the best of health, and in their slow winter work they have decidedly impressed horsemen who have seen them. Thus far, of the entries received for the two-year-old fixtures of the Brooklyn Jockey Club, James L Holland is one of the heaviest nominators, and there is not a stake in the early issue In which he will not be represented. His colts early in the fall attracted general attention, and it is reported that there is much of undoubted stake quality in the string of youngsters he is preparing for the campaign of 1904.