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GItOVER HUGHES GOOD ONE DILLARD HILL REFUSES NUMEROUS OFFERS FOR WINNER AT M0NCREIF. Hoffman Shows Return to Good Form of Previous Season — Important Stables Taking Departure from Florida. Jacksonville. Fla., April 4. — Favorites and outsiders divided the honors at Mencreif Iark this afternoon. IJie winning choices were Crover Hughes, Colonel Ashmea.le and Hoffman. The latter ran a HJ markable race, leading all the way and winning in a canter by twelve lengths. It was the first time during the entire m.i-ting that this go.xl s-printer showed anything like the form he displayed in the east, and his connections profited handsomely over his victory. Crover Hughes, winner of the two-year-old race, is evidently a g.xxl racing prospect, as his owic-i- had several offers for the colt lx-fore he went lo the |x.st. K. L. Thomas was one of those anxious t secure him. He tried to purchase the youngster for MWh_ but Dillard Hill refused to accept that price. The last two ra.vs furnished the lx-st i-oiitests of the afternoon. May Lata and lb» ray just managing to get up in the closing strhles to win their respective races by the smallest of margins. After Hoffmans victory he was turned over to the association veterinarian by order of the judges. A report was sent back to the officials to the effect Ihat. the horse had cooled out nicely and was in proper condition. At a meet ing of the stewards of the Southern Jockey Club held this morning the horses Otogo and Creat Jubilee were restored lo gixnl standing, and in future they will be trained by John Shielits. Harry White, who is acting as one of the patrol judges here, was sent to Pensacola to look things over and report back to the ass.x-iation who is really back of the meeting. If it is found thai Koupricii is leally in iharge. the Pensacola license will not be canceled. Ormuz. which pulled up very lame after the running of the fourth race, was destroyed. Before shipping to Baltimore. H. L. Shaw sold the two-year old. Louis Katz. to M. FiJe.v. The Shaw. McLaughlin. Burch and Chelsea Stable honws bit tor Baltimore by special train tonight. S. A. Cloptou purchased the mare Ida I . of H. Shannon. T. A. Molinelli. J. A. Beiinet and Frank Regan shipped their stables to New York this morning, they wen- sent north by Ix.at. P. T. Chinns horses have been shipped north for racing at A.|iieduct. The American Derby has been run and won and excuses are being made for some of the defeated participants. The winner ran a great race and is entitled to all credit for his gallant victory. A mile and a quarter in 2:05*. with EM pounds up so early in the season is not a bad performance for a thrce-year-obl. and shows that Polls is something of a race horse. Trainer McDaniel sent the colt to the post trained to the hour, and jockey Yincent Powers gave him a ride that made the other boys- look like novices. The poor showing of Fauutleroy led to a lot of silly rumors after the race, one of which was that the colt had been poisoned. The truth of the matter is that both Fauutleroy and Boca Cran.le were hurried along too much ami that both colts trained off. tan Crauile ami Fauutleroy were both on the ailing list ten weeks ago. Owner Fizer found it necessary to blister one of Ban Grandes ankles just before he shipped him here from Tampa, while Fauntb-roy was down with an attack of fever aftc-his arrival here. .Vessrs. Fizer and McLaughlin were anxious to start their colts in the Derby, and in their overanxiety they probably rushed them along too much. Fauutleroy will bo freshened, and his nexc appearance prebably will be in the lreakness Stake-, at Pimlico. It was with much regret that Mr. Fizer declared Boca Crauile out of the Derby at the last moment. In speaking of the matter he said: "Boca Cran.le is the greatest race horse that I ever owned. His ant showing here this spring should not Ix-c tinted against him. I am to blame, and not the colt. I trained him badly. Naturally. I was anxious to win the Derby with him and I rushed him along t.« fast. I will rest Boca Crande until the Louisville meeting. I am as firmly convinced as ever that when at his best Boca Grande can taarrapa the horses that have area Ix-ating him. Mr. Fizer also gave out the information that jockey Mountain has retired from the saddle. Mountain realised that he had lost his form and voluntarily gave up riding. He has arranged to leave for I.os Angeles, where he is interested in an automobile business with his brother-in-law. Before shipping his stable north J. A. Rennet sold Sandpiper to Leach Bennett for |Mk Mai Alhettn to C. S. Wilson for .M . Ita latter also purchased Louise P.. and Kathrvne Gardner from B. Schreilx-r. paying 00 for each. Necklet went to K. Stillman for .-:o. One carload of horses will go from here to Lexington and it will include J. Evermaus string, in which is T. M. Creen. feekey Powers will have for Kentucky in a few days to rest until the opening of the Lexington in. eting. Powers has Ix-en engaged t ride WalaV in the Kentucky Derby, and he will delay his departure for the east until after the running of that event. At the conclusion of the present week many of the regulars who have been here all winter will leave for the north so as to be on hand for the oxning of the metropolitan MM of racing which starts in with the spring meeting at Aqueduct. There are few big bettors left and siieeulatinn in the ring has fallen off greatly. Few of the layers outside of A. Fontlieu are winners. The fuiisiana Ixxiktuaker is re|x.rted to lx something like M0.0M ahtt.l. Fontlieu won heavily over the victories of MoleseV and Home Run at long odds. James Milton, who has been a-qxiint.-d starter for the Lexington and I/misville mootings. will shortly pr.x-eed to Lexington to arrange for tlw schooling of the two year-olds .piartered there. In former seasons starters al the spring meetings at Lexington were forced to handle a lot of" green voiingsters. with the result that a majority of tlic breaks obtained in tin- baby races wen- straggling. Milton takes a lot of pride in his work ami it is his aim to try and make a record for himself" at these meet ings. lb- will s.-h.x.l the youngsters himself that is. he will superintend it with the aid of a couple of assistants, n l the result should be ad.b.l interest in the twoyear-ohl ra.es at tin Kentucky tracks this spring. F.d Tipton, who spent a few days here l* fore having for the north last week, announced that if everything looks favorable for the ceattaaatin of ractaj in Florida text winter his mammy will erect an iinimiise sales paddock a.l.jnent to Mon-. r.-if Park, a he re whiter sabs .,f yearlings, brood marcs, atalllaaa and horses in training will be made one of the big features of the Jacksonville season.