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NOTES OF THE TURF. James McLaughlin, Jr., has" a contract to train the horses of F. D. Stevenson and before the next New York seasou opens he will have ten in. his care. Those alrcadv in the string arc the two-year-olds Bartlett and J. J. Llllis, a yearling brown colt by Galveston Lychec Nut a chestnut daughter of Peter Quince and Miss Simplicity, and a chestnut colt by Star Ruby Lady Lindsay. Among King Georges yearlings, which were not long ago sent to Egerton House traiuing stable, from Saudringham Farm, are several which are said to be of more than ordinary promise. This is the well-coiisidered opinion of one of the best judges in England, himself a trainer of two Derby winners. Looking them over recently, he told trainer Marsh that he would like nothing better than to have a few of thein In his own stable. Thomas Welsh who has been training the French string of Joseph IX Widener, of Philadelphia, has come home for the holidays. Mr. Welsh was a visitor at The ACkey Club offices a day or two ago, eager to ascertain what plans were afoot for the 1914 racing, and evinced a lively Interest in the prospect or racing coming back on a firm footing in New York State. He said that many of the Americans abroad, though prospering, would much prefer to be home, with the sport back, to its old-time prosperity. An evidence of the increased Interest that army officers have taken iu racing during the last few seasons Is had in the present rules of racing. For the convenience and accommodation of the officers an amendment was made to Rule 92 which stipulated that a horse should not be qualified to run in a race with moro than live pounds overweight. The amendment consists in this qualifying condition: "Except in races confined exclusively to horses lo be riddeu by officers of the United States Army, Navy. National Guard or amateurs."