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9 CURRENT NOTES OF THE TURF Crown of Gold, which ran so impressively Friday it Havre de Grace when lie finished third in the opening race, is one of the Seagram estates candi-lates for the Kings Plate, to be run at the Woodbine course, Toronto, next year. A movement, which has the support of many leading trainers, lias been started in Australian racing circles to abolish the "Sloan seat" style of riding on the ground that it deprives jockeys of proper control over their mounts. Racing stable lads at Epsom, England, have held :i meeting to discuss the question of coining out on strike to improve their conditions. They state that the trainers ignore .their demands, one of which is for a ntfiiiriiuni weekly wage of 0. Many improvements have been made at Jefferson Park. A perfect drainage system lias been completed, the track built two feet higher than it was last year and resurfaced, stables have been repaired, mil in fact the whole plant has been entirely overhauled. Sir Mark Sykes widow. Lady Sykes, has decided to carry on the Sledemere Stud, under the management of Henry Cbolniondoley, in the hop.i that one of her sons will continue the great traditions of the Sykes family in the breeding of high-class thoroughbreds. Kingsclere Limited, the Duke of Portlands breeding venture at Welbeck. has not been a success witii all its great traditions and is to lie discontinued. The duke will race on. but will establish his stable at Newmarket, Lord Falmouth was Kingscleres chief supporter and his death led up to the change. E. M. Quirk, M. Beary and other leading Irish jockeys rode winners in the donkey races at the August Fairview Fete, Dublin. The Donkey Derby, for the Orby Cup presented by Mr. "Boss" Croker. was won by J. Hourihans Irish Pat, with Beary up. Quirke rode A. Dorans The Thatch to victory in the final heat of the Bray Stakes. A French officer who was a prisoner in Germany took advantage recently of his release to visit the Graditz Stud before returning to France. He reports everything at the great Inverting establishment in apple nie order, stallions, mares, yearlings and foals all in fine condition and thoroughly well cared for. There was a mysterious stallion at Graditz which was stolen from Belgium. An extra attraction will be featured at Havre de Grace on Wednesday, September 24. It will be a dasli of a mile, to which a purse of ,300 will ha added. In the event of the winner running the mile in 1:30 or better, the club will donate ,300 additional to the winners share. The conditions j I of the race will enable Sim Briar to get in at 110. Lucnllite at 113, Cudgel at 115, Sir Barton and Purchase at 110 pouuds.