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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Dec. 12, 1902 There was racing at Inglcside and New Orleans. Blake, the well-known colored jockey, is spending the winter at his home in New Orleans. He visits the track every day, but does not expect to do any riding of consequence at the present meeting. Jockey Henry Spencer, who is a guest of Nash Turner on a hunting tour through the southern part of Texas, reports an abundance of game, good sport and some thrilling experiences killing panthers. The Washington Jockey Club has decided ,not to plow up its track and a number of stables, which have been prepared to be moved to Marlboro, will now be kept in winter quarters, as usual, at Benning. W. C. Whitney has lost by death the two valuable yearlings, the half-sister to Goldsmith, black filly by Lissak Kildeer, by Dare-bin, and the half-brother to Blackstock, black colt by Longffight Mannie Himyar, by Him-yar. "Captain" W. J. Widener, the Louisville trainer, is very much exercised over the report which stated that he would not have a racing stable next year. "I will open a training stable on December 20," said "Captain" Widener, "and I expect to handle some of the best youngsters around Louisville." One of the biggest deals of the year in thoroughbreds was closed Tuesday at Lexington. John E. Madden of Hamburg Place, for a private but low price, sold to William Mc-Guigan of Little Rock, Ark., his first partner in the racing business, fourteen head of yearlings. The list consists of sons and daughters of such famous stallions as Masetto, Russell and Hermance. Quite a controversy has arisen over the control of jockey W. Hicks services. Hicks is the apprentice now riding at the Fair Grounds, whom good judges pronounce the most promising colored rider since the days of Isaac Murphy. Flick and Wright claim to have a contract on Hicks and it is said that they are endeavoring to take the boy away from Hatfield and Ownbey. John W. Schorr, who is racing a string of horses at the Fair Grounds at New Orleans, telegraphed jockey Bullman, who is riding at present on the California tracks to report at New Orleans at once. Mr. Schorr said: "I have been looking over the past performances of my horses and find that seven of my horses which started have finished second. Bullman is a grand rider and very alert at the post. It is not necessary for him to keep turning and twisting a horse he is riding to get him off in front. According to the past perform-ances, it was bad riding that beat my horses."