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I TURF NOTES FROM BOWIE t + BOWIE, Md., March 31. Kummer Is ambitious to be ready for the Havre de Grace meeting, where he will take up his contract duties with the Sagamore Stable of Mrs. Margaret Emerson Baker. Lang and Barnes are fit after a winter of steady riding at Tijuana, from whence the latter arrived last night In general, the riders are as fit as the horses and the Bowie pigskin colony seems unusually well furnished. No one could have been more disheartened by the draw for post positions for the juvenile race than was trainer Fred Hopkins of the Harry Payne Whitney string. The Eton blue and brown cap has always proved a keen factor in the opening race of the eastern season and has taken it more often than any other establishment recorded. On 1927s opening day the chance of even starting is lean, although the Whitney Stable was represented by a pair in the entry box. Both were found among the also-eligibles and may not "draw" in. If they do, they will be compelled to begin from extreme outer positions. Sesqui, the bay colt by Peter Pan — Pageant, hence a half brother to the speedy Color Sergeant, is regarded as one of the best Hopkins has in training here, while Migration, a close relative to Noah and Exodus, by Johren — First Flight, is another which seems capable of outstriding the majority of the fillies which constitute the bulk of the remainder. Migration will be seen under colors next week. The Whitney misses being pointed for Bowie sport seem a rather undersized lot, but doubtless will run better than their looks, as they did last year. Frank Capra will handle the engagement books of W. Curran and E. Barnes. The latter is under contract to the Samuel Ross and Salubria Stables and will start his eastern season at a riding weight of 109 pounds. Bennie Marinelli, after a winter spent working for a tailor in his Newark home, reported to Sergeant Swenke on the latters arrival here three weeks ago and has been galloping horses daily. The Italian lad seems to have fully recovered from the ill effects of his fall of two years ago. He expects to resume riding soon. Frankie Reilly upon his arrival from Florida gave thanks that legal or financial difficulties are not in the Bowie offing. During the last six months he has attempted to participate in meetings at Jacksonville, Pompano and Tampa. Sunsard will race under the colors of Joseph E. Brown, a Washington, D. C, business man and a newcomer to the owners ranks. Sunsard forms the nucleus of a string J. P. Smith has been commissioned to gather for him. Smith will continue to train the shifty son of Sun Briar. Among the riders who will ride on opening day are: J. McTague, J. Maiben, Clarence Kummer, Chick Iang, Greco, P. Groos, G. Kllis. W. Harvey, J. Shanks, R. Workman. J. McTaggart, J. Chalmers. A. Abel, D. Kmery. I. Hebert. E. Fewell. P. Hutton, H. Church, O. Brown, J. Petrecca. F. Mann, F. Steinhart, D. Dubois. J. Stevens, J. C. Mergler, E. Roehm, J. Hastie and H. Barnes, J. McTague. who rode with considerable success for C. Koerner and others at Miami, is here under the management of J. P. Smith, as is F. Sharpe.