Seattle Closes September 14 or 21: Horsemen Petition for Extension to the Later Date-Most Successful Season, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-30


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SEATTLE CLOSES SEPTEMBER. 14 OR 21. Horsemen Petition"for Extension to the Latter Date Most Successful Season. The exact date for the closing of the meeting at Seattle has not been fixed, hut it is said now that it will lie either September 14 or September 21. When the meeting was opened, June 20, the management was figuring on sixty-seven days of racing, which would bring the closing date on September 14, hut as the meeting has progressed the horsemen have been nrging an extension. Many of tliem thought 100 days would be about the proper thing, but the management wisely stopped that talk with the announcement that if there is an extension it will lie for one week only, making a total of seventy-three days, and fixing the closing for September 21. The Seattle newspapers say that the meeting has been the most successful over held in the northwest; that stable room at the Meadows has been taxed to the limit from the beginning, and that there are over COO horses on the grounds now, about 200. of which will go to Spokane for the meeting which is to open the third week in September. "The attendance at The Meadows has broken nil previous records, there has been a better class of horses and larger fields, and several coast and track records have been broken," says an exchange. "The purses are larger than have ever been offered in the northwest In the past, and no race has had less than 50 added money, while every day there is at least one race with a money value to the winner of 00. The stake events have been run on Saturdays and never fail to draw large crowds. "On Derby day, July 27, the attendance was approximately 12,000, and when the 1000 Handicap, the richest stake of the season and worth ,000, was run, August 17, 10,000 people turned out to witness the contest. "J. C. Clem has been the only horse to win more than one stake. He took the Celebration Handicap July 4, and then came right back with a victory in the Taeoma Handicap, July 13. Other stake winners are: St. Francis, Opening Handicap; Glorio, Woodlands Handicap; Johnny Lyons, Seattle Derby; Grace ?., Interurban Stakes; Spring Ban, The Meadows Selling Stakes, and Miss Officious, the 1000 Handicap. "The 1000 Handicap lias been arranged as a special feature for the Alaska-Ynkon-Paciflc Exposition, and it is hoped that by 1000 it will be worth 5,000, and become the most important turf event in western America, and one of the most important on the continent. . "Jockey Manders, who came here after the close of the Denver meeting, has jumped into the lead among the riders, and the youngster is now ahead -of the ohl-tiiners, such as Gross, Men try, Keogh and others equally well known on the coast. Man-dors has had 130 mounts, and out of these he haa landed 35 winners, 10 place, 13 show and 72 out of the money. Gross comes second with 34 wins out of 140 mounts, and Mcntry, Beggic Davis, Cricket Kelly, McClain, Palms, Keogh, J. Hayes and McBae follow in the order named."

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