Connaught Park In Fine Condition.: Scarcity of Horses Only Drawback Feared for Meeting Opening Saturday., Daily Racing Form, 1913-06-12


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CONNAUGHT PARK IN FINE CONDITION Scarcity of Horses Only Drawback Feared for Meeting Opening Saturday Ottawa Out June 11 Everything is in readiness at Connanght Park for the opening of thejnaugural meeting at the new course on Saturday next The club lias spent 250000 on the plant and when tho finishing touches are put on It will be one of the handsomest race courses in Canada The track proper despite reports circulated to the contrary is In splendid condition and it is a safe prediction that miles In 140 will be common during the com ¬ ing meeting The first work done on the plant was the construction of the track which was permitted to settle last winter and is now in perfect shape If there is any drawback to the success of the meeting it may be a shortage of horses For some reason there is a scarcity of horses here and It looks like a good opportunity for some of the less important stables to win some easy money There are 430 stalls on tho grounds and all are lined with matched lumber The construction of the stables cost more than any track in America with the possihle exception of those at Belmont Park or Santa Anita The program has been compiled to suit all classes of horses and the club has been liberal with added money for overnight purses Connaught pursesConnaught Park lias been constructed on modern lines and the lawns in front of the grand stand and the clubhouse enclosures are the finest and largest In Canada The grandstand has a setit ing capacity of about 3000 The betting ring is roomy and commodious and the paddock con ¬ tains fifteen box stalls Much attention was given to the construction of the clubhouse and it con ¬ tains special rooms and a special balcony for II K IT the Duke of Connaught who is patron of the club and the honorary president Arthur Elrod who is in charge of the betting ring has received applications for positions from all the prominent layers and indications are thnt about thirty will be in line for the opening dav The following is a list of applications already filed T J Shaw Al Hanf H Hanf Uoy Offtitt Frank Shannon O K Moss J Morris Henry Hendricks Jake Saunders Gene Moyne I Ham E Munroe M Shapiro Johnny Lewis Steve IIIommedieu R A Kennedy George Rose J W Rice William Bev ¬ erly Ted Coburn W Brennan Harry Gardner Owen Perry Ed Colell Peter McGrath Horace Paul and S Smith

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