All in Readiness at Juarez: Preparations Completed for Thursdays Opening of Long Winter Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1913-11-23


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ALL IN READINESS AT JUAREZ. I Preparations Completed for Thursdays Opening of Si Long "Winter Meeting. HI Paso. Ton., November -- There have been many winter raee tracks operated in America, but i if none possessing the magnitude of the Jockey Club j Juarez. This course, while in .Mexico, is barely over li the American liorder, and as a result, its patronage s comes principally from the American people. Of v course the best of the .Mexicans living nearby are i In anions its patrons, and have come to look upon the 0 of course as the biggest thing in this section. o of In America race tracks arc generally located within p enclosures of from SO to 50 acres of ground, and , some or them have not even so much room lhe t Jockey Club Juarez has over 200 acres for its plant ami, while the average American track will I not run over 70 feet in width, the Juarez course s is more than 100 feet wide. Moreover, it is a mile s and an eighth in circumference, with wide sweep- 3 ing turns and long stretches, which gives all horses s everv chance, ltcsides reducing to the minimum the t possibility of serious accidents. Radii" at Juarez is conducted under the rules and t regulations of the Jockey Club, and tricksters and adventurers have long since learned to shun this s course where sharp practices are not tolerated by f the stewards. There have been cases at Juarez j where bookmakers, in spite of heavy contributions i in privilege money, have been quietly told to take j down their slates and go elsewhere. The men who ; have their capital invested in Juarez have never j considered only the present. They have ever Had in view the establishment of a winter race track a . that would grow in favor with the sport-loiug j public from year to year. 1 Kl Paso, on the American side of the Wo rv.i.. Grande . river, is onlv alwuit two miles distant from the , Jockev Club Juarez track and has become in recent . vearsa hustling, bustling city, metropolitan in its , ways and improvements. Its railroad facilities arc , unsurpassed, the finest trains In the transcontinental , service making it one of their chief points of stoppage and destination. As line hotel service is avail- 1 able in Kl Paso as can be secured anywhere and, in fact, there is every accommodation for the tour- . ists in this Texas border metropolis that can be . obtained in any other great city. It can be said to the credit of the Jockey Club Juarez track that much of Kl Pasos present pros- ; perity and growing expansion is due to the success- , ful management of that plant by M. J. inn and , his associates. This is clearly proven by the testimony of patrons of the Juarez course, who visited that plant when it was opened in the winter season of 1900-10, and the same people who are now here for the coming meeting which will open for 100 01 more racing days on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27. ami run without a break, bundajs 1 included, to March 0 or later. The management of the Jockey Club Juarez annually expends thousands of dollars in improvement on tlie big racing plant, and this season is no exception. ; It is today a racing plant In the lead 1 of all rivals, and in a year or two it is safe to say that no track in existence will even approach it In ! respect to comfort and convenience and natural and 1 artificial beaut v. With tropical plants dotting the ; enclosure, and white clover and Bermuda grass covering the infield, it presents a great fascination 1 for the visitor from the bleak winter-bound north. It is seldom indeed that the sun docs not shine here ! each afternoon while the racing is going on. The stables at the Juarez track this year prob-ablv have come from more sections of America than 1 were ever so generally represented before at an winter course. The yearlings now at the track embrace : many of the highest-priced youngsters sold at f public and private sale this season in the United 1 States, and it is likely that an Old Rosebud or a 1 Hawthorn will lie developed among these young racers in the two-year-old events. Two vear-obl racing always begins at Juarez on 1 New Years lav, and many events for youngsters 5 of this age follow at this course. There has never r been a track where two-year-olds trained better r than thev do at Juarez, and the great showing made 1 by Hawthorn in 1512 and by Old Itosebud this season, goes to show that early racing here docs not t , affect the. campaigning quality of youngsters through a long season, as has been the case with two-ycar-olds raced early at some other winter tracks. The stables at the Jockey Club Juarez track are alreadv tilled with horses of high class. In fact, some of the greatest horses now on the turf are housed in the barns at this course and will race during the 100 days or more of the coming meet- inThc card for the owning day "ill be featured by the ,500 Juarez Handicap, and the total of the monev hung up in stakes and purses for Ihanksglv-in" l"av is S3.500. There are a goodly number or high-class horses entered for all the stake events of the meeting that have already closed, and other stakes will be opened later on for the two-year-olds or 1511. it being the rule not to close these events A until after the meeting starts. W Shortly after bis arrival here yesterday. Manager Winn had a lengthy conference with Gen. Paucho Villa, commandant of the Constitutionalist forces in Juarez, relative to the situation in that city. He declared afterward that General V ilia gave him the assurance that he would continue to afford oycr protection to American interests in Juarez and that the race meeting would not be molested 111 any W Manager Winn said: "The situation in Juarez, in so far as the racing interest is concerned, is brighter than at any period since the -Mexican " revolution started three years ago. General ilia has assured me that the meeting will not be disturbed in anv way and I have the utmost faith in his assurances. Horn-men and their property are just as secure at the Juarez track as at any place in the United States, and since my arrival I have talked with a number of owners, and they all concur with me in this opinion. You can say that the meeting will open and continue every day. as scheduled, and, with present conditions prevailing, we will run the 100 days without interruption." The citv is fast tilling up with race followers, and desirable quarters are leiiig rapidly taken up. Paddock Judge J. L. Hall is a recent arrival from New York, as is Col. W. E. Applegate.

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