Valuable Purses for Amateur Meetings, Daily Racing Form, 1916-08-11


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VALUABLE PURSES FOR AMATEUR MEETINGS. Saratoga Springs, X. Y., August 10. Interest in the several hunt meetings which will be run in the vicinity of Philadelphia this fall continues to grow at a rate that bespeaks a higher grade of racing than ever. This is made evident by the general support that is being given Frank J. Bryan, secretary of tiio Hunts Committee, in the arranging of his program for the meetings for which sanction lias been granted. Today Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Riddle tendered to Mr. Bryan two new events for the meeting of the Rose Tree Fox Hunting Club at Media, Pa., in October. Mrs. Riddles offering was a purse of ,000, to be added to a steeplechase for three-year-olds and over, to be named the Willow King Plate, and Mr. Riddle will also provide a purse of ,000, to be added to the Long Point steeplechase, an event he means to make an animal fixture at Rose Tree. The race is named as a tribute to his favorite hunter. Joseph E. Widener will also enter into the movement to make the racing near Philadalphia more attractive. The death of his father last fall, of course, means that he will omit his. usual invitation meeting at his home at Elkins Park, but he today requested the racing secretary of the White Marsh Valley Hunt Club to include in his program for the autumn meeting the Lynnewood Challenge Cup, which has been one of the fixtures of his own meeting at "Lynnewood Farm." Mr. Widener will provide lxth the purse and cup. Tho race is a steeplechase for hunters.

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