May be Muddy at Kenilworth, Daily Racing Form, 1916-09-02


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MAY BE MUDDY AT KENILWORTH. Detroit, Mich., September 1. The Kenilworth Park track, where racing will be inaugurated tomorrow, promises to be more complete than expected, according to indications this afternoon. The workmen are showing keen zeal and. while their task will not be entirely finished, the plant will not be lacking much in thoroughness when the bugle, calls the starters to the barrier for the initial race. The finishing touches on tiie grandstand were completed this afternoon, including the installation of seats in the structure proper and chairs in the numerous boxes. The betting pavilion has been cleared, the thirty mutuel machines of the Hachmeister type put in place and the tickets and other necessary accessories for mutuel wagering all made ready. The management is well satisfied with the work accomplished and expects a handsome patronage on the opening day, but they may be disappointed somewhat iu this respect for the weather is threatening and intermittent showers fell during the day. Unless there is a hard storm the weather should not be a great factor iu keeping the public away, for the transportation facilities to and from the track will be ideal. Considering the newness of the plant and track horsemen have been extremely generous in making many entries for the opening days card. The seven races filled splendidly and while there are not many outstanding stars programmed, the even calibre of the starters should insure satisfying sport As the Kenilworth plant nears completion, the visitor is struck with the beehive-like activity going on within a hundred yards of the entrance to this track, where an immense force of workers are rushing building operations o:i what, is to be the Devonshire Iark track. The contractors have signed to deliver the plant complete in thirty days and. judging by the immense amount of construction work already completed and the speed of the builders, they will have many days to spare on their contract. The new track is said to be backed by Montreal capital and the people behind it profess to believe they will have no difficulty in obtaining the necessary permission to operate. All of the officials, who will serve at Kenilworth, are on the ground. Malcolm N. McFarlan, who will serve as one of the stewards, arrived today from Memphis, Tenn. Eugene Elrod will not be here and will be represented by Sam llenkel, who will supervise and have charge of the pari-mutuels.

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