view raw text
READY FOR HORSES AT ESSEX PARK. Old Hot Springs Track Refurbished and in Spick-and-Span Condition. By Douglas Ilotchkiss. Hot Springs, Ark., September 1. The waste of eleven years idleness has been overcome in tln-zeal of eleven weeks of a large working crew at the beautiful Kssex Park racing course anil, today, manager Samuel J. Davis announces that the stabling facilities of this track are open to any horsemen who might desire to ship. The track is also in good condition and horses arriving now may lie given a work-out over the full mile ellipse or on the straightaway on the day of arrival. The fact that the dates of the fall meeting here wedge in between the closing of the Kentucky and Canadian and eastern tracks and the opening of the New Orleans races, without interfering with any othur. is probably responsible for the large number of applications for stable room and has caused the track management to make the announcement, that there will be no stall room reserved for yearlings. However, the Business Mens League, which has the supervision of the racing here, has remedied this sitaution by arranging that when there is racing at one of the tracks, the other shall be opened to receive yearlings, the rule to apply both ways, and thereby encourage the bringing of the youngsters to Hot Springs. "AYe want every yearling and all the two-year-obis brought to Hot Springs." said secretary P.eld-ing of the Business Mens League. "We want to make the course here famous for the training of youngsters. The water is the best that can be had anywhere. The horsemen last spring told us that horses stabled here began to pick up their heads after they had been on the spring water about two weeks. They tell us that horses, the same as men, respond to a superior quality of drinking water, just as they do better on a superior quality of food. We will provide ample stabling room for the yearlings and youngsters, and we want them trained here all winter." AVithin another week the Business Mens League will make the authorized announcement as to the roster of officials for the fall meeting. Correspondence now on with the ones desired here, indicate that acceptance will be recorded within a short time, and then the authorized announcement will go forth. "The extraordinary success of the spring meeting here, said secretary P.elding, "has encouraged us to hold a short fall meeting. AYe believe that filling in twenty-one days here just after the other races in the north find east have closed and previous to the opening of New Orleans, will give the horsemen and the public the engagements they wen; looking for. The success of this fall meeting is assured from every viewpoint now, and we feel certain that our resort will have a larger fall crowd than it has had before in more than ten veals." The Essex Park track is all but ready for the barrier to be sprung on the opening race. The beautiful clubhouse is completed. The mile ellipse is dune. The stables are finished. The paddock has the last tip of tine painters brush on it. The grandstand is the only portion of the track now that, the workmen have not completely turned over, and that is receiving the last coat of paint.