Training Advantages at Charleston, Daily Racing Form, 1916-09-24


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TRAINING ADVANTAGES AT CHARLESTON.. New York, September 23. Palmetto Park, Charleston, S. C, race course, over which regular meetings were conducted some years back, has been converted into probably the best winter training grounds in the country. The track has been kept in excellent condition since racing was abandoned at Charleston and later it. has l.:eii improved and converted into purely a training ground. The Molony and Carter company of Charleston has taken over the track, and under the management of this company it has been put in perfect repair for the thoroughbreds, and already many of the big racing establishments that do not race horses during the winter mouths have engaged quarters. ralmetto Park is an offshoot of the famous old Washington course, the oldest race course in America, and it played an important part in the making of glorious turf history. At present there are modern and sanitary accommodations for 400 hordes. Each stable is electrically lighted and the best of water is piped all through the grounds. All through the winter months there is an abundance of green grass, rye, oats and carrots, while the track is so dose to the middle west that hay is received from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and even California, while oats are also shipped from Illinois and Indiana. Tlie track is sitmted just four miles from Charleston, and ancitn-r advantage is the fact that trolleys pass he gates cverx : n or fifteen minutes. Ihe track is a mile. vll. broad urns, and it is kept in a condition that would make the holding of a race ni-eting at any lime possible. It was at Charleston that George Smith, winner of the Kentucky Derby, was fitted for that effort, white Walter Jennings also made Star Hawk and the other of the A. K. Macomber horses ready there. Jennings was so pleased with Charleston as a training ground last winter that he said he would never fit a horse anywhere else, and he has raced extensively on both sides of tho Atlantic. Already there have been so many reservations that it is expected the stable capacity will be taken up by November 1. although some of the stables that are still campaigning will not make the trip thcrc until after that date.

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