Bowie Horses to Havana: Five Special Trains Leave Baltimore for Oriental Park, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-04


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BOWIE HORSES TO HAVANA I1VE SPECIAL TRAINS LEAVE BALTIMORE FOR ORIENTAL PARK. List of Horses Already at Course, Added to Those Still to Come, Total Well Up to the Five Hundred Hark. Baltimore, Mil., December 3. With the closing flnys of the Howie meeting came a scattering of horsemen to the different winter meetings, and, unlike former seasons, Cuba got by far the largest portion of the horsemen racing here. Five different special trains of thoroughbreds left here for Havana during the past two weeks, and there will be approximately about 500 horses quartered at Oriental Park this winter. This is an increase of about 150 over the previous meeting, which was hampered to a great extent by a woeful shortage of material. Collectively the class of the horses which will race at Oriental Park this year is far superior to those which have taken part in the two previous meetings. The riders will also compare favorably with those at any of the winter racing points. James Milton has been a busy man here during the past month, arranging for the shipment to Cuba, and the fact that everything has moved along with out a hitch speaks well for the manner in which lie handled the Job. The people in Cuba have learned that the racing at Oriental Park is conducted in a clean and orderly manner and that the ladies are as safe at the course as in their own houses. This, too, lias helped to build up the sport. The management has arranged for concerts at the track twice a week, and the Municipal Hand will be in attendance on both Thursdays and Sundays. Those who have listened to this really wonderful band realize what a treat is in store for the racing people during the meeting. There are no better musicians in any country than the members of the Municipal Hand. The organization is supported by the government, and the band is the pride of the island. It is one tiling that the Cubans are proud of, for they realize that this band is on a par with the best that any other country can furnish. The wonderful Italian chef who was in charge of the cuisine at the clubhouse last winter has been re-engyged, and tills means that many dinner parties will be given during the racing season in the palatial clubhouse. There wore many brilliant gatherings in the clubhouse last winter, and on one occasion a big" sugar planter gave a dinner that cost him 0,000. Maurice and Miss Walton were brought down from New York to dance at the reception which followed this dinner, which was said to have been one of the best ever given in Havana. As to the track proper, it is in splendid condition, and some rare sport should be witnessed. Frank Kelly, who did such good work at the old Fair fJrounds track in New Orleans, lias been engaged as track superintendent, and lie is already on the ground looking after the work preliminary to tlie opening of the meeting. Frank Baccioceo, who has charge of the clubhouse, left Baltimore a week ago. Mr. liacciocco handled his duties in a satisfactory manner, and it was due to his management, in a way, that the clubhouse patronage was built up last season. A few days previous to the date of Mr. Baccioccos departure a party, made up of Harry Miller, Hans Lobert and wife, Oscar Buchmau, Eddie Cololl and several others, left for Cuba. Lobert went to Cuba with John McGraw for the past two seasons and is cue of the best boosters for the place. He will be employed during the winter mouths at Oriental Park and will report in the early spring to McGraw at the Giants training camp at Marlin Springs, Texas. The last two specials that left here were made up of five and six cars. One left Baltimore on Tuesday and comprised the strings of J. W. Iled-rick, Hal Kennedy, W. Feuehter, J. U. Strode, W. Kevins, G. Preece, W. C. Capps, Edward Itathman, W. Jacobs, W. Hinpliy, J. L. Daley and a division of the II. G. Bedwell string. Iledrick sent down nineteen horses in his shipment. On the day following the close of the meeting another big shipment left, and on this special were four horses of J. W. Pangle, which will join the main division of the stable that is already on the grounds; F. Herolds lot, which includes some owned by J. F. Crosby of Boston, Harry Morris, steward of the National Steeplechase Association, and Mr. C. F. Whitney. Others on the special were: P. J. Miles, G. P. Sherman, G. Preece, J. Murphy, S. It. Brown, F. J. Coleman, A. O. Niehouse, J. McPher-son, 11. I. Carter, AV. Raymond, It. Watts, D. Guano and W. Keating.

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