view raw text
HORSES THRIVING AT BOWIE AND BENNING. Several Hundred Quartered at the Two Tracks Are in Good Condition for Racing. By George H. Morris. Washington. D. .. February 15. — Now that it is almost certain that spring racing will be- ushered in the east with the opening of the Howie racecourse- on April 2. owners are busy at this course getting their horses in condition for the spring inaugural. Moth Howie and Benning tracks, where at least 400 horses are- epuirtered for the winter months, are much alive these days. Banana and trainers are of one opinion, and that is that the weather condi-tieais this winter has be-en Ideal in this vicinity. While it is quite true there has been about two weeks of inclement weather all told, aiace racing closed at Bowie last November, the remainder of the winter season has be-en sumniir-like. anil as a result trainers have had plenty of opportunity to work their horses oat in the opea. In talking with a prominent owner who is epiar-te-reel at the Bowie coins., he was profuse in his pralee of this track as a wintering anarter. He stated that of the 150 horses which are at the course, not one haa b en si. k all winter. Most of the horses have been taken up anil will be ready to face the barrier by the first of April without any difficulty. Washington, which has been known as one of the best racing cities in the initeil States, is awaiting the return of the thoroughbreds to these parts. Michigan Man Coming into Racing. Michigan will have a new representative on the turf in the person of Meyer Moses, well-known in Bay City. Mich., who has acquired several two-year-oMs, which he will ship to Bowie to be placed in training within a few e.ays. H is the intention of Mr. Moses, who has r tired from active business affair-, to ran- a stable of about twelve: horses. He has made a te-ntative offer to a well-known Kentucky breeder for several high class banes now in training and the offer is now being considered. Manager OHara of the Bowie course has had a force of men working all winter on his track, and when rue ing is ushered in at this course, racegoers will have- the pleasure of seeing an improvement in the course that is short of marvelous. Many new inutuel machines have been ordered and will be placed in position shortly: the grandstand has been repainted, and the floors concreted: KM new stables have been erected, and the judges stand improve el. along witli many other improvements, including the erection of a new platform from the railroad tricks to tin- course. The refusal of a license- to the new proposed track at Beagtea in Baltimore County, seems to mee t with tin approval of both the public and horsemen. They argue that Maryland now supports five mile tracks, which gives them about 150 days racing in the state during the year, not counting the- numerous half mile tracks which are: in existence, and which run alxiut another acMi-tional thirty days, making a total of about six-months racing in a year. This weald seem to be enough to satisfy the healthy thirst for racing, and they argue- that to build another course might result in adverse legislation for the thoroughbreds in Maryland. Barnard F. Carman and Dr. J. S. Tyree are among the most prominent horsemen epiartored at the Benning course, with about forty head of hoises. Beth of these owniTs report their stables to be iu excellent ceuidition, andaari- looking forward to one of the liest rating seasons ever, held iu the state of Maryland.