Success Of Pimlico Meeting Assured.: Outlook Presages Most Satisfactory Season of Spring Racing in Its Long History., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-04


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SUCCESS OF PIMLICO MEETING ASSURED. Outlook Presages Most Satisfactory Season of Spring Racing in Its Long History. By J. R. .Teffery. Baltimore. Md.. May 3. — The spring meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club has started off in a way that leaves no room lor doubting that it will be a complete succe-ss in every detail. The outlook is that it will turn out to be the most satisfactory season of spring racing in the lung history of this old track and that means much, for Pimlico has been the scene of some- highly successful meetings in the past. Horsemen wiio have been coming here year after year, agree that the Maryland Jockey Clubs fine old home m ver presented a more attractive appearance than it docs right now. The freshness of the sprintr greenery, coiubiii-d with the spic and span condition of every corner of the well kept, parklike enclosure- and its substantial equipment appeals irresistibly to the eye and there is undeniably an atmosphere- about this track that cannot be- duplicated a! any other Maryland course-. As usual, the society element of this locality is taktag a keen interest in the sport ami the beautiful new clubhouse that was dedicated last fall is the scene of a brilliant gathering of society folks each afternoon. The only change in the official roster of the club since last season grows out of the recent untimely demise of apt. W. F. Prosgrave. under whoso direction the pnri-mtitucls we-re installed at Pimlico anil who snpsnlstd the conduct of that important department of the- tracks business up to the time of his ele-ath iii a manner that not only gave- general sat isfactioa to the- patrons of the course, but greatly endeared him to the- employes of the department. William I. Rii_rgs, the versatile secretary of the dub. has added the- g n eral supervision of the mutueia department to his multifarious da ties, but tin- executive direction of the- elep 1-tme-nt now deveNea upon Mortimer Malum y. who fills a similar position at Bowie and several of tlie Canadian tracks. The complete roster of the racing officials is Blade up of the- following: Stewards Thomas Clyde-. Frank J. Bryan, BpaM-ing L. Jenkins: Judges E. C Smith and Herman 1*. Conkling: starter— A. B. Dade; racing secretary— William I". Kiggs; handie -apper — Frank J. Itryan: clerk of the s.ale- -Herman P. Coakliag; paddock J. J. Macfccsacy; patrol Judge- lames Me-Laughliii; iimi-r 1*. T. Roche. Matinee Idol and Bromo on Ailing List. Alb.-rf Simons, who has been conducting an effective- campaign with the Harry Payne- Whitney hemes since- the- opening of tbe eastern racing seasc n. was reluct, mtly forced to withdraw Mr. Whitneys Matinee Ideal frees tbe Drafej Hill Park Parse oa Tuesday, because the Boa of All Gold Matinee, which be re j. nils as possibly the best of the- jiive nibs in the string be has been training ami racing for the- master of Brookdale Para, developed s high fever in connection with a disSe-inpiT, which had attacked thai milling and one of his stable-mates. Promo. Trainer Simons has an Idea that Promo may bare been sntTei-ing with the afflict ion in an incipient form when he- ran bis disappointing race- at Havre de Grace a few cla. ■ age. He feels sun- thai if the horse- had been In a normal condition, he- would have- made- a better showing than he dM, for he iiad worked well for the race-. Trainer Simons has now shown the most of the Whitney Juveniles be had In charge when the sea son earned. Those that have- not started are mostly fillies thai la- eeenaders hardly Rood eaeagb to win with at Pimlic-o and the meetings to follow . which, doubtless, will be characterised by sharper and sharper eoeapetitioa in the javeaile races, as the better class of youngsters la the eastern stables come- into action. But for the desire of Mr. Whitney to n tain these fillies far the- stag, they doubtless wouhl be carded as starters in selling races. However, they will net take part in such races. Trainer Simons is confident that in Ruth Law Mr. Whitney has a high-class filly ami be is met at all sure- that. Matinee bled is h,-r master. The mann.-r in which Ruth Law scared at Howie con finned the- good opinion which her trainer had al ready entertained of her. Tippity Witchet, a pre e.icious youngster With which he lias won two races, including a slake, weighs only 888 pounds, he says, and it Is hardly likolv that this youngster will b. able to bold his own with the better colts that arc- sure to COBBS inlo ait ion before long. The plans for the campaigning of the Whitney stable this year contemplates the mobilization of all the horses at the Long island tracks, Instead of the division of the stable between the New York. Ke-n-tucky and Can.ielian circuits, as was done last year. When a stake- engagement is to be filled In Kea tin ky er Canada, the- particular candidate selected for the- task eel carrying the- Whitne-y colors, will be- shipped as required and forthwith relet aed to the stable headquarters ,-is soon as t tit- eagageaseat has been filled. Trainer Simons will be- in charge of one division of the stable that will race on the metropolitan tracks, while trainer James Rowe will. of course, continue to handle the main string of the stable, which will be made up of the stars that will carry the Whitney Coders la the more important races of the eastern turf. Bedwel! Fares Badly at Havre de Grace. When Maxims Choice won the closing race of the Pimlico opening day program, it was the first time that the Bed well colors had been carried to victory since- the Powie meeting. Many horses from the Pe-dwell stable raced at Havre cle Grace, but none- succeeded ill scoring. Not often doe-s it happen that this stable fails to figure- as k winner at any meeting. Nightstick, which has wen two races this spring for Phil T. China, affords a good example of tin-skill of that astute- trainer in bringing cripples hack in condition to win. This son of Broomstick — Homespun was regarded as a hopeless case when his [ire-se nl owner t.eek him in hand last year, but the gelding re-spondee! to Mr. Chinas painstaking methods, and his receat vie lories well repaid his owner for all the trouble- to which he went, if leper la are to be relied upon. At that, Nightstick was lucky to win his las I race, for it seems ce-r-taiu that Col. Ral Pairs good French horse Crimper weald have seared .ever him with better handling. Crimpe-r was in trouble- almost from the rise of the barrier and barely failed to get up. after over coming mm li of the disadvantage. Crimper went to the post for his first appearance of the season, seemingly in fine- fettle and his failure to win was a source eif kc-en regret among his popular owners host of friends in I.altimoiv. Thomas Hitchcocks Linton-, which fell during the- running of the- opening Steeplechase of the Pimlic-o meeting, for which he was an odds-on favorite, attracted much attention in the saddling paddock before the race-, on tic-count of his superb appear-ane-e. He was wintered tit Aike-n, S. .. and went to the post in a condition that plainly reflet ted the efficacy of the methods for which his owner is noted in tin- de-veiopment of crack steeplechasers. II. Pullman, who had his initial mount on R. T. Wilsons Weedthraah tit Pimlico Tuesday, is a sou of John Bullman. who attained a great reputation many years ago as an expert rider of two-year-olds. The lad is under contract tei trainer T. J. Healey. who will give him every opportunity to duplicate his fathers successes as a jockey.

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