Everything Ready at Cheyenne: Horses Working Well for Meeting Opening on Saturday-Track in Fine Condition, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-17


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EVERYTHING READY AT CHEYENNE. Horses Working Well for Meeting Opening on Saturday Track in Fine Condition. By Peter Clark. Cheyenne, Wyo., August 1G. Everything is sot and in readiness for the revival of racing in Cheyenne on Saturday, August 18. With the opening handicap having eighteen nominations, it is expected that about twelve good horses will face the barrier in this feature, which has no entrance or starting fee attached to it and lias a value of 1917.sh00, 5100 going to the second and 0 to the third horse. Since the horses have arrived here there has not been a single case of sickness among them. All shipped in first-class condition and the trainers are giving them long, stiff gallops in their morning exercises as they are liable to be short in this altitude. Horses as a general thing can show lightning speed for a short distance in this; climate because of tlie high altitude, this place being almost one mile higher than sea level, then quit badly, being completely tired out if forced to go any distance. The trainers that have had experience in the mountains give their charges double the amount of work usually required in the ordinary climate. The track here is a regulation mile and was constructed eight years ago by Manager W. W. Finn. A party of citizens of Cheyenne visited him in Salt Lake when he had charge of the Buena Vista plant and said they had 0,000 to spend and want you to build a track for us. It was used only one year for thoroughbred racing, that was in 1910. Since then it has been used chiefly for the celebrated annual frontier sports, which lasts a week, having as many as thirty thousand visitors daily during that time. Charley Irwin, who has raced horses on the" western tracks for a decade or more and proprietor of Irwin Bros. Wild West Show, suffered a severe loss in the death of his son, Floyd Irwin, who was accidentally killed while roping a steer at Frontier Park three weeks ago, when his horse fell on him, fracturing his skull, from which he never regained consciousness. Young Irwin was just 20 years of age and was the champion trick rider of the world. He gained this distinction at Madison Square Gardens two years ago, when lie defeated all trick riders of the world. The young man was quite popular with professionals and the public throughout the country. Irwin to Dispose of Wild West Show. Mr. Irwin is going to dispose of his wild west show, devoting his time to his extensive cattle and ranch interest here. He still maintains a small racing stable, having six horses in training for the present meeting. He purchased Panhachapi from H. Tullett yesterday at private terms. The other horses in his string are Burnt Candle Deal Carroll, Mackinaw Belle and Silicate. The horses of W. T. Fatty Anderson, C. B. Daniels and Stewart Polk passed through here en route to Reno, at which place they will rest and .participate in racing when that meeting opens next month. James Haley, familiarly known to the western racing public as "Morello Jim," which sobrequet was attached to him when he exercised the famous race horse Morello in the early nineties, has been engaged to do the starting at this meeting. Mr. Haley had been the chief assistant for a number of years to starters Dwyer and Iloltman when racing flourished in California. In recent years he has been starting on the minor tracks in the west with marked success. There will be no shortage of jockeys, as they are arriving fast and the majority of them are riders of ability. Already on the ground are the following jockeys: J. Metcalf, E. Pool, C. Gross, G. Corey, J. Longo, M. Matthews, T. Henry. W. Ormes, N. Taylor. T. Nolan, H. Gibson, C. OMahoney, II. Tullett, W. Manders, R. Mason. F. Fuller, J. Dawson, D. Bloom, C. Edwards, B. Mead and J. Sterrett. The following are the officials who will preside over the racing here: A. T. Dobson Presiding Steward W. W. Finn Associate Steward J. O. Talbott Associate Steward W. W. Finn and S. J. Rothert Placing Judges S. J. Rothert Clerk of the Course James Haley Starter Frank McClain Paddock Judge

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