Douglas Park Horses Speeding Up: Racers Summering There Ready for Fall Campaign Latest Louisville Turf Gossip, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-26


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DOUGLAS PARK HORSES SPEEDING UP Racers Summering There Ready for Fall Campaign Latest Louisville Turf Gossip. Louisville, Ky., August 25. Horses are being sent along at a fast clip in their work at Douglas Park nowadays, and when the thoroughbreds from Saratoga arrive at the local course next week, they will find the racers, which have been summering here, far advanced in their training nnd ready to run hard races. Several hard rains of the past week served to put the track proper in excellent condition, as no rain had fallen in this vicinity for nearly a month and the course was beginning to get deep in dust. General Manager John H. Ilachmeistcr and his assistant Frank Brucn, are now busy at work compiling the list of stake nominations for Douglas Park and Latonia and it will take them a longer time than usual to complete this task, because ot an increased number of entries for every stake. Incidentally, the stake entries show the names of many owners, who have never raced in Kentucky before and others who only took a fling at the sport here in the early spring. The racing season in Kentucky for autumn will begin at, Lexington two weeks from next Wednesday, September 12, and Douglas Park gets the first meeting in this city, beginning on September 21!. Quite a number of the horsemen, who are now at the Beechmont course with their horses, intend to ship to Lexington, but a majority of the larger stables, especially those coming from Saratoga, intend to wait until the Douglas Park meeting before sending any of their racers to the post. Each day sees numerous applications for stable room pouring in to track superintendent Charley Nolte from Saratoga and a majority of the stables will remain at Douglas Park throughout that meeting and Churchill Downs as well. With the excellent stabling facilities at both of the Louisville tracks, an unusually large number of horses can be accomodated. Douglas Park furnishes the first stake of the autumn racing season, in which horses older than two years are eligible, that being the Inaugural Handicap, with an added value of ,000, at one and one-sixteenth miles. Last year this race fell to A. K. Macombers Dodge and it brought out a high-class field of horses able to go a long distance. The Macomber stable continued its good fortune in the Louisville Cup, at two miles, with ,500 added, this race falling to the good three-year-old Star Hawk. The eastern representation in these two big stakes was only meager last fall, but this year that section of the country will be represented by some of the best horses In the United States. The other stake offering will be the Beechmont Selling Stakes, for two-year-olds, at five and one-half furlongs and this race has always resulted in a good contest. Last year It fell to Fan ?., which at that time was owned by Harry Fink. This race has an added value of ,500 and is always worth in the vicinity of ,000 net. Silver Trophies for Cup Winners. While in New York recently, Mr. Ilachmeister picked out the silver trophies, which will be awarded to the winners of the Louisville and Latonia Cup races. He spared no expense on them and they arc said to be the handsomest ever offered on th Kentucky racing circuit. The cup for the big race at Douglas Fark will be placed on exhibition in tin window of a local store in the near future, whik the Latonia cup will be exhibited in Cincinnati. C. J. Broekmiller. owner of the good horse Grumpy, has only two horses now, the other being Acis, and this is the smallest stable he has had in recent years. Grumpy is getting a well deserved rest, as he was campaigned all winter at New Orleans, Hot Springs and had a hard spring season in Canada. The son of Canopus Florentia looks better now than at any time in his life and hr has been nominated in all of the long distance autumn stakes in Kentucky. Grumpy is just such another useful horse as Hodge, as track conditions make no difference to him. Former jockey Fred Teahan has forsaken the saddle for good and is building up a small stable of horses to race. He has the good selling platei Lady Ward now and is in the market for several more, which he expects to get before the Kentucky racing season Is old. Teahan still is light enough to gallop horses, but he makes no attempt to reduce. Al Luzader has received several more yearling from Saratoga, they being sent to him by J. ,W. May and he will break them at Douglas Park. lit also has taken up a couple of two-year-olds, which May turned out at that track in the spring and he will train them until the latter arrives from the east. General sympathy has been expressed by tin horsemen at the local tracks for Gallaher Brothers, who lost the useful juveniles Mehaffey and Jessie Ormsby soon after their arrival at Lexington from Windsor. Jessie Ormsby was a filly of much promise and she won a race at Kenilworth a short time before that meeting ended. Mehaffey. was a well-bred colt, being by The Manager ;Mary Talbott, and won at the first asking at Douglas Park on tin last day of the spring meeting. He was especially formidable in muddy going. Carl Ellwanger, son-in-law of Matt Winn and r member of the office force at the Churchill Downs-race track, is looking after the running race program at the Kentucky State Fair, which opens on September 10. Many of the owners, who do not plan to race at Lexington, have assured him that they will send some of their horses to the Fail to race, as it will serve to fit them for the racing at Douglas Park a short time later. Jockey Joe Kederis, who was refused a license by the Kentucky State Racing Commission last spring, arrived a few days ago from his homo in Washington. Kederis is hopeful that he will soon be restored to good standing and he has kept himself in perfect condition. Prince S. Reported in Fine Condition. Johnny Paul, whose Prince S. was the sensation of the Kentucky racing circuit last spring, has the son of Campus Sympathetic looking batter than ever and he has nominated him in several stakes. In discussing horses and their ability to run in the mud recently, Paul said that from now on hi will not take anybodys word that a horse cannot run in the mud. "When I had Jawbone," he said, "I scratched him time after time for two year when the going was muddy, simply because ho had the reputation of not being able to run in the mud. Finally one day I got into a race where 1 could not get him out and he fairly flew in the mud. After that he won seven more races over a muddy, sloppy or heavy track and I have been figuring ever since how many purses I tossed off by scratching him when the track was soft during those two years." Jockey "Red" Wingfield, who led the list of winning riders at Havana last winter and who is under contract to Jim Everman, has been spending the summer in this city and has kept in condition by galloping the Everman horses. Wingfield did not liye up to his reputation on the Kentucky circuit last spring, but a fall is held to blame for this. He put up several finishes that showed that he can ride until he met witli his mishap. With a summers rest he expects to come back better than ever in the fall and show his real ability. Rome Respess shipped his stable to the Latonia track at the close of racing in Canada, but he lias stalls reserved at Douglas Park and he is expected any day. Respess chief asset nowadays is Bradleys Choice, which lie patched up from an apparently hopeless crlppel and he has him in several of the big stakes. This horse was the only one to win for Respess during his brief sojourn in Canada this summer. Slieeplechase jockey Marty Yonrell, who essayed a "comeback stunt" last spring after an absence from the saddle for several years only to meet with an accident, which again put him on the shelf, is resting at his home here and in all probability will not don the silks again until next year, if then. Yourell loves racing and the excitement of riding jumpers to such an extent that he gave up a prosperous business venture here to take up his -profession again, but luck was against hlin.

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