Plan Military and Governors Days: Kentuckys Chief Executive and Army Officers to be Guests at Douglas Park and Latonia., Daily Racing Form, 1918-04-28


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PLAN MILITARY AND GOVERNORS DAYS Kentuckys Chief Executive and Army Officers to Be Guests at Douglas Park and Latonia. Cincinnati. O., April 27. — Governor Stanley of Kentucky has graciously accepted an invitation to ls» present, with the members of his staff, at the Douglas Park track in Louisville on Saturday. June 1, when the Kentucky Handicap, richest of all merican races for all-aged horses, will lie decided, mil at the Latonia track on Saturday, June 22. .vlien the 5,000 Latonia Derby will lie run. These x-casions. which are annually the most momentous if the spring racing season at the two tracks named, will be rendered doubly important this year iy being set apart as Military and Governors days, lenrrul Manager John Hachmelster. who directs the lestinies of both tracks, is now in correspondence .vith Col. Charles B. Norton, of Louisville. Gov-rnor Stanleys chief of staff, relative to the details f the two days, which are expected to set a new •tandard for social brilliancy at each of the tracks lamed. Colonel Norton has just written Manager Hach-neister that invitations will be extended to the ,overnors of Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia to be iresent upon both occasions as the special guests ►f the governor of Kentucky. The military feature if the two days will be especially emphasized. Camp Zachary Taylor, an important training camp. is contiguous to Douglas Park and its commanding ifficer will be invited to participate in the Ken-:ucky Handicap day festivities, with his staff and other officers of the encampment. Fort Thomas, an important military establishment. is only a few miles distant from tin- Latonia track ■ml invitations will lie extended to the commander ml his staff to join in the military day program it Latonia. Other military camps that are within easy reach will also 1m- represented, it is ex|M-cted. qiecinl entertainment will lie provided by Manager ilachmeister for the distinguished visitors in addition to the enjoyment to be derived from the decision of two of the greatest of American races. Both oc--asions promise to be among the most notable in the long and honorable history of the Kentucky turf. Mr. Haohmeister. who has been spending the ,reater part of his time hereabouts since the close if last years racing in Kentucky, will transfer his ictivities to Louisville within a few days, in prep-i rat ion for the opening of the Douglas Park spring meeting of fourteen days on May 27. Except for Millie slight refurbishing the Douglas Park plant needs no attention preliminary to the opening of the racing season there. The plant is already in snperb condition and word from Louisville indicates that it never was more deserving of its appellation is the "Saratoga of the West" than it is right now in the beauty of its springtime freshness, which will continue over the period covered by the approaching meeting. MAKING "FAIR LATONIA" FAIRER. Some little work is being done at Latonia in ■arryiug to completion the stupendous program of lietterments which Manager Ilachmeister undertook last summer in order to provide accommodations for ■.ntonias rapidly growing patronage. As a result f this work "Fair Latonia" will lie fairer than •ver when racing is resumed there on June 14. to -ontiiiue until July 13. One of the most imisirtant items in this springs program has been the setting out of some 500 Lombardy poplars on the extreme outer edge of the track proper from the head of the stretch around the home turn, with tlie object of rendering this part of the inclosure more attractive to the eye and shutting off the view from the grandstand of the stables and other unattractive portions of the grounds in that vicinity. The trees that have been set out are rapid growers and Manager Hachmeister figures that by tlie ime for the running of the Latonia Championship stakes in the fall of 1010. when he intends to in ite the world to Latonia to witness the decision of this richest of all American races, they will have leveloped sufficiently to give the results aimed for. Meanwhile the shrubbery which Manager Ilachmeister set out last season in furtherance of his imbition that Latonia shall present an appearance .a keeping with the importance of the racing that now takes place at this track, has been coming on in fine style and will make a splendid siiowing when the coming June meeting is inaugurated. The track itself at Latonia is already in fine condition and a considerable number of horses that wintered there are galloping over it every day in preparation for spring and summer racing. One or two innovations will be put into effect by Manager Ilachmeister this year iu connection with the every-day routine at Latonia and Douglas Park. One of these will lie in .the form of the admission ticket to tlie two tracks." Heretofore the ticket has had a detachable coupon, which the buyer was ex-pceted to wear ill plain sight at all times, after the main part of the ticket h::d been collected at the gate. The coupon is to lie dispensed with by Mr. Hachmeister as obsolete. Another innovation will lie that saddle cloth numbers carried by the horses while racing will be painted in red for all figures higher than nine. Black will be used as heretofore for all numbers from one to nine. This will make the identification of the horses easier during the running of the races. Sometimes it happens that part of a number is accidentally obscured and mistakes in identification occur, like the mistaking of 3 for 13. etc. Mr. Hachmeister hopes that the new plan will help to avert such confusion. STABLE ACCOMMODATIONS AT A PREMIUM. Stabling accommodations at Douglas Park are approaching the premium point. One of the most recent allotments is that of fourteen stalls for the stable of F. H. Brunell. Chicago publisher and editor, who will this year make his debut in racing as an owner. Mr. Brunell purchased a string of yearlings at Saratoga last summer, which Galen Brown now has in charge at Hot Springs and which he will shortly move to Douglas Park with a Kentucky campaign in view. Most of these yearlings are foreign -bred. They were only recently turned over to trainer Brown. 11. Eugene Leigh having broken and trained them previously. None of thciu has raced as yet. Mr. Brunell enjoys a wide acquaintance on the turf as the publisher of Daily Racing Form and there will lie general satisfaction in turf circles if his venture into racing should be successful. John F. Schorr, trainer for Edward B. McLean. Washington sportsman and newspaper publisher, has asked that stalls be reserved at Latonia for tlie stable of twenty-three horses that he is training for Mr. McLean. Trainer Schorr wrote that he plans to ship the entire stable to Latonia from Maryland immediately after the closing of the Pimlico meeting on May 27. Such horses as he desires to race at Douglas Park will be transferred there from the Latonia track from time to time and brought back here after filling their engagements in important races. The full strength of tlie stable will lie shown at Latonia when racing begins at that track on June 14. It will be the first showing of the McLean colors in Kentucky and. in view of Mr. McLeans Cincinnati connections and the manner in which his newspapers here and at Washington have at all times shown their friendliness toward racing, it is certain that they will be warmly welcomed by racegoers generally.

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