Breaking Records at Douglas Park: Not Only Time Marks Are Shattered, but Attendance and Speculation Are Surpassed, Daily Racing Form, 1918-06-04


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o BREAKING RECORDS AT DOUGLAS PARK Not Only Time Marks Are Shattered, hut Attendance and Speculation Arc Surpassed. Louisville. Ky.. June 3.— Six of the fourteen days of tin- Douglas lark Jockey Clubs spring meeting have passed into history and the result is in keeping with the prediction made in advance of the opening of the meeting that new standards would be set for future meetings at this beautiful racing plant. Bigger attendance than ever Itefore. an increased volume of speculation in the pari-mutucla and brilliant racing in record-breaking time have been the outstanding features of the meeting to date that have lieen so satisfying to all concerned. Tlie enthusiasm which has lieen so freely shown since the opening of the meeting is not the least significant of the happy auguries for the future of rating at Douglas Park. No finer tribute to the popularity of the sport could have been paid than that of Saturday. It will lie many days before those whose privilege it was to lie nreseut will forget the stirring incident; of the day." That such occasions are of. inestimable benefit to the sport, inasmuch as they impress ui on the public mind the real reason for the existence of racing — late improvement of the breed of horses through tlie inexcorable test of the race course — cannot be denied. This week will see a continuation of the same satisfying brand of high-class sport at Douglas Park as during the opening week. If anything, the racing should lie more formful. since it has now becat urettv well established what horses can run to their "best* fetal over the lightning-like track at Douglas lark and otherwise. It was undoubtedly the change from tlie cuppy surface of the Churchill Downs track to the firm, fast footing of the re-soiled Douglas lark course that was responsible for disapiMiintin performances unon the part of well-fancied horses during the first day or two of the meeting. Overnight racing that will be notable for well-lnatched fields of the high-class herses with which the stable at Douglas Park and Churchill Downs unfilled will mark the daily programs until Saturday, wiien the Snring Trial Stakes of ,500 added, for two-year-olds, will be decided. . o I 1 ; " I • t r ; 1 •

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