Latonia Derby next Important Race: Last but Not Least of Three Big Kentucky Races to be Decided June 22., Daily Racing Form, 1918-06-04


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I i • • . ■ • F LAT0NIA DERBY NEXT IMPORTANT RACE Last but Not Least of Three Big Kentucky Races to Be Decided June 22. Louisville. Ky.. June 3. — With the Kentucky Handicap a matter of history, the attentitm of western turfmen is now turning to the Latonia Derby, which great race for three-year-olds is to • e run at "Fair Latonia" on Saturday, June 22. This will lie the third and last of the three outstanding events of Kentucky spring racing. And it will by no means lie the least. The star three-year -olds of the year will be tried by this race, with its stamina-testing distance of one mile and one-half, as in no other contest iu which they will engage during the whole year. It is coming to Ik- recognized that the Latonia Derby is tine of the most important contests for three-year-olds. and each passing year finds the owners of high-class three -year-olds more and more desirous of winning this* rich event of the western turf. For this years running of the Latonia Derby, there are sixty eight cligihles. including the cream of the good three-year-olds that have been shown to date in the racing of the season. Prominent among the prospective starters for this race, which has been run uninterruptedly since 1NK3. are such stars of the turf as Kenneth D. Alexanders Es-cobn ; George J. Longs Freecutter; Gallnhcr Bros. Sewcli Combs: Willis Sharpe Kilmers Exterminate! and Sun Briar; G. W. Lofts Papp: T. C. McDowells American Eagle: William Martins Sunny Slop?; Andrew Millers Recount; John W. Schorrs Jas. T. Turk, and others scarcely of less prominence. Three w:-eks in advance of the running of this great race it certainly looks as though it will furnish a notable contest and. perhaps, as notable a struggle as has In-cn Mi in all the history of this big event of the western turf. Preparations for the opening of the Latonia meeting on Friday. June 14. are proceeding satisfactorily. The meeting at Douglas Park, over which John Hachmeister presides as general manager, will come to n close on Tuesday. June 11. and the interim of two full days between the close of racing here and the opening at Iitoniu, where Mr. Hach-neister is likewise the presiding genius, will be utilized in transferring the fine array of horses in training here to tlie pretty track nestling among the Kenloa County hills and otherwise perfecting the final preparations for the Latonia opening. EVERYTHING IN PERFECT READINESS. One result of the advantageous arrangement of dates this spring is that the Latonia arrangements for opening day will be much more easily carried to consummation than under the schedule of previous years, with only one day intervening between the meetings. It may be safely taken for granted that those who visit the Latonia track on opening day will find everything in a 100 per cent state of readiness. In addition to the special events previously announced for the Latonia meeting. General Manager Hachmeister has set aside two days on which ladies act oiapanied by escorts will be admitted to the track without charge as the guests of the management. These days will be Wednesday, June 19. on which day the snecial feature of the racing will he the running of the Clipsetta Stakes, a ,000 added race for two-vear-old fillies; and Wednesday, July 10. Wheat the Quickstep Handicap of ,000 added. one of the most importautf events of the season for sprinters-, will be the special attraction. Ladies day at Latonia Has always been popular and. iu view of the importance ol the racing schedule for the days selected for this purpose this year, will be doubly so this year. Maaau I Hachmeister has also announced that ad- dition of the Enquirer Handicap of ,500 added to the list of nretentious fixtures for this meeting. This nee, lor three-year-olds and over, will be ru.i on Saturday, June 15. the second day of the meeiing. f,„- which no stake race had been scheduled. Entries for this race will be received on Thnr-dav. June 13. weights will be allotted the fol lowing day and acceptances filed at once, as in the — case of overnight handicaps. The limning of this race will give horses that arete overlooked when the stake entries dosed in March an opportunity to win a good purse. A notable example of this class is E. B. McLeans good three-year-old. The Porter, which Mr. McLean purchased long after the Latonia stakes were closed and which ex-ilaiiis his absence from the Latonia stake lists, while others of his stable are repre- suited. A

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