First "Ladies Day" on a Race Track, Daily Racing Form, 1919-02-10


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w FIRST "LADIES DAY" ON A RACE TRACK NEW ORLEANS, La., February 9. Harry White, the veteran turfntan who has served in various official capacities on the different race tracks of this country, was the originator of "Ladies Day" at the Fair Grounds track. "Twenty-five, years ago," said Mr. White. 1 suggested to the management of the Crescent Citv Jockey Club the idea of giving a Ladies Day, that it would give many the opportunity of seeing the races who could not afford to purchase tickets; that it would create much more Interest and go a long way in building up the sport that we were trying so hard to revive in the Crescent City. "The late C. S. Bush, who was general manager, at first objected. Finally, he consented, saying: If successful, you shall have all the credit. "I suggested a reception committee, that the grandstand be decorated with palms, bunting a band to be secured we had no music in those days silk programs as souvenirs. All suggestions were carried out and the attendance was estimated at 10,000. "I gave the first Ladies Day at the Twin Citv Jockey Club, St. Paul, Minn., and the second one at the Crescent City meeting. New Orleans. It was a popular move and has boen introduced all over the country as a means of bringing back racing into popular favor;"

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