All Past Records Broken: Number of Entries to Kentucky Fall Stakes Are Astonishing, Daily Racing Form, 1919-08-28


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ALL PAST RECORDS BROKEN 1 i Number of Entries to Kentucky Fall Stakes Are Astonishing. , i- Big Increase Noticed in Nomina- ! tions to Long" Distance Features. LOUISVILLE, Ky., August 27. All records for ; stake nominations in Kentucky were broken when 52G entries were mnde to the rich events to be run in the autumn at the three tracks of the Kentucky Jockey Clnlt Lexington, Latonia and Churchill Downs. General mannser Matt J. AVinn and Harry Rreivogel. his assistant, have just finished compiling the list, and both were astounded when such a total was shown. This total is just for the stakes which closed on August 20, and the Latonia Championship Stakes, Queen City Handicap and breeders Futurity, all early closing affairs, will bring the number up to more than one-half as many more. The five old stakes which remained on the rosters of Latonia and Churchill Downs all showed big increases in the list of nominations over last year. The -following table shows how the stakes filled: Lexington. No. of Entries No. of Entries Stakes." to7 . i mm 1 . Lexington Cup Handicap.. 27 ... Latonia. Fort Thomas Handicap S9 CI Autumn Handicap 55 ... Latonia Handicap 54 ... Twin City Handicap 52 Latonia Cui 4ti 3S Totals 29G 99 Increase of old stakes over last year ...30 Churchill Downs. - Golden Rod S9 , 23 Falls City Handicap Gl "; .." 22 Louisville Cup 53 15 Totals 203 CO Increase of old stakes over last year 143 First running. Especially gratifying to manager AVinn is the increase in the stake entries at Churchill Downs. For several years past this historic old course did not lay up much at its autumn meetings, and even the horsemen did not take a whole lot of interest in them. This resulted in a small number of entries for the stakes, and horses contested for them many times that were not worth the amount of money they won. GOOD SHOWING FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS. This year, however, it will be different, as practically every owner who nominated his horses at Latonia did likewise in the Louisville stakes. Increasing the distances of the Golden Rod and Falls City Handicaps, as well as making them worth more linancially. had the desired effect, as is shown by the fact that the former drew eighty-nine entries this year against twenty-three in 191S. The Golden ltod is a mile race for two-year-olds, and the Falls City Handicap is, at one and one-sixteenth miles for three-year-olds and over. In previous years the former was a selling stake at five and one-half furlongs, while the Falls City was at three-quarters. Some surprise was, occasioned when it was found that the "Louisville" Cup - showed such a big gain over previous years, and this year it even exceeds the Latonia Cup by sev.en nominations. This is because the Louisville Cup will in all probability be run the last day of the autumn season, November 1, and every horse eligible will be fit if possible, as they will have had plenty of racing by that time. "It certainly is pleasing to me to see the way in which the horsemen responded with entries to the long-distance stakes," said manager AVinn, "and there is not a good long-route horse in America that is not eligible for one or more of them. I have preached long-distance racing so much that it has become sort of a fad with me, but I know that the patrons of the sport want it, and for that reason 1 put on so many long-route stakes and hung up such good purses for them. Look at the way the Twin City Handicap at Latonia filled fifty-two entries and it is at one mile and five-eighths. The Autumn Handicap, for sprinters, at three-quarters of a mile, drew only three more. Our stake entries have firmly convinced mo that all the horsemen need is encouragement in a financial way to make them train their horses to go over a long route, and they will heve no trouble getting tliis encouragement from the Kentucky Jockey Club." i With few exceptions the entries or the lex-ington Cup Handicap, Latonia Handicap, Twin City Continued on second page. ALL PAST RECORDS BROKEN Continued from first page. Handicap, Latonia Cup, Falls City Handicap and Louisville Cup are composed of horses which are eligible for the Latonia Championship Stakes. This will give the owners plenty of chances to make their journey to Kentucky profitable, even if they fail to get any portion of the purse in the 0,000 event. It was sort of an agreeable surprise when the entries to the Lexington Cup Handicap were compiled and it was found .that twenty-seven had been named for it. Lexington was SomeAvhnt on the order of Louisville at autumn meetings m years past stakes were out of the question with the exception of the Breeders Futurity but if only one-half of the horses named for the C.iip event go there the handicap division will be well taken care of throughout the meeting. As is the case at Latonia and Churchill Downs, a number of eastern stables are represented in the Lexington entries, most of them first timers at fall meetings in this section. The Lexington Cup is a ,000 added event at one and one-half miles, and a handsome trophy will be awarded the winner. Manager Winn is spending a few days here with Hamilton C. Applegate, who Is associated with Charles F. Grainger In the management of Churchill Downs, and the two are going over the temporary improvements intended to make more room for the race patrons in the fall. The attendance last spring demonstrated that something had to be done in this respect, and while the big improvements could not be made this summer those that are under way will tend td make a whole lot more space It will be the first time that Churchill Downs has been selected to wind up a Kentucky racing season, but dates make no difference to the Louisville public, as the racegoers here turn out in large numbers at all .times- and regardless of weather or track conditions. Many of the stables at Churchill Downs and Douglas Park are now moving to Lexington, and only a few of them -will ship direct to Latonia. The horses which summered in this section all did well, and with few exceptions all are ready to race even this early.

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