Final Kentucky Meeting of Year: Sport Will Conclude with Nine Days Racing at Historic Churchill Downs, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-21


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FINAL KENTUCKY MEETING OF YEAR Sport Will Conclude with Nine Days Racing at Historic Churchill Downs. LOUISVILLE, Ky.. October 20. The last lap of the Kentucky autumn season of racing will begin next Thursday at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, when a meeting of nine days will be inaugurated. This iwriod will be the shortest fall season that Louisville has had in many years. Beautiful Churchill Downs, resplendent in its autumnal dress. Is virtually ready for Thursdays opening of what holds out every promise of being the most brilliant season of fall racing in the forty-four years history of the pieturesqua course. Track suierintendent Thomas Young has been faithfully carrying into effect tho ideas of vice president and general manager Matt .1. Winn for the further embellishment of the track, and It will present an inviting appearance indeed when the gates are thrown open to the public for the inauguration of the season. The Jure of rich stakes and valuable overnight purses will bring into frequent action the many high-class horses with which the Downs, and Douglas Park stables will be filled by tho time the opening arrives. All of the important racing establishments whose horses have been making turf history in Kentucky this fall are now being transferred to Churchill Downs from Latonia, where the meeting terminated last Saturday, and in addition some stables that have not figured in the meetings already held at Lexington and Latonia will be represented at the Louisville track. The problem of providing stabling room for the Louisville meeting will not present itself to the management as it did at Lexington- and Latonia, where it was found imiossible to provide all applicants with accommodations. This difficulty will be obviated by utilizing Douglas Park in conjunction with Churchill Downs for the stabling of the horses. The combined capacity of the two tracks Is more than sufficient to take care of any number of horses that will be campaigned at the meeting. With an nbundance of good horses fit and ready to fill the tempting races with which the program book is so well supplied, it is indeed a pleasing prospect that the patrons of racing at Louisville are facing. LONG DISTANCE RACES FEATURED. Racing secretary William Shelley has put forth his best efforts in the preparation of the program book, which is by far the best ever presented at any fall meeting in Louisville. Tho book is replete with long-distance races of the kind that have proved so popular on the other Kentucky tracks, and the course of the management in putting on this class of races is already having a most beneficial effect upon the sport in Kentucky. The sprinting events which formerly monopolized the daily cards are gradually giving way to the races for horses of stamina and staying power, which in time will exert a wide influence and improve the breeding of the thoroughbreds in the state. Tho management is going to treat the horsemen in a most liberal manner. A total of 0,000 will be distributed in stakes and purses during the nine days of the meeting. The distribution on stake days will amount to the snug sum of 0,400, with the exception of the day the Louisville Cup is run, when this amount will bo exceeded by ,000. On other than stake days the purse money will amount to ,100. The Falls City Handicap, ,000 added; the Golden Rod, ,000 added, and the Louisville .Cup, with an endowment of ,000, are the stakes to be decided during the meeting. The Falls City will feature the opening days program, the Golden Rod will be run Saturday, October 25, and the Cud raw will he the closing days chief attraction. The Falls City is at one mile and a sixteenth, and it lias sixty-one cligiblcs, including Escoba, Miiito II., Midway and Stoekwell among the possible starters. The Golden Rod is the only stake for two-year-olds, and it will be the last one for the juveniles to be run in Kentucky this year. The distance is one mile, and among the eighty-nine oligibles are few eastern owned youngsters, so it would appear that the Kentuekians will have this stake to themselves. The Louisville Cup, which lias been reserved for the closing day,, has fifty-three nominees, and is at the distance of two miles. Prominent among the probable starters are Be Frank, winner of the Latonia Derby and Latonia Cup; Stoekwell, Cudgel, Exterminator, Midway, Minto II., Regalo and Kingfisher.

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