All Ready At Havana: Sixth Annual Season of Racing in Cuba Begins Tomorrow, Daily Racing Form, 1919-11-26


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ALL READY AT HAYANA Sixth Annual Season of Racing in Cuba Begins Tomorrow. s More and a Better Quality of Horses Are Available Than in Former Years. "" i 1 . HAVANA, Cuba, November 2.". Everything is in complete readiness for the inauguration on Thanksgiving day of the sixth annual season of racing at Oriental Park, the beautiful home of the Cuba-American Jockey and Auto Club in this city, and the interest being taken in the meeting foreshadows the most brilliant racing In the history of the club. The class of horses awaiting the; call of the bugle is immeasurably superior, both in quality raid quantity, over that of former years, and this, together with the fact that the riders who will accept mounts at the meeting include some of the best that have lteen seen in the saddle at the various American courses, should insure a superior brand of sport. There are already over five hundred horses here, and this number will be considerably augmented by the ones that will arrive within the next week or two. The great majority of the latter will come from Maryland. Among the stables already on the scene are those of Kay Spence, embracing twenty-seven head, including War Spirit, Marsa John and others belonging to W. V. Thraves, the wealthy .Kentucky - oil operators whose- colors - will be1 seen here for the first time next winter; "Williams Pros., whose list contains thirteen useful racers; J. T. Ireland, wliose list includes the crack sprinter Col. Taylor, the property of the well-known Frankfort, Ky., sportsman of that name; W. F. Poison with an even dozen good bread winners, and the extensive establishments of A. It. Dresler. W. C. Weant, J. .7. Iloltmnn, Armouia Stable, C. K. Moore and A. II. Diaz, whose stable, in charge of Will Mc-Daniel, numbers thirty horses, twelve of which are coming two-year-olds. Singularly all but one of the latter are the progeny of Hessian. Included in the better known of the other establishments are those of Joe Umensetter, J. W. Fuller. E. J. Albright, "Willie Dugan, J. J. McCafferty, Stuart Pclk, W. C. Westmoreland, Earl Liunell, Frank Rector, It. II. Allen, the Curb Stable, E. L. Fitzgerald, Jim Gass, Triple Springs Farm, It. J. Karris, J. Hope ami A. C. Niehaus. Harry Payne Whitney has sent nine yearlings in charge of J. W. Pangle. PLENTY GOOD HIDING MATERIAL. Forty-four applications for jockey licenses have been filed in the secretarys office by boys already hero, and of this number sixteen are for apprentice licenses. Among the letter known applicants arc T. Koerner. Jay Ransch, T. Murray. Jack Roland, Lambert and Harry earner, Cecil Howard. J. Ke-derls, F. Meriniee, It. AVingfield, J. Dominick, A. McDermott, T. Smith and W. Crump. Other applicants for riding licenses include C. Martin, It. Hall. N. Ilrediii, J. Conway, J. Dodd, J. Dawson, A. Kinley, W. Gargan, E. Hileman, W. Morris-Key, M. Mountain, I. Madison, J. G. Petz, W. Taylor, C. White, J. McDermott, G. Arehambault, F. Chiavctte, E. Cummins. N. Collins, Jas. Hoffler, J. Carmody, W. Jarrell. A. Kreger, F. Lux, G. Maugan, J. Icnalver. C. Ward. W. Wolfe, F. Wcincr and L. Woods. Mangan and Woods are under the care of Kay Spence, who expects to develop both into good riders this winter. With few exceptions all of the clubs officials, including gencial manager II. D. Drawn, are here. Mr. Drown arrived recently, accompanied by C. A. Stonchnm and John J. McGraw. the gentlemen who recently acquired a controlling interest in the club. All three men are immensely pleased over the outlook for a most successful meeting. They brought the information that more American tourists than ever would be here to take in the racing and other sports to be had here this com ins winter, including many wealthy easterners, whose coming will mark their first visit to Cuba. Frank Druen, who was recently appointed secretary of the club, and who lias been in charge- of affairs during the absence of Mr. Drown, was highly complimented by the clubs new owners over the excellent condition of the track and grounds. Under his supervision many costly improvements have been undertaken and completed, and it is the generally expressed opinion that for beauty and convenience Oriental Park is without a peer. The city is rapidly filling up with visitors, and crowded conditions prevail like the larger American cities. Hotel reservations have been made for as far ahead us February, but fortunately despite the heavy demand there has been no appreciable increase in the rates demanded. The opening of the remodeled Hotel Sevilla, which J. 13. McDowman will operate in connection with his other New York hotels, will afford much additional accommodation. There is an urgent need for another first-class hotel, and the efforts of the nice track people to get local capitalists to supply this need will undoubtedly be crowned witli success before long. Since the last meeting many improvements have been made to the clubhouse at the track, where President Meuocal and his family, together with many foreign diplomats, will, according to custom, be the guests of the club on opening day. The president has been a frequent visitor to the races in former years and has signified his intention of visiting the course at frequent intervals during the approaching season. Elaborate plans that the management made for a larger clubhouse could not bo undertaken this year, but immediately following - this meeting the work of adding two additional stories to the building will be .started without delay. Comparatively few fatalities attended the shipment of the horses from the United States here. Kay Spence lost Priaco Igor and Miss Do -Deep. The Triple Spriiigs Farms Judge Wingfield and C. K. Moores Dcttie Dluff also succumbed to illness after landing here. The list of officials for the meeting is almost Identical with that of last year. C. J. Fitz Gerald will be presiding steward, C. II. Lunsdale and II. 1. Drown, associate stewards; W. II. Shelley, presiding judge; J. F. Milton, starter; M. Nathausou, racing: secretary; E. Jasper, clerk of the course; W. . W. Lyles, paddock judge; Dr. F. W, Ashe, paddock judge, and J. S. Wallace, patrol judge. The board of handicappers will consist of Messrs. Fitz Gerald, Shelley and Nathausou. The nominations to the thirteen stakes, which closed November showed a gratifying increase over last year. The Grand National Ilnudieap and the Cuban Derby, both with an added money value of ,XM, in particular filled remarkably well. The Cuba Juvenile Stakes, the only stake for two-year-olds, also attracted u goodly number of nominations.

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