Ready at the Fair Grounds: Over a Thousand Horses Available for the Good Meeting Now at Hand, Daily Racing Form, 1922-01-02


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.* READY AT THE FAIR GROUNDS Over a Thousand Horses Available for the Good Meeting Now at Hand. NEW ORLEANS. La., January 1. -Activity was III word at the Pair Grounds today and when night came everything was in eeaealeta readiness for the opening of the eighth annual racing season to morrow. Most of the stables were transferred from Jefferson Park during the morning hours, but there were not stalls enough lo go around and several hundred baraea will have to remain at the Shrewsbury plant throughout the Fair Grounds meeting. By actual count there are 1.IVJ9 horses registered for this meeting and this number does not include those which will be shipped to Mexico City within the next few days. Never before were there so many horses on hand in New Orleans. All of the racing officials were on hand today preparing their various departments for the oimmi-ing. The stewards. K. C. Smith, Malcolm Mac Farlan, Allen Mehle and .. M. Holmes, convened at 10 oclock and remained in session for three hours. When they adjourned they announced that they bad still failed to pass upon all of the applications far trainer- ami jockey- license--, so numerous were they, but they will wind up this work tomorrow morning. Every safeguard |H»ssible will be thrown around the racing here, and owner-, trainers and jockeys will have to hew to the line as never before. "We have not officialy refused any trainers or jockeys licenses thus fa?." said steward Smilh. "hut we are holding sonic up pending interviews with the applicants. Quite a few lior-einen on the list are new to this section and we will not license them until after we look them over and ascertain some-ihing of their past performances. We intend to start the meeting off with only trainers and jockeys in absolutely good standing, and this policy will continue to the end." Sunday seems to be a change day for the weather in these part:- and today was no exception. The temperature dropped H degrees since last night and while the sun shone all day its effects were stood off by a taw wind, which blew directly from the north. The ouilook is for warmer weather tomorrow and a fast track. Hundreds of local people journeyed to the course this morning to look the place over and watch the thoroughbreds in their exercise gallops. A continuation of todays weather will undoubtedly result in a new attendance record tomorrow.

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