J. F. OHara And G. D. Bryan: Secure Controlling Interest in the Pleasanton Track.; Manager OBrien Goes East to Consult Them Regarding Proposed Meeting to Be Held Next Fall., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-13


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J F OHARA AND GDBRYAN Secure Controlling Interest in the Pleasanton Track Manager OBrien Goes East to Consult Them ThemRegarding Regarding Proposed Meeting to Bo BoHeld Held Next Fall SAN FRANCISCO Cal March 12 Mat thew OBrien general manager of the Pleas ¬ anton race track has left for New York and later will go to Baltimore to confer with James F OHara and Gad D Bryan Jr owners of a controlling interest in the Pleas ¬ anton course in regard to racing there thereOHara OHara and Bryan purchased twothirds of the property from the late R J Mackenzie three years ago but the sale was not made public These promoters plan to stage meet ¬ ings at Pleasanton this year either prior to or following the Tanforan meeting which opens November 3 and closes December 1 General manager OBrien will make a report to OHara and Bryan as to conditions here ¬ abouts and probably make a recommendation as to when the sport should begin beginThe The acquisition of the picturesque plant which is reached by rail or motor in little more than an hours time from San Fran ¬ cisco is hailed with satisfaction by the thousands of racing fans of this district The I feeling prevails that success is assured by j the abovementioned promoters being at the helm helmIt It is likely that Tanforan Pleasanton Stockton and other tracks will be formed into j a circuit with three or four months of racing for the eastern owners who ship here and for the westerners who stay on the Pacific coast j General manager OBrien of Pleasanton and racing manager Robert F Leighton of the Tanforan organization have held a number of conferences about a schedule of dates and the utmost harmony prevails A K Ma combers track at San Jose may also be the scene of some sport sportPleasanton Pleasanton is about thirty miles from Oak ¬ land and can be reached either by the South ¬ ern Pacific or Western Pacific railroad lines Two fine highways are available to the mo j torist The track itself has been kept in the best of condition and the strings of A B Sprcckels and other owners are now train ¬ ing there It is a mile course and even in rainy weather furnishes good footing for the runners runnersGeneral General manager OBrien has been prepar ¬ ing for the revival of racing and has put the grandstand in firstclass order The stables have accommodiations for mere than 3GO horses The track is in readiness for the I sport whenever the signal is given that the time is right rightThe The transfer of twothiids interest in the plant to OHara and Bryan will be placed on record in Alameda County on the return of OBrien from his eastern trip While 1 away the general manager will KO to To I ronto home of the late owner of the track I The funeral of Mr Mackenzie was held Sat i urday at his home in Kirkfield near To ¬ ronto rontoMr Mr Mackenzie had hosts of friends here by reason of his ownership of Pleasanton and business interests in this city and his sud den taking off was a great shock to sports I men and citizens in general j The harness horses held sway at Pleasan I ton for some years but for the last few years the thoroughbred has been king over at the beautiful course

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