Increase in Nominations: Healthy Increase in Number of Entries for Belmont Park Steeplechase Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-06


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INCREASE IN NOMINATIONS Healthy Increase in Number of Entries for Belmont Park Steeplechase Stakes. NEW YORK. N. Y.. April 5.— That steeple-chasing is on the way back to the place it once occupied in the affections of the racing public is indicated in the returns received for the cross-country stakes of the Westchester Racing Association, which have just closed with racing secretary Earlocker. Not only are the nominations more numerous than in several years, but the presence of newcowers in the list of owners and the return of another owner once prominent in the sport are a cheering influence in a situation which must be gratifying to those who are promoting these racing tests through the field. In the former class are Mrs. Katherine E. Hitt, Jifford A. Cochran and the Oak Ridge and Queen City Stables among the Americans, while Major Frank W. White and William A. Reed of England constitute a foreign invasion whose influence must be for good. The old-time organization to be represented is the Hen Riddle Farm of Samuel D. Riddle of Pennsylvania. It is some years since the Glen Riddle colors, which were made famous by Man o War, have been seen through the field. All the Westchester stakes are to be run during the spring meeting with the exception of the Brook Handicap Steeplechase, which will be decided in the autumn. The chief of the spring features is the Charles L. Appleton Memorial Cup Steeplechase, to which 0,000 is added and which closed with fiftyeight entries as against forty-six last year. The following is a comparative list of the entries for these steeplechase stakes : Stakes. 1922 192S. Charles Appleton Memorial 4;i 5S Grand National 31 39 International 43 50 Meadowbrook 34 53 Hiook Handicap 65 72 Total 219 282 A .

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