Gold Buttons and Badges: Being Distributed to Members of Pacific Coast Jockey Club, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-25


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GOLD BUTTONS AND BADGES Being Distributed to Members of Pacific Coast Jockey Club. Advance Sale of Tickets Indicate Big Crowd for Opening of Tanforan Tark on Kovemhcr 3. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Oct 24. Gold label badges will soon be mailed out to members of the Pacific Coast Jockey Club. Close to 200 prominent horse lovers are now members of the club. Big times are planned by the club at the inaugural meeting, which opens at Tanforan on November 3. The magnificent clubhouse, on which the finishing touches are being applied, will be the meeting place of the jockey club members. There are accommodations for more than 1,000, and with a spacious veranda there will be an excellent opportunity to follow the thorough-bieds around the course. The club members will enter by the south gate, the one nearest to San Bruno on the state highway. That a banner crowd is going to be on hand for the opening day is indicated by the advance sale of tickets. The San Francisco Driving Club has reserved fifty box seats. The sullcy enthusiasts who enjoy their sport at the Park Stadium are taking a keen interest in the movement to bring back the horse to popular favor in California, The scale of prices was announced by John D. Stelling, general manager, as follows: General admission, for men, .50 for women and 50 cents for children ; box seats ; reserved seats .50 for men, .50 for women and for children. A charge of 50 cents will be made for auto parking space. Curly Brown is laying plans for a big breeding establishment at his place at the foot of Mount Shasta. He has put in a half-mile track and already has a number of brood mares and the stallion Solomon. Brown has seven head now at Tanforan. Several are Cuban-bred thoroughbreds, and it will be interesting to see them in action. Johnny Loftus, trainer for Thomas Fortune Ryan, called on his pal, Jack Metcalf, A. B. Spreckels rider, to pilot All Over in a workout a few days. All Over went a fine three-quarters that had the railbirds on edge. Metcalf is a Napa boy who was attracted to Continued on sixteenth page. GOLD BUTTONS AND BADGES Continued from first pace. the turf by Spreckels Napa Stock Farm, and he has been a success in the saddle. Billy Schmill is one of the characters among the exercise boys at Tanforan. He is with the Colonel Robert Baker string. Schmill was known as "Old Honesty" when he was riding on California tracks twenty years ago. He is now more than 50 years of age, but is still frisky in throwing a leg over a thoroughbred and taking a strong hold on the ribbons. Chris Miller, well known to local enthusiasts as the pilot of Jack Numally, that crack performer, in most of his victories is one of the real veteran jockeys at the Tanforan course. Chris met with an unfortunate accident at New Orleans last Christmas. He was hit by an automobile truck and had his leg broken in four places. Tough luck for a jockey to be hurt that way. Chris injury is coming along all right and he may be seen in the saddle. George Van Gordan is a familiar figure at Tanforan these mornings. He has been breeding and racing horses in California for the past forty years or more. Van Gordan had the honor of saddling Chinaman, which was the first horse west of the Rockies to run three-quarters of a mile in 1:15 or better. This took place on the old Bay District traclc Rock Heather, by Friar Rock, Barn Dollar, by Omar Khayyam and Virginia Holland, by Ballot, are training impressively. They are all two-year-olds from J. W. Marchbanks string. Bobby Doyle is one of the new jockeys now at Tanforan. Doyle -is the son of F. R. Doyle, representative of the Tri-State Stable of West Virginia. My Reverie, by the famous Ultimus, has been seen on the track several times recently and appears in fine fettle. Tailor Maid recently worked an impressive mile. She is one of the prominent candidates for the inaugural handicap. High Cost, the Von Tromp-Mitten star, is also being pointed for the opening day feature.

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