Plans for Chicago Racing: Hawthorne Dates Expected to be Announced This Week, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-16


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PLANS FOR CHICAGO RACING Hawthorne Dates Expected to Be Announced This Week. Billy Zllycrs to Have Charge of Improvements to Be Made Preliminary Work Is Already Under Way. Plans for Chicagos racing this year at Hawthorne are expected to be put in full motion this week with the arrival in Chicago on Friday of judge Joseph A. Murphy from New Orleans and the coming a day later of Billy Myers, the expert track builder, from the Rancocas Stables farm at Jobstown. N. Y. Judge Murphy, who is the active head of the Chicago Business Mens Racing Association, which has taken over the lease on Hawthorne, is expected to announce the dates for Hawthornes summer and fall meetings after he has had a chance to look into the legal phases of the situation, on which Attorney Albert Sabath has been working for the last few weeks. Attorney Sabath has announced that he will have the legal end entirely adjusted shortly, as it is the intention of the new turf body to clear up all legal entanglements before the actual racing plans are put in motion. It was announced by the Business Mens Association soon after they took over Hawthorne that no attempt will be made to evade or violate the laws in any particular. It is also known that judge Murphy has his staff of racing officials pretty well lined up and will be able to announce them at about the time the official stamp of approval is put on the racing dates. Billy Myers is to be in complete charge of the many improvements planned for Hawthorne and, working with track superintendent Keegan, will be ordered to have the Cicero course in the best condition of its history by the time racing opens and they will be asked to spare no efforts in making it a genuine beauty spot. TO BUILD PALM GAUD EX. Messrs. Preuyn, Neuberger and Kaestner of the Richelieu Concession Co., who some time ago contracted for this end of the Hawthorne activities, have already made plans for a new and complete equipment for the cafe and grill and for the installation of a full refrigerator system. One of the innovations will be a clubhouse palm garden, which will be constructed directly west of the present cafe and restaurant. Contracts have also been let during the week by secretary Charles T. Essig for the installation of new electrical wiring and for the piping of additional water and gas mains to increase the fuel and power capacity. Scores of advance reservations for stable room have been received from horsemen all over the country who intend to race in Chicago this year; but action on them has been withheld until the arrival of judge Murphy. The Hawthorne meeting of last year drew many prominent stables, but from the present outlook there will be a more general representation . of the more prominent stables this year than last. Only a few horses are at Hawthorne at this time as most of those wintering at the West Side track have gone on to Kentucky and other southern points to prepare for the opening of the spring meetings. Jerry Sullivans mare, Shoreacres, gave birth to a bay filly by Blind Baggage during the . last week, at Hawthorne. The work of renovating and remodelling the stables will be under way within a few days as numerous owners want to ship to Chicago as soon as stable room is available.

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