All Roads to Bowie: Eastern Racing Season of 1924 Opens There Tuesday, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-30


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ALL ROADS TO BOWIE Eastern Racing Season of 1924 Opens There Tuesday. Prospects Exceedingly Bright for Most Wonderful Year of Thoroughbred Racing. BALTIMORE, Md., March 29. All racing: roads lead to Prince George Park, Bowie, this week. At the picturesque and splendidly-equipped course of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Association, which is conveniently placed on the interurban electric railroad midway between "Washington and Baltimore, there will be inaugurated Tuesday the greatest year American racing will ha;e ;i, known. Before the thoroughbreds disperse from Bowie at the end of November, after a fall meeting, for the winter racing places at Havana, Tijuana and New Orleans they will have competed in the United States and Canada for all of ,000,000. Another ,-800,000 to ,000,000 will be distributed at the winter plants and the resultant total of about 2,000,000 will represent an advance on last years distribution of nearly a million, if not quite that. Last years distribution was a record. Bowie will race through the first fortnight of April without competition nearer than Tijuana. The distribution will be about 0,000 a day and features of the meeting will be revivals of the ,000 Inaugural Handicap, a dash of seven-eighths, for three-year-olds ind over; the.,500Capital Stakes, a dash of seven-eighths, for three-year-olds" exclusively, and the ,000 Prince George Handicap of one mile and a sixteenth, for three-year-olds and over. FEATURES AT HAYRE. The April meeting of the Harford Agricultural and Breeders Association at Havre de Grace will follow the Bowie meeting and that in turn will be followed by the May meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico. Havre de Grace racing in the last fortnight of April will be marked by revivals of the ,000 Harford Handicap, a dash of three-quarters, for three-year-olds and over; the ,000 Aberdeen Stakes of four fourlongs . and a half, for two-year-olds; the ,000 Philadelphia Handicap, one mile and a sixteenth, for three-year-olds and over, and the ,000 Chesapeake Stakes, one mile and a sixteenth, for three-year-olds exclusively. Salient features of the Pimlico meeting will bo a revival after a lapse of more than a quarter of a century of the Dixie Handicap, a gallop of one mile and three-sixteenths, for three-year-olds and over, and a renewal of the historic Preakness, a dash of one mile and an eighth, for three-year-olds exclusively. The Dixie will carry an added money value of 5,000, the Preakness 0,000. Spring racing in New York and Kentucky will begin as the eastern horses are leaving Havre de Grace. Some 800 thoroughbreds of various ages and conditions are at Prince George Park and the old Benning course of the District of Columbia, nineteen miles away, awaiting racing summons. Two-thirds of these are winter-seasoned campaigners from New Orleans, mostly arrivals since the finish of Jefferson Park racing March 17. Most of the remaining third wintered inI have trained at Benning and Bowie, allhou5,i i. few have come down from Jersey a:l New York. HEALTH OF HORSES GOOD. Generally the winter-toughened campaigners from the South get a,way with a lions share of Bowies spring purses. It will be different this spring. Training weather has been uniformly good in Maryland and- the District, also on Long Island and in Jersey since the beginning of March and eastern horsemen have availed themselves to the utmost of their opportunities. There hasnt been a sick horse anywhere. Some of the most precocious of the Benning and Bowie colonies are near midspring form. The slushy snowfalls of the earlier part of the month packed and helped the sandy going of the Bowie and Benning courses. Eastern-trained campaigners will contest foot by foot every eighth of ground. The migrants from the South will be lucky if they hold their own. Preponderance in numbers will be theirs, weight of class will be with the east-em-trained horses. Among the representative horsemen and horsewomen who have sent strings to Bowie are Harry Payne Whitney, Mrs. Payne Whitney, Richard T. Wilson, Walter J. Salmon, Edward F. Whitney, Admiral Cary T. Grayson, George Wingfield, Samuel Ross of Washington ; J. Edwin Griffith, Senator Patrick F. Joyce, William Gallagher, James W. Bean, William P. Burch, General James A. Buchanan, Joseph L. Murphy, Richard F. Carman, J. S. Cosden, Ral Parr, Harry F. Sinclair, Joseph E. Davis, Sir Joseph Mackenzie, Thomas Clyde, G. E. Hall, Robert I. Miller, William Murray, A. C. Bostwick, Continued on second page. ALL ROADS TO BOWIE Continued from first pace. George Konigswald, Edward Beale McLean, etc. Harry Payne Whitey will play a strong , hand in the two-year-old division, as will also George Wingfield, J. Edwin Griffith, James W. Bean, Harry F. Sinclair and J. S. Cosden. Five or six of the nine colts and seven fillies of the Whitney stable that trained at Benning are declared by Benning trainers to be as good as the best that have borne the Whitney silks in any Bowie spring racing of the past. The AVingfield string of twlve, all Nevada bred, have discovered exceptional precocity at Benning and Mr. Griffiths Maryland bred youngsters from Griff- ; wood Farm, near Mount Washington, have attracted much attention since they arrived at Bowie a fortnight since. The Bean youngsters, Maryland breds from Montgomery County, are the smartest that wintered at Bowie. .

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