Twenty Years Ago Today: Chief Turf Events of May 11, 1904, Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-11


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♦—— . Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of May II, 1904 Racing at Morris Park. Worth. Louisville. Kansas City, Delmar and Union Park at St. Louis. Word comes from Amsterdam, N. Y., that the Messrs. Sauiord contemplate giving another racing matinee at Hurricana Farm before the horses are shipped away for the seasons campaign, which for them begins with the Saratoga meeting. The inaugural matinee was given last year and proved so popular that the San-fords were sufficiently encouraged to plan another. Hurricana Farm is one of the show places of Amsterdam, which is a mill town of about 25,000 inhabitants, situated in the beautiful Mohawk Valley. About one fifth of the population is on the Sanford payrolls and when they concluded to close their mills last year and give their employes a half holiday with racing as the main attraction the plan met with the indorsement of the citizens generally and it was a virtual holiday for the whole town. There is a splendid six furlong track at Hurricana Farm and the Messrs. Sanford spent about ,000 in arranging for the days sport. A grandstand that would seat several thousand people was built, a brass band engaged to furnish music and the races were regularly programmed as though they were for real prizes. To add test to the sport three hurdle horses were shipped from New York at con-siderabb expense in order that the patrons of a free day at the races, to a majority of whom racing in all branches was a new thing, might have a full measure of enjoyment. There were three starters in all the races, all from the Sanford barns, except the hurdlers. It was real racing too so far as the horses were concerned, as each one was supposed to do, and did, his best. Jenkins, the stable jockey, made a trip from New York for the afternoon and had a mount in each of the flat races. Naturally Jenkins was on what was believed to be the best horses, but was fooled in one instance.

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