Opening Day at Havana: Ready for Eleventh Annual Meeting at Oriental Park, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-29


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OPENING DAY AT HAVANA Ready for Eleventh Annual Meeting at Oriental Park. Everything in Fine Condition With About Six Hundred Horses Available for Winter Racing. HAVANA, Cuba, Nov. 2S. The eleventh annual meeting of the Cuba-America Jockev Club, to continue for 100 or more days, will be ushered in tomorrow at Oriental Park. The inaugural card embraces six races. While the fields are comparatively small, they are evenly balanced. Indications are that the track will bo slow ; it was heavy today. All is in readiness for the opening. Oriental Park, which is pronounced one of the most picturesque and beautiful racing centers in the world, was never more attractive. Everything is in ship shape order. Landscape gardeners have been at work for weeks beautifying the grounds. Every structure in the plant has been painted and put in perfect condition for the winter season. The track has been resurfaced. It will he some time before it is at its best. When it dries out it will remain a bit deep, for the early days of the meeting, but as the meeting progresses, it will improve. There are about six hundred horses on the ground now awaiting the call of the bugle. This number it is expected will be increased as several stables that have accommodations reserved, for them have not as yet arrived. There have been some changes in the official staff. Martin Nathanson and Good-loe McDowell have succeeded S. Nuckols and Charles Lansdale. With these exceptions the staff is virtually the same as last year. II. D; Brown, managing director of the Cuba-America Jockey Club, is here for the opening. He is in excellent health. He expressed pleasure and surprise over the improvements that have been worked in the plant in his absence. "This seasons meeting will be the most notable period of racing Cuba has ever enjoyed," said Mr. T!rown. "The horses gathered here, collectively, are of better quality than in several years. In the United States I noted a fast growing sentiment among people in favor of Cubas charm and climate, and particularly the racing. I look for an unprecedented invasion of American tourists this winter and that means bigger and better business for Havana. Undoubtedly the chief lure is the racing." A

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