Miami Track Amazes: Horsemen Enthusiastic over New Course in Florida, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-16


view raw text

MIAMI TRACK AMAZES 1 Horsemen Enthusiastic Over New Course in Florida. ! -4 Grandstand to Seat 5,000 Clubhouse Will Accommodate 500 . Many Attractions. 1 MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 15. Horsemen, many of whom are already in Miami for the race meeting of the Miami Jockey Club, which will start on January 15, are not only pleased but have been amazed at the new plant. The buildings have all been completed and only the clearing away of the debris and the decorations remain to be done, and then all will be ready for the first meeting of fifty-one days, which will open on January 15. Horsemen not only have been pleased ana amazed wKh the beauty and completeness of all the arrangements, but they arc all particularly enthusiastic over the track itself. With one accord the trainers have declared the track to be one of the best and safest in the country. The track, which is a mile, with a mile and a quarter and three-quarter mile chutes, has a cushion that is perfect in its resiliency. It is a track made of loam and sand, which never will become hard. "Horses that come here with bad feet and legs will go back for the spring and summer racing in sound condition," remarked Bob Gilmore. who has been here for some days with In Memoriam, Great Jazz and others of the Carl Wiedemann Stable. This same opinion has been expressed by Kay Spence, who is here with an extensive string, including ten coming two-year-olds, belonging to the Audley Farm, and by William Martin, the lanky Tennesseean, who also has a big string. 200 HORSES ON GROUNDS. The Florida East Coast Railway has built a spur, with an unloading platform on the property of the Miami Jockey Club, and the horses, which have been arriving almost daily, seem as pleased as the men and boys. They recognize the sandy soil and imme-; diately start to roll in the sand. There aie already 200 horses on the grounds and reservations have been booked for 600 others," which will be arriving from now on. The grandstand of the plant, which is of concrete, has a seating capacity of 5,000, with sixty-eight boxes. A special featm-e of the stand is the mezanine floor, where spectators may stand and view the races without any inconvenience to those seated. Underneath the grandstand is the mutuel plant, the restaurant, refreshment stands, rest rooms, business office and telegraph office. Harry Stevens has already installed a perfect kitchen and full equipment for catering to the patrons of. the track. There Js a parking space for 3,000 cars, including a separate section for the clubhouse members and their guests. Already nearly 200 persons have paid for club memberships at 00 each and the subscribers are from all sections of the country. " The list shows among those who have already subscribed, many prominent men, who have seldom, if ever, been seen on the turf. CLURHOUSE ME311JERSIII1. The clubhouse, which will accommodate 500 persons comfortably, has a spacious main floor, with dining room, lounging room, rest rooms, check rooms and directors room. The initial memberships are by invitation only for this year, and thereafter a candidate must be proposed by one member, endorsed by another and presented to the executive committee for approval. The clubhouse has an observation roof and living quarters for the servants have been provided on the basement floor. The plant is surrounded by a wire fence ten feet high, and will be policed day and night. The entire plan of architecture is Venetian and Spanish, with mtist attractive colorings. Special trains will be run from Miami and Palm Beach, over the Florida East Coast Railway.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1924121601_1_5
Library of Congress Record: