Racing in the West: Dade Park Latest Track to Announce Plans for Meeting, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-29


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RACING IN THE WEST Dade Park Latest Track to Announce Plans for Meeting. Makes Fifth Course in Kentucky Sport Booms in Ohio, West Virginia and Illinois. FolIoAving the confirmation of the sale of the Dade Park race course, located in Henderson County, Ky., by the Ohio Valley Banking and Trust Company to James Ellis of Owensboro, it Avas stated that a race meeting in all probability Avill be held during the autumn of 1925. Transfer of the property to Mr. Ellis folloAA-ed the bankruptcy sale of the : plant several days ago to the Ohio Aalley Banking and Trust Company. The sale, set for exceptions, found none o the creditors objecting to the proceedings, and referee in bankruptcy Dean confirmed the transaction. The price paid by Mr. Ellis for Dade Park, comprising 210 acres of land and appurtenances, Avas 5,000. Mr. Ellis stated that he has agreed to dispose of one-third interest in the plant to Robert Hunter. It is the intention of Mr. Ellis, according to Owensboro dispatches, to continue the plant as a racing ground and apply to the Kentucky State Racing Commission, at the meeting of that body next August, for dates to conduct a meeting during the autumn. Mr. Ellis states that all rules and regulations of the State Racing Commission Avill be observed. SPOUT OX THE ROOM. With Dade Park contemplating a race meeting next year. Northern Kentucky and Ohio undoubtedly Avill experience the greatest sea son in the history of the sport. Dade Park Avill make the fifth course in Kentucky to operate Latonia, Churchill DoAvns, Lexington and Raceland already haing been granted dates to conduct meetings during 1925. There are eight courses scheduled to operate in Ohio, the neAvest being Coney Island. This plant, according to reports, is being rushed to completion and Avill be an up-to-date racing ground in CAery respect, : though thus far there is a disposition on the part of the board of directors to keep their plans someAA-hat of a secret. Other Ohio meetings listed are those at , Thistle Down, a course which is being erected . by J. McMillen. the Cleveland contractor and OAvner of a stable of horses ; Brooklyn Park, opened last fall, and Maple Heights, all Avithin a feAV miles of CleA-eland. Youngstown and Akron, too, are to operate, as is Columbus. Avhich. operates at Beulah Park, and Avhich management has announced three meetings at its course. In West Virginia, Wheeling and Huntington are to continue their meetings. In fact. Huntington has announced its racing dates so as to provide stables Avith an opportunity to race during the early spring, Avhile only Bowie is in operation. ILLINOIS DAS THREE TRACKS. In Illinois racing has come back under the most favorable conditions. The success of the Hawthorne meeting last summer, followed by the one at Aurora, has served to enthuse racing men and the breeding industry. A neAV course is scheduled to open at East St Louis, 111., a short distance from St Louis, Mo., and upon which city it Avill naturally depend for patronage. This course is to be under the management of C. Bruce Head, former OAvner of Altawood, tho long-distance champion thoroughbred of the 1924 racing season. At the present time indications point to more racing in the West than ever before. There undoubtedly Avill be a conflict in dates in some instances, but not Avith a A-iew of one association antagonizing another. NAMED FOlt LATE STARTER DADE. Dade Park race course, erected in 1922, Avas named for the late A. Barrett Dade, the Kentucky starter, and avIio aviis held in the highest esteem by both horsemen and patrons of the turf. The plant is located throe miles from Evansville, Ind., and ten miles from Henderson, Ky. The first and only meeting conducted at Dade Park Avas not a financial success. Various creditors decided to force the plant into bankruptcy, and it finally Avas transferred to Mr. Ellis. During the past summer it Avas stated that some of the creditors intended to conduct a fall meeting at Dade Park, but Avhen tho Kentucky State Racing Commission held its meeting in August no application Avas made for dates.

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