Aurora Opens May 20: Daily Purses To be Increased but No Stakes Offered., Daily Racing Form, 1926-04-21


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__ AURORA OPENS MAY 20 * , Daily Purses to Be Increased But No Stakes Offered. ♦ Total of ,000 to Be Distributed With Special Features for Saturdays and Holidays. AURORA, 111.. April 20. — Just one month from today the racing season of 11126 in Illinois and in the vicinity of Chicago will l» - inaugurated when Exposition Iark, Auroras heautiful and commodious mile track, throws open its gates for the annual spring meeting, which will continue from May 20 to June 1! . General manager Cliff Trimble announces that the preliminary work in connection with the forthcoming meeting is well under wav and even thing will be completed long before the opening day. There will be no early closing stake races offered this spring, but instead the daily purses will be substantially increased. A total of ,000 will be offered daily except Saturdays and on IH-eoration I ay. Each day there will be one purse of . five «.f ,000 each and one, the feature, of ,200. on Saturdays the feature races will either be ,000 or .."i00, while on Decoration Pay the chief prize will be $::.."i00. These feature races will close for entries one week before the date of their running. Mr. TrimbL believes that this liberal change in policy should be pleasing and acceptable to the horsemen who patronize the Aurora track. Additional pood news for the horsemen who contemplate racing here will be the decreased cost in shipping to Exposition lark. This track is now considered in the city limits of Aurora and as a result the switching charges will be only 0 instead of 0 last year. RRW IHtAIVWJK S VST KM. A new drainage system has been installed at the track at a cost of over 0.00o, and it is predicted that the course will dry out faster than ever before, no matter how heavy the downpour. This is not the only improvement at Exposition Iark. A concrete walk has been built from the railroad binding to the grandstand and in front of the grandstand, which the patrons of the course will appreciate in bad weather. All the stalls have been refilled and the painters will soon be busy furhishing up tiie entire plant so that Chicago patrons and visitors from other parts will find everything in spic and span order when the bugle calls the BoraM to the post one month from today. Arrangements have again been made with the . B. and J. Ralh- Md for the same efficient train service that it provided last year. There will be two special trains daily and three on Saturdays. Already horses are arriving, but the management wishes to notify horsemen not to shift here unless they have made reservations and they have 1 n approved. All those having their applications approved may ship their horses here after May 1. EXPECT HOItsK* HIOM TIJIVNA. Three carloads of horses are expected here from Tijuana Wednesday and seven more will come from the same point within ten days or so. J. It. McGinn with fifteen, and C Houbrc with five are among those now quartered on the grounds. The same excellent staff of officials that presided over the racing last year will again be in charge and tin- roster includes : • residing steward, Martin Nathanson ; placing judges. 11. A. Tigh. Irancis I uinne and Arthur J :. Rlanchard ; starter, Harry Morrissey ; racing secretary, has. Henry. The associate stew arils will he M. X. Muc-farlan and has. Henry, while the paddock judge will lie has. Cumpau: patrol judgts. Win. Dejrle and Win. Martin. With the promise of plenty of racing Material to fill the daft programs ano general manager Trimble is optimistic over the prospects for the coming meeting and expects this spring racing at Exposition Iark to prove more popular and successful than it did last year. lb- wishes to call attention of the horsemen that the program book for the initial days of the meeting is now in the hands of the printers and will ■ooa !»*• distributed among them.

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