Theyre off at Churchill Downs Today: Wonderful Spring Meeting to be Inaugurated at Historical Course, Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-07


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THEYRE OFF AT CHURCHILL DOWNS TODAY -=z=~_ -A ■ - Wonderful Spring Meeting to Be Inaugurated at Historical Course ♦ Greatest Field Ever Named for Clark Handicap to Strive for the Opening Day Stake Attraction — Startling Improvements • LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 6.— The fifty-third annual meeting at Churchill Downs inaugurates Saturday with an ambitious program, excelling widely many previous opening ones, and comparing with the best that has ever been offered At an opening of this course. • # Star Field for the Clark Handicap LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 6. — The eighteen overnight entries for the Clark Handicap are here presented together with their post positions, weights, riders, owners and trainers: PP. Horse. Wt. Rider. Owner. Trainer. 1— Scotland 100 J. S. Tajlor J. T. Taylor 2— Boot to Boot ;. . .122 A. Johnson. . .Idle Honr Fm. Sta. H. J. Thompson 3— Helens Babe. . . .113 W. Lilley H. P. Headley W. W. Taylor 4— Old Slip 114 M. Garner. . . .G. Collins W. J. Raybonld 5 — War Eagle 105 E. Ambrose.. .E. B. McLean J. F. Schorr 6— Jock 105 E. B. McLean J. F. Schorr 7— Parco 105 D. Connolly. .A. B. Hancock A. Baker 8— San Utar 116 J. W. Corrigan T. P. Hayes 9— Almadel 107 H. P. Headley W. W. Taylor 10— King Nadi 120 W. Crump. . . . J. J. Troxler J. J. Troxler 11— Prince of Wales. 120 C. Lang E. B. McLean J. F. Schorr 12— Royal Julian 102 W. H. Whitehouse L. Johnson 13— Percussion 105 I . Smith A. B. Hancock A. Baker 14— Percentage 108 W. Pool J. W. Parrish C. C. Van Meter 15— Marconi 108 T. Pascuma.. .Island Farm Stable. W. A. Crawford 16 — Creek Indian 98 Audley Farm Stable K. Spence 17— Flat Iron 113 E. Sande Green Briar Stable. B. S. Mitchell 18— Noreaster 102 W. Garner. . . J. N. Camden D. E. Stewart § _ i Churchill Downs has lost none of its popularity, judging by the great interest that is being manifested in the coming meeting of twenty-two days racing. The Downs has always held a great sentimental interest for candidates and this interest has gradually spread to all parts of the country and the present finds the historic course enjoying its greatest popularity. Fifty-three continuous years of racing without a break or interruption is a record that no other American course can point to and the Kentucky Jockey Club naturally feels an elation that Churchill Downs has carried on through all these years since 1875 and has attained the great affection it holds in the hearts of the American racing devotee. Each year finds Churchill Downs improved, each year finds the visitors more mystified over the startling changes made in the general appearance of the plant. This year will be no exception, for general manager Mutt J. Winn has put in his best construction thoughts and literally transformed the Downs completely from what it was. MARVELOUS TRANSFORMATION The improvements have completely altered the clubhouse section. Its transformation is marvelous and one must see it to appreciate its extensiveness. No racing ground in the country compares now with Churchill Downs in beauty or completeness. There is a straightway stretch of 2,040 feet of lawn in front of the stands, varying in depth from 60 feet to .".00 feet. There is also an immense amount of space in back of the grandstands and acres of room in the pergola in the clubhouse. More than 5,000 benches have been placed on the lawns and also many rustic chairs. Eighteen hundred boxes are available and double that number would not be sufficient for Derby day. The inaugural program for tomorrow Is one of the best ever offered and the greatest field ever seen in the Clark Handicap ia scheduled to contest for that rich prize. At a meeting this morning of the license committee of the State ttacing Commission, the following licenses were granted : Jockeys — Kerickson. I*. Walls and Stanley Stretton. Apprentices — Phillip Wilhert and leo Woodstick. i — — m — _-. , Continued on twentieth pace. THEYRE OFF AT CHURCHILL Continued from first page Trainers — L. A. Connors, W. A. Crawford, W. S. Heaton, William Hughes, J. L. Jamison, William Moss, Tom OHearn, H. D. Simpson, G. W. Googe, H. Cohens, Lee R. Boyle, E. Hinton, J. W. Engleman and B. B. Williams. Authorized Agents — Max Silvers for L. T. Cooper, A. H. Moora for A. Baker, and T. Sanford for Cropearsan Stable. Eight horses of the E. B. McLean Stable, that John F. Schorr campaigned on Maryland tracks, arrived this morning, to rejoin the division in charge of assistant trainer Lou Tauber, who has been here for some time. Trainer Schorr accompanied the horses and will remain with the stable throughout the Kentucky spring season. Jockey Chick Lang, who will ride here for the McLean Stable, came with Schorr. The shipment included the good handicap horses Prince of Wales, and the stables Derby eligibles. Sport Trail and Jock, and a number of promising two-year-olds. Trainer Schorr, after an inspection of War Eagle, the stables main reliance for the I erby, announced himselr as satisfied with the colts present condition. Lon Bellew brought the horses Stampdale, Sea Grave, Extra Elmondice, the latter a two-year-old filly by El Mahdi — Mondice, down from Latonia to race for J. C. Ellis. Stampdale is a recent addition to the stable. Bellew left twelve horses at Latonia to await the meeting at that course.

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