American Derby Outlook: Racing Secretary Wm. Dondas Expects as Many as Thirty Starters in Chicagos Race., Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-22


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AMERICAN DERBY OUTLOOK Racing Secretary Wm. Dondas Expects as Many as Thirty Starters in Chicagos Race. Maj. Frederic McLaughlin, president of the American National Jockey Club ; Frank J. Bruen, general manager ; H. D. Brown, directing general manager, who witnessed the running of the Kentucky Derby, hurried back to Chicago in private cars. They have their own, the American Derby, to stage at Arlington Park Saturday, June 9. William Dondas, racing secretary and associate judge, who had been at Churchill Downs for several days preceding the Derby, reappeared at his desk to find more requests for stall reservations than he could comply with. "In the American Derby," said Dondas, "I look for close to thirty starters. Arlington Park course is one of the largest in this country. This race will be run on the new mile and one-eighth track. With its wide, sweeping turns and main stretch, having a width of 100 feet, there will be ample racing space for a field of even thirty-five horses. "With a fast track and clear skies, Chicago may turn out the biggest Derby crowd of the year. The grandstand and terraces are so arranged that at least as many as 100,000 persons may be provided for. Happily for all, they will be able to see a race such as the American Derby in its entirety." Major McLaughlin said the American Derby, always brilliant, will be far greater this year than ever before. "Tex" Dean, who will do the starting at Arlington Park, has arrived from Columbus, Ohio, where he had been officiating at Beulah Park. He was accompanied to Arlington Park by James Jamison and J. E. Alley. A third assistant, Bob Freund, will come from Maryland. Thoroughbreds are arriving daily at the track. During the next two weeks hundreds will be shipped there. The number now in and fifty. Dean will begin, in a few days, to fifty. Dean will begin, in a few days, to school juveniles as well as older thoroughbreds.

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