Reno Plans for Hurdlers: S. H. Dennis, British Steeplechase Expert, Commissioned to Lay Out Long Six-Jump Course, Daily Racing Form, 1931-06-12


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RENO PLANS FOR HURDLERSlDl S. H. Dennis, British Steeplechase Po Expert, Commissioned to Lay Out Long Six-Jump Course. RENO. Nev., June 11.— Work on the new hurdle course at the Silver State Jockey ra Club track began Monday with the arrival at at of S. H. Dennis, steeplechase expert, who br; arrived from Del Monte. Dennis has been inj ing commissioned by Judge Floyd McKinney to m survey the ground and furnish designs for mi mile the jumping course, which is to have a series of six jumps. The route will be of of smoothed out and the four-foot obstacles, stj probably brush-topped and identical to those or or used at the recent Tanforan meeting, built and an without more ado. pr Immediately upon the approval of Dennis be recommendations, a gang of workmen began construction of the course, to the end that pa it may be in readiness for the July 1 open-ing. it Building of two jumps for purposes of training the timber-toppers is under con- m templation. The leapers will be asked to th run at distances varying from a mile and tn a half 10 tvvo miles. , and has de- best D€ Dennis hails from Ireland, voted his life to steeplechasing. Five times th he has had mounts in the worlds greatest ti tion jumping race, the Grand National, at Ain-tree, England. He is now under engagement as trainer to a half dozen weathly steeple- fl chase enthusiasts of California., Among the th sportsmen whose horses he is tutoring at m the jumps are Henry Russell of Carmel, Ad- in ing dison Stillwell of Pebble Beach, Wetmore m Hodges of Monterey, and Mrs. Grace Ham- lo ilton of San Mateo. r€ The astute horseman is not averse to th the piloting his charges over the jumps in actual contest, despite the fact that he is slightly di beyond the age at which most riders retire, fa Last month he donned silks at Del Monte ul and rode Adolphus, which he trains, to i a] victory. eA * — e?

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