Arlington Downs a Success: Best Season of Racing Ever Staged in Lone Star State, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-23


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ARLINGTON DOWNS A SUCCESS Best Season of Racing Ever Staged in Lone Star State. Track to Be Resurfaced Immediately After Finish of Fair Park Meeting at Dallas. ARLINGTON, Texas, April 22. With the most successful meeting staged in Texas, since the sport revived, behind them, Guy L. and Paul Waggoner, owners of the Texas Jockey Club and Trav Daniel, resident manager, started immediate preparations for the fall season, which they hope will outrank the successful one that came to a close with the running of the Texas Derby Saturday. They stated today that either the added money of the Waggoner Handicap, the annual fall fixture, would be increased to 5,-000, or the minimum purse value would be ,000 and three stakes of ,500 added would be offered weekly. Frank Kelly, track superintendent, will" start work on the inside course as soon as the Fair Park meeting at Dallas is over. Until then many horses will remain at the Waggoner track. Sand will be imported and the track will be cut up and the sand mixed thoroughly with the old soil. Starting Kentucky Der6y week, Paul Waggoner and resident manager Daniel will visit every important race track in the country. After the running of the famous fixture, Waggoner and Daniel will proceed to Maryland for the Preakness and from there they will return to Texas. Starting their next journey that will take them to Narragansett, they expect to remain on a good will tour that will keep them away from Texas until the opening of the fall meeting at Belmont Park. "We intend to make a bid for every leading racing stable for our fall meeting," Daniel said today. "We are going to talk with the horsemen and get their views on what would be best to attract them. Myself, I am in favor of spreading the money so every stable will get a chance to compete for it. These people around here want good horses and we want to do our best in providing them with the best possible racing," concluded Daniel. Daniel said that one of the things that made the spring meeting such a success was the addition of several prominent stables. He was pleased with the Derby Day turnout, and said although the certificate handle was not as large as that of last year, it was wonderful, considering the inclement weather. The daily handle was what helped and the meeting did not solely depend on Saturdays to make it a good average. Horse cars rolled away from the Arlington Downs siding Saturday night, Sunday and today as fast as they could be loaded. The most important shipments left Sunday for Kentucky, when a seven-car special pulled out shortly before noon. It contained two cars for the Milky Way Farms Stable, two for Thomas C. Worden, Sachsenmaier and Reuter, C. A. Peck, A. Pelletieri and A. B. Letellier. A coach was attached to the special, and it was due in Louisville today. All of the Derby horses came out of their engagements in good style. Robert McGarvey was highly pleased with Whiskolos showing. "He was a little short," said McGarvey, as he supervised the loading of the Mars equines. "The horse has been going a little sore, and I did not get to do enough with him, but he will be all right for the Kentucky Derby," concluded the trainer as he led the three-year-old to his car stall. Ben Jones was forced to leave the loading of the Worden horses to his foreman, as he departed for his home at Parnell, Mo., for a hurried inspection of his stock before proceeding to Douglas Park, where the horses will be quartered. Reuter also left early so that he could be on hand for the arrival of the Texas Derby winner at Churchill Downs. Furfiber left today for Pimlico. He came out of his mishap soundly. With Roman Soldier, naturally the leader of the three-year-old division, Prince Fox appeared to hold the handicap honors at his mercy. He turned back the best of the sprinters and then carried off leading honors in the Three Ds Handicap, at a mile and one-sixteenth. He did not meet Our Count, winner of the Fort Worth and Dallas Handicap, in. the last of the three 5,000 added races, but it is doubtful if the Reigh Count gelding could have carried 120 pounds to victory over the Prince Pal gelding. Through virtue of his victory in the- Juvenile Stakes, Billie Bane was the leading two-year-old, but Empty Bottle was a strong second choice, and he added many more friends to his side with his handy score on closing day. Paul Keester, now the leading rider of America, carried off leading honors with twenty-six triumphs. His nearest rival was Lester Balaski, with twelve. Hilton Dabson, F. Fernandez and Jack Westrope tied for third honors with ten victories each. Ninety-eight claims were made during the twenty-one days, with Golden Fate changing owners for ,000. Fanfern came next when Paul Kelley gave ,500 for her. Wood-landers price tag was ,750, and Sir Thomas, Jovius, Terrier and Show Boy found new owners at a price of ,500. Polyphote and Al Neiman were the most sought after platers, the pair changing owners three times during the meeting.

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