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Here and There on the Turf Cavalcade Satisfies Smith Appears Suburban Favorite To Test Chicagos Racing Future Omaha Prospects Are Good .---------------------- Robert A. Smith, developer and trainer of Cavalcade, is satisfied with the first performance of the year for the Brookmeade Stables great performer. The veteran conditioner would have been better satisfied had the four-year-old son of Lancegaye and Hastily, by Hurry On, beaten Head Play, instead of suffering defeat at the instance of Mrs. Sjlas, B. Masons capable horse bu he realizes Cavalcade was vastly in need of a race, whereas his victorious opponent had seen much campaigning already this year and was getting thirteen pounds. As Cavalcade came out of the race showing no signs of lameness or ill effects from the foot injury which has been bothering him on and off since last August, it can be believed that the effort will do him considerable good in his preparation for the Suburban Handicap. Cavalcade had much with him and much against him in his first outing as a four-year-old. In his behalf it must be said that trainer Smith had the Brookmeade star up to a good performance and that is just what he uncovered, but he had the misfortune to catch Head Play in a running mood and the veteran My Play horse brooks no foolishness from anyone when he feels like turning on the heat. However, when at his best, Cavalcade should be able to give Head Play thirteen pounds and a beating whether the distance be a half mileor five miles. He will have his chance to prove this assertion in the Suburban next Thursday when he will again take up a burden of 127 pounds Continued on thirty-second page. HERE AND THERE ON THE TURF .Continued from second page. and will be called upon to defeat King Saxon and Discovery, as well as the Mason colorbearer. In his first outing as a three-year-old, Cavalcade equalled the Havre de Grace record for a mile and seventy yards but that cannot be used as a comparison with his beginning this season. A year ago, Cavalcade was a thoroughly sound colt and reached the post after intensive preparation. This spring, Smith has been compelled to nurse him along and being a year older, the English-bred colt is not as nimble as he was and therefore not apt to round to form so readily. Because of his defeat by Head Play, Cavalcade probably wont be so short in the quotations on the Suburban but the experts will be surprised if he does not rule the starting favorite for the mile and a quarter special. Smith can be expected to try Cavalcade over the week-end, either against the watch or in competition, and that effort will give a true line on his condition for his first objective of the season. With Aurora closing its most successful meeting in years today, Washington Park, under new management, inaugurates a thirty-one day session tomorrow that should determine the future of racing in Chicago, which maintained a major circuit for the past half dozen years. The patronage at Aurora, even though it is forty miles from downtown Chicago, has been exceedingly good and with the Homewood plant having been made over, many improvements being carried out, the increase in interest should be extended to this major track. Washington Park now is one of the most beautiful racing places in the country and being the most convenient to the Chicago business center, it should draw crowds in increasing numbers if a good brand of sport is offered. In addition to making many changes in the plant, the new owners of Washington Park are offering a minimum purse arrangement of ,000 and with a fine roster of stakes, some of the finest racing material in the country has been drawn there. Therefore, only a run of good weather, it is expected, is necessary for the Homewood course to enjoy a highly successful meeting. Should Washington Park do well, then Arlington Park, Lincoln Fields, Hawthorne and Sportsmans Park, which follow in that order, can be expected to see better times than theyve had during the past few years. Those responsible for Chicagos racing destiny are looking ahead and they realize only too well that if the sport isnt put back on a firm basis this year, that it never may be accomplished. Racing will be revived in Omaha Memorial Day, after a considerable absence, and plans are going ahead for a meeting commensurate with the splendid interest being shown over the return of the sport to the Nebraska metropolis. With W. H. Schell-berg and other prominent citizens of Omaha uniting in their efforts to give the Ak-Sar-Ben track a good meeting, a fine program has been arranged by racing secretary Eugene Bury for the thirty-one day term. While none of the countrys first class sta-bjes will be attracted to Omaha, racing there promises to draw enough horses of fair ability to give many of the events a high tone. Nebraska racing now is under supervision of a state racing commission and, should the meeting be successful, the sport will be conducted annually at Ak-Sar-Ben for a long time to come. Off to a good start Thursday, Detroit racing is tuned up for its first Saturday, when the patronage should indicate just What sort of meeting may be expected at the Fair Grounds course. Running in competition with Washington Park and Latonia, Detroit hasnt as many good horses as a meeting of its importance deserves, but that just cant, be helped. Latonia, which swings into action today, is offering a better program than in the last few years and this has had a tendency of keeping at home several of the leading Kentucky stables, which otherwise might have shipped to Detroit or some other track. Detroit racing should be vastly improved this season over what it was last year, for the simple reason that only thirty-nine days will be offered at this time, with another session, during the fall, instead of the long, continuous run maintained there from spring to autumn in 1934.