Agawam Opens Wednesday: Eight Races Arranged for Initial Program of Season, Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-26


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AGAWAM OPENS WEDNESDAY Eight Races Arranged for Initial Program of Season. Plenty of Horses Available for Daily Cards Reservations for Every Stall on the Grounds. AGAWAM, Mass., May 25. The most brilliant opening in the history of any New England track is expected on Wednesday when beautiful Agawam Park swings its gates open for a thirty-seven day meeting, inaugurating the second season at the track and the second year of legalized racing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. An excellent program of eight races has been arranged by racing secretary Eddie Brennan for the opening day, with the first race getting under way at 2:15 p. m. The feature race will be the Agawam Handicap, a five and one-half furlongs sprint for three-year-olds and upward and it is expected to draw several of the fastest sprinters in the New England racing section. On Memorial Day, the fourth day of the meet, the finest horses in this part of the country will go to the post for the Memorial Day Handicap, with a purse of ,500 added. Agawam Park is a beehive of activity, with horses, trainers, owners, jockeys and officials already on the scene to assure a banner meet. Mutuel machines are in place at the tote" windows to accommodate the public on the opening when they will be buying their tickets on the favorite horse with the hope that it crosses the finish line first. There are plenty of horses at Agawam Park at present and whats more, they came from the finest stables in the country. Already here are Taunton, Starogan, Canana, Chalphone, Home Work, Blakeen, Polly Reigh, James Boy, Pageantry, Evangelist and others, too numerous to mention. The Brancastle Farms, operators of one of the finest racing stables in the country, have shipped a string of sixteen racers here, headed by Chalphone, considered one of the finest two-year-olds in the East. Racing secretary Eddie Brennan reports that every stall on the grounds of beautiful Agawam Park will be occupied when the opening gong is sounded. Among the latest owners who have wired for stall space are J. W. Y. Martin, owner of Dark Hope, well known to racing fans; J. Yancey Christmas, brother of the well-known Donald Christmas, who owns Accolade, the winner of many handicap races at Agawam last year, and Mrs. A. Alfred, whose stable is in charge of trainer Colford.

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