Latest Gossip And News From Churchill Downs, Daily Racing Form, 1939-05-08


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i : : ] | • • . ■ : . ; . i , . t ! LATEST GOSSIP AND NEWS j FROM CHURCHILL DOWNS By DAILY RACING FORMS j J Leased Wires J ................ ....4 Bogart Rogers, Hollywood producer, arrived today and joined one of the larger western parties. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Duffy, of Texas, will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Woodward. Joe D. Frost, who is serving his second year as Michigan racing commissioner, Frank Morris and Rudy Hanrahan, secretary of the commission, arrived from Detroit Friday morning. William Quigley, who went from Los Angeles to New York, came from that point today, and will leave for Baltimore, Sunday morning. Quigley, who is vice-president and general manager of the Del Mar Turf Club, hopes to be back in Louisville for next Saturdays program. Arthur A. Goettle, L. and Daniel Boone, all prominent business men, augmented the many Kansascitians here to root for Technician. In spite of the newly-constructed bargain bleachers at the east end of the track there still were the usual number of guests who preferred to get into the grounds for nothing. They did amazing feats on the barbed wire and wooden fences. One photographer arrived at the press-box door with two strikes on him when he failed to have a press ticket. The doorman dealt the third strike by refusing him admittance. The midsummer weather made the Derby the most colorful in many years. It gave the women an opportunity to don their finest apparel, and brought out the flowers in all their splendor. It was the warmest Derby Day since 1926, when Bubbling Over took the classic under a blazing sun. The bright sun was a boon to vendors of sunglasses, who did a thriving business, especially in the centerfield, about the time the program was starting. Camp chairs also were much in demand, hundreds of those who witnessed the race from the centerfield occupying such seats until the Derby field came on the track. With the Derby horses in view everyone preferred to stand. Here trying to pick long shots was Sam Friedman of Cincinnati, who in 1922 got the biggest mutuel return ever paid on a horse in America. He had a ticket on Wishing Ring, which won at Latonia and paid ,885.50 for . If all the hotdogs sold here today were laid end to end theyd probably equal the distance of all the previous sixty-four Kentucky Derbys combined. Derby Day is also straw hat day in Louis- ville, and the home folks gave the wicker headwear a wide play. The favorite promenade and council cham-; ber of political bigwigs was the mezzanine floor. One could pick out almost a score of governors, as many United States Senators, and even a great number of Congressmen. Many of the newsmen found it difficult to see the big race, or any other for that matter, what with so many outsiders camp-, ing for the day on points of vantage in the press gallery. Most of the air transports that brought visitors to the city circled over Churchill Downs before landing at Bowman Field. Considering the size of the record crowd, there was little disorder and there was no confusion in the reserved sections. The field terrace was a complete sellout, 15,000 tickets having been sold for this section.

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