Crete Opening Is Only Week Away: Quality of Horses Already At Lincoln Fields Assures Sport of Highest Type, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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Crete Opening Is Only Week Away Quality of Horses Already At Lincoln Fields Assures Sport of Highest Type CRETE, 111., May 9.— Major track racing comes to the Chicago area a week from | Monday, when Lincoln Fields opens its 30-day season, to be followed by meetings at Arlington Park, Washington Park and Hawthorne. Stuyvesant Peabody, president, and Col. Matt J. Winn, managing director, have outlined a splendid stakes program, and horsemen are responding by shipping many thoroughbred stars to the Crete track to assure racing of the highest type throughout the season. The first added money event on the schedule is the Crete Handicap, and it will be followed by the Francis S. Peabody Memorial Handicap, the Joliet Stakes, the La Salle Handicap, and, finally, the Lincoln Handicap. Each is endowed with ,000 in added money, and all are certain to draw heavy subscription lists. Entries for these fixtures close May 15. Colonel Winn and his associates are much encouraged by the prospects of so many topnotch stables patronizing the Lincoln Fields season. In addition to the many Chicago and Illinois owners of prominence who plan to race thoroughbreds here, there are numerous owners of wide renown in turf circles whose horses are being sent to the local course. Colonel Winn Sees Great Meeting Surveying the prospects for the meeting. Colonel Winn, at his downtown headquarters in the Drake Hotel, said: "We are going to have many topnotch horses for our meeting and I think I can promise fans some of the best racing we have had in some years. Our stakes, which close on May 15, are receiving liberal response from horsemen and our program for the 30 days is so designed as to keep the better horses in action throughout the season." The colonel pointed out that in view of the heavy demand for stable accommodations, Lincoln Fields in a measure has been able to hand-pick a good percentage of the thoroughbreds which will be seen in action here without slighting owners and trainers who have patronized the local meeting regularly in the past. Until now only a negligible number of horses have arrived at Lincoln Fields, but next week they will be coming in daily. Most of the larger stables now at Sportsmans Park will be transferred here, and a big majority of those at Churchill Downs are due. Eastern racing points also will contribute to the thoroughbred colony at Lincoln Fields, which by the end of the week will house nearly all the horses it has room for. The overflow, as in the past, will be accommodated at Washington Park under a reciprocal arrangement between the two tracks.

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