Many Week-End Arrivals at Narragansett Course: Bonner Stable to Race Twenty Head; 400 Horses on Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-04


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t - a i t f e - s e , i y i e - i i e y - a j a i e . - s - 3 f - t Many Week-End Arrivals . At Narragansett Course 0 Bonner Stable to Race Twenty Head; 400 Horses on Grounds PROVIDENCE. R. I., April 3.— Just as s fast as they could be unloaded from the rail siding, horses were pouring into Narragansett - Park over the week-end in preparation - for the spring meeting, which opens s Wednesday, April 12. At the moment some e J400 head are established on the grounds, *i jbut few of the 1,600 stalls in the stable area a will be vacant by the time the first bugle e calls the thoroughbreds from the paddock. ;- Many of the arrivals to date are regulars of the New England circuit and it is very r gratifying to note that most of these horsemen have strengthened their stables considerably - during the winter campaigns. Horsemen who left New England last fall 1 with only a few head are returning this ■ spring with 15 and 20 horses in tow — a fact fc which pays tribute to the position New England " racing has attained among professional owners and trainers. It also indicates that most of the claiming that took place in Florida was done by New England ] horsemen. A newcomer to Narragansett and to New England will be Mrs. H. P. Bonner,, a lady who made a fortune out of Texas oil and who currently is in the throes of a terrific enthusiasm for racing. Mrs. Bonner pur-e chased her first thoroughbred only two sea-i sons ago, but she has steadily added to her stable, and 20 solid campaigners will carry her colors at the Gansett spring meeting. The string is headed by the stake candi-:. dates. Defense and Careless, and there isnt |. a horse in the stable of less value than j ,500. A colorful sportswoman herself, Mrs. Bonner has chosen an equally colorful I character as her trainer. J. P. "Doc" Upton is the man who directs the string r and as one of the very best veterinarians 5 in the country "Doc" knows exactly what is 3 necessary to get horses in first class con-i . dition. As a raconteur and teller of original 1 racetrack yarns, Doc Upton has no 3 superior. He will be a very welcome addi-i . tion to the New England circuit. Other arrivals are Ray Metcalf, with 11 [ head; Johnny McDowell, with 14: Sid i Trenchard, 3; Eddie Summers, with 11; ; : Pete Petrucci, with 10; Joe Camac with i 18; Ralph Lentini, 9; Fred Preece, with 1 10; Mrs. Charles Seldman, with 16; Arthur r Gaignard, with 12; Claude Feltner, with 1 12; Frank Mormile with 9. and many f smaller shipments. Already there are al- . most 200 horses stabled outside of the j grounds, hoping and waiting for stall can- cellations that will enable them to move i into the stable area. But cancellations this year have been fewer than ever before and 1 Ty Shea will apparently have enough 1 horses on hand to fill his races twice over,

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