Narragansett Park Offers First of Four Charity Cards Tomorrow: All Stall Space at Track Occupied as Inaugural of New England Season Nears, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-11


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Narragansett Park Offers First Of Four Charity Cards Tomorrow All Stall Space at Track 1 Occupied as Inaugural of New England Season Nears PAWTUCKET, R. I.. April 10.— The Narragansett Racing Association will pry the lid off the 1944 New England season when it opens its gates on Wednesday for a 28-day spring meeting. Everything is in readiness for the Inaugural Day sport and judge James E. Dooley and his associates are predicting one of the most successful years in the history of the local track. Following their usual plan of all out War Relief effort, Narragansett officials have dedicated the first four programs to charitable purposes. Thus, the net proceeds on Wednesday and Thursday have been scheduled for local charity organizations while Friday and Saturday cards will honor the American Red Cross. Last year Narragansett raised 49,270.83 for War Relief and it hopes to surpass that figure during 1944. Racing secretary and handicapper Ma-thias "Ty" Shea announced today that practically all of the available stable space at the course is occupied and that the class of thoroughbreds on hand to take part in the impending meeting is above average. Among the larger establishments here are those of Mrs. W. Renard. W. I. Lunt, H. H. Haag, Mrs. C. J. Gamble, Mrs. H. P. Bonner, Mrs. Clarence E. Dale, the eastern division of C. F. Wagners Donna-Ray Stable and that of Fred Wyse, noted Houston, Texas, sportsman who has always been a regular at the New England tracks. With the arrival of starter G. R. "Buddy" Wingfield from Florida, .the official family is now complete, and Narragansetts racing will be in the hands of a most capable staff. Samuel C. Nuckols, R. Norman Charlton and James H. Doorley will serve as stewards; Shea, of course, is the racing secretary and handicapper, replacing the late Robert Shelley. Gordon Morrow, Howard G. Reynolds and Henry Carroll . are the placing judges, and Morrow will double duty as clerk of scales. Thomas Steele is the paddock and patrol judge, and James Butwell and Harry Fiske are also to act as patrol judges. Popular Billy Ames is again back at his post as public relations director. The Inaugural Handicap, a one mile and a sixteenth test for three-year-olds and upward, is to headline the opening-day program on Wednesday. Twelve topflight routers have been assigned weights, and Mrs. Bonners Reaping Glory drew the post of honor with an impost of 1 14 pounds. Defense, a 1943 handicap and stake star, C. F. WAGNER— The Illinois sportsman has a division of his stable at Narragansett Park. . is also slated to carry the Bonner silks and he will shoulder 109 pounds in the Inaugural. W. I. Lunt will have two worthy representatives in Boot and Spur, 112 pounds, and Allergic, who has been asked to carry .107 pounds. The Lunt horses arrived recently from Oaklawn Park, and trainer Claude Feltner announced that his charges are in splendid condition. Completing the ; field for the feature and such good ones as Mrs. F. D. Rices Green Bush, Mrs. Gambles Hoosier, James C. Bentleys Bring Me t Home, H. H. Haags Ball Player and Pump-gun, James Beatties White Hope, Mrs. William Renards Mixer, and Legation, the I property of Mrs. Margaret McCullum. In the meantime at Narragansett, executives are preparing to entertain a record L crowd for the mid-week opening, and post time for the initial event on Wednesday will be at 2:30 p. m.

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