Arlingtons Forty-Day Meeting Opens At Homewood Course This Afternoon: Occupation and Signator Top Field of Nine for Beau Pere; Washingtons Own Session Of Thirty Days Follows; Run Twenty-Four Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1944-06-19


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JOHN D ALLEN President of the Arlington Park Jockey Club which as ¬ sociation today inaugurates its annual meeting at its South Side sister track Washington Park for the second con ¬ secutive season Arlingtons FortyDay Meeting Opens At Homewood Course This Afternoon Occupation and Signator Top Field of Nine for Beau Pere Washingtons Own Session Of Thirty Days Follows Run TwentyFour Stakes StakesHOMEWOOD HOMEWOOD 111 June 17 The fash ¬ ionable Washington Park course will be the scene of the immensely successful Illi ¬ nois turf season for the next 70 days The Arlington and Washington clubs have in ¬ terspersed their combined meetings with an elaborate roster of 24 stakes features including such significant events as the Classic American Derby Washington Park and Arlington Futurities and their patrons will see much racing history in the making These stakes values range from 14 at 10000 added to five that are enriched with 50000 each They have attracted many of Americas most successful racing establishments and most popular enter ¬ tainers Mondays inaugural program will be notable principally for the running of the 5000 Beau Pere Handicap of six fur ¬ longs which has drawn a representative field of racings fast set assembled from both coasts and the Midwest MidwestOccupation Occupation is most familiar of the nine named for the Beau Pere and looms formidably as the probable public choice He shares top weight of 122 pounds with H M Woolfs Signator Handicapper Everett obviously estimates this pair are of a class superior to the remaining septet as the weights then toboggan sharply to 112 for the Calif ornian Georgie Drum a stakes winner hereabout last summer summerTwo Two Couplings in Feature There are two entries in the Beau Pere Brolite Farm has named the recordbreak ¬ ing Arkansas Derby winner Challenge Me and the rapid mare Roman Sox who are burdened with 106 pounds apiece Woolford Farm named Silvestra who has 109 to ac ¬ company Signator The others are Happy Issue under 111 Corona Corona with 104 and Take Away under a dismissive 100 pounds poundsBen Ben Lindheimer and his associates have the popular Homewood Park in readiness to receive Chicagos racing crowds They have effected several improvements both in accommodations for the public and horsemen since last summer Post time for the first race on week days will be 3 p m throughout the meet 215 on Saturdays and 2 oclock on holidays The fourth of July and Labor Day dates are included in the 70 programs The local clubs each con ¬ tributes to a fiveday period for War Re ¬ lief and charities the week of The Fourth featured by the sixteenth edition of the Stars and Stripes Handicap with an estimated gross value of 61500 on the holiday In addition each of the Chicago tracks is making individual contributions to War Relief There is an unusual degree of interest in this ensuing ArlingtonWashington session sessionThe The sale of season boxes is a tangible evidence of this encouraging circumstance Nearly all these accommodations have been sold both in the clubhouse and grandstand grandstandThe The first issue of racing secretaryhand icapper Webb Everetts condition book has been in horsemens hands for several weeks It is calculated to provide Chicago with highclass entertainment The purse minimum is 1500 with overnight attrac ¬ tions worth from 2500 to 5000 Pro ¬ vision is made for a turf course event each day There will be a feature race on the grass course each Thursday of the meet ¬ ing enriched with sums ranging from 2500 to 10000 10000Most Most prominent of the racing strings here for the midsummer season is that of Continued on Page Three Arlington Opens FortyDay Meet MeetHomewood Homewood Track Is Scena Of Sport in Chicago Area For Next Seventy Days DaysContinued Continued from Page One OneWarren Warren Wright the noted Chicago owner breeder whose Pensive already this year has captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and whose Twilight Tear placed the Pimlico Oaks Acorn and Coaching Club to her credit Not forgetting the Dixie triumph of the handicap stalwart Sun Again Another arrival from the East is the Californiaowned string of movie mo ¬ gul L B Mayer whose Thumbs Up is expected to again play a prominent role in the trio of 50000 handicaps The William Helis string which embraces Rounders and the widely heralded 66000 Pericles may be here from Long Island if shipping ac ¬ commodations can be arranged Herbert M Woolfs successful Woolford Farm isj on the grounds Other noted establishments such as Col C V Whitneys Greentree and George D Wideners have made stakes nominations It is probable that BurgelArab Jeep Fly ¬ weight Paricutin Fighting Don Flood Town and others of an uncommonly pre ¬ cocious crop of twoyearolds will appear in the futurities if they train satisfactorily satisfactorilyOne One of the fascinations of the meet is the prospect Durazna Twlight Tear and Harriet Sue will match strides in the filly stakes Many observers regard Twilight Tear as superior not only to those her own sex but to her stablemate Pensive who is most accomplished of the male threeyear olds oldsThe The biggest project among the changes in the plant since last year is the new bottom on the racing strip proper and the installation of an extensive drainage sys ¬ tem It is believed this task was completed far enough in advance of the meeting that it will withstand hard rains rainsFirst First of the stakes features to be decided is the historic Hyde Park for twoyear olds at five and a half furlongs on Wednes ¬ day The Hyde Park has 10000 added and will attract some of the shiftiest develop ¬ ments thus far in the 1944 racing year in ¬ cluding the Joliet victor and runnerup Icangetit and Errard ErrardThe The first Saturday program offers a re ¬ newal of the Equipoise Mile a run of 10000 fo rthreeyearolds and upward that is rapidly becoming one of the most coveted Arlington features Col C V Whitney this year is the donor of a per ¬ petual trophy a traditionsteeped and or ¬ nate object dart that is called the Equipoise Challenge Cup Nominations closed Saturday with weights due Wednes ¬ day evening The Hyde Park also was locked up at midnight Saturday

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