Ak-Sar-Ben Horse Colony Already Totals Over 300: Omaha Patrons Eagerly Await Resumption of Sport on Tuesday, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-16


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j I i J , i j I i l j 1 i Ak-Sar-Ben Horse Colony Already Totals Over 300 Omaha Patrons Eagerly Await Resumption of Sport on Tuesday OMAHA. Nebr., June 15. — Richard A. Leigh. Sr., racing secretary for the Ak-Sar-Ben Association, announced today that he hoped to have at least 400 horses on the grounds for opening day of the local racing season, which begins next Tuesday. Stables were arriving hourly at this point and a check of barns this morning showed that there are slightly more than 300 horses here awaiting the opening. Omaha racing fans are eager for the sport, since it has been several seasons since racing was held at Ak-Sar-Ben. J. J. Isaac-Ison, head of activities here, is making preparations to entertain a capacity crowd for the initial days sport. Racing secretary Leigh stated that he was working on conditions for one of the finest racing programs ever offered race lovers in this section. Jockeys are arriving too, and there will be no shortage of reinsmen when opening day arrives. Approximately 20 riders have checked in here and many more are ex-I pected to reach the local scene in the next few days. Jim Ronin, track superintendent, has the course in excellent condition and since the Ak-Sar-Ben Association decided to discon- tinue the sport with the start of the War, the course has been worked consistently, and Ronin believes that it is as safe as ever. Sixteen horses owned by George Adams, well known Colorado rancher, arrived on the grounds Thursday. Adams reported all shipped in grand style. Many of his charges raced over this track several years ago with a good deal of success. Several of those in the stable are owned by his daughter, Miss Virginia Lee Adams. Miss Adams is a trainer in her own right, having been issued a trainers license at several tracks. Miss Adams is a student at Stephens College in Missouri. The pretty miss, who now is on vacation, may apply for a license to train her own horses during the forthcoming season. According to racing secretary Leigh, requests have been submitted for stalls from various tracks throughout the country and since stall space is limited here, there is a possibility that some of the applicants will be turned down, due to lack of room.

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