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At Least Twelve Will Vie In Feature, Klucina Says Expects All Allowance Events On First Card to Draw Well FAIRMOUNT PARK, Collinsville, 111., May 22. — The annual spring meeting of the Fairmount Park Jockey Club begins here Saturday afternoon and featuring the opening day program is the Inaugural Handicap, a six-furlong dash in which three-year-olds and upward are eligible. Racing secretary J. J. Klucina expects at least a dozen of the best sprinters housed here to go postward in the sprint event. In addition to the headliner, several other fine races are in the condition book and Klucina believes all of his allowance events will draw capacity fields. The only race lacking for Saturdays opening is one for two-year-olds but the juveniles will have plenty of chances to earn their keep during the 31 -day sesion as several features for the youngsters later in the meeting have been arranged. Despite the fact that the Inaugural is for three-year-olds and upward, Klucina will try to fill allowance races for strictly three-year-olds at five and one-half furlongs, another for four-year-olds and upward at the same distance as the feature and a test over the one mile and a sixteenth route in which three-year-olds and upward are scheduled to match strides. While there are little more than 400 horses here at the present time prospects are for an additional 150 to put in an appearance before Saturday. In contrast to last seasons opening, most of the horses housed here are ready to run and have been competing at other tracks this year. For this reason the Klucina is confident he will fill all of his allowance races as well as the Inaugural. A record number of horses were on the track yesterday for trials, no less than 112 runners going from three-eighths of a mile to longer distances. This indication points to the fact that campaigners are ready and that there will be an abundance of horses entered on the opening day card. A few days ago the management was fearful that there would not be enough riders here for the opening but reinsmen have been dropping in daily and the list now numbers more than 25 and with more saddlesmiths scheduled for arrival the next few days. Some of the older riders already awaiting the bugle are J. Brinson, W. Brin-son, G. Adkins, R. Christensen, F. Truschka, A. Beverly, W. Humes, J. Boucher, E. Hust, P. LaVoie, R. Sanabria, W. Gonzales, J. Dyer, R. J. Jones, A. Licata and A. Apple-bee. Noted for its development of apprentices the local track will be well represented this yeai with such youngsters as C. Bond, B. Floyd, B. Taylor, W. Skid-more, M. D. Armstrong, R. Cherry, P. Randall, J. Barnes, J. Lawrence and G. Lingafelter.