Stalls at Ak-Sar-Ben Are Filled to Capacity.: Shipments from California and Arizona Swell Horse Colony, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-23


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Stalls at Ak-Sar-Ben Are Filled to Capacity Shipments From California and Arizona Swell Horse Colony • AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebraska, May 22. — Interest in Ak-Sar-Bens spring meeting of 30 days reached a high pitch here today when it was announced that several carloads of thoroughbreds were due momentarily from the West Coast. Racing secretary and presiding steward R. A. Leigh recently returned to the local course after a very successful missionary trip and all indications point to the fact that stall space here will be filled to capacity when the sport gets under way next Tuesday, May 28. The local season will conclude on Saturday, July 6, and no racing will be conducted on Mondays. James B. Ronin, for many years the general superintendent of the Ak-Sar-Ben track and Coliseum, was busily engaged today in finding quarters for several stables that shipped in from Arizona. Ronin was forced to double up some of the establishments in order to find stall room for latecomers. The genial Omahan, however, felt that all situations could be taken care of and that Nebraskas major meeting will easily surpass those of any held here since the sport was legalized in this state. Ronin also took particular pride in pointing out the condition of the track, which is unusually firm, despite unfavorable weather conditions during the past six weeks. Since the resurfacing of the local strip, Ronin believes that the course is just as fast and much safer. Several thoroughbreds, well advanced in their training, have turned in sharp speed tests, suggesting that there will be an abundance of suitable racing material when the bugle sounds calling the first fields to the post next week. All army equipment has been removed from the grounds and the space beneath the grandstand has been utilized for a modern paddock, which is so located that patrons will not experience any difficulty inspecting horses. The new paddock is constructed in such a manner that each starter will have sufficient room and a walking ring will be in plain view of those fans who like to look over the field before it is called to the post. With the easing of material and labor restrictions, J. J. Isaacson, activities director, announced several other new features are to be added to the already spacious plant.

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