Arlington Plant Fully Prepared for Opening of Meet on Monday: Expansion and Improvement Program Completed; Initial Home Session Since 1942, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-15


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i Arlington Plant Fully Prepared For Opening of Meet on Monday Expansion and Improvement Program Completed; Initial Home Session Since 1942 ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, HI., June 14. Arlington Park, Illinois contribution to the worlds outstanding establishments for thoroughbred racing, has tapered off after a strenuous "training grind" that has whipped it into a state of perfection after four years of inactivity, and is now fully prepared for its gala opening Monday. Idle since the war and gas rationing caused a shift of action to Washington Park in 1943, Arlington was allowed to remain dormant through three long years, but after V-J Day, Benjamin F. Lindheimer, executive director of the smart local course, decided on an elaborate program with this seasons opening in view. Several hundred thousand dollars went in the expansion and improvement program, and today, according to those who have inspected race tracks the world over, Arlington stands as one of the finest courses in operation. Maj. Ednyfed H. Williams, chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, says Arlington is a credit to horse racing in the United States. "It is only because of such leaders in the thoroughbred racing field as Arlington that racing is kept at such a high plane," said the Major, who has served as president of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners. 70000 in Stakes Scheduled for 36 days, Arlingtons stakes program reached fabulous proportions when Lindheimer and his associates decided to add a total of 70,000 to the big events in an attempt to attract the cream of Americas racing crop to its beautiful course this season. Of course, the Classic Stakes, which will carry a purse of 0,000 added, tops the list, but there are a number of others which give the famed three-year-old fixture a close fight for general popularity. The initial stakes of the meeting will be held next Wednesday when the Clang Handicap, 0,000, will be decided at seven furlongs. This will be for three-year-olds and upward, and already most of the top older horses on the grounds, including Armed, Fighting Step, and others, have been nominated. Racing secretary Fred Burton will announce the weights for this dash late today. The Clang will be followed on Saturday by the Princess Doreen Stakes, a 5,000 event at six furlongs, for three-year-olds. It may be that the queenly Beaugay, who was acclaimed as the best two-year-old to race last season, will make her return to competition in this dash. She was the victim of an accident when she bolted into the inside rail during the running of the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park last year, and that caused her to be placed on the sidelines. Prior to that mishap, she had gone undefeated in six races, She also miraculously escaped from the fire which caused the death of more than 20 juveniles at Arlington Park several weeks ago. Beaugay has been going along nicely in her trials, her latest being a brilliant six furlongs in 1:12. - Also slated for Saturday, June 22, is the Hyde Park Stakes, which will serve as a test for aspirants for the big juvenile fixtures on the program. The Hyde Park, booked at five and one-half furlongs, and which carries an added purse of 0,000, may find many of the seasons leading two-year-olds competing.

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