Judges Stand: Delaware Park Policies Prove Sound; Detroit, Lincoln Offer Stakes for Debs; Start Digging Soon on New MRA Course; Delawares Kent Promises Speed Battle, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-07


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JUDGES STAND *y CHARLES HATT0N WILMINGTON, Del., June 6.— Public response to the sport here at at Delaware Park shows a gain over the 48 meet, which in turn marked an increase over business of the previous season". It also shows the benefits of a sound racing law, and an operation which is more sporting than commercial. The "take" here is 10 per cent and, for a time during the recent session of the state legislature, there was some little anxiety about a bill which would give the state iy2 cents more take and all the breakage, with no increase in the total deduction from the pool. Fortunately, for the future of the sport at the scenic Stanton course, nothing came of it. Oddly, the play here on last Saturday, when 20,338 sent ,368,810 through the "tote," was larger than on Memorial Day, when 27,934 wagered a total of ,228,279. Delaware Parks facilities have been increased since last we were here, seven or eight years ago, but these figures do not suggest it has been overdone. By the way, almost 00,000 was wagered on the two-year-old races last week-end, which occasioned surprise in some quarters, though they are the most formful age group, on the whole. Steeplechase racing begins here next Tuesday, and it is anticipated that this may be followed by a decrease in play. Perhaps it will be on these particular races, but we should think the chase element will help the gate and possibly increase play on the other events. AAA Two-year-old fillies will spark up interest in the sport at Detroit Fair Grounds and Lincoln-at-Washington this week. The MRA will introduce its 0,000 added Powder Puff as the mid-week feature, and Lincolns 0,000 Miss America will have its first renewal on Saturday. We suppose J. C. "Jim" Ellis Debutante winner Aunt *~ Jayne Z. is the form of the Middlewests two-year-old fillies to this point in the season. She is at Detroit for the Powder Puff, in which she may meet Carmen, Heres Hoping and Wondring, each a more or less impressive Delaware Park Policies Prove Sound Detroit, Lincoln Offer Stakes for Debs Start Digging Soon on New MRA Course Delawares Kent Promises Speed Battle winner of her only start. We shouldnt care to guess how they may be rated at the end of the year, but Charlton Clays Carmen certainly isnt going to step on her pedigree. Shes by Bull Lea, you know, and is a sister to Lea Lark. The Miss America and the Powder Puff will recommend several as prospects for the Lassie, Princess Pat and Tomboy. This last stake is enriched with 5,000 and is Detroits best race for the debs. Bobby Curran has some notion of bringing High Frequency, who was second in Belmonts Fashion, out for the Tomboy. None of these two-year-old filly stakes is likely to violate Section I of the TRA Code, which insists that "Racing ... as a spectacle, must be vitally interesting and entertaining." AAA General manager Joe Lynch of the MRA tells us that the Detroit construction company of Giffels and Vallet will commence digging on the site of the new course within the next 10 days. John Sloan is the consultant architect on this project. Perhaps you know that he thought up Atlantic City, El Hipodromo and other modern tracks. "Our stand and clubhouse will all be under one roof," Lynch noted. "There will be seats for 8,000, and provision for 25,000 standees. The stables are to accommodate 1,200 horses. We plan to have a chute off the mile track in which to start mile and a quarter races, and there is to he a half-mile trotting course inside -the main track." By the way, Lynch observes that per capita play the first eight days of the current meet was 9.84, and that it has been 7.76 for the last nine days. Approximately 13 per cent of the "tote" action is in the clubhouse. Windsor is only just across the river from Detroit, and there are some Canadian horses active at this meet, but the patronage from the Dominion is negligible. For one thing, visitors from Canada are permitted to bring along only a few dollars, and were afraid their own money wouldnt look very hard to mutuels manager Riggs Mahony. AAA Delaware Park, which increased its seating capacity for the meet now under way, reported a crowd of 27,934 Memorial Day, and 20,388 the past Saturday, so the turnstiles should click busily again this Saturday, when the 5,000 Kent is to be renewed. This stake conflicts with the Belmont, nevertheless it is expected to develop into a very sharp race. Nobody labels Olympia as a marathoner, and he has been pretty exciting proving it. Fred Hoopers colt may be opposed by Greentrees Wine List in the mile and a sixteenth of the Kent, and the son of Questionnaire has run six furlongs in 1:10% at the shady Stanton park. By the way, Greentree might attempt to bring off a double on Saturday, with Capot in the Belmont and Wine List in the Kent. This Delaware meeting will run 32 days, closing on the Fourth of July. Meanwhile, such important events as the Christiana, Newcastle Handicap, Dover Stakes, Georgetown Steeplechase, Sussex, Leonard Richards Stakes and Delaware Oaks remain to be run. AAA Turf ana: Detroits outriders, former jockeys Eddie Smith and Louis Monti, earned the crowds plaudits and jockey L. C. Cooks gratitude when, they lifted him from Big Affair, a bridleless runaway heading for a fence. . . . "Wish I could get more entries," a track head sighed. "Its really quite simple," said a listener. "Just start a rumor purses will be cut as of July 1!" . . . Calumets Duchess Peg may turn up in Miss America entries. . . . Society editor of a Detroit daily recently reported that "Miss Coco Krehbiel was a clubhouse visitor from Kentucky." Turns out Miss Coco is the Krehbiels Pomeranian. . . . Apprentice T. Fico is an alumnus of the Detroit -Jockey School.

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