Work on New Roof of Fairmount Grandstand Gets Under Way, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-17


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I Work on New Roof of Fairmount Grandstand Gets Under Way FAIRMOUNT PARK, Collinsville, 111., June 16. — Work on the new roof for the grandstand got under way as scheduled Friday morning. Carpenters are practically swarming over the place with lumber j trucks almost a steady stream bringing in the necessary materials. There is no doubt I but, that the plant will be ready in time for the June 27 opening. A new type of roof is being installed. This time it will be welded to the roof beams, so that even the strongest winds will not be able to tear it loose as has happened on two other occasions. With the two week lay-off, the new meeting which will run for 48 nights on the five-night a week schedule, there will I be a much higher class of horse racing here. Many of the smaller stables have shipped to the lesser meetings round the country and many of the better stables from Omahas Ak-Sar-Ben meeting which closes July 5 and River Downs which brings its current meeting to close on July 19, will bring the better stables here. With many close-by meetings closing in the next month, the riding colony will see many new and well-known jockeys assembled here. It is expected that there will be between 30 and 40 riders on the list. Racing secretary Jack J. Klucina spent the week-end at the Chicago tracks getting some of the overflow horses to ship to this point for the long meeting. It is expected that there will be close to a 1,000 horses both on the grounds and at nearby farms for the June 27 reopening.

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