Monmouth Park Meet Opens next Saturday: Record 1,152 Nominations Made for Tracks 18 Stakes on Flat, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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Monmouth Park Meet Opens Next Saturday Record 1,152 Nominations Made For Tracks 18 Stakes on Flat OCEANPORT, N. J., June 5. Thoroughbred racing returns to the resort section of northern New Jersey next Saturday with the opening of the ninth season at new Monmouth Park, a name made famous in turf history from 1870 through 1893 and then revived in 1946. There will be 00,-000 in stakes and better than a million dollars in purses during the 50-day meeting. A record flood of 1,152 horses have been nominated for Monmouth Parks 18 flat stakes, a final tabulation by racing secretary John Turner, Jr., showed today. The previous high was 1,144 named last year. Four horses voted divisional championships in the Daily Racing FoRM-The Morning Telegraph 1953 racing polls are among the nominees. They are Native Dancer, three-year-old champion; Porterhouse, the best juvenile colt; Grecian Queen and Evening Out, the best three- and two-year-old fillies respectively. The Maine Chance farm of Mrs. Elizabeth Graham was the top nominator to Monmouth Parks stakes, that establishment being represented in 16 of the 18 events scheduled with nomination fees running to a tidy ,000. The stakes winning fillies Fascinator and Incidentally together with the colts Jet Action and Black Metal are the best known of the Maine Chance nominees. The stable Continued on Page Forty-Seven Monmouth Park Meet Opens Next Saturday Record 1 ,1 52 Nominations Made For Tracks 18 Stakes on Flat Continued from Page Six also has named a dozen royally bred juveniles for,the 0,000 Sapling and the Tyro and Colleen stakes, principal offerings for members of this division. "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, dean of American trainers, has nominated to 13 stakes for Wheatley Stable and Ogden Phipps, while Harry F. Guggenheims Cain Hoy stable has named horses for seven of the features. Monmouth Parks flat stakes this season provide a total of 00,000 in added money for horsemen, and this increased total includes two 0,000 events, the Monmouth Handicap on July 24 at a mile and a quarter and the Monmouth Oaks, at a mile and an eighth on August 7, two of the nations oldest races. Other highlights of the meeting are the running of the Salvator Mile on July 17, the Colleen and Tyrp over the July 4th week end, the Choice Stakes for three-year-olds on July 31 and the Sapling Stakes, a 0,000 dash for juveniles on closing day, August 9. The complete list of stakes with number of nominations follows: Oceanport 34, Omnibus 28, Regret 37, Longfellow 66, Molly Pitcher 39, Select 64, Colleen 123, Tyro 109, Lamplighter 68, New Jersey Futurity 46, Salvator 58, Rumson 47, Monmouth 49, Miss Woodword 53, Choice 69, Long Branch 56, Oaks 60 and Sapling 146. Two hurdle stakes also are listed, the National Maiden of July 16 and the Midsummer Handicap of July 30. Increased accommodations in the clubhouse, plus larger facilities for parking of automobiles, lead Monmouth Park officials to anticipate new records this season, not only on opening day, but for the entire session. On Saturday the track will be shooting at a mark of 21,726 patrons, made at the 1953 opening when ,463,389 was wagered. In 1953, Monmouth attracted 994,575 patrons and wagering totaled 5,898,106.

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