Delaware Park Notebook: Gov. Baggs Pays Tribute to Sport Brings Much Business to Delaware, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


view raw text

~ Delaware Park Notebook By JOE HIRSCH Gov. Boggs Pays Tribute to Sport Brings Much Business to Delaware Mart Good for Ready-to-Run Horses DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 18. — The state of Delaware and its chief executive must be listed with racings good friends. friends. Gov. Gov. J. J. Caleb Caleb friends. friends. Gov. Gov. J. J. Caleb Caleb Boggs took in an afternoon of sport yesterday as the guest of Ben Shaw, a track director and member of the Highway .Commission, and presented a silver cigarette case to jockey Norman Cox, who rode the winner of the feature event, named in the Governors honor. "Were "Were well well Dleased pleased "Were "Were well well Dleased pleased ~ I with racing here in Delaware," said Governor BoggSi. "The receipts from the states share .3V2 per cent of the mutuel handle play an important role in Delawares budget picture and are used for various projects in the community interest. Much of t this plants patronage comes" from neighboring areas and we appreciate the fact that Delaware Park is one of the attractions which brings additional business into the state. We are fortunate to have such capable and public spirited men as Don Ross and Bryan Field managing the track and I see no reason why racing shouldnt continue to prosper in Delaware." It is refreshing to hear from a Governor that state and sport can work together for the benefit of both and for the common good. Too often officials are content to ! rake in the states end of the mutuel handle ! and regard racing and the racing public as outcasts. Neville Dunn, who with Hayden Kirk-patrick edits the Thoroughbred Record, was a visitor here yesterday for the first time and was impressed with Delaware racing-. He is on an eastern tour, having stopped at Garden State for a few days and then gone on to New York for the Belmont last week end. He returned to Lexington today and intends to proceed to Chicago for Ben Lindheimers open house on Sunday to see the many improvements made at the Arlington and Washington parks. Dunn, whose Thoroughbred Record is the oldest journal of its kind in the country, says breeders are optimistic about the market. He cites the success of the recent Belmont sales and notes the interest and prices the auctions occasioned. "Ready - to - runs shouldnt lack for a market/ says Dunn. Continued on Page Fifty Delaware Notebook By JOE HIRSCH Continued front Page Seven - "There is more confidence in horses-in-training now than there/ has ever been. This opens up new fields .for breeders." The growing popularity of turf racing and the rich purses for fillies such as the new Garden State -event suggested by Eugene Mori and the 00,00 New Castle held here on July 5, are also encouraging to Kentucky breeding interests, according to Dunn. There has been considerable discussion in these parts about the merits of the 0 fines the stewards imposed on owner-trainer Stan Mikell and jockey Norman-Cox for "improper saddling procedures" following Wednesdays feature-race. When his Repetoire beat Royal Vale, Mikell became so enthused he handed Cox young son up to the elated jockey who was posing for a picture. Racing law states that "no one is permitted to touch the reins before a race is declared official." At first glance the penalty seems a little severe but similar action without restraint could turn the winners circle into an eventual congress of characters that would do little to enhance the "big league" atmosphere of the sport. Around the Track: Alec Robb, secretary-treasurer of Belmont Park, was a guest today. He made the trip from New York with Walter Higgins, president of the firm in charge of parking here and at the Gotham ovals . . Glen Lasswell, one of the top riders of the current meeting, has been engaged to pilot Mrs. Royal Firman, Jr.s Fleet Gold in the Delaware Oaks next Saturday. Lasswell was astride the Count Fleet filly in "her impressive victory here last week . Sonny Whit-neys trainer, Syl Veitch, checked in this morning. . .Ten favorites have come through in the past two days after a long period of comparative drought for chalk players. ...Members of the Delaware University football team are employed as ushers here Renoir, recently purchased by W. J. Sprpw, was shipped to Water-ford Park today. The Goya II. colt is under the care of trainer F. E. Fitzgerald . . Allan J. Wilson, a former official at Suffolk Downs and the father-in-law of Photo chief Les Bernd, was a visitor here today . . . Directional signs are desperately needed in the stable area with its complex barn-numbering system.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1954061901_7_3
Library of Congress Record: