Monmouth Park Inaugurates Its Tenth Season of Racing Saturday Afternoon: Most Successful Session Ever Anticipated; Racing Strip in Splendid Condition, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-06


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Monmouth Park Inaugurates Its Tenth Seasion of Racing Saturday Afternoon Most Successful Session * - Ever Anticipated; Racing Strip in Splendid Condition By WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent OCEANPORT, N. J., June 4.— The tenth season of racing at Monmouth Park will be launched next Saturday when the curtain lifts on a 50-day meeting. The ever-increasing popularity of New Jersey racing in general, and at Monmouth Park in particular, indicates that this will be the most successful session in the tracks history, President Amory L. Haskell and General Manager Edward J. Brennan are anticipating new attendance and wagering records. Their optimism is well-founded. Racing secretary John Turner, Jr. is registering a record number of stakes nominations, the accommodations that were enlarged * last year proved comfortable and convenient for the public, and the completion of the Garden State Parkway and new approaches to the track supply a traffic artery direct to-the Manhattan area that has reduced driving time to approximately 60 minutes. Perhaps of. most importance to horseman is the excellent condition of the racing strip, which remains as it was last year, when it was said to be among the nations best. The track was protected from the elements and kept "live" by a covering of straw and manure during the winter months, but otherwise has received only general maintenance care. Several horses have already been tested over the track in morning workouts for their impending engagement in the 5,000 added Oceanport Handicap, which features the inaugural program. The six-furlong event was instituted in 1947, and during its comparatively short history it has been won by some noted performers, beginning with Polynesian and continuing with Rip-pey, Tuscany, General Staff, the filly Cinda, and last season, Master Ace. The latter established a track record of 1:09 in defeating White Skies, and he is among the 10 or more considered likely starters for Saturdays renewal. Brookfield Farms I Appeal, an expected Oceanport starter, set two track records at Garden State Park, where he first went six furlongs in 1:09% and later shaved that ». time to a sensational 1:08%. Other probables include J. W. Rodgers. Due de Fer, Morris Sims Blessbull, Elkcam StablesIfa-body, Joe W. Browns Bobby Brocato and Walter M. Jeffords Tahiti. Many prominent owners have made nominations for the 20 stakes on the Monmouth agenda. C. V. Whitney, George D. Widener, James Cox Brady, Ogden Phipps, Joseph Gavegnano, Alfred Roberts, Louis Lee Haggin, Mrs. Royal Firman, Jr., Vera S. Bragg, J. M. Roebling, Clifford Mooers, Arthur Godfrey, A. G. Vanderbilt, C. Mah-lon Kline, and Mrs. Charles Silvers are among them. Also among those naming horses to the added money - events are such stables as Brookmeade, Greentree, King Ranch, Barclay, Brookfield Farm, D. and H., High Tide, Sanford Stud, Foxcatcher Farm, Carolyn K., Starmount, Elkcam, Charfran, Maine Chance, Clearwater, Bernadotte, Mont-pelier, Craigwood, Wheatley and Belair Stud. The stake program is the richest in history. A total of 52,500 is being offered for 20 added-money events, including two hurdle races. The richest of these is the 5,000 added Monmouth Handicap for three-year-olds, on July 23. i1 rT

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