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. , waszxmzmma Ak-Sar-Ben I By Hugh J. McGuire Nebraska Breeding Making Rapid Strides-Must Schedule One Homebred Race Daily Jack Young Born to the Thoroughbred AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., June 6.— No one here is under the impression that thoroughbred breeders in Nebraska are about to set the world on fire, but the progress progress that mat has has been been made made to to . , progress progress that mat has has been been made made to to improve conditions has been considerable and is on the uptrend. A few years ago most of the horses bred here were admittedly a rather sorry lot, but through the efforts of the Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association and a general awareness of the situation, improvement has been recorded. Breeders have learned that it is to their advantage to send send their their mares mares to to better better stal- stal- send send their their mares mares to to better better stal- stal- waszxmzmma lions and to be more selective in their choice of mares. The results are found in the increasing number of horses bred in the state who are able to hold their own in open company. Breeder Awards Amount to 10 Per Cent Encouragement -to the breeders is found in that the state racing rules require that a race for horses bred in the state be offered every day, although should this fail to fill it can be substituted with an open race. In addition, breeder awards find about three per cent of the winners purse won by a Nebraska-bred going to the breeder and to this sum the tracks voluntarily add an amount to make the award approximate 10 per cent of the purse provided the breeder is still breeding thoroughbreds. There is also more encouragement for the early racing of two-year-olds. A Nebraska-bred, by the • way, is described as one foaled within the state whose dam is owned by a citizen of the state at time of foaling. There is a technical difference dealing with a declaration of intent between a resident and a citizen of Nebraska. In addition, any colt foaled on government Remount property here, whose dam is owned by the government, is eligible as a Nebraska-bred. The removal of the Remount Station leaves this clause with little value, but Nebraska breeders are not discouraged. Stewards Noel Chilcutt and Ralph Boomer are well and favorably known in this area and this year they are joined in the stewards pagoda by Jack S. Young, a newcomer to this locale. If Young is new here, he is not new to racing elsewhere and he brings a wealth of experience with him. Young was born to the thoroughbred, for his father was the celebrated Col. Milton Young of Kentucky, who, at the time of the disbursements of his holdings, was known as the operator of the largest breeding establishment in the world. This was the famed McGrathiana, from which came many top stars of yesterday. Following the death of their father, Jack Young and his brother Tom, carried on in thoroughbred breeding for a time, but in 1934, Jack branched out as a racing official when he became the first steward to represent the Michigan Racing Commission. Tom turned to training and racing horses, a profession he still follows successfully. Jack Young remained in Michigan as an association steward for 19 years. He is also state steward in Kentucky and association steward at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He has served in a similar capacity at Lincoln Fields, River Downs and ThistleDown. Jack Young took part in the formation of the Keeneland race track and was the first vice-president at that course. With his brother Tom, he founded and organized the Thoroughbred Club of America, which started with an invitation to 15 breeders to weekly luncheons and has grown to a national membership of about 600. Young was graduated sfrom Notre Dame in 1917 and served with the Army in World War II. Bremser in Eighth Season at Omaha In Brief: Lyell Bremser, who mans the public address system here, is serving his eighth year on the job. Bremser is program and sports director for Omaha radio station KFAB. . . . Patrons who use "the new raised standing ramps to watch the horses in the paddock, need only turn around to see the running of the races. . . . The pedestrian underpass from the infield parking lot to the grandstand was installed without af- fecting the racing strip. The tube was inched through in 18-inch, sections and did not affect some three and a half feet of earth above it. . . . There is 100 per cent membership in the Society of North American Racing Officials among those eligible on the local staff. The new phone system in operation here is proving very effective. Batteries of wall phones connect directly with the desired location without need of a switchboard or dialing. There is also a conference -type phone in the stewards stand by means of which everyone present can join in the conversation merely by talking. ... If you happen to be in need of rescue and emergency equipment from nearby towns, chances are that the apparatus was donated by Ak-Sar-Ben. ... Spencer J. Drayton, executive secretary of the TRA and president of the TRPB, is expected to visit this course on Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14. Only Two Claims at River Downs RIVER DOWNS, California, Ohio, June 6.— Only two horses changed hands via the claiming route during the first eight days of this meeting when Pvt. Sam. was claimed by Mrs. J. Bronnenberg from E. A. Bischoff for ,000 here last Friday. The K. and O. Stable haltered Early Bull from C. W. Hartwick the same afternoon for ,500.. The, new acquisitions will tye, cond,!-, tioned by trainers *J. Bronnenberg and R. A. Warren, respectively.