New Outdoor Walking Ring at Waterford Park: Railings Painted to Conform With Famous Stables Silks, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-08


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New Outdoor Walking Ring at Waterford Park ParkRailings Railings Painted to Conform With Famous Stables Silks SilksCHESTER CHESTER W Va May 7 One of the features at Waterford Park when it opens its 1958 racing season on June 4 wlbe the new outdoor walking ring This area is completely encircled with railings ach colorfully painted to conform with the rac ¬ ing silks of a famous stable There will be the ping and black of Greentree the devils red and blue of Calumet the Eton blue and brown of C V Whitney the white and blue cross sashes of Brookmeade and many others othersUnder Under the main grandstand however will be the Rainbow Room where the multihued silks of owners are stored dur ¬ ing the meeting Each horseman has his own ideas as to what colors or designs he wants on his livery It all stems back to the year 1762 when a group of English sportsmen decided on the use of individual racing silks for the greater convenience of distinguishing horses in the running and also for the prevention of disputes arising from not knowing the colors worn by riders ridersThey They really started something There are 2500 sets of silks now registered by The Jockey Club And many of them have strange and heraldic trappings such as a lightning bolt trumpeteyietaoinETAOIN brands musical notes including one outfit which specifies an eighth note a domino horseshoe shamrock pineapple and the blue and white quarters of Edward Carver which are embellished with four carving knives knivesThere There is a whole menagerie as well in ¬ cluding Philip Schwartz red with white Irish setter front and back Hazel Wilsons green with a white elephant William du I Pont Jrs running fox George H Balous gamecock and the usual assortment of dogs horses heads and a deer head There are many famous silks oh the turf many of which will be honored at Water ford Parks walking ring ringOne One of the most unusual ever to be seen on the turf was Major King Thomas rac ¬ ing livery The cap instead of being fash ¬ ioned of silk or satin was made of alumi ¬ num with a gold peak and a crown of sil ¬ verplated aluminum 1 My sight is failing me said the vet ¬ eran but I can always see my horse when his cap glistens in the sunlight sunlightOne One jockeys uniform outstrinps them all however H F Guyer who campaigns a small stable of runners outfits his riders in the following colors Bright green silks gold V on front and a gold diamond on the back Painted in the center of the diamond is a monkey eating a banana under a palm tvee tveeThat That one will be mighty hard to depict on Waterford Parks brightly decorated walking rings posts

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