Old Woodbine Launches Dominion Racing Season: Many Improvements Made; Crack Horses on Grounds, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-04


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Old Woodbine Launches Dominion Racing Season Many Improvements Made; Crack Horses on Grounds By JACK AYERS Staff Correspondent OLD WOODBINE PARK, Toronto, May 2. — The Dominions most historic racing grounds and which today boasts a "new look," ushers in the Toronto spring racing season on Monday. The meeting at the famed Queen St. fast track will be one of 24 days, coming to a conclusion on Saturday, May 30. Present indicationsv are that the session will be one of the best ever enjoyed at the popular course. Opening-day fans will see many improvements at the track by the lake, chief innovations being a spanking new main entrance, a greatly enlarged grandstand and new jockeys quarters. From the paddock, on through the quaint clubhouse to the east end parking lot, the plant has been freshened for Mondays opening. With prospects of clear, summer-like weather, a bumper crowd is expected to welcome the return of thoroughbred racing to the Queen City. The latest count shoxtfs no fewer than 1,500 thoroughbreds registered with the Jockey Club, Ltd. This indicates that the fields throughout the meeting will not lack for competition. Eight stakes events, having a total value of 7,500 in added money, will be offered at the Old Woodbine meeting, first of the series to be renewed in the Friar Rock Stakes, ,500 added event, which is styled for three-year-olds at 62 furlongs. It will1 be decided this Wednesday. The other headliners are the Ultimus Cap, Star Shoot Stakes, Swynford Stakes, Whimsical Stakes, Inferno Cap, Marine Stakes and Eclipse Handicap. The latter, a run of a flat mile for four-year-olds and over, will be renewed on the closing day of the term and with a purse of 0,000 added, is the richest offering of the meeting. Racing secretary Anthony Simms has come up with a good program for Mondays inaugural. The eight - race program is headed by the Frontenac Purse, a dash of 6 furlongs for Canadian-foaled four-year-olds and over and the event has lured four Ls Stables White Apache, Clifford Hughes Hathaway, Miss Olive Armstrongs The Schreiber, Lanson Farms Foxy Phil, Bill Beasley Stables Canadian Flyer, Sarto Desnoyers Jeans, Mrs. Howard Johnstons Knuckle Duster, J. E. F. Seagrams Pipe o Doon, View Hulloa Farms Rash Decision and Jokers HiU, Maloney and Smythes Eskimo Flyer and Conn Smythes Caledon Beau.

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