Norfolk in for a Great Meeting: Eastern and Western Horsemen Will Join in November Gathering at Virginia Track, Daily Racing Form, 1913-10-19


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NORFOLK IN FOR A GREAT MEETING. Eastern and Western Horsemen Will Join in November Gathering at Virginia Track, Norfolk, Vn.. October IS. With only a few weeks intervening, preparations are going on apace here for the autumn meeting of the Jamestown Jockey Club at its picturesque seaside track. November 13-29, embracing fifteen racing days. Each successive meeting at the Norfolk course has eclipsed its predecessor in the matter of class of contention, popular support and enthusiasm, and General Manager Bob Levy is niore than pleased,, this fall with the prospects for an unusually successful meeting. Last spring, under the theoretical disadvantage of competition from the half-mile course at Marllioro, Mil., the Jamestown Jockey Club showed its prestige with horsemen by maintaining a hish quality of isport throughout. This year, now that the rumors of a meeting at Havre de Grace have subsided, nothing stands in the way of a term of siiort well in keeping with the traditions of the horse-loving Virginians. Though the stake blanks for the meeting have been out less than a fortnight, already dozens of nominations have been received, while requests from the horsemen in the east and from Kentucky make it plain that with accommodations for 025 horses at the track, stable capacity will be taxed to the Although only horses ready to race will be housed at the plant, assurances already have been received of the coining of nearly liOO thoroughbreds. Included are the pick of the horses which have won stake honors arlng the summer In Canada, Kentucky and Maryland. Manager Levy has been fortunate this year in the allotment of dates, as live days Intervene between the close of the Latonia minting in Kentucky and the Inauguration of the loial session, and Charleston will open its seventy-e;:ht-days term of sport immediately after the i-lose of the Norfolk meeting, insuring the westerners ample opportunity for easy shipping movements Mi h hardly a break In stable routine. At the conclusion of the meeting at Pimlico fully 500 horses will be shipied from Maryland to Jamestown. It will constitute one of the most pretentious movements of thoroughbreds ready for racing in recent turf history, and the special train which will pull out of Baltimore bound for Norfolk on the evening of Pimlico get-away day will bring to the old-timers reminders of the heyday of the bport In California and Louisiana. Manager Levy, who has opened headquarters in the Monticello Hotel here, is being swamped with requests for stable room from the east and Kentucky, and all applicants so far have been accommodated. Representatives of the club have circii lateil stake blanks In all the present active racing centers, and as a result, in jKiint of class, as well as in numbers, the prospects for keen contention in the stakes this fall seem brighter than for any previous season here. Track Superintendent It. I. Miller will assume personal charge of the plant next week, and meanwhile a troop of painters aud carpenters are already at work. The fences and approaches to the course, as well as the stables, are being treated to a fresh coat of white, while all the stable equipment is being given a thorough repairing where repairs are needed. The result is that from a physical standpoint Jamestown will present a better aspect ban at any previous meeting. The latest request for stable room arrived ves-terday from far-away Victoria. British Columbia. It came In a telegram from F. II. Kessinger, who desired to race sixteen horses here this fall. As illustrating tlfc support of horsemen hereabouts and from Kentucky. Manager Levy was forced reluctantly to inform the western owner that no stalls were available for him this fall. Racing Secretary Joseph McLennan will proceed from his home in Chicago, where he has been enjoying a short rest, to the Latonia course on Monday, and will receive further nominations from the Kentucky owners racing there, allot stable room and posslblv arrange for a big special train to come here at the conclusion of the Kentucky racing season. As Mr. McLennan also is to be associate judge and clerk of the scales at Charleston, where he has served in an official capacity before, he will be in a good position to take care of the horsemen who intend to take advange of the fifteen-days of racing here between Kentuckys close and Charlestons opening. Paddock Judge Harry White, of Laurel and Jamestown, and Associate Judge and Handieapper Fred W. Gerhardy. both of whom are at Laurel, have received personal applications from the horsemen now racing there for more than 500 stalls. Such an lmioslng eastern quota never before has thus expressed Its preference for Jamestown and. as a result, the pick of the eastern turf stars will tight It out with the best from Kentucky. The stakes to be decided at Jamestown this fall let In the two-year-olds for contention with the older horses. The Lynnhaven Hotel Handicap, value ,000, Is for two-year-olds exclusively. The Merchants Selling Stakes, ,000. and the Monticello Hotel Handicap. ,200, are for all ages at six furlongs and a mile respectively. The Thanksgiving Selling Handicap will take two-year-olds against older horses at one mile and a sixteenth, and it may be that the running of the race may serve to emphasize the greatness of some two-year-old of surpassing class over a considerable distance of ground. The Exchange Stakes last year took all ages over the same distance that the Thanksgiving Stakes takes them this fall, aud then it was that the future 0,000 turf star. His Majesty, defeated such other good and older horses as Lahore, Sebago, Carlton G., Lochiel and Hilarious. With the presence of such stars as Gotelus, Surprising. Hodge, Flitter-gold and other cracks at the Jamestown course and eligible for contention in the Thanksgiving Handicap, an interesting contest may be expected. Among the owners who have spoken for stable room is George M. Odom, who is again the owner of a pretentious stable, which he hopes will prove to be as formidable as when he raced Follle Levy, Nlmbns and other good ones. Mr. Odom has sioken for seven stalls. Most of his strins is made up of yearlings, which he has broken and has iu forward racing condition at Belmont Park. Among the more prominent eastern owners who have already reserved stall room may be mentioned Richard F. Carman. 15 horses: R. T. Wilson, 15: William Garth, 12: II. K. Knapp, O; Thomas and Francis R. Hitchcock, 9; Mrs. L. A. Livingston. 12: J. W. Hedrick. 12; H.. P. Whltnev. 10: August Belmont. 12: J. O. Talbott, 15; J. L. Holland, 15; T. G. Enright. 12; William Martin. 12; J. 16. Gray. S: James Fitzsimmons. IS. and others Including Wayne .Toplin, N. K. Real, P. Hvams, L. Bliinie, It. E. Watkins, M. Daly, J. W. Burttschell. Harry Rites, G. W. Scott. E. W. Ileffner, Norman Macfarlane, A. G. Blakeley. W. G. King-Dodds, C. C. Smithson. J. 15. Cloher. A. F. Dayton, E. McBride. W. J. Mclllmurray, F. E. Baird and J. W. Messervy. From Kentucky will come- the strings of William Walker, G. M. Johnson. William Gcrst. P. M. Civlll. Adair and Baker. E. J. OConnell. Hugh McCarreu, T. J. Brown, J. K. Allen, F. J. Pons, Dr. 5. M. Miller, Kay Spence, M. Shields. W. F.. Sehulte, O A. Bianchi, James MacManus and many others. The officials, with the exception of starter A. B. Dade, who did suiorlor work on the Canadian circuit this season, will be the same as last spring, and are as follows: Stewards, Frank J. Bryan and Joseph A. Murphy; Judges. Edward Cole and F. W. Gerhardy :CIerk of the Scales, Herman I. Conkling; Starter. A. B. Dade; Entry Clerk, Joseph McLen.-nan: Paddock Judge. Harry White; Advance Information, Mortimer Mahouey; General Manager, Bob Levy. ,

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