Charleston Opening Close at Hand: Management of South Carolina Track Confident of Successful Meeting at Palmetto Park, Daily Racing Form, 1914-11-29

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CK ARLEST ON OPENING CLOSE AT HAND. Management of Ssuth. Carolina Track Confident of Successful Meeting: at Palmetto Park. Charleston, S. C, November 28. The Charleston Fair and Racing Associations meeting of thirty davs -will-open lit Palmetto Pnrir TVednesday. It will Ik the fourth season for this course and a much shorter meeting than any of those that have preceded it. This elrcuiustauee alone is expected to provide a more successful season. Following as it immediately does the close of racing in Maryland, it is expected that it will have the patronage of all the regulars who have been taking part in the Maryland meetings. This patronage, added to what may be bestowed locally, is counted upon to see the meeting through handsomely. Local interest in the sport, possibly because of the comparatively short season, seems to be keener at the outset than ever. This section has not escaped the hard times that have been prevailing in the south generally and the money that will be brought here by the horsemen and turf following to be distributed through various channels will be decidedly welcome. Horsemen will find the track this season iu vastly improved conditions. Numerous loads of clay spread on the course has made the footing firmer. While no records are expected to be broken, still the time iu the. races probably will be faster than formerly. Advance reservations at the leading hotels have exceeded expectations and are in excess of any former season. This is taken as an indication that there will be a larger following of visitors than ever before. More reasonable rates are being asked for accommodations in private houses than iu previous seasons. The first of the Maryland specials bringing horsemen will arrive Monday night. Mortimer Maloney, who is in charge of the advance information bureau, predicts that there will be twenty layers in line for the. opening and this estimate is not regarded as high, but if fifteen layers operate on the opening day it will be taken us a splendid promise for the success of the meeting, Most of the officials, including Secretary Martin Nathanson. Clerk of the Course Joseph McLennan. Judge W. F. Schulte, Steward J. I!., Campbell and Auditor F. .T. Bruen are now on hand attending to the preliminary duties pertaining to their respective offices. Steward Pettingill and starter Milton, whf are at Havre de Grace, will arrive in ample timi to take up their duties here. The live stakes which will be run during tin thirty days of racing tilled exceedingly well. En tries to the five events totalled 1ST, or an averagi of thirty-seven to eacli stake. Iu the list are horse owned by T. C. McDowell, T. P. Hayes, R. E Watkins. J. W. Schorr and R. L. Baker, who will have representation here for the first time. The rule to be put into effect requiring jockey; to pass a physical examination by the track physi eian before they can ride is regarded with mud favor bv owners and the general public. It will debar those riders physically unfit from plying theii vocation. Everything about the plant is in good shape for the opening and the outlook is for a high-class-season of racing. According to Secretary Nathan-son, there will be over 7G0 horses here and thoiv will be no difficulty in framing daily cards that will furnish entertaining sport. The first large contingent of eastern owners who will be here for the meeting arrived this afternoon and comprised quite an array of owners, trainers and jockeys. They report that the special trains which will liegin leaving Baltimore tomorrow will be filled to their capacity. The track today was turned over by the workmen complete in every detail and the plant presents a new appearance. Horsemen are especially pleased with the firmer footing of the oval due to the addition of clay that has been used to resurface the course. The upper turn, which gave the management considerable lwther, has been so improved that it is now the best part of the track. Steward Pettingill and Paddock Judge Ernest Hall are due to arrive tomorrow from Baltimore. All the other officials, except starter James Milton, are here. Starter Milton will arrive here next Tuesday. Jockey Clarence Turner arrived this morning from Baltimore and will ride during the meeting. Others who came today were Archie Zinnner, Frank Moore and A. F. Dayton. The latter brought twelve iiorses from Havre de Grace, including the good mare Celesta. J. W. .McCarthy also arrived with four racers. Archie Zimincrs consignment consisted of six and W. Brosscau brought the five horses formerly raced in the name of W. B. Carsou. T. C. McDowells string of racers intended for racing here will arrive next Wednesday from Lexington, Ky. There will be a big array of jockey talent here, including some of the leading riders in the country. The following are among the riders who will take mounts at Palmetto Park: Jockey. Employer. G. Hums Free lance M. Buxton Free lance F. Coleman A. Blakeley D. Connelly G. W. J. Bissell .T. Connors E. MeBride R. Goose W. II. Baker M. Grincr J. Everiuau Jockey. Employer. J. Hanover E. B. Parsons F. Hopkins J. 0. Talbott F. Keogh Free lance T. Koerner .. Free lance O. Kollock ,.T. J". Brown E. Lancaster W. Gerst J. MeCahey F. Herold J. MeTaggart . II. Penny" C. Miller : A. F. Dayton F. Murphy T. J. Brown D. NIOTT.. .V. .rrrr. ..ri..., .. . Free lance T. Nolau ......:..;IIti I Dodson W. Obert :;...:. . . Ifreellance C. Peak .......A. F.fDayion" F. Perrington E. MeBride E. Pool J, , A. Gibson F. Randolph L. Timber F. Robinson W. Gerst J. Smyth J. Smyth II. Stuart G. Wentworth C. Van Dusen E. J. Salt R. Watts E. MeBride

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