Pimlico Track Transformed, Daily Racing Form, 1916-10-21


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PIMLICO TRACK TRANSFORMED. Baltimore, Md., October 20. The preparations at Pimlico for the coming autumn meeting are on a scale of completeness that will prove a revelation to race-goers. Nothing like it has been seen at the old track since it was opened in 1S70, nearly half a century ago, and the Maryland Jockey Club now has a home of which it may well be proud. Every comfort that can be devised has been installed in the new office and jockey building, including a sun observation parlor on the top floor, shower-baths and lockers on tiie second floor and a completely equipped infirmary connecting with the secretarys private offices and official headquarters. Here owners and trainers will gather to make entries, receive their mail, go over the program and attend to the many details connected with the management of a string of race horses. The building is heated by steam and lighted by electricity, while an abundance of windows and doors and roomy porches will serve to make it an attractive gathering place for horse folk. A charming feature of the cosy clubhouse adjoining the grandstand is the mural decorations in the reception room. These are all hand-painted and represent rustic scenes of gardens, streams, bridges and flowers, which, combined with a wide-open fireplace, gives the interior a most informal and homelike air. A wide balcony surrounds the second story on three sides, giving a fine view of the races, and an open stand on the roof is an added attraction. One of the most striking innovations is to be found in the grandstand. The old roof has been taken off, giving a much more substantial and impressive appearance, and this whole structure has been put back thirty-five feet and so arranged that it will not be necessary to get on the seats to see the horses coming down the stretch. A new concrete open stand adjoining the grandstand on the north will accommodate several thousand additional spectators, and patrons of the pari-mutuels will have ample room, as the restaurant will be housed in a separate structure and the entire space beneath the grandstand will be unobstructed. Stabling for at least 150 more horses has been provided, thus giving accommodations to over 700 racers within the inclosure, while several hundred more can be taken care of in the vicinity.

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