First Windsor Meeting At Devonshire.: Western Racing Association Prepares for Opening on May 12--Now Working on Course., Daily Racing Form, 1917-04-15


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FIRST WINDSOR MEETING AT DEVONSHIRE. Western Racing Association Prepares for Opening on May 12 — Now Working on Course. Windsor, Ont., April 14.— Devonshire Park, operated bv the Western Racing Association, will he the first track in Windsor to conduct a meeting this year, the inaugural appearance of the thoroughbreds having been definitely settled upon for May 12. Manager Frank Sullivan, first aid to Grant Hugh Browne, is supervising the work of shaping the course, and he announces that it will be ready to permit of work-outs by April 22. The condition books contain an attractive number of overnight and handicap races, the purses ranging in value from 1917.sh00 to ,000. the last-named to be for handican horses. There will lie one of the large purses each "day, two for 1917.sh00. three for 00 and one for 00. This gives the purses a daily average of 00. inducements designed to attract some large fields of good racers. Assurances of enough horses to fill the fields have been given manager Sullivan, the advance guard of which already are stabled at the track. Twelve cars will be shipped from Hot Springs in a day or two, and forty head are on their way from Tijuana. Mex. The management doesnt expect to make many improvements in the plant for the initial meeting. but no expense will be spared to bring turf and structures up to the standard of other institutions conducting the thoroughbred sport in Canada. Plenty of stable accommodations will be provided for all horsemen that care to participate, however, this feature of the plant having been attended to extensively when the opening meeting was put on last fall. Each day there will be distributed to the horsemen a total of ,100. or 5,700 for the week. With fair weather the management confidently pie diets a good meeting, despite the earllnesK of the season. Hostile parties were free to assert that it would be suicide for Devonshire to put on a meeting in May, but subsequent information and conditions make it appear that it wasnt folly but wisdom that prompted Sullivan to accept Uie dates ac did.

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