Tis Kentucky Derby Day: Spectators From All Over Gathered To View The Decision Of The Race.; Good Weather and Track in Prospect--Eighteen Now Named as Starters, but Some Are Doubtful--Ticket and J. McTaggart in High Favor., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-12


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TIS KENTUCKY DERBY DAT SPECTATORS FROM ALL OVER GATHERED TO VIEW THE DECISION OF THE RACE. Good Weather and Track in I-ror.peet — Eighteen Now Named as Starters, but Some Are Doubtful — Ticket, and J. Mt.Taggart in High Favor. Louisvilh . Ky.. Bay il.-D.nk rteada this morning !•]• -aging addit ioii.ll rain, gave way to sunshine .muI iranath lata this afteraaoa. iadicarieaii now patat !«• tin- weather and trark coadttioaii far the forty thud in em injr of the Kentucky Derby. Wltli favorable weather there bi every reaaea far the belief thai the big fixtare will be witateind by the greataal crowd thai ha* eve* traced historic Churchill itoara*. Eighteen ■ : the peek f thbi eeamtrya three-year lds thai coadd ! •• prepared, have beea aaaaed as probahh atarters, bat af tiiis camber six are aa the doabtfal list and their abaeaee will I •• regarded :• ; beaefieial, for with the deereai ■ in the prospective field, alii be miaimiacd the ehaace of crowding aad Make far a trai r run race. Thoar regarded a* certain starters, their Jockey* aad .. ij;iii- folhta : Harae. lackey. W«. War Star M. Baxtoa 1 Mi Stargnsrr ... W. Craaai IM Star Master J. Laftaa 117 Ticket I. BeTaggart 1i7 Omar Khayyam C. Barel il7 Skeptic 117 Berlia 117 Cudgel T. Murphy 117 Rickety I". Robin.oii 117 Midway 117 Green Jaaea B. Gaaae 117 Maaiater Tai F. Keagh 117 araharta M. Oaraer in Thaaa aa the iaahlfal list eeaaari f Diamond. Pearod, s.i Oilaey, Tap r the Wave aad Gay Per-tuae. i p t.. ;. ;..; • bear this kftaiaaaa the imaeia of Skeptic. Midway uad iu-i-li!i had not fully decided mi what rider* woiihi bare the aeaaate. All ware i .it.. ;• fat the «ervicea af Gaaae, but the announce iiniit thai Green Jones woald be among the starters. eliaatBated hiai aa a poasibility :is pilot aa aay af the others. Cramn waa alaa in demand, hut traiaet .leanings took arer the rati that Jaba V. Bcherr had «ui the rider aad be will •« • af the trie from the Bacombec establishment. Trainer Smitii. who is in charge of Skeptic, waa negotiating lata far the nerrieea of Lykea aad. in Mm event ha failed to gal him. will eatraat the Hewitt colt to Meehaa. Trainer Young has hapea of gettiag Ceanrlrj ta ride Midway in the race, hat this is eaatlageat ea Gay Fortaae not beiag ;i starter. Elimination o." North Star III. Regretted. The cliaaiaation of North Star 111. from the nice. dan to his baTing bowed a tendon dariag His trial yesterday, aeeaaiagly gave the Mar oaahi r atable a severe setbatb, for it had generally been eaaaddered that the haadaoaar aaa af Baa Mar — AageBe and wlaaer of the Middle Park Plata waa the staMea chief relbmce. Traiaer Jeaaiaga, however, whil. ilfplarlag the loaa of North Star III. :is a racer, ■does net regard the mishap us haviag :: aerlaaa bearlag n the n salt of the Derby, fat he •. u-linues aaagalae that the Macaaaher colors will be carried ta the front. Mis a pi*adraee is War star. another Hlagllith bred colt, by flaailar Verae, which Jins :i weight raaceaaiaa of aerca pounds, due to icing B lion-winner. Stargazor is another that traiaer Jeaaiaga holds in high eatoeaa aad. like his stable caaapaaiua, will bare a seven poumls allow -aace. Shrewd horsemen, who have ebeerred V:ir St:ir in Ids trial, are iaciiaed to con. ■wt with traiaer Jen ninc,s in the opiatoa that he ail be ■ formidable prapuaitioa to Blaster for chief honors. in. abeeace of North star m. baa made the hatting in He- race more oosaptei and there is a gea-eral leadcacy on the pari af thaae acceptiag aatl pari aragera to take libertiea with the entry. It would not he Hill |W ialag ta find Andrew Millers Ticket iaatatted aa ravarita at post tine. Ticket baa gahaed ■ boat af Meads since his victory at Lexington an 1 he h:is ;i!so ahSWa in trials here thai lie is ■ iaageroaa factor. Trainer tioldsboroiigh said this BMraiag "if the colt is :is jrnid as he was at Lexington at his hist start, 1 expect to tea him continue his victories." Coming from the reticent Gaidatnraagh, this indicates that the colt is regarded with high favor liy his connections. Skeptic and ni:ir Khayyam are not without friends and will receive big backing and. even now, ajra coming in for support at short odds. Practically every section of this country will liave representation on Derby Day and the visitors have been gathering here steadily since Sunday. Every hotel is filled to the crowding point and how the late comers, who have failed to make reservations are to lie cared lor, is becoming a MTious problem. Advance Ticket Sale Enormous. The advance ticket sale indicates an enormous CTowd, far in excess of that of any former year. Oneral Manager Matt J. Winn and his large force of assistants, have worked untiringly to provide for the comfort of the expected large gathering and they have succeeded admirably, judging by the spaciousness of the plant now and its added facilities. The removal of the paddock fences and placing benches on the park like lawns, will relieve the congestion in no mean degree and, also, give vantage point to thousands from which to get a good view of the racing. Notables in the sporting world have flocked here in great numbers and prominent personages in racing are also abundantly present. Additions to the lilg throng are due tonight and tomorrow morning. At least 10.000 iwrsons are expected to witness ta* racing from the infield which, in accordance I with custom established with the first running of the Derby, will be free. Every precaution to avoid siccldents will be taken and a great force of in. Minted police will be pressed into service to handle this feature. Derby Day incidents will differ this year from those of the past and will be marked by a number «if patriotic features, harmonizing with the times. Governor Stanley has accepted an invitation to •deliver an address on patriotism in front of the Krandstaud. Before the first race there will be ;i flag raising ceremony in which the First Ken- Coutioued on second page. TIS KENTUCKY DERBY DAY. Continued from first page. taekjf Regiment and its entire staff of officers and the regiment il band will participate. The mutuel betting arrangeiiKnts for tomorrow is an elaborate one and should insure an absence of former congestive scenes. There will be seventy-three mutuel machines in operation, of which twen ty-one will be exclusively for the use of those de-Hiring to wager on the Derby before the fourth race is decided. The other fifty -two machines will be in operation on the other races ami also used on the Derby. There has also been provision made for the use of fifty-eight cashiers to pay off the winners. The club house contingent will have the benefit of nine machines in their section of the grounds for their betting accommodations and there will also be four change booths used iu the main mutuel pavilion. C. K. G. Billings Unable to Be Present. Frederick Johnson, who is interested witti C. K. G. Billings in Omar Khayyam and others here iu charge of trainer .. F. Patterson, was an arrival this morning and stated that Mr. Billings would not be here to witness his colt start in the Derby on account of pressing business engagements. John McTaggart, who is to pilot Ticket, arrived tonight from Pimlico, where he has been riding with success. He is confident that he will be fighting it out for the prize astride the Miller representative. To accommodate the immense gathering here, the Louisville and Nashville railroad late today decided on running a special train leaving here tomorrow night at 8:10 p. m. for Cincinnati and eastern points. Delay of arrivals from Lexington, coupled with the inclement weather this morning, was mainly responsible for the small fields in the opening days card. The hard rain of last night caused the course to be in a muddy state, but with good weather, it is practically certain that the Derby will be decided on a fast track. Several persons who came this morning from New-Orleans and have been in attendance at the trial of the directors of the Business Mens Racing Association, profess to be hopeful that the verdict of the judges will be favorable to the racing interests. Special trains are due from Lexington and vicinity tomorrow. The main Cincinnati delegation is also expected by special trains tomorrow. The Chicago and Indianapolis racing devotees arc due late tonight. Jockey Crump will depart next Tuesday for Toronto, where he will rejoin his contract employer, E. W. Moore, and ride for the most part of this year on Canadian courses. Negotiations are at present under way for his services to pilot Roamer in the Kentucky Handicap, to be run at Douglas Park June 2. The eastern brigade are confident that they will take the big fixture tomorrow and are depending mainly on Andrew Millers Ticket. Rickety, while given consideration, is not held in as much esteem as the Miller representative. The Whitney youngster showed a fast trial yesterday, but he also finished In a manner that did not give him much consideration among the work-watchers. Becai se of pressing business, Harry Payne Whitney will also be among the absentees. It is trainer James Howes present intention to ■hip Rickety back east immediately after the decision of the Derby.

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