Successful Maryland Racing Ends.: Meetings at Bowie, Havre de Grace and Pimlico Surpass All Previous Records., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-18


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SUCCESSFUL MARYLAND RACING ENDS. Meetings at Bowie, Havre de Grace and Fimlico Surpass All Previous Records. Baltimore, Md., May 17.— With the dosing of the meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Thursday, the most successful spring season of racing on the mile tracks of this state became a matter of history. Maryland racing has been growing in importance with each passing year and the season just closed has Im-cii more notable in all important respects than any that have passed before. At all three Maryland tracks that conduct spring meetings Bowie, Havre de irave and Pimlico — new attendance records have licen created this spring, wonderful enthusiasm over the sport has been shown, the volume of speculation in the part mutuels has exceeded all previous figures and the quality of the racing itself has been in keeping with the general improvement. The stables that have been taking part in the racing here will not scatter. The major portion of the larger establishments will move on to the New-York tracks, when- the outlook for a brilliant season is more promising than at any time since the resumption of the sport on the metropolitan tracks in HA Canada will be the destination of some of the important stables, too. A considerable number of the smaller establishments will remain to take part in the minor meetings which will be going on at the half mile tracks hereabouts until June 4. after which there will be no racing of any description in this state until S-pteinlM-r, when the usual fall circuit will 1m opened at Havre de Grace and continued at Laurel, Iimlico and Bowie, under much the same distribution of dates as iu former years. More Mutuel Machines for Laurel. Naturally, everybody concerned, is highly elated over the banner conditions that have been prevailing all spring and. as the patronage in the fall is invariably greater than in the spring, it looks as if the various track managers may have some problems to solve in the way of providing additional accommodations for natNM of the sport. It is understood that Manager M. J. Winn of the Laurel track, alive to the situation, has already decided to install ten additional pari-iui.tucl machines at that track and to increase the paying off facilities of the plant proportionately. Of the horses that have l ecii seen iu action on the Maryland circuit this spring, the palm should unquestionably be awanh d to Pennant, from the llarry Payne Whitley stable. Pennant has scored a series of victories in Maryland this spring that indicate he still retains much of the racing ability of his younger days. He is a horse that has always been raced sparingly, quite as much on Beeamat of his infirmities as for any other reason and. if he continues to stand training, his racing career may extend over a longer period than high -class horses are usually asked to race. Trainer Albert Simons, who has been training the division of the Whitney stable that has been racing here, reports that the horse came nut of his last gruelling race, in which he successfully made a big concession of weight to the high-class Crimper, is good condition, s,. it is to be presumed that the horse will shortly be seen iu action nirain. in some important event on the New York tracks. Indeed, in view of the disap -pointing p»rfe maatte of tin- Whitney three-year-olds so far shown this soring, it is not improbable that Ptnnant will be called upon to do the heavy work for the Whitney stable in the big stakes to be decided on the metropolitan circuit. Of course. James Rowe. who has heea training the Whitney stable to such advantage in recent years, may have something in reserve, as he frequently has. but it seems probable that with such important events to be won as the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Rowe has been showing his best three -year-olds. Jockey Robinson Not Feeling Well. Jockey Frank Robinson, who is under contract to the Whitney staide. has been riding infrequeutly of late because he has not been feeling quite right. He is now- taking practically no outside mounts and it is probable he will confine his riding to his contract engagement, until his condition becomes normal once mot*. Ronnie Laddie is accounted the best of the many steeplechasers that, have been shown this season. He scored with ease in his only start of the eeaaea in a highly impressive manner, which indicates that lie is quite as gaod a horse, as when he was racing so successfully for J. B. Widener of Philadelphia. Bonnie Laddie now races in the colors of the Folly Farms, which is the iiein de course adopted by Edward P.. McLean of Washington, a newcomer on the turf. Mortimer Mahoney is managing the pari-mutiicl department at the GcwtMaaeaa Driving Park, where the first of the five-days meeting on half mile tracks aereahaati is now in progress. The report conies from Toronto that the date for the opening of the first meeting of the season at Outlerin Park has been set for May Ml Csually the Toronto half mile track meetings do Bat I .gin until midsummer.

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