Douglas Parks Opening: Great Crowd Assembles And Proceeding Begins With Patriotic Demonstration.; Sleeth Beaten by Money Maker in the Speculation Stakes--Old Rosebud Runs Away from Colonel Vennie in the Important Race of the Day., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-27


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DOUGLAS PARKS OPENING GREAT CROWD ASSEMBLES AND PROCEEDING BEGINS WITH TATRI0TIC DEMONSTRATION. Sleeth Beaten by Money Maker in the Speculation Stakes — Old Rosebud Runs Away from Colonel Vennio in the Important Race of the Day. Louisville. Ky.. May 20. The racing scene in this city was shifted to Deaglai Park, where the hitters thirteen days BMethag was inaugurated Ihis afternoon under most llatt.-nng far a continuation of the iM-elleiit r.ieing conditions existent since the opening of the sjx.rt in the hlue grass region. An .• : •. ptioiiall.v large patronage was on hand and the spaa ions nnd complete plant attained the crowding stage. The betting was on a par with the great crowd and the sport was immensely en -joe.|. Just as the hors.s emerged from the paddock in the opening da-h to w.-nd their way to the post, the big band, augmented for tl eeaaiaa, begaa the National Aatheai and simultaneously was unfurled "Old Chary" from the 128 foot flag staff erected in the ,., field. The flag n ising was accompanied by the I of cannon, that track superintendent Charles Nope Im.l re.|iiisitioii. l for the ocension. Coventor Stanley and many other prominent personages aras among those who viewed the ceremonies, the big crowd .he.ring hastily The weather was sultry and the skies overcast. presaging a downpour, which ev.ntuallv developed as the horses reached the barrier in the filth race. It subsided s.,011. While the Spe. -libit ion Stakes, wilh its .051 net io the ariaaer was the oatataadiag race trass a monetary view, the fifth race, in which a qaiahrt of Kentucky Handicap eligibles started, held out greater interest. The race was a disappolntmt nt. however, for it resulted in a hollow victorv for Old Kosebud. With the others, excepting" Leo Sheeny, us on.- old timer focetiaaaly put it. -all trying hard for last place. " If the showing of some in the race was intended to h lwink the handi- cappers. in the matter of weight iillotmeut in the Kentucky Handicap, the trainers and owners of these horses will find an aaperaaaal surprise in store when they scan the weight adjustment next Tuesday. Old Basehad was backed into an overwhelming clioi.e and he gave his supporters no concern after rounding into the stretch. Sleeth Disappoints in Speculation. Sleeth was regarded with the most favor in the Speculation Stakes but he sustained defeat by Mon.v Mak-r. alter flattering extensively until in the last seventy yards. This was the fifth, running of the Speculation Stakes, the brief history of which is as f allows: Year. Winner. A.Wt. Jockey. Val. Time. Pii:; Civ Pird 4 188 M. Baxtoa .82,100 1 :45 1911 Winning 111 C. ITliihauB 1,820 1:44% 1915 Bayhy Candle. .4 1112 W. Meehaa. 1.808 1 :47:lf. ion; G hasty Geerge.S 92 P. Powder.. 2,088 1:47*4 1917 Money Maker...". 107 C. Hunt .. 2,050 l:W3 The apart began in auspicious fashion for the favorite backer when Viva America, a first time starter, spreadeaglcd the others to win as her rider pleased. The next race went to P.radleys Choice which was making his first start in nearly two years. The third race, in which some crack sprinters started, was accounted f..r by Pringhurst, but for a while it appeared imminent that a disqualifi -cation would occur. Jackeya Murphy and Powder respectively, on Chalmers and Kalitan. lodging a claim of foul, which the judges would not allow. Briagharat appeared to bore over in the last sixteenth, impeding Chalmers and Kalitan. The incident came after Murphy had attempted to force Pringhurst wide on the stretch turn. Pif Jr. came out af the fifth race with a badly lacerated and bleeding hind leg, probably due to lieing kicked while at the post. The injury appeared grave. Money Maker, whih was entered for 00. was bid to Sl.Otl.". after his victory in the Speculation Stakes, J. M. Henry. Jr. doing the bidding. Jack ODow.l waa claimed out of the last race by D. Dean for 81,088. Dean was represented iu the race by BeaSJ Othellos Inconsistent Running Questioned. Trainer blase O.d.lblatt of the Jefferson Livingston stable, was .uestioned at length today by the judges relative to the inconsistency shown by Othello in several of his last starts and said that he was tired of him and ready to sell him. The judges are not concerned about the buying or selling of the stables horses, what they are expecting is consistency and they so informed the trainer. The stewards stated that Murphys presence in the stand after the third race was to state that he could not help boring on Kalitan as ha was bored by Pringhurst. Powder 011 the contrary claimed that Murphys action was deliberate. Members of the Kentucky State Racing Commission met this morning in the offices of Oen. W. P. Hahlemaii and transacted some minor business pertaining to Kentucky racing. Among the most important was the passing of a rule making twelve the field limit iu all races excepting stakes. On suggestion of Judge Allie Young, an experiment will be tried by Manager Hachmeister by putting on the daily program the rider of the horse in his previous start, likewise equipment, such as blinkers, bandages, bar plates and other adjuncts that the starter is equipped with. The intent of this is to give every available information possible to racing patrons concerning the starters. Daily owners will, as a result of the new order of things, have to make compulsory report as to their horses* equipment by nine oclock each morning. The members of the commission will again meet next Saturday iu the offices of Gen. W. B. Halde-inan. Manager Hachmeister introduced an innovation in mutuel betting here by using 00 straight tickets, one machine of this denomination being employed. Bonded Messengers for Grandstand. The racing commission members this morning gave permission to Kentucky tracks for the employment of bonded messengers for the accommodation of the grandstand patrons. This will be of siiecial benefit to occupants of the grandstand on big days, when the congestion causes many to refrain from going into the betting pavilion. All the money handled by the messengers must be bet in the machines. Jockey Kleeger departed for New York lmmedi- Continued on seventh page. DOUGLAS PARKS OPENING. Continued from first page. ately after the running of the fifth race. Schuyler L. Parsons also left at the same time. Andrew Miller will arrive next Thursday and remain until after the running of the Kentucky Handicap, in which his Roamer is to make his third effort at landing this rich prize. George C. Bennett came over from his home in Memphis to witness the racing. Harry F. Breivogel will accompany Matt J. Winn on his trip east. They will depart Monday. *ik-outs over :he thank*- I":ii track tins moiling were over tl fast lrr..-k. and were da follow •■-. Auriga — Mile in 1:15%. Bell Cow — Three-quarters in 1:17%. Cudgel— Mile in 1:42%. Day Day — Seven-eighths in 1:33. lay Dream — Thr v quarters in 110. Dr. Samuel — Mile in 1:43%. Elkton — Five-eighths in 1:04%. Fair Orient — Mile in 1:52. Fonersade — Mile in 1:48. Highland Lad— Mile in 1:44%. Irregular — Three-quarters in 1:17%. Jocular— Mile in 1:43%. Lindenthal — Mile in 1:54. Midway — Three -quarters in 1:17. Miles Finlan— Five-eighths in 1:04%. Paramount — Thre-qnarrers in J •!; . Prince Alert— Mile in 1:44%. f-t-ut Heart — Mi:e in 1:«5. Sun Maid — Three-quarters in 1:17%. Water War — Three-quarters in 1:16. Water Witch— Mile in 1:42%. Waterbass— Three-eighths in 37% ■ttnterford— Mile in 1;1j%. J

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