Latonias "Red Letter Day.": Thirty-Fifth Renewal of the Valuable Latonia Derby to Be Decided This Afternoon., Daily Racing Form, 1917-06-16


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LATONIAS "RED LETTER DAY." Thirty-Fifth Renewal of the Valuable Latonia Derby to Be Decided Ma Afternoon. Lataahx, Ky.. June IS. — Tomorrow is the "red htter day" at the latoaia race track, th- occasion beiag the thirty fifth reaewal of the Derby, one of the oldest events of its kind in the Halted SI it -and the only Derby which is run over the regulation Derby route, one and ne half mih s. Nut oiilv is it one of the oldest stakes, hut one of the richest as well, as it lias .in added value of 0,000 and stake races nowadays whose valies run into fire figures are ft w and far between. The Latoaia Derby is to tin race-goera of Cia-rinanati. noathera Ohio and aorthera Keatacky what the Kentucky Derby is to the people of Loaisville aad soothera Keatacky, and each year sees more interest manifested ill it. 1 ro.n the .car of it- inception m 1883, it has beea aoa by ssaaj thor ooghbreda which bare afterwards helped make tarl history as yreat ilrea sad progea] were n-n. ■: in demand becaase of their stayiag qualities. Betdosa bare eaatera oaraed or raised h r-.-s cut much fhjare m the raaaiag of the Latoaia Dsrby. altboagh upon several occasion* that section ol the country has sent aoaic of its best represents fives to the Milhl.ile coarse to run for the rich prise, This was especially trie- of last year, when George Smith. John Sanfords son of Out of Beach Coasuello II.. fresh froai his victory ia tlw Keatacky Derby, caate here from the cast and started in tie- Latoaia Derby, hut tne best he ■ ■■, I l ■ waa to finish second. However, ■ : u tn.Ms rhaaged al the eleventh hour on him. or le-mighl hare woa it, as be had always raced best • ■n a last track ilid le- was forced to go over tla- i. .lite of a mile and a half in the mud. with such a superior mul horse as Dodge as a rival. Bij Crowd Expected with Good Weather. Indications poial t.. a fast track for the dr cisioa of the iit7 Hi rh and, with | I weather prevailing, it is expected that the largest crowd ever within the gates of the famous oil racetrack will see the rice run. Last year a new attendance record was M-t oa Derby Day. Tie-usual congestion, which in former years madi conditions uiicomfort.iMe to a large extent for the Latoaia patroas, will be conspicuous by its ab-seace this year, as with a free paddock there will l.e room to accomodate several thousand more people on the lawn. In order that all who wish to wager m-iy have a chaii.c in back their choice; in the Derby, General Maaager Joha 11. Hachaaemter will hare pari mutiiei machines to take beta on the Derby aaly. They will be open, d at 1 oclock and kepi open until a few miaatea before the horse, go to the post for the big rue. These machines will handle straight, place ami show wagers and will be situated on the lawn just oat of the main betting riag. Large delegations from Loaisville, Lexington. Naahville. Memphis, Indianapolis. St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland and many cities within a radius of four hundred miles of Cincinnati will 1 i. hand for the Derby. BxcarshMM will In- rim li tin- Blaegrass sections of Kentucky and the enthusiasts from that pari of the stale will tarn out iii force because of their beiag reprea ated in the Kerb.- by two of the Kentucky choices. Midway ami Opportunity, Loaisville always sends several hundred or a thousand people ap to see the race run. am! they have train accommodations of the best sort, as the train from the Kalis City raaaiag up stops at the race track gate ia the forenoon and also stops there for them on the wax-back after the races. Jockey Loftus Comes to Ride Liberty Loan. Jockey John Loftaa, who will pilot Liberty Loan, formerly Al M. Dick, in the Derby, will arrive tomorrow moraiag from Behaoal lark. A. K. Ma comber, owner of Liberty Loan, mi! l.oftus hi re in the hope that his superior horsemanship ma] re suit in his newly acquired thoroagbbred winning the big stake, as there are few equals to this rider when • t conies to racing over a Ion- route or at patting up a rousing finish in sack a rice. 1», sj it.- his ill-luck wtih his haraea in the Keatacky Derby and tin- Keatacky Handicap. Mr. Macomber was not discouraged by tin- showing his charges made an ■. when he f.uind that he did not have a three I old .oniiy for a braising race in the Latoaia Derby, he Immediately spent si-p.tMit, or Libert] Loan. Which at that time was Al M. Kick, so that he would have a strong hand to play in the race. The final preparations for the Detbj candidates as far as real hard work was concerned were given them Thursday afternoon helve n race;, when Cudirol went one and me quarter miles, Opportunity Hie same distance ami Midway went Over the lull Derby route, while several of the other- were galloped fast in the morning. Lack of condition will be no alibi this s.:,s „ for the defeated horses, as every trainer has araaaaaced his horae in good condition and has aid thil excaaes, except for laid raciag luck, will be out of ardor after the eveal is over.

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