Helping to Popularize Sport of Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1917-07-12


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HELPING TO POPULARIZE SPORT OF RACING. An excellent way to make racing more popular with the citizens of the state lias been devised by the residents of Queens, Long Island. On the Fourth of July night they held a set of pony races in connection with their Safe and Sane celebration at Belmont Park Terminal, and many persons who had never before seen a horse race stamped the snort as the equal of any thriller they had ever enjoyed. For several months a committee, representing the residents of the town, worked on a program for the celebration. Edward Bucler was the chairman and to his aid went a host of noted trainers, who stable their horses at the Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Jamaica tracks. Thomas Ilealey, who lias charge of the Richard; T. Wilsons thoroughbreds; Louis Feustcl, William Midgley, Ed Hcffner, Jerry Carroll, Bill Karrick and Maxey Hirsch furnished their little steeds and officiated at the meeting. Louis Feustel was the starter, with Johnny McTaggart, the noted jockey, his assistant. Messrs. Healey, .Karrick and Bueler acted as the judges. The first event was a real thriller. It was at a quarter of a mile and, after a stirring contest, went to White Sox, with Master William Midgley, a son of the noted trainer, in the saddle. Rowdy, owned by Mr. Karrick, finished second, and Rocky, belonging to H. C. Pelz, was third. The next event at the same distance resulted in another great race. Little Ed Hcffner, a son of the trainer who has charge of II. C. Hallonbacks thoroughbreds, rode Pepper homo a length ahead of Snow Ball, which was ridden by Little Jack Healey, son of Mr. Wilsons noted trainer. The third race brought most thrills of all. Louis Feustels Alfa earned the decision after Jack Healey had ridden like a fashionable jockey. His vigorous finish enabled Alfa to beat home Sleepy Sand and Havana Dick by a narrow margin. A hurdle race was included in the program. This contest went to Pretty Boy, ridden by Master Preece, a son of Godfrey Preece. Alfa started in this race, too, and finished second. Sleepy Sand was third. New York Sun.

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