Blue Bonnets Inaugural: Patrons of Montreal Track to Find Many Improvements When Gates Open Today, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-17


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BLUE BONNETS INAUGURAL Patrons of Montreal Track to Find Many Improvements When Gates Open Today. MONTREAL, Que, June 16. Patrons of the Blue Bonnets tracks will besurprised at the wonderful improvements made in that plant by the Montreal Jockey Club since the close of their fall meeting in 1926. A grandstand; doubled in capacity and now over 300 feet long, capable of accommodating the largest gathering that ever turned out at a,raeo "meeting in this section, has been erected and many other improvements-madtf, not-only- for the comfort of racegoers, but the horsemerr as well. Track superintendent MacDonaldson has the course in better condition than ever and a lightning fast track will be in order, provided, however, that no rain falls in the meantime. There are more horses here than in recent years and, better still, the class is of a much higher grade. Every: stall on the grounds has an occupant. There appears to be much more local enthusiasm than usual in. the meeting and all that is necessary for a most successful meeting is pleasant weather. The program for the opening day is made up .of. seven, races .with . the Kindergarten Stakes, a dash of five-eighths, for two-year-olds, and the Blue Bonnets Handicap, for three-year-olds and upward, at three-quarters, as the chief attractions. The Cartierville Purse, a condition dash at one mile, also brings together a good field. T. J. Healey strengthened the Canadian division of the W. J. Salmon stable by the addition of Punjab, Powhatan and the two-year-old Congress, which arrived here from Belmont Park this morning. These three were unloaded in good condition, as frisky as kittens. Charm and Scat, the property of E. Arlington, were other arrivals from New York. Reports which reached here this morning from Hamilton were that the useful Canadian-bred Doc Gaiety had fallen during a workout and broken his leg. Doc Gaiety was a frequent winner and raced as tho property of E. Glassco. J. W. Healy, trainer of the A. C. Bostwick stable, wired that he would be unable to ship the Bostwick horses from New York until the second meeting at Blue Bonnets. John Turner, who has acted in an-official capacity at the Maryland and Miami tracks, is here filling the position of racing secretary and handicapper. Of the fourteen nominations made for the Blue Bonnets Handicap on the opening day, Mr. Turner had the satisfaction of having ten of the number accepting. Happy Gordon has jockeys Josia, T. Wilson and J. Hastie under his wing and will make their engagements during the Blue Bonnets meeting. Gordon received a letter from "Sonny" Workman last week in which the latter wrote that he expected to be in shape to ride again by the opening of the Saratoga meeting. David Gilles, who is here acting as one of the judges, has requested that all horsemen who contemplate shipping from here to Hamilton consult with him regarding stable room before leaving Montreal. He will also receive applications for badges.

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