Reflections: Boston Trolleys Ideal at Suffolk; War Relief Plans at Boston Track; Smith Says Rockingham Will Run; Speculate on Massachusetts Cap, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-27


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Nelson Dunstan REFLECTIONS By Nelson Dunstan Boston Trolleys Ideal at Suffolk War Relief Plans at Boston Track Smith Says Rockingham Will Run Speculate on Massachusetts Cap BOSTON Mass May 26 26George George Lewis mutuel director at Detroit announces that 15 women serving as mutuel sellers perforated their tasks in excellent fashion The return of the tele timer to Belmont was hailed by speed handicappers Secretary Charles McLennan McLennanexpects expects at least eight to start in Saturdays 5000 Puritan Handicap at Suffolk Willie Day arrives and swells the Suffolk riding ranks to an even 50 Jack Pryce who trained Display is a judge at the Boston track Samuel D Riddle master of Glen Riddle and owner of Man o War has established a home at Garden City L I and has purchased a rubbertired surrey to journey to Belmont Park daily a dis ¬ tance of four miles Eddie Mack widely known in Boston sport circles is now a suc ¬ cessful fight promoter Boston racing fans were deeply shocked by the sudden death of Emerson F Woodward Alex M Robb of the Thoroughbred Racing Associa ¬ tions made a fine address at the dinner Suffolk Downs officials gave for the New England turf writers on Tues ¬ day night Ed Brown popular Suffolk steward is busy the year round as a racing official Walter Donovan and Gene Mori of Garden State Park will be weekend visitors at Suffolk Downs Bob Frend is doing a fine job in sending the fields away up here in Boston Mrs Jane Wells Kilmer widow of Willis Sharpe Kilmer wires Suntica today foaled a beautiful bay colt by War Ad ¬ miral Boston is in something of a transportation dither but the trolley cars are running so Suffolk Downs racing1 again has done well with a goodsized crowd on hand Trying to drive a car into the Boston track is as hard as finding a threeyearold to beat Count Fleet Approaching the track you see signs reading Parking area closed and only the first three days of the meeting were necessary to convince drivers that the Suffolk offi ¬ cials were determined to live up to all regulations No city has better trolley facilities to a track and Charles F Adams told us that he has been approached by dozens of strangers and complimented for the tracks attitude on the closing of the parking area He said As matters have turned out our first decision to discourage driving was the wisest The fans up here caught the spirit And with that he took us through the stable area where quite a few of the horsemen have their victory gardens The beauty of the Suffolk centerfield is in no way impaired by the large patch where broccoli and vegetables are grown Beyond the judges stand is a V made of the flags of all allied nations and it makes one of the most colorful decorations we have ever seen on a race track trackLou Lou Smith of Rockingham Park is at Suffolk and by no means has given up the idea of staging the meeting scheduled to open July 18 and run for 18 days If it should develop that Rockingham does not open Charles F Adams told us we will continue our meeting for three weeks and devote the proceeds to War Relief If Rock ¬ ingham does open we will give the last three days of the Suffolk meeting to relief organizations We made our arrangements with the Red Cross prior to the request of the Turf Committee of America that racing of July 5 be in the interest of War Relief Our three days will mean more however than if we had donated the July 5 proceeds even though the Massachusetts Handicap with 50000 added is scheduled for that holiday Lou Smith is making War Relief plans for Rockingham so whichever track operates from July 18 on New JEngland is going to be a powerful contributor to racings fund which reached 3200000 last season With curtailed racing in many localities the goal of 2000000 is naturally going to be harder to fulfill this year But hi our travels we find track owners eager to do their share in reaching the goal even should it fall short of last years fine showing As at most tracks the crowds at Suffolk Downs come close to capacity om the weekends Throngs of from 19000 to 22000 have witnessed the sport on recent weekends but those figures are likely to increase sharply as the meeting advances to such events as the 7500 Betsy Ross Stakes on June 19 followed by the 7500 Myles Standish Stakes 510000 Hannah Dustin Handi ¬ cap 550000 Massachusetts Handicap and 15000 Mayflower Stakes Stall space is at a premium but they can always make room for the name horses such events attract Roaming around we already hear speculation as to possibilities for the 50000 Massachusetts Handicap one of the richest races of the season With the older division rich in quantity and quality this should be one of the best renewals since the race was inaugurated in 1935 It has never been won by other than a good horse Whirlaway taking last years reneway from Rounders and Attention Ben Jones has made no public state ¬ ment as to Whirlaways whereabouts on July 5 but he does say he is considering the 510000 Hannah Dustin Handicap for MarKell or Nellie L This event at one and onesixteenth miles is for fillies and mares threeyearolds and over Either one would draw her share of support on Belmont form formAwards Awards to breeders are being discussed and favorably wherever racing men meet The approval of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations news letter to 33 mem ¬ ber race tracks says To the DAILY RACING FORM and MORNING TELEGRAPH which on April 24 advocate consideration of a breeders award laurels for the sug ¬ gestion The announcement of breeders awards in New York and elsewhere evidences that interest and we would urge all tracks to follow suit This writer knows of quite a few tracks who are considering awards but are debating the best way in which it should be handled There is soundness in the slogan Bigger purses for better horses and it stands to reason that the same idea should hold good in making breeders awards As this paper has stressed editorially a horse winning a 25000 stake event should certainly be rewarded more than one who wins a 2500 claiming race The important thing at the moment however is that the plan is taking hold throughout the country Once started the actual solution to the best way will evolve with uni ¬ formity eventually the case New Yorks start is the groundwork and it is safe to say others will shortly follow suit

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