Camden Race Strip Will Be Improved: Work Is Under Supervision Of Thomas J. Healey--New Top Dressing to Be Applied, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-02


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Camden Race Strip Will Be Improved ImprovedWork Work Is Under Supervision Of Thomas J Healey New Top Dressing to Be Applied AppliedCAMDEN CAMDEN N J June 1 Thomas J Healey noted horseman and racing official has volunteered to supervise the develop ¬ ment and improvement of the racing strip at Garden State Park which opens its 50 day meeting here on July 7 general man ¬ ager Walter H Donovan said today todayServing Serving as steward representing the New Jersey State Racing Commission Healeys seasoned advice and assistance contributed to the successful inaugural meeting at Americas newest racing grounds last sum ¬ mer After a long and honored career as trainer for many of this countrys foremost owners Healey entered the ranks of turf officialdom several years ago and now is a steward at Garden State Park and the Fair Grounds in New Orleans This spring he was appointed director of racing at historic Pimlico and reappointed New Jerseys state steward stewardTo To Spend Several Weeks on Grounds GroundsJudge Judge Healey will have full charge of the conditioning and improving of the track Donovan said We are fortunate to have a man of his experience and en ¬ thusiasm to help us He came down from his home at Red Bank to inspect the course a few days ago and will spend several weeks on the ground directing the work before the meeting opens opensThousands Thousands of cubic yards of new topsoil have been worked into the track to deepen the cushion The most modern equipment available and long hours of hard work are going into the improvement of the track The drainage system has been finished off to speed up the dryingout after rains rainsHorsemen Horsemen wont recognize this racing surface when they arrive this season Healey predicted The track crew has worked long and hard on it during the off months and the new top dressing assures a safe cushion for the horses horsesDonovan Donovan said that the track would be open for training on or about June 8 We might have it ready before that date but we want to be sure that it will meet the most exacting demands before a horse Is permitted to put a foot on it itThe The Garden State Park oval is a mile in circumference with deeply banked turns and wide stretches It is 100 feet wide through the front stretch and 85 through the back stretch There are starting chutes for six furlongs and mile and a quarter

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