To Use Funds for Civic And Patriotic Purposes: Ak-Sar-Ben Officials Announce Plans for Meet Opening Tuesday, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-14


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To Use Funds for Civic And Patriotic Purposes Ak-Sar-Ben Officials Announce Plans for Meet Opening Tuesday OMAHA, Neb., June 13. — Horses from every part of the country are gathering here at Ak-Sav-Ben for the revival race meeting that will open next Tuesday, June 19. for a run of 30 days after a two-year voluntary blackout. Nebraska and Iowa horsemen will be prominent among those contending for approximately 75,000 in purses. The committee in charge of the meet for Ak-Sar-Ben, headed by George Brandeis, has made Inaugural Day a "War Bond Day." Every person purchasing an E Bond at a downtown booth for a week preceding the opening will be presented with a grandstand ticket, free, with Ak-Sar-Ben paying the state and federal admission taxes. The committee hopes to pile up a total of bond sales which will set a record for any race track in the country. When the Army returned part of the facilities at Ak-Sar-Ben field a few weeks ago so the organization could race, it was immediately announced that the entire proceeds of the meet would be used for patriotic and civic purposes. A considerable portion of the receipts will go to Nebraskas Qounty fairs, which share in the proceeds. A large slice will go to Ak-Sar-Bens "Smiles for Soldiers" program, which provides entertainment and athletic equipment for the armed forces. In keeping with this program, too, Ak-Sar-Ben will admit all members of the armed forces without charge throughout the race meet. Twilight racing will be introduced for the first time this year, with a trial program on Thursday. June 21, beginning at 4 p. m. Racing on all other days will start at 2:15 p. m. The meet continues through Saturday, July 28. with no racing on Sundays or Mondays.

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