Illinois News and Notes, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-21


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Illinois News and Notes LINCOLN FIELDS fat Hawthorne, June 20. One of the Bahr starting gates now in use at Hawthorne will be transferred to Lincoln Fields Sunday for the benefit of horsemen whose thoroughbreds are quartered there during the meeting at Washington Park. Paul Morris has departed for Omaha with Amalka, Meminisse, Alpine Light and Hanid, owned by Mrs. Janet Hoaglin. Apprentice Ray Bendinelli. under contract to the Happy Hour Farm, had the first mount of his career at Hawthorne Monday. C. R. Valentine arrived from Louisville with the horses Pretty Mary and Valleys Pal. Larry Bogenschutz, racing secretary at Churchill Downs, arrived from Louisville. He will be a member of the official staff at Washington Park. Pvt. Mike Pantone has applied for a jockeys license and may accept a few mounts here. Tom Young, track superintendent of Churchill Downs and Lincoln Fields, is here for the balance of the Lincoln Fields meeting at Hawthorne. Young reports that more than 250 horses shipped up here from Louisville since last Friday. R. Fenton purchased Foot to Foot from J. Schwab at private terms. R. Conino will train the horse. WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, 111., June 20. John Murphree of Lexington arrived in Chicago and joined the Arlington-Washington Park publicity staff headed by Howard Barry. S. L. James, who will be a member of the official staff here, came in from his home in Florida. That trainer Tommy Root will start two Woolford Farm horses in the Skokie Handicap at Washington Park was indicated when he took a call on the services of jockey F. A. Smith. Billy Nichols is the stables contract rider. Washington Park patrons will find some improvement in the appearance of the plant when they visit it this summer. The centerfield has been relandscaped and a beautiful coral red roof now covers the grand stand. Horsemen here are pleased with the condition of the race track which has received an abnormal amount of rain this spring. Charles Gormley, who is a member of this associations racing staff, came in from Louisville. Jockeys Douglas Dodson, Joe Wagner, Billy Thompson, George South, Willie Garner, Albert Bodiou and C. L. Maxtin are here and will be prepared to accept mounts when the season opens here next week. Several now are accepting mounts at the Lincoln Fields meeting. I

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