Horses Begin to Arrive at Monmouth Course: Withastar, My Celeste Among Arrivals; Track Open June 16, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-07


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Horses Begin to Arrive At Monmouth Course With a star, My Celeste Among Arrivals; Track Open June 16 OCEANPORT, N. J., June 6.— A swelling tide of thoroughbreds converged on Monmouth Park today for a brief vacation before the June 16 opening of the northern New Jersey horse racing season. All of the early arrivals had been campaigning at the recent Garden State Park meeting, but will be joined soon by stables from New York, Delaware, New England and Kentucky. First horseman to lead his charges from the vans was the New Jersey trainer, George S. Howell, with eight in tow. Those bedded "down on the back stretch included Withastar, Whatuduin, Wind Music, Wee Venture and Wise Idea. Howell trains for his wife and for W. M. Wickman, whose horses are named starting with the letter "W," a distinguishing feature of the barn. W. S. Cotton, a regular at the seashore track since the 1946 revival of racing in the area, came with My Celeste, Miss Topic, Black Venus, Faralay and others. R R. Dickman, conditioner for the Detroit sportsman, Charles Bonn, unloaded Deluge, Alfa-dur, Fox Challenge, Clever Reward, Roedna and Mental Gymnast. The Leonard Hunt detachment was headed by the fleet but sometimes faint - hearted Passemson, flanked by King Prince, Picklerose, Measure Up, Larry A, Aras Boy and other members of a well-balanced division. Another interesting arrival was Aria Funger with three horses who will perform in the silks of Mrs. L. V. Weil. The good three-year-old Errard Beau was mainstay of the small string, which also included Some Traffic and Errard Lea. Vans continue to arrive at Monmouth Park throughout the day, bringing the first influx of runners to more than 100, a fraction of the 1,300 who will be in the area by the June 16 getaway. Although racing officials have attempted to Stretch the stalls to accommodate as many horsemen as pos-" sible, the demand for stabling space continues and many trainers are-attempting to secure empty stalls off the grounds, within easy vanning distance of the track. The Brookdale Farm, which has been taken over by the track management in the past for the equine overflow, will be reserved in the main for hurdle horses who are due later in the meeting for the scheduled program of hurdle races.* It marks the first return of the jumpers to Monmouth Park since the old track flourished in 1893.

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