Open Executive Offices at Centennial Course: Racing Strip at Denver Track Rapidly Nearing Peak Condition, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-09


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Open Executive Offices At Centennial Course Racing Strip at Denver Track Rapidly Nearing Peak Condition - LITTLETON, Colo., June 8. — General manager Willard P. "Bill" Tunney has opened the executive and general offices at Centennial Park. Track superintendent John Woodward had everything in top shape for the various staffs which moved right in and started the tedious task of readying things for the opening of the meeting here, slated for Saturday, June 30. Meanwhile, work on the centerfield has gone on with remarkable success. Woodward has a full crew of gardeners working daily with the abundance of floral sets which form a perfect backdrop in the infield. The racing strip itself has been in top shape for several weeks, and is fast reaching peak condition. Work on the newly constructed Turf Club is rapidly reaching completion. Carpenters are finishing the installation of a new mutuel plant, which will serve members of the Turf Club. In the racing secretarys office, Bill Milner, assistant racing secretary, stated that over 1,800 applications have already been received for stall allotments. Since Centennial can accommodate slightly over 900 horses it assures an abundance of horses during the meeting. After further checking his list of approvals, Milner seems certain that the type of horse to be seen at Centennial Park this year will be decidedly of a higher grade than campaigned here during the inaugural meeting last year. He asks, however, that no horsemen ship to Centennial Park until they have received written confirmation of their stall space, since the latter will be at a decided premium well before the meeting gets under way. Among the more recent arrivals at Centennial Tuesday were Jack Phillips, the Monte Vista, Colo., horseman who brought in 15 head. The Phillips horses have been turned out during the winter months. Heading the shipment was the undefeated three-year-old filly, Miss Sissy, who captured the Raton Futurity last summer. An arrival in the quarter horse department was Don Severns, who brought in 11 "short" horses. The top horse in the Severns shipment is the double-A performer, Pokie Star, who will be seen in top quarter horse events during the Centennial meeting. Severns had a narrow escape just outside of Denver when his trailer was turned over, but the damages were slight with only two horses being "slightly scratched."

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