Arlington Honors Armour and Wright: Lindheimer Main Speaker of Luncheon for Post-Paddock Head, and Late Sportsman, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-28


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Arlington Honors Armour and Wright Lindheimer Main Speaker at Luncheon for Post-Paddock Head, and Late Sportsman ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, HI., June 27. — Benjamin F. Lindheimer, executive director of the Arlington Park ; Jockey Club, was the principal speaker at a luncheon today honoring Post and Paddock , Club president, Laurance Armour, , and in memory of the late Warren Wright, , who owned the Calumet breeding farm and J racing stable. The luncheon preceded the ! inaugural running of the 0,000 Warren 1 Wright Memorial Stakes. Highlight of the luncheon, attended by about 100 members and guests, was the presentation of portraits of Armour, who is celebrating his twentieth year as president and founder-member of the Post and 5 J Paddock Club, and of Wright, who was also a founder-member of Post and Paddock, and a director of Arlington Park. lindheimer, introduced by John D. Allen, president of Arlington Park, said that it was a "most unusual pleasure . . to honor r two devoted friends . . and to pay proper r tribute to their splendid contribution to ■ Arlington Park." He outlined briefly the contributions to racing and the Post and Paddock Club of the two men. Lindheimer recalled Wrights first winner, named Warren Jr., who scampered 1 across the finish line 19 years ago to the J day of the luncheon being held in his memory. "It was at about this time," said Lindheimer, " "that Mr. Wrights real interest * and great attachment to racing began." Winnings Nearly ,000,000 "In his first year, his Wrights racing * stables winnings were ,150. In 1947 they were ,402,436. In 19 Vi years the total is , nearly ,000,000. This fabulous record will probably stand for years and years to come, ; or may never be surpassed." Of Armour, Lindheim said, "When our group acquired Arlington Park in 1940, president John D. Allen stated to the press that we hoped to prove ourselves worthy of the fine background and reputation of * Arlington Park. We also believe that the best acquisition that came with our purchase " was our present guest of honor, Laurance Armour." Lindheimer said that "many of the improvements T that have made the Post and Paddock Club the finest of its kind in the * United States are directly attributable to Laurance Armour." Lindheimer presented the two portraits to Weymouth Kirkland, another founder-member _ of the Post and Paddock Club, who praised Lindheimers accomplishments at Arlington Park, saying, "The day Ben Lindheimer became the executive director of the Arlington Park Jockey Club, Chicago ~ racing assumed the position it deserves. " From that day to this no man could have given to Chicago better or more honest racing." A letter to Lindheimer from Mrs. Warren Wright explained her absence from n the luncheon. The letter, addressed to Lindheimer, was s as follows: "This is a very nice thing you are doing g in Warrens memory — both the race and the luncheon. Thank you so very much. i. Im not quite up to attending Arlington q yet, where we spent, so many happy times s together. But I shall be there with my y heart. "I want also to thank you for the recognition - you are giving Laurance for his s many years of service. He is such a very y fine person and very deserving. "My best wishes for a very successful il meeting, and may each day bring you better - and better health to enjoy it. "Most sincerely, Lucille Wright."

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