Horsemen, Fans to View Changes at Ak-Sar-Ben: New Modernized Track Cafe Will Seat 120; Other Improvements, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-16


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Horsemen, Fans to View Changes at Ak-Sar-Ben New Modernized Track Cafe Will Seat 120; Other Improvements OMAHA, Nebr., May 15.— Ak-Sar-Ben race fans and visiting horsemen will be treated to many improvements and innovations at the popular Omaha track when the civic organizations 35 -day race meet gets under way next Tuesday, May 20. Owners, trainers and jockeys already are singing the praises, of the completely modernized track cafe. The old counter in the cafe was removed early this spring and replaced by new decorations, lighting fixtures and tables and chairs for 120 people. The modern self-service restaurant greatly increases individual service and adds to the convenience and comfort of patrons. Landscaping and manicuring of the infield and grandstand area will present a colorful picture with the planting of thousands of flowers and a wide variety of new trees and shrubbery. The additional landscaping air over the Ak-Sar-Ben grounds is part of a five-year beautification program and already has „ drawn admiring compliments from horsemen here for the 1952 meet. For the further convenience of patrons and horsemen Ak-Sar-Ben now is completing the construction of a 50,000 paving program which will put a total of more than 20 acres under concrete and provide free paved parking space for more than 5.000 cars. Meanwhile, the thoroughbred colony at the track is enjoying ideal weather for extensive conditioning prior to Tuesdays opening day festivities. R. A. "Dick" Leigh, in his twelfth year as director of racing at Ak-Sar-Ben, said the track is "lightning fast" and in its best condition in years.

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