Slavin Plays Host on Kentucky Day: River Downs Tuesday Card to Honor Neighbor States Cities; Dignitaries Guests, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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Slavin Plays Host On "Kentucky Day River Downs Tuesday Card To Honor Neighbor States Cities; Dignitaries Guests By Staff Correspondent RIVER DOWNS, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 5. Kentucky, often called- the "nursery of thoroughbred racing," will be significantly honored at River Downs next Tuesday when an eight-race program will be designed to give full honors to "Kentucky Day." Leon A. Slavin, president and gen-? eral manager of this race plant, said he is "proud and happy to open his gates to the wonderful race fans from Kentucky." Slavin said free admission tickets will be distributed along the majo highways leading into Cincinnati from Kentucky. .Racing fans from the Blue Grass region may obtain their tickets from bus stations and service stations. The eight-race program will be designed and named for Kentuckys principal cities in addition to smaller cities in the northern and central part of the state. The featured race which will go as the seventh race will be billed as the Kentucky Day Purse, designed for three-year-olds and upward over a mile and one-sixteenth. Schedule Two Turf Races As an added feature two turf races have been scheduled. The fourth race the Newport Purse will feature four-year-olds and upward over seven furlongs, while the fifth race the Frankfort Purse will be on the grass over a mile with four-year-olds and upward going postward. -The Kentucky Day program wilf include the Paris Purse in the first race, the Maysville Purse in the second, the Covington Purse in the third, the Lexington Purse in the sixth and the Louisville Purse in the eighth race. Slavin is particularly pleased that racing secretary Jimmy Ross has come up with back-to-back turf races for Kentucky Day. "We have one of the finest turf courses in America. Even if it rains the night before, the drainage is so swift and complete a firm turf course will prevail by post time," he said. Dignitaries from the state capital at Frankfort, plus members of the Kentucky State Racing Commission, have been invited to participate in the Kentucky Day program. A large contingent of Kentuckys press, radio and television corps also is expected to be in attendance. Nominations for the Kentucky Handicap follow: Big Steve Nordic Lad Infidel Pappy Lady Bolero Romantic Link Little Pumpkin Sunday Star Misty Red Tiger Sun Mrs. K. L. Tyus

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