Beulah Park Inaugurates Spring Meeting Saturday: Class of Horses on Grounds Points to Successful Season, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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Beulah Park Inaugurates Spring Meeting Saturday Class of Horses on Grounds Points to Successful Season By A. L. SHIELDS Staff Correspondent BEULAH PARK, Grove City, Ohio, May 7. — This beautiful central Ohio mile plant opens its gates for a 19-day stand Saturday and continues through May 30. The high spot of the spring session will be reached when the ,000 Governors Handicap at 1 1-16 miles is decided on the closing day. The Inaugural Purse for three-year-olds and older will serve as the opening day feature and a crowd of some 8,000 is expected be on hand to welcome back the sport to this area after an absence of eight months. Track superintendent C. K. Keller reports that all is in readiness for the upcoming meeting and that the stable area is presently housing 700 head. Keller said several improvements have been made since the fall meeting of last year. The newly built Jordan Hall in the horsemens area has been opened and is the only recreation room of its kind in the state of Ohio. The administration building, constructed two years ago, and which houses the racing secretarys office, stewards offices, publicity department, jockeys quarters and racing commission has had a new tile flooring installed. Electrically cooled drinking fountains are also being installed throughout the grounds for the comfort of the fans. Racing secretary Charles W. Smith, who is replacing the ailing Fred Burton, anticipates no difficulty in filling races because of the large equine colony. Smith, who will be serving his first term at this course, serves in the same capacity at Scarborough Downs in Maine. Jockey room custodian Bill Hudson is busily engaged in checking in the riders who are arriving from all points. Paul A. Ward, a leading rider here on many occasions, now vacationing at Hot Springs, reports he :will come back to the scene of his many triumphs, as will J. C. Fernandez, Jimmy Dobson, Bobby Wall, Larry Grubb, John Neville, Blake Collins, Harrel Bolin. Guilermo Silva, Tommy OKeefe, Phil Borgemenke and others. Many of the trainers who have been regulars at this course for several seasons have their charges bedded down and ready for action. On hand are such names familiar to the followers of the sport as Gaile Osborne, W. B. Alevander, Charely Hill, George Clem, D. G. Post, Verbin Turner Jr.. M. V. Courtney, George T. Harris, Jim Bronnenberg and L. T. Schavel.

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