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I The first edition of the Gener- al ~English} Stud Book was pub- lished in 1793, but importations of eas,tern sires to England had been made for hundreds o[ years before it was issued; in fact, sin- ce the Crusades in the 12th Cen- tury. A study of the first edition reveals the names of 174 imported eastern sires who apepar in the pedigree of the 100 mares men- tioned. A remarkable and astounding item is that only three of the 174 :have lived on in their male line, or, in breeding parlance, what qs known as "tail-male." This means f~:om sire ~father~ to son, to grand son, t,o great-grandson, etc., and it is always to be found in the top line of a pedigree. For example: If one glances at ?:he "top line" of the ,pedigree of Man O'War, he will find it reads ~air Play, Hastings, Spendthrift, Australian, West Australian, Mel- abian. Only Three Survived Why only three horses survived in tail-male will ever remain a mystery. But it is so, and every thoroughbred in the world today traces directly ~in tail-male) to one of ,them, i. e.: the Darley Ara bian, the Byerly Turk of the God- olphin Barb. Used as an officer's charger 'by a Captain Byerly in King Will- iam'.s wars in Ireland about 1689, it is believed the Byerly Turk was captured from the Turks, or, ac- cording to another source, was brought from the Levant in 1865. The second of the trio to reach England was the Darley Arabiah. He was imported as a four-year- old about 1704 by a Thomas Dar- ley. His history is somewhat ob- ---TO--- MAY ON MAY 1 I Complete Building and Lumber Supplies PHONE 650 CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. I Vast Amount From Page One and it came just in the nick of time, because time was Iast run- ning on the getting the track built and ready for operation. By the time the weather turned fine, the blasting and moving o'f earth had all but been completed. Then floodlights and other ,por- table lights were brought into use i to illuminate the area so work could be put on a day and night shift. A huge aluminium maintenance and storage building was the first building to go up. Then came row upon row of concrete block and a,lumnium barns, enough to stable 650 horses. The 5/8 mile racing strip then had to be rushed to completion so that it could have aL least a part of the Winter months for settling puz'poses. A completely modern grand- s,tand, large enough to accomodate 5,000 people and a luxuz'ious club- house, one of the largest and most lavishing of it's kind in the East got the construction superinten- dent's attention next. After that came a large mutuel building, replete with restaurant etc. then the 22-acre parking sec- tion, and finally the landscaping and installations of all types of the most modern machinery and appliances. Vast Moving Operations To accomplish all of this vast amounts of stone and earth had to be first moved out. Even lar- ger amoun,ts of materials and equi,pment were moved in. For instance after the thous- ands of tons of stone had been hauled elsewhere some 50,000 tons of smaller stone was hauled in for use in construction work. Nearly a million square feet of concrete had to be poured; enor- mous quantities of sand, cerrlent and water had to be brought in. Thousands of tons of steel, over 100.000 concrete blocks ,more than 80 miles of conduit, another 30 miles of wire and cable had to be brought in for the big projects. Then special light bulbs for the track's unique lighting system had to be purchased by the hundreds and light bulbs for the other fac- ,ilities came in by the thousands along with same 1,000 feet of flora" escent lighting. The some 34,500 volts of pow- er had to be taken from the Po- tomac Edison's sub-power station erected at the track, mm under- I ground conduit to the main con- trol room, and thence to all parts of the track. Macadam by the thousands of tons for the roads and parking area came. Aluminium by the thousands of tons for the barns, grandstand, maintenance build- ing and track fence. Wire by the dozens of huge big rolls for the wire fencing which stretches a- round the Shenandoah Downs property were hauled in' and erec- ted. Many Had Part In It Although the Frederick Con- stl-~ction Company of Frederick, Md. has been the general contrac tots for this huge project, many other companies have operated under sub-contracts for certain phases of the work. Still many other firms have supplied much of the material which have gone into the track and it's facilities. For instance Miller-IAskey of rTac:c~-;lGw~, **id. hat, died Lho b~p job of the electrical installations at the track after the Potomac Light and Power Company had put in the sub.power station and placed power poles in certain areas of the track. There was also Miller and Anderson of Winches- ter, Va., contractors for the plum bing, heating, water and sewerage installations; there was S. L. Min ghini & Son of Martinsburg, who erected the barns, mutuels build- ing and the beautiful fountain in front of the clubhouse; there was the Holston Steel Company which provided all the steel for the club house and grandstand; there was Victor Ditto of Hagerstown which did the erection of the steel for the clubhouse; there was Howard Speaks of Harpers Ferry; Potomac Construction Company of Mar- tinsburg; the Elders Construction Company of Bladensburg, Md.; the Richard Kline Company of Prederick, Md. and Corbett & Thompson of Palls Church, Va.; which did the excavating work. And many, many more that paid some part in this project all work- ing together as a great team. In general it was a big job and It carrys with it a big construction s tory. READ THE CLASSIFIEDS ---TO--- We take this opportunity to Best Wishes for extend A 0 Structural Steel PHONE 253 CHARLES SPIRI'r OF JEFFERSON S--A THURSDAY, APRIL For A -- To - " NWEST, BRIOHTEST TRACK IN AMERICA , May 1st. bepl erG towu egi ter, -- Over A Century Of Service -- -- Iron TOWN, W. VA. Telephone 3151 Shepherdstown, West Vir! 30, IT HAS BEEN OUR ! 19 EAST BOSCAWEN STREET WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA PHONE MOhawk 2-3813