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| | SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON FAm EaS ADVOCATE 2--I] THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1959 West Virginia's Racing Commission To Be Among Guests at Track Opening Nashl '0 It was on February 14, 1957 that ~est Virginia's present Racing Commission (shown above) first met at a Charles Town Race track. Since then they have met in Charles Town many times, handling many problems concerning racing at Charles Town and at Wheeling ])owns and Waterford Park. After May 1 when the new Shen- andoah Downs ~-ace track is opened and dedicated the Commission- ers will be meeting at the new Shenandoah Downs track. And they will be among the distinguished guests at the grand opening and dedication of the new track Friday and Saturday, May 1- 2. Mem- bers of the Commission as shown above are, left to right:---William D. Poland, Martinsburg automobile dealer and civic leader, who has been serving as secretary of the Commission since being named to it; James McClurc. Wheeling attorney and judicial judge, who served' as commission chairman until this year; and Malcolm Lowe, Paxk- ersburg businessman, now chairman of the three-man board. BeginningOf NightFlat i Shenando Jh )owns May r Be Opening V redge Night dng When Shenandoah Downs opens inclusive proves to be as fruitful ~/est Virginia's newest racing as General Manager Leavitt is con plant tomorrow at 7:45 p. m. every fident it will, then other Cracks one connected with racing along along the Atlantic seaboard axe the Atlantic seaboard will be vit- certain to follow suit. ally interested,~ as it may prove to Greg Johnson ,one of the best be the opening 'wedge for night qualified and most respected ra.c- 'horse racing, ing officials in America, will ser- General Manage:" Bob Leavitt ve Shenandoah Downs as racing and his associates are spending secretary. Horsemen, who have $4,000,000 on the five eights mile carefully inspected the condition racing plant. It's the last word in modez'n building. That horsemen believe in it's success is shown by the fact that close to 2,000 horses which are racing at the major tracks in nearby Maryland, were listed among the huge demand for stall space. Talk to any~track owner in the East and they will tell you (confi- dentially, of course) that the time isn't far distant when Night Horse Racing wilt be the proper thing. Baseball magnates saw the hand writing on the wall sometime ago, therefore, if Shenandoah Downs' 62 night session-May 1 to July 11 book for the first 12 day's of ~he meeting, say #hat Johnson has booked races that sui,t any man's horse. Dan Cutherbert, Jr. Is Bowling Star Dan Cuthbel~t, Jr., director of admissions at Shenandoah Downs can ~hol.d his own on a bowling al- ley as well as a race track. Cuthbert rolled for seven years in the tough Baltimore major lea- gues, carrying a 130-plus tourna- ment average. In Joining With Others To Offer To The New :. NgW,., T, , BRIGHTE8 T TRACK IN AMRICA We are very happy to have had a part in the construction of this new and spacious $3-mil- lion plant in Jefferson County and we wish the Owners and Operators Every Success Possible, II 640 W. Race St. Nashua, the world's top money winning horse, holds the record of $1,286,565, set in 1956. And since The first racing stock brought I of the foremost breeding and rac ~his record for money has remain ed secure. Retired the year when he estab into the New World after its dis- ing states, but adverse legislat- lished the record, Nashua, by Nas- covery by Columbus was introduc- ion, which at one time or another rullah-~Segula, by Johnstown, won led by the earliest SpaniSh explor- has exercised a depressing effect 22 of his 30 starts, was second t ers of the West Indies. They firs.t on the sport, has removed Tenn- four times and third once, being [ landed on the North American 'con essee from the racing map. Such unplaced only three times during[tinent and were horses which legislation, which ~has at various his career, 1954-1956.Icame with ~he Army of Cortez times prev~led in almost every Nashua, winner of $752,550 in a when invaded and conquered Mex state of bhe Union, is now, how- single year and $945,415 over trap iico in 1519. They were of Orien- ever, almost wholly a thing of ,the years was sold for $1,251,200 to a tal and Spanish blood, past, having been replaced by rac combine headed by Leslie Combs What is ~ermed organized rac- ing commissions, controlled and II, of Lexington Kentucky on tug did not begin until 1665, ,hen ' supervised under special laws and I sea]ed bid Dec. 1'6, 1955. ~s is Nicolls, the first English Royal regulations. the highest ~price ever paid for a thoroughbred in any country of the world. Nashua was a part of the late William Woodard's Belair Stud, disposed of by the executors of the egate. Eleven bids were made for the great ,thoroughbred, five in excess of $1,000,000. Before being eventually retired to-the stud, Nashua became the world's leading money winner un der the Combs banner with earn- ings of $1,288,565. Citation is the only other mem- ber of .the "millionaires club" (the former world's money leader) hay ing $1.085,760 to his credit. Clta't- ion started 45 times, won 32 races, was second 10 times and third twice and unplaced but once. Nashua did not make the Am- erican Triple Cro~n series. Losing t'he Derby to Swaps, Nashua won the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in 1955. Since 1875, when the Kentucky Derby was inaugurated, ?~hus corn ple~ing the American Triple Crown series, 19 three-year olds have won ,two of the classics, but not the third. It should be noted, however, that in some instances, notably ffqlan o'War, the colts were not nominated for all three ev- ents. Racing Official To Do Double Duty George Cook, long-time racing official, will do a split shift when the $4 mililon Shenandoah Downs opens a 62-night meeting in Char los Town May 1. Cook will begin this meeting as stall man move to the 12-day Pim lico ,meeting as patrol judge and return here as paddock judge af- ter Pimiico. Now that we've had a taste of it, winter doesn't seem =all we thought it was-last summer. Martinsburg, W. Va. Heckman Turns In Most Remarkable Riding Feat John Heckman turned in the best riding feat ever witnessed at a major crack on Oct. 1, 1956 ~t Road Leading Shenandoah Being Widened, Governor of New York, laid ou~ a In West Virginia, racing and BLACK-If any doubt arises in course on Long Island, in the pari-mutlel wagering are legal, dishinguishing between dark brown same locality ivhere Belmont Park, Last year, the state received in and black, .the black can be deter- Aqueduct and Jamaica .tracks are general revenues almost $3,500,- mined by not4ng the fine black now, and named it Newmarket, af 000. from its three tracks. V~i~'h hmr on ~,he muzzle. ter the great EngliSh turf center, the opening and operation of Shen CHESTNUT-Varies from a dark This locality has since been the andoa:h Downs during the year liver color to a light, wa 'shy yellow, headquarters of he American :turf 1959, the state .ghould get an in- .bebween which comes the brilliant and racing ,has been almost con-creased 'revenue of almost one rail red gold and copper shades. A t Jnuous there except during the lion dollars. chestnut never has a ~lack mane, winters. The West Virginia Racing Corn- tail or podnts. About the same time {1665) the mission has allocated Shenandoah sl~rt was being established in Downs 104 mghts of racing at GRAY-Mixture of white hairs Maryland and Virginia, but on an Charles Town. The first mevt of and black, .sometimes scarcely dis other basis. Here it took the form 62 nights starts Friday, May 1 tinguis'hable from black at birth, of quarter-racing, as ~he wildness and runs through July 11. The sec getting lishter with age. n ROAN There are two classes of the country'precluded anything o d meet opens September 14 and . ..... AND BEST WISHES TO else, and it was not until .about cln~s nn o~t~h~- ql rea or strawberry--produced by 11730 that course-racing began in ntermingling of red, white and Maryland and Virginia, as a going ~ ~ II II II yellow :hairs and the blue pro- iVirginia Had First IIHN~5~P iiHIlfl~l lU Whi~e and yellow hairs. ~ .~ .-~__t ~-...-.,.~.. ~ The first thoroughbred stallion = x = The ,predominating color wrnong Imnnrt:sne II=,ei l thoroughbreds ~s bay, about .46 imported into this country from nH~VII~II~ ~h~lU~h,l| being of that coat. Chestnuts run England, Bulle Rock, by She Dar- ley Arabian, was brought Vir- ' ~ about .30, browns .18, blacks .03, I ginia in 1730. And thereafter, a Races in the order of ~their re- grays .02 and roans .01. I steady stream of stallions set in, lative importance are grouped Official markings on a horse are roughly as follows: 'Stake events, I described from the following: ,toge er ith many mares, who May You Have A Very S of course being togs. I STAR-Small parch o,f whi~e hair were the foundaVion stock of the Stakes (allowance, weight-for- [ on the .forehead. (It is never call- Americantoday. thorougtbred breed o1 age,overnightScale weight).races (allowance, lledbeinga assumed. )"white' star, the adjective Night - Race Meeting Here Racing became the great ~