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Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
Charles Town, West Virginia
April 30, 1959     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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Horse racing in Jefferson coun .ty is older than the county itself. But it was actually not until a- bout 26 years ago, and the legaliz lng of parl-mu,tuel be~ting in West V~rglnta, that the King of Sports made any real great strides. As a matJter of fact progress in this field of ou~loor amusement was about as slow the first 150 years af,t~r It, wus Introdu~ced in this sec tion, as was the growth of the county. Today horse racing is now full grown in Jefferson County and there lsn't another town of 3.000 population in ~ne country that has as much horse racing to offer. There isn't another town in .the nation that has two race tracks so close together that only a two- fromthiSmove. And while their,, was in the year of 1930 that SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON. fARMERS dividends have been gre~t ~he ec- [hought was first given to legaliz- ] 4---B THURSDAY, i ends which ove,lng horse cing ,o V r%ia. ,; N Q- k Resu- C- sif .has paid. to Jefferson County has ]At that time only a few states ] .led been even far greater. I Continued On Page 6-B | First Horse To Workout on New Shenandoah Downs Track ' i, i " i . :7 :~.. ~!.. : . : ~ .... ~ z r lane Secondary l~Aghway separates them. ~ There are other towns and lar- i~ ~: ~ ger m~tropoli,tan areas tha/c do~" : : ~ bare .two or possibly even more ?:!ii'~:" : : i:;:: ,e~ tracks wi,thin close range of ::~:: :::i!ii~i ~:iil !~ii i:; "".oh other. But no~here in Vhe :~i::::i~i ~~i ~i~ country or in the world does ~he ~ ~~ i li~ property of one race tr:,tck adjoin ~ ~~ ~!!t of another, i ii Vnl..e Tow- 11ii a of there is not ':'" NEWEST, BRIGHTEST TRACK IN AMERICA another ,town in ~he country . . ~H~*~ Lh~ n~lm~r 4~f ~har~pg stab- When the hve-eights mile track at the new Shenandoah Downs racing plant was opened for the l~"~"~'~ '~,~"t~,~-'~-~r ~rn'~-~O first time for thoroughbreds to work over and in the rush of horse traffic onto the track the horse e Are Happy to Have Been W - ~ "~'ra~to-r-a~-'alm~'~equals , and exercise boy shown above were the first to try out the turf, and both h@rse and rider seemed ~ ~r~t~r~ ~r~l~.i'~ nf t~ ~,nwn I to like the track which horsemen pronounced as "extremely fast. The horse is Marvina Kay, owned ~"~i~s't~l~f~a~'~'bl~ ~ f~[by John Ambrose Charles Town businessman, orchardist and banker, and the rider is Alkie Darlington, back as 1786 horse racing was a lf Charles Town, an exercise boy. Ambrose was just one of a number of horsemen to move horses r~nui~r f~rm eft amusement in [ into the new and modern Shenandoah Downs stables. Shenandoah Downs will conduct a 62-night meet- J~'~'~r~n--c~-"~lnt-v -A--~)rd---in-~r- ,t01ing beginning May 1. The track, newest of four operating in West Virginia, has had more than " 7 :o'ry of Jefferson [1,600 applications for it's 650 stalls. (Photo By Tim Sinn, County there were many straigh~ I stret