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By N. J. Huntsman

WITH the announcement that California meetings will not be a part of the Grand Circuit in 1936, many east­ern owners and trainers will be greatly disappointed. Still, there is reason to believe that sufficient stables will make the westward trek this season for the first time, and the con­tinued invasion of the newcomers will further aid the popu­larity of harness racing on the West Coast. Whether Cali­fornia's successful meetings are a part of the Grand Circuit or not, they will continue with added improvements, and those campaigning speed horses will benefit their private purses by being on hand. Especially is this so if performers of class make up the caravan.

By not being members of the Grand Circuit, California meetings will lose a certain prestige which would be gained otherwise, by newspaper publicity. But, by another year, the time should be more ideal, with all tracks contemplated to come under the banner.

Although the Western Fairs Racing Circuit of 1935 included only three official meetings, namely, Stockton, Sacramento and Pomona, it is well to remember that there were four other meetings that did their part to extend the season, and without a doubt, future years will see added days for each, as well as additional meetings. To think of just the three meetings, it doesn't appear as though we had much racing out here, but all in all, it amounted to 46 days and 3 nights (or the same as 49 days) last season, and that's a fair start in any section. The meetings and number of days for each are as follows: Stockton, 9 days; Sacramento, 8 days; Pomona, 17 days and 3 nights; Fresno, 5 days; Tulare, 3 days; Marysville, 2 days; and Santa Maria, the earliest meeting, 2 days. From the report of Race Secretary Frank Lieginger, Stockton gave purses totaling $24,897.50; Sacramento purses were $41,247, and Pomona purses were $59,515. For the other meetings, $200 purses were given and that has been a fair‑sized purse in recent years according to the Summaries Edition of the Year Book.

The purses for Stockton, Sacramento and Pomona added together total $126,659.50. To this amount add $2,000 for Fresno; $1,050 for Marysville, and $800 for Santa Maria, and the total reaches $130,409.50. This amount is without adding the purses given at the Tulare meeting, as the race reports have never yet appeared in the turf journals for that meeting. So you see, dear readers of the east, there is SOME cash to be raced for out this‑a‑way, and there's goin' to be more and you don't have to take my word for it.

The leading money‑winning stable last year was the J. B. Reynolds Stable of Kansas City, with $8,244.96. The next in line were: N. L. Philp, $4,501.04; Ben Horine, $4,493.39; Russell & Allen, $3,781.53; Mrs. Suzanne Perry, $3,403.37.
The leading money winning trotters were: Perk Axworthy, $2,177.74; Laconic, $2,063.00; Santa Margarita, $2,019.35;, Peter F. J., $1,832.25; Tronia McElwyn, $1,794.53.

The leading money winning pacers were: Colonel Tom (top winner), $2,723.46; Sunnyway, $1,820.63; Chandu, $1,618.75; Rose Marie Abbe, $1,516.53; Leon, $1,514.00.

The winning drivers for the three California meetings (Stockton, Sacramento and Pomona) numbered twenty‑seven that won one or more heats. Of this number, fifteen drivers won five or more heats. Art Blackwell and Rupe Parker tied, each having thirty‑two heats to their credit, while Harry Potter was next best with twenty‑two heat victories. The following lists the names of the drivers with the number of winning heats for each meeting, together with the total, starting with Stockton, then Sacramento, then Pomona.

Blackwell 7 7 18‑32 Woodcock 4 5 0‑ 9
Parker 10 5 17‑32 Thomas 0 6 1‑ 7
Potter 6 10 6‑22 Bell 2 2 2‑ 6
Reeves 6 6 7‑19 McVay 1 0 5‑ 6
Shively 4 9 6‑19 Tryon 3 3 0‑ 6
Hansen 5 5 6‑16 Witt 2 0 3‑ 5
Brown 6 2 6‑14 Wright 3 0 2‑ 5
Morgan 0 0 10‑10

There were 52 sires of one or more heat‑winners for the three meetings, and seventeen of this number were represented with performers that won five or more heats. Following the name of the sire is the number of trotters and pacers, and the heats for each meeting together with the total:

Sire Trot Pace Stock. Sac. Pom. Total
Mr. McElwyn 2 0 5 4 6 115
Colonel Armstrong 0 2 5 3 6 14
Pegasus B . 3 2 7 3 4 ill
Frisco June 1 0 3 3 7 13
Peter Pluto 2 0 3 6 3 12
Daystar 1 1 8 2 1 11
The Sign 0 3 4 2 4 10
Highway 0 3 0 8 0 8
Hollyrood Harkaway 0 1 2 4 2 8
Senator Perkins 1 0 2 5 1 8
Harvest Aid 2 0 4 0 2 6
Leon June 0 1 1 0 5 6
Truax 2 0 0 2 4 6
Hollywood Bob 0 2 2 1 2 5
Single G . 0 1 0 0 5 5
The Great Forbes 0 1 2 2 1 5
Volomite 0 1 2 1 2 5

The following is a review of the Marysville meeting: Five events, 10 heats; 10 heats in 2.15, or better; 4 heats in 2.10, or better; fastest mile, 2.071/2, made by May S. Hall. There were no new record horses at Marysville, but there were two reduced record horses, both pacers—May S. Hall, by The Laurel Hall, from 2.09 to 2.07%; Worthilee, by Lee Worthy, from 2.161/2 to 2.11. Seven sires represented the eight heat‑winning horses, and the ten heats were won by six drivers.
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A letter from John Thomas states that they had 14 straight days of rain in February, the most that he has seen since he has been in California. Part of both tracks at Stockton was under water for three days. Everything is in fine shape, and horses and men are hard at work. Clair Hansen has the largest stable, numbering twenty‑five or twenty‑six head. There are more colts being trained there than for several years.

Thomas is training for himself, Santa Paula, C. A. Harrison, and Pegasus Blossom, all by Pegasus B. For I. L. Borden, he is training a three‑year‑old and a couple of two‑year‑olds by Pegasus Pointer, besides a two‑year‑old by Guy Leaf, and a two‑year‑old by Black Pegasus.

Among those in the Hansen Stable are Maxey McKinney, Wanda P., Hollywood Jack, Hi Wa, Royal Cliff, A. J. Boyle, Chiquita, and a number of two‑ and three‑year‑olds, as well as other record horses.
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Up at Menlo Park "Doc" Vail, the former Ohio trainer, is getting the horses owned by Mrs. Suzanne Perry ready this season. There are three by Senator Perkins being jogged, Gilda Grey, p, 2.013/4, foaled a chestnut filly by Senator Perkins in February, this being her first. He has also a chestnut filly by the same sire out of Worthy Kitty, this being a full sister of the handsome Perk Axworthy.
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It is with great interest that I learned that Bert Abbe, p, 1.591/4, was sold to go east. California's loss will be Ohio's gain, for the old fellow will finally. get a real opportunity to establish a family such as he deserves. At Fairmeade Farms' Wilmington, Ohio, he will be located where many fashionably bred mares will reach his court. Farewell, Bert, and here's wishing the best for my old favorite

A letter from "Golden Rod" states that he still has his pacing mare, Pony Hal, by Prince Argot Hal, out of Girty Bob, by the same sire. G. R. has a two‑year‑old out of Pony Hal, this one sired by Lone Eagle, whose sire is Gene Direct Hal. Mrs. Ida Riddle of Pocatello, Idaho, plans to race Lone Eagle, in California next fall. This pacer broke the track record at the Filer (Idaho) track last year, and after the races at Pocatello paced in 2.05. I am advised to keep my eye on this one when he arrives on the coast.

The Idaho tracks which will have racing this year are Filer, Montpelier, Blackfoot, and Burley.

Abbe Britton
Abbe Britton, a son of Bert Abbe 1.591/4 that raced well last year in California as a two‑year‑old. (Martin Heiney)