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Santa Rosa, California - 1940 - By JERRY SHIVELY

Thursday, August 8—The barrier is certainly getting the fields of horses away promptly, but often several horses are left at the post, so the horsemen have agreed to cut the count at the next meeting providing it is all right with the fair officials at the San Joaquin County Fair. The officials certainly should put an O. K. on any plan that would improve the contraption, as all of the boys are very anxious to make it a success with both themselves and the California public.

The first division of the 2:18 trot went to R. E. Mc. this afternoon in straight heats, being driven to victory by Ben Morgan, stepping the two trips in 2:063/4 and back in 2:07.

Martin Heiney captured the first heat of the 2:28 pace with his handy sidewheeler Miss Logan in 2:061/4 and Tulare Express, the final in 2:05.

Bird McElwyn, with Bi Shively in the sulky, was the winner of the second division of the 2:18, trot, with California Patch, driven by Jake Rodman, second each time in 2:051/2 and 2:07. Due to beating the barrier away in the first heat, Shively had to retire in favor of Ed Argo who drove the mare to victory in the final.

The final event on today's card was a mile dash for drivers who live in the city of Santa Rosa, and the event was won by Hi Ho in 2:081/4, with Johnny Luck finishing second and Little Scott receiving third money.

August 9—The 2:12 pace for California breds went to Walter F., owned by Mr. Walter Found of Merced, Calif., and driven by Clarence Hansen; old "Iron Maggie," Santa Margarita, landed the final heat in 2:031/2.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shepherd's Western Guy, with Reeves up, divided first money in the 2:18 pace with Star Woollen, owned by the Craig Bros. of Lemore, Calif. The son of Volo Mc won the first heat in 2:05, and the Peter Woollen gelding annexed the final in 2:071/2.

August 10—Louise Woollen carried Ed Argo to victory in the first heat of the free‑for‑all trot today in 2:031/4. This came as quite a surprise to the handicappers, and she paid a hat full in the mutuels. Stellite raced second to the mare in this heat and in the final took the measure of the field, with Palomin, owned and driven by Miss Hellen Davis, being his strongest contender, in 2:041/2.

With the last heat of the free‑for‑all pace, which being in 2:013/4 was the fastest heat of the entire meeting, the Sonoma County Fair drew to a close for another season.

El Venado, bred and driven by Homer Rutherford, came home the winner in the opening heat in 2:021/2, and Evening Sun, driven by Joe Haldeman, won the last heat in 2:013/4. The latter, owned by William McKnab, Winfield, Kan., has for the past several seasons been able to race around 2:01 any time her trainer has questioned her, and she has improved every year.

Les Walsh, Photo.

Bird McElwyn

Bird McElwyn 2:021/2 (Bi Shively), winning first heat of 2:18 trot from California Patch 2:041/2 (Jake Rodman).


Stellite 2:01 (Joe Haldeman) and Aaron Johnson.