Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Historical News and Notes: Huntingdon Race Plans Completed

The following appeared in the October 16, 1920 Evening Public Ledger.

Huntingdon Race Plans Completed
Valley Challenge Cup and King's Oak Contest to be Features of Meet
Speedy Horses Entered

The course at Huntingdon Valley has been gone over carefully and everything is in shape for the big race meet at Meadowbrook, near Jenkintown, today. Riders will have stiff conditions to face, and the meet is expected to prove exciting. A real water-jump over a creek has been built.

Virtually all the horses that ran at Whitemarsh last Saturday are entered at Huntingdon Valley, and there are some interesting editions. The victory of J.E. Ridgway's Dooley at Whitemarsh last Saturday makes the Huntingdon Valley challenge cup race this Saturday the open event. Mr. Ridgway's horse showed such stamina and speed that he will be favorably considered by many even against such good horses as J.B. Strassburger's Wolferton and last spring's winner E.E. Marshall's Whirlwind.The knowing ones will also not lose site of Welsh Strawbridge's Riverbreeze. He was beaten fairly by Dooley at Whitemarsh, but it is known that he is being pointed for the Huntingdon Valley challenge cup.

Mr. J.B. Strassburger's Crest Hill formerly the property of P. Ambrose Clark, of New York, will be brought up from the Laurel track for the Huntingdon Valley meet. Crest Hill is the same horse that three years ago was brought to Rose Tree for the fall meeting and one the feature event the first day, the Media Plate, and then came back Saturday and surprised everybody by beating out a fast field for the famous Rose Tree Plate. Mr. Strassburger probably will put him in the King's Oak Plate for the fine trophy given by George Horace Lorimer and which will be contested for the first time on Saturday in the last race on the Huntingdon Valley program. 

As G. Bernard Fenwick, of Baltimore, has his great timber topper here, Margery Jack, and probably will also have her in the King's Oak race, that event will be second only to the Huntingdon Valley challenge cup race in interest. Crest Hill has won several victories at Laurel and other big tracks and is in good condition, while Margery Jack showed last week at Whitemarsh that she is going even better than last season. 

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