Saturday, October 12, 2013

Historical News and Notes: Increased Interest in Hunt Races

Welsh Strawbridge on unidentified horse.
The following notice appeared in the October 12, 1922 Evening Public Ledger.

The second annual race for the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup is scheduled to be decided at the Erdenheim course of George D. Widener on Saturday.

That hunt racing is gaining in popular favor is evident by the number of requests already received for parking space. It is estimated by the officials of the meet that close to 20,000 spectators will watch the speedy mounts.

The $1000 plate donated by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, of Normandy Farms, Gwynedd Valley, was won last year by J.D. Ridgeway's Dooley.

Dooley is entered again this year and is the favorite, but stern opposition is expected from Mr. Stassberger's Wolverton II and from the speedy horses placed in the event by R.H.R. Toland, Welsh Strawbridge, W.J. Clothier, Joseph Ewing, William Mulford, C.J. Toland and Richard Whitney.

The race will be at three and one-half miles, post and rail, over the stiffest going presented by any local event.

R.H. Rush Toland will have a busy day. The meet is under his direction and not only has he completed a good entry list for the six races, but also will handle arrangements for the spectators and parking space. In addition he will ride Lakewood in the Pennsylvania Cup chase.

The Library of Congress has made historic newspapers dating from 1836-1922 available through their Chronicling America series.

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