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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, November 27, 1895, Image 8

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The opening of the Pacific Coast Jockey I
Club meeting on Thanksgiving day at the
new Ingleside track will inaugurate a new
era in horseracing on this side of the con- j
For the first time in the history of the
turf the horsemen, breeders and nearly ail
the representative men of the East who
are associated either for pastime, pleasure
or business with horse?, have come to San
Francisco. Many of them have come with
magnificent strings of horses ready and
anxious to cope, stable to stable, irrespec- |
tive of East or We.-t, in this, the only
climate where winter racing is not a down
right cruelty.
Edward Cirrigan has brought thirty of
his best, McXaughton <t Muir tive, J.
Brenock five, A. G. Blakely three, D. A.
[From a photograph.]
Honig twelve, Dr. Buckley six, Frank '
Phillips eight, G. B. Morris ten, George
E. Smith nine, C. F. Sanders five, liOuis
Exell eighteen, J. G. Brown & Co. eleven
and Barney Schreiber thirty.
These men, outside of Phil Pwyer and
Pierre Lorillard, who are both expected
here within a short while, own the largest
stables in the East, and it may be safely
said that they have brought the great
est horsca of the United States. The
only ones of positive merit that were left I
to winter in the snow are Henry of Na
varre, Clifford and Key del Carreres.
Two of the best horses now here hold
world's records— Libertine and Wernberg.
Ten years ago it would have Deen as im- [
CAPTAIN J. U, BEES, Presiding Judge. A. M, AL..LEN, Superintendent. ]
possible to get these men and their horses
to come out here as it would have been to
reach the moon. They liked the climate,
and many of them wintered their horses
in California, but as to racing them — never.
Careful business men— lovers of honest
and true racing — deprecated this state of
affairs, which relegated them to the back
ground and compelled them year after
year to the monotony of racing among
themselves. No new blood was infused
into the sport, and gradually it tapered
off, becoming a thing almost only in mem
ory. There were strong reasons for this.
ana it became necessary to study them
out that they might be overcome. This is
what a small coterie of gentlemen sports
have done, with results that surpass the
; expectations of the most sanguine.
In the first place the old Bay District
Track, run in the interest of speculators,
I gamblers and private individuals, became
a resort mainly of disrepute. As a rule the
better class of gentlemen did not care to
go there, and if the impulse to witness
racing could not be overcome they seldom
boasted of having attended. As to ladies
being present, tnat was out of the ques
It was at this stage o! thp situation that
the Pacific Coast Bloodhorse Association's
influence first manifested itself. They
wiped the first layer of iniquity off the
track and made it so that both ladies and
gentlemen could attend. But there was
much more to do to make the sport popu
lar. The racing seemed to grow less inter
esting and the Eastern owners were sought
and asked their reasons for not entering
horses in the events here.
They said they did not feel justified to
[From a photograph.]
have their horses travel 2000 or 3000 miles
to be badly stabled, and to run for purses
that barely paid for their transportation
and feed. In this they spoke correctly, as
no track in the United States offered such
poor accommodations for years as did the
Bay District, and even after the Blood
horse Association spent thousands of dol
lors renovating the old stables ti:ey were
hardly to compare with the thud-class
tracks of the E:t»t. As to Hie purses they
barely tempted the local norse-owners.
I— Tod Sloan, One of the Top-Notchers of the Lightweight Brigade. 2— Cash
Sloan, a Veteran "Knight of the Pigskin," Who Can Ride With the Best
of I hem. 3— Harry Griffin, Premier Lightweight Jockey of America. 4—
H. Hinrichs, the " St. Louis Garrison,' 1 Crack Lightweight Jockey-
A. B. Spreckels, Henry J. Crocker and a j
few other Californians had begun to no- ,
quire stables composed of the best stock
this side of the Rockies. They chafed uti- j
der the necessity of limply gazing upon
their pretty forms and never seeing them
in the heat of competition. They wanted
a change, mid when that grand old horse
man from the East, Edward Corrigan,
came to this coast on a visit two years aio,
this coterie formulated a plan by which
the East and would come together
in amicable and satisfactory contests oh a
Californian track.
The old Bay District. Track was fast going
out of existence. In fact the residents in
the neighborhood had been clamoring for
years to have the City cut streets through
it. Besides, the lease of the property
would be up this coming spring. Tiiat
would leave San Francisco entirely desti
tute of a racing course.
In view of these facts it was decided to
organize and incorporate the Pacific Coast
Jockey Club and then seek a good locality
where a modern as well us a model race
course might be built. This was no easy
matter, although there was no end of,
money and energy behind the enterprise
as it was necessary to not only get a vas
tract of land, but also to cet one accessi
ble to the people of the City. As it hap
pened, the only suitable lands available
were just in the localities that were not
tapped by the streetcar service. But then
all the difficulties were wiped out and to
day San Francisco has a racecourse as fine
as any in the United States and in many
respects mach liner.
Mr. Spreckels and his associates picked
out 150 acres of land at Ingleside, not
more than four mileß from the new City
Hall and a rifle shot from the Pacific
Ocean. It is snugly laid between high
and thickly wooded hills at the beginning
of what is often spoken of as the Mission
warm belt. In order to level the track it
was found necessary to build up the first
turn even as far as the quarter pole, giv
ing it the deceptive appearance of being on
a high grade.
The promoters started their men at
work laßt September, and at a cost of over
$,300,000 they have given to the public a 6
picturesque and model track, grand stand
and stable 3as can be seen anywhere. They
have secured the co-operation of the street
car companies as well as the steamcar line,
and passengers will be landed at the gates
i of the course.
There are at least two splendid roads
leading to the place, one which calls for a
; drive through Golden Gate Park to the
ocean beach and along the latter to the j
Ocean House road. This is a great drive I
although the longer of the two. The j
shorter one is through the park to the '
turn just east of Flagstaff Valley. This \
leads to the Almshouse road. The pret j
tiest part of the drive begins at the ATms
house when the tortuous road winds its
, way through groves of eucalyptus, cypress
and fir trees, now and then passing fra- i
■ grant nurseries.
A suitable location having been secured, !
the Pacific Coast Jockey Club immediately
offered such purses that their invitation to
Eastern horsemen to come here was irre
sistible. The purses were seen to be as
large as those hang up last season in the
East and much larger than those beinsr
competed for there this winter. The plans
of the pronosed stables were submitted,
and the assurance of such men asCorriKan
and that all facilities and aceom
dations would 'oe given settled the Eastern
men. They have nearly all come here, as
already stated ; they have seen and are
satisfied ; now it remains to be .seen whether
they will conquer. They are to be pitted
against many and came horses belonging
to California!! stables, among which may
be mentioned Walter Hobart's, W. 0. B.
Macdonoiigh'f, Wm. Marry*, E. J. Bald
win's and A. B. Spreckels". The Eastern
contingent, therefore, will not have a
walkover, but this is so much the better,
as it is bound to make matters more inter
The racing is to be all high class. It
could not be otherwise with the people
who are interested in the venture and the
class of sporting gentlemen they have
brought to this coast. The public, too,
will be given such treatment and comfort
that they will he attracted and pleased be
yond anything they have yet seen on this
And this has been done in a remarkably
short space of time, and on Thanksgiving
day the crowds that will witness the great
races between the best horses in the
X T nited States, from comfortable seats and
elegant, surroundings, will feel that the
Pacific Coast Jockey Club and the gentle
men who placed it on foot have elevated
the sport to the standing it justly de
The breeders of horses in this state are
doing their utmost to assist the Jockey
Ciub to well-deserved success. They
recognize that it is through its instrumen
by a ''Call" artist.]
tality that the horse-raising industry,
which has made California famous every
where, will be given a new impetus.
Magnificent Accommodations From
Which the Public May View
the Races.
The grand stand is a beautiful structure
of steel, glass and wood. It is airy and
bright, well fitted with comfortable seat
ing accommodation for 5000 people. The
aisles are wide and the incline not pre
cipitous enough for uncomfortable walk
ing, but still enough for an easy view over
the heads of the people seated in the row
in front.
It is reached through a covered prome
nade leading from the terminus of the
electric car on one side and another
promenade from the terminus of the
*team cars. The spectators see nothing of
the track untii they have ascended about
twenty steps of a wide stairway on either
side of the main entrance leading to the
stand. Then the whole course, with the
twenty-two big stables on the other side of
the back stretch, and the grand framework
formed by the towerinir hills a mile or two
away, bursts unon the spectator as a beau
tiful" panorama. To the left a perfect view
can be had from each and every seat of the
stretch. To the right the view takes in
[From a photograph.]
not only every foot of the first turn, but '
looking beyond may be seen the Pacific j
Ocean. It is an inspiring sight, especially
late in the afternoon, about the time when !
the last race is run, to look off in the dis- I
tance and watch the glorious sunset.
The infield is a perfect basin, which i
might be turned into it lake at any time,
like the south end of Washington Park, j
Chicago. At this time, however, it is i
growing a young coating of green grass. |
As time progresses this field will be turned j
into a magnificent and gigantic garden.
The Jockey Club intends to make the
grand stand so agreeable in every respect
to the ladies that they will attend the
races and feel secure in every way, not only j
of protection but of having every comfort
that they might, desire. The dressing-room
of the ladies is located away on the west
end of the stand. It has been fitted up in
the most luxurious style by Joseph Fred
ericks & Co. of this City. The ladies have
also a private dining-room near their dress
ing-room. In this they may refresh them
selves away from the male contingent.
However, another dining-room close by is
intended for ladies and their escorts. The
two places are in charge of B. A. Johnson,
a well-known caterer from Sacramento.
Immediately beneath the grand stand,
but accessible* from above, is the liquid-re
freshment cafe, under the supervision of
John F. Farley, whose knowledge of that
line of business is unequaled in this
There are a score of other conveniences
in the way of dainties calculated to tempt
the visitors at the track, and all these
people have been uniformed that they may
be better recosnizea a3 they ply their re
spective callings. This insures better
treatment for the attending people, as a
derelict employe can be picked out more
easily if it is desired to report him to his
superiors. , , .
The betting ring is immediately under
the grand stand, but it extends so far to
the rear that the shouts of the bookies and
touts—the yelling and general bustle inci
dental to that place— cannot be heard from
above. It is a vast place, in which twenty
odd books could easily be accommodated.
It will fee in this place that Joe Vllman,
the good-natured and veteran bookmaker,
will make his bow to the San Francisco
Joe Ullman was first introduced into
racing circles many years ago by Edward
Corrigan, and he is regarded as the most
honest man in his line of business.
The credit of building the elegant grand
stand and the stables Qn the other side of
the track is due to Campbell Bros.
The Magnificent Drainage System
of Tiles and Pipes Beneath
the Course.
To understand and appreciate the mag*

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