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Author Topic: Hollywood Park 1946  (Read 876 times)
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« on: January 31, 2009, 12:40:45 PM »

Last year I was sent a very large paged scrap book for archival.
In the very first page was loose article from 1946 Hoof Beats by John
On the back of the last page of that article is this incomplete article on
Hollywood Park.

If nothing else comes of it, at least the article provides that B. J.
Befield's nickname was "Bonny".

Busy At Hollywood Park

(1946 Hoof Beats, see reference to Defense Counsel and Goose Bay)

THE LEADING winter-training spot in harness horse circles for the first time
in history has shifted to California, for Hollywood Park, one of the most
beautiful race tracks to be found anywhere in the entire world, now houses
the largest group of trotters and pacers that are in training for the new
1946 campaign.

This was indicated here when Ted Ketcham, well-known horseman and race
official of Alexandria, Minn., the master in charge at the track, reported
that his stable chart showed over 200 candidates now on the ground and
getting daily lessons. This group ranges all the way from the untried
youngsters, just getting their first education in trotting etiquette (among
them the $23,000 Defense Counsel, highest priced-pacing yearling of all
time), on through to the hardy old campaigners like Blue BOY 2.011/4, Earl's
Moody Guy 2:00 Eddie D., 4, 2.00, Eddie Havens 2.013/4, Attorney 2.03 and
others, that have all been through the mill and know what the racing wars
really are.

First of all, the trotting horseman to reach this section for the inaugural
Grand Circuit meeting of the year, that at world-famous and beautiful Santa
Anita, April 16 to May 18, was the Hoosier farmer-horseman, Earl Daugherty
of Hagerstown. Earl checked in prior to the first of the New Year at the
farm of President Walter E. Smith with Lusty B. 2.001/2, who showed the fans
some neat pacing speed at the DuQuoin meeting last fall, and the precious
two-year-old pacing filly, Ella Pointer, by Pegasus Pointer 2.021/4­Ella
Hal, the sister of Supreme Hal, 4, 2.013/4. Daugherty figured that being the
first on band with a candidate for the $50,000 Hollywood Pacing Derby, to be
raced on May 18, might bring him some luck on race day-sort of, "first come,
first served."

Right on Daugherty's heels were the two northwestern trainers, Dorsey Dennis
of Portland, Ore., and Ezra Tilden of Canby, Ore., for years past two of the
leading trainers of the western coast. Dennis brought down ten head from
home quarters, the leader, Milt Hanover 2.041/4, owned by J. W. Bilby of
Camas, Wash. Dorsey also has horses for owners Mike Blair of Camas, Joe
Postel of Portland, Wm. Turner of Portland and Dan Haley of the same city.
Tilden has seven, his patrons, Harold Blake of Camas, Wash., Dr. C. F.
Milleson of Portland, and H. A. Mickelsen, also from Portland.

The sixteen members of the Saunders Mills Stable of Toledo, Ohio, were all
comfortably located in their stalls when trainers Jake Mahoney and Charley
Lacey drove in from Toledo. A snow-storm held the Ohioians up for a short
while in their dash across Arizona, but after a few hours in the California
sun, they were all set and ready to get down to the work at hand, that of
getting their candidates in fighting trim for that $400,000 in stakes and
purses that will be dangling before their noses a couple of months hence.

Visitors to Hollywood Park have all been anxious to get a good look at two
of the yearling stars from the past fall sales, the $23,000 Defense Counsel
and the $16,000 Goose Bay. Both will pass inspection, and their early
education in the coming weeks will be closely watched by all on the
sidelines, both here at the track-and throughout the country.

The Saunders Mills camp is well fortified for the stakes of the coming Santa
Anita meeting, having a quartette to be primed for that $50,000 pacing
classic, Eddie D., 4, 2.00, back to the races again, Doctor Brodie 2.02,
Carl Frisco 2.053/4 and the well-regarded three-year-old, Indiana Hal, by
Hal Dale 2.021/4, as well as the $11,500 Prince Richard, one of the stars of
the York sale. Others in the stable are Blue Boy 2.011/4, Alexandria
2.081/2, Bluett, 3, 2.091/2, Morris Mite, Prue Spencer (Prudity 2.05), a
$50,000 trotting derby candidate, Chungking, 3, Lady Mite, p, and Heather
Lord, the two-year-old filly by Lord Jim 2.003/4, from the dam of Blue Boy

Right in with the early arrivals were the stables of Dr. W. R. Scott of
Baxter Springs, Kan., ten strong, and Professor Neal (DD: should read Neil) Boardman of Vermillion,
S. D. The Dr. Scott   horses in charge of the veteran Jim Overfield came  on
from  winter quarters at Topeka, Kan. Neal Boardman, who after some 22 years
has forsaken the class rooms of college life for the sport he likes so well,
trucked four of his own out of Vermillion in zero weather and a foot of
snow, checked in at the fairgrounds oval at Topeka, Kan., the day before
Christmas in a nice ice-storm, and when he found that Overfield was about to
load on the express cars for Hollywood Park, he said, "Brother take mine
with you. I'll sit out this storm right here in Topeka."
 (DD: Neil's daughter at this time may have already been Mrs. Jimmie Wingfield
( ))

Early last week saw trainer J. R. ("Pooch") Clark of Madison, Wis., checking
in with the eight-horse stable of the Kewanee, Ill., horsemen, Joe Moore and
John Rella, the leader being Moses 2.09, raced late last fall by Harry
Fitzpatrick. The balance are younger candidates, two- and three-year-olds.

The record to date for distance traveled for any of the stables reaching
Hollywood Park goes to the A. B. Highley and Thomas L. Johnson horses. The
Reading, Pa., trainer, Carl Smith, has the Highley horses, seven in number,
the leader, Scotta 2.051/2, while trainer Tom Wingate has the Johnson
candidates, who number six, and headed by the pacing derby candidate, Watson
E. Direct 2.033/4. Both stables made the overland ship together, with
trainer Wingate's speedometer showing a reading of 3,200 miles as be stopped
his gas buggy at the local track.

Four more stables were in the past Monday. Joe Rick, the well-known New
Castle, Pa., horseman, sent on nine, these in charge of the Columbus, Ohio,
trainer, Slim Shilling, who has as his assistants, Walter Johnson and Herb
Hoiles, a trio that expressed themselves as more than glad to get away from
that cold spell they were having through central Ohio and western
Pennsylvania. Owner Rick will join the stable right after the first of the
month, or just as soon as he can change a big bunch of Herefords into the
stuff you carry down to the banks for deposit. The leaders here are My Son
2.02 and Porter Day 2.081/4, a pair that are headed for the two big prizes
of the meeting.

The same day brought in a carload from Morris, Minn., headed by the oldest
active trainer associated with racing in America today, George Loomis, who
admits to 85 years, but whose days labor at the race track is not limited to
the modern version of a "good" working day, nine to four, five days a week.
Rather with Loomis it is sun-up to sun-down, seven days a week. George has
the private stable of B. J. ("Bonny") Benfield of Morris, one of the best
known of all northwestern horsemen, and one we might add, whose hunting
exploits need no dressing up, as happens to be the case with old
"never-miss­'em" Guy Crippen of Milwaukee. The next time you see Bonny
Benfield just ask him how many birds he and Ted Ketcham knocked over on that
North Dakota session a year ago. You can believe his answer, for we saw the

In the same car with Loomis were four owned by Pat Chantelois, one of the
best known of the Wisconsin horsemen. Earl's Moody Guy 2.00 heads this
quartette, and Pat hopes he has something to say about the distribution of
that $50,000 in the trotting derby on May 11. Elmer Marin of Bemidji, Minn.,
had a half dozen in the same car, the top by performance, Rollie Mc I Win

Elmer Cox was the first to transfer training operations from the half-mile
track at nearby Pomona to Hollywood Park. Cox has six bead, the top, Binabbe
2.071/4, jointly owned by Harry Smith and Harry Watson, directors of the
Western Harness Racing Association. Garland Dennis joined brother Dorsey
late last week with three that are to get to the firing line early, Garland
coming down from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Judging from his story of 42 below, we
sort of have a sneaking hunch that he was just about as glad to get away

(INCOMPLETE; i. e., missing pages)
« Last Edit: November 23, 2010, 03:16:23 PM by wilderness » Report to moderator   Logged

Regards Don
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009, 01:46:13 PM »

My apologies.
I've corrected the link to Norma Wingfield's obit:
« Last Edit: November 23, 2010, 03:17:38 PM by wilderness » Report to moderator   Logged

Regards Don
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