Splendid Horses are Training at Warren
Race Track In Fine Condition and One of Best Fairs In State Will Be Held There This Summer
Interest in the light harness horse at Warren is on the increase, and from a visit to the beautiful little fair grounds, one is impressed with the fact that the trotter and pacer is well liked in the community.In very few sections of the state are there so many good horses in training and the citizens of Warren are planning for one of the greatest fairs in the history of the county.The track is one of the finest in the country, and while small in appearance it is said to be seventy-eight feet more than one mile in length.The fair association has the course in fine condition and the footing is exceptionally good.
IN GOOD CONDITION
The buildings and fences at the fair grounds are in excellent condition and the spot is an ideal one in many respects.There is an abundance of shade and fresh water and the track is located within a short distance of the Marion, Bluffton and Eastern tracks.The work of the horses is well advanced and a number of good miles have been recorded since the opening of the training season.There are more than forty-five promising young horses on the grounds and all of them are working well and looking fit for a race right now.
POLK HAS A GOOD STABLE
Frank Polk and H. C. McFarland are both training large strings of horses this spring and have enough fast stuff to fill the Fourth of July harness races themselves if necessary.Frank Polk has his own mare, Lady Pierce, who was marked last fall in 2:16 1/2.She is by Atlantic King, and is showing up this spring better than ever before.A half in 1:10, and an eighth in 15 1/2 seconds are her best workouts, as she has not been asked to march any yet.Mr. Polk also owns J.A.S., 2:17 1/4, by Poem, the most promising colt in the Scheuster stable two summers ago.The colt went lame at that time and never fully recovered until last winter, when with careful attention he has been brought out of his lameness and has been going like a clock all spring.An easy mile in 2:27 is his best production, although he looks like a 2:10 trotter sure.
FINE PACING MARE
Henry Gill is having Brother Bill a full brother to the famous Billy Mack, worked this spring, and the youngster is showing a phenomenal burst of speed, having marched an easy mile in 2:30.Coastine B, by Coastman, owned by Russel Groff, has been turned over to Polk to get ready for the races.This mare established herself by winning the road race last fall in a five heat struggle, and her many backers think she is the best ever.She has been staked all through the Gas Belt in the slow classes and surely ought to make good.An easy mile in 2:35 with the last quarter in 34 is her showing at present.
TWO FAST PACERS
Mr. Polk is very proud of the two whirlwind three year olds, Dan B., and Little Ned.Dan B., a Chestnut gelding, owned by William Byrd, and the colt's neat way of going, and willingness to work has placed him high in the esteem of all.He has been a mile in 2:33 with a 45 second quarter without much trouble, and has been staked in the Warren stake race for this fall.What might be termed his team mate, Little Ned, by Inline, is a small bay gelding with a world of speed.He is owned by Wat King of Van Buren, and has been staked heavily for this season with Dan B.Arrangements are being made to stake them in for $3,000 more this week.Considering their age and training, Mr. Polk thinks there is no man with anything better for this season.
A PRECOCIOUS YOUNGSTER
He also has a green pacer, Robert Chimes, by Sunrise Chimes by the dam of Billy Airline, 2:16 1/4.James Crosby is the owner of the new recruit and expects him to show speed with any of them soon.Frank Polk has one two year old bay colt by Inline, owned by Charles Freck, that is doing well with its early work.He has a black filly, also by Inline, owned by Fred Powell that has lots of step and is improving all the time.Jerry B., a three year old, by Mesella, dam by Arrow Wood, sire of Aileen Wilson, is to be found in the Polk stable also.Ross Slusher owns this youngster that has worked a mile in three minutes already.
Polk is also working a trotting three year old bay mare, Hazel, by Slumber Jr., that is spoken well of by her trainer.The animal is owned by Henry McClellan.
The McFarland stable is largely made up of the Bonifield material, although Han is training his own mare, Viola J., a three year old trotter, by Warren J., and a half sister of Bahama Belle.This promising colt is stabled here in the three year old stake and also at Marion.She has traveled an eighth in 20 seconds so far.Leola B., by Six Forty, dam by Lady Lake, has also been staked here as she is making good at her new gait of pacing.This mare was a fast trotter, but seemed inclined to pace, so she will turn around with the pacers this summer.A quarter in 35 3/4 seconds and an eighth in fifteen seems good enough early in the season.
OTHER GOOD ONES
McGreggor Todd, by Todd, is being trained a little to be hardened up for a couple of starts next fall.This colt as a three year old last year worked a mile trotting in 2:21 and has a great bunch of speed this spring as was shown by an eighth in 16 seconds with practically no work.Harry J., brown gelding, three years old, by Warren J., is getting some stiff work this spring.He is entered in the Western Horseman Stake at Indianapolis this fall and was an eighth in 21 seconds.He is owned by Dr. Bonifield, as is also Leola B., Warren J. and Alar H.Warren J., 2:24 1/2, is being jogged and worked some, although he is not expected to start this summer.