Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives May 18 1963, Page 22

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - May 18, 1963, Bennington, Vermont Why build a Racetrack in Pownal Vermont or what Are the chalices that a race track located in Pownal will turn out to be a successful venture outer carries into distance along Homestretch of the track racing Oval. Grimm excellent times predicted for racing Oval a full View paddock area featured the heart of the matter at Green Mountain Park is. Of course the racing Oval itself. Ifs what goes on there that justifies the existence of All the other facilities of this Multi million Dollar racing Plant. The track is 13-16th of a mile in length with a five Furlong starting Chute at the South end of the Back stretch and a one mile starting Chute at the North end of the main stretch. Openings in the inside Fence have been provided races of 5l/2 furlongs 7 furlongs and i 1-16 Miles. The harness track is 5 Stohs of a mile in length with races to be conducted on All but two turns of the main Oval. Both types of racing will use the main stretch the first and second turns and the Back stretch. However during the harness meeting the track will be closed inside the third turn and the stretch turn to provided for the usual harness racing events. For thoroughbred racing the track has a three Inch a a Cushion of Loam Over its Clay base. This will be rolled to a compact surface for harness racing. Horse men who have seen the track predict that it will produce excellent times in both harness and thoroughbred racing. The inner of the track is of the a a gooseneck variety in which the itself extends some 18 inches into the track away from where the supporting poles enter the ground. This design is becoming one of the most praised safety devices in racing. A jockey should he be thrown can immediately Roll under the protecting and Between the Well spaced supports. The overhang of the while the ultimate answer will depend on a Good Many factors officials of Taconic racing and Breeding association have Given consideration to at least two things a population of the surrounding area and the Competition of other race tracks. The association while not guaranteeing any specific number of track patrons notes that some 4.7 million people live in the 31 counties of Vermont new Hampshire Massachusetts Connecticut and new York that lie wholly or partly with a 7 5-rn lie radius of the track. In the 16 counties that lie wholly or partly within a 50-mile radius there Are 1.3 million people. Those figures taken from the 1960 . Census Are the permanent population and do not take into account seasonal increases in the resort areas of the several states. Green Mountain Park expects that practically All of its patrons also makes it unlikely that a horse would catch a foot on one of the supports. Making the track area a thing of Beauty As Well As Utility Are its two lagoons which together cover about three acres. The larger is in the Center of the smaller Oval the other is Between the two North ends of the larger and smaller ovals. Excavating the lagoons necessitated moving some 213,000 cubic Yards of Earth. Water in the lagoons comes from the Hoosic River which runs immediately to the West of the racing Plant. There is both a controlled intake and outlet with an equalizing pipe running Between the two lagoons. Located in the infield Between the Lagoon and racing Oval is the special paddock consisting of 12 stalls where horses for each race Are saddled. This is unique in that it has been the practice of most tracks to locate this area at one Side or to the rear of the grandstand. Green Mountain Park however will be providing patrons a full View of saddling activities without their having to leave their seats. Also in the infield and directly behind the three Baak tote Board is the jockeys tack and color room. The tack room to one of the finest of its Type in the country. Included in the facilities is a recreation and lounge room two steam rooms two Shower rooms a physical therapy room with the most modern of therapy equipment a snack bar individual lockers and a bunk room for jockeys who want to rest Between races and mounts. They do not sleep nights in this building however also in the building is the color room where the individual colors of the owners who Are racing on any Given Day Are kept in Racks. The tote Board will show the wagering placed on win place and show first second and third. The changing Odds on each entry Wili also be registered As the wagering on each proceeds. The Board will also carry the finish results the first four horses returns paid and other official information. A Winner s Circle is located directly in front of the finish line on the grandstand Side. Will reach the track by private automobile and bus. It is Likely that special buses will run to the track from the larger metropolitan areas in the Vicinity a Albany Troy and Schenectady ., and Pittsfield Abd Springfield. As for other race tracks Only Saratoga raceway in Saratoga Springs ., in the immediate area conducts both harness and thoroughbred race meets. Other such tracks Are at Salem n.h., Rockingham Parkland Boston Suffolk Down approximately 136 and 140 Miles away respectively. The thoroughbred race track As distinguished from a harness race track nearest Green Mountain Park is Berkshire Downs in Hancock mass., about 25 Miles away. During the past few years this track has conducted an annual race meet of 24 Days during the last two weeks in september and the first two weeks of october. Its facilities however Are not considered by Taconic to be comparable to what it will be offering in Pownal. Other thoroughbred race tracks within 150 Miles of Pownal Are As follows mileage in parentheses Lincoln Downs and Narragansett Park near Providence r.i., 145 Miles Rockingham Park 136 Miles and Suffolk Downs 140 Mil Sand Saratoga Springs 53 mile which regularly has conducted a thoroughbred race meet of 24 Days during the first four weeks in August a when Green Mountain Park will not be operating. The harness track nearest Pownal is Saratoga. Not much farther away 57 Miles is Hinsdale raceway in new Hampshire. There will be some overlapping of harness meets at these two tracks and Green Mountain Park. Suffolk Downs in Boston Rockingham Park and Bay state raceway in Foxboro mass., 146 Miles Are the Only other night harness racing tracks operating within 150 Miles of Pownal. In addition there is some racing at state fairs in Massachusetts new York new Hampshire and Vermont but Taconic does not consider this to be continued from Page 5. Either officers of the corporation Are Edward f. Barrett of Bennington director and vice president and atty. Margaret Lillie of Pownal director clerk and assistant treasurer. Other directors Are Robert l. Accavallo of Rutland h. Elliot Corning and Abraham sow a both of Montpelier or. John e. Moran of Greenfield mass. Or. Arthur q. Penta of Schenectady And Albert m. Sateriale of Belmont mass. Serving As general manager of Green Mountain Park is Vincent j. Bartimo whose background includes a number of years in Public relations and newspaper journalism. Other key management personnel Are thoroughbred racing Secretary Nathan Gladstone assistant racing Secretary Edward my Kinsey Public relations director Edward Bowmaker medical director or. James p. Hammond chief Security officer maj. Ray Smith grandstand maintenance superintendent James Sinclitico track maintenance superintendent Bruno Angeli barn maintenance superintendent John Sampson and stall superintendent Jacob Rudkin. Con Gra Tula tons and Best wishes to i my Ray Ott inc. 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