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Stuart S. Janney Jr. was named chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, succeeding George P. Mahoney. Maryland Gov. William Lane made the announcement while Mahoney was in Lexington, Ky., attending an annual meeting of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners.

The governor’s method of notifying him was met with considerable outbursts, since Mahoney had been representing the state at the convention and was embarrassed since he was running for office there. However, it had been general knowledge that Mahoney was not going to be reappointed.

  • In a battle to the finish, Winton secured his third Maryland Hunt Cup win with owner-trainer-rider Stuart S. Janney Jr. aboard. Winton and Clifton’s Duke, who won the Grand National the week before over a fast closing Winton, took over the early lead with Field Glass, Battery B, Roxspur, Bungtown and Lad O’ Wax following. Front-running Winton and Clifton’s Duke held their strides until the 19th fence took out Clifton’s Duke. Bungtown moved toward the leader but couldn’t catch Winton, who sailed between the flags with plenty to spare. Time for the 1947 classic was 9:02 3/5.

  • Delaware Park announced it would have a jump race every day, a new departure for the track, and one which would establish the longest period of “through-the-field” races at any course in America. In addition to a new hurdles course, this gave Delaware the unique distinction in the U.S. of having three jumping courses.

  • Charlie Hatton, Kentucky columnist of the Daily Racing Form, was in town for a few days visit to Maryland farms. Humphrey Finney obliged. First they made stops at Sagamore and The Caves. Then in one day they visited Ray Bryson’s Elray Farm, Mrs. R.H. Heighe’s Prospect Hill, Adolphe Pons’ Country Life Farm in Bel Air, the Williams’ Stadacona Farm in the Worthington Valley where they saw *Piping Rock. “Thence, by way of Finksburg and Eldersburg, we went on to Frederick to inspect the W.L. Brann farm and the grand old stallion, *Challenger II. . .

    Last stop was at the Bowling Brook Stud of Robert J. Walden, near Middleburg, where Mr. Walden showed us the few Thoroughbreds still on the farm. Our guest was able to see a good deal of Maryland’s breeding farms in a short time.”

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