"There are chunks of tar coming off the road by Mr. Hooper's barn. I want that road repaved by 4 this afternoon.
"Tell the crew at Washington Park I'll be there in an hour with my architect and I want to consult with the track superintendent and the chief electrician.
"The Lieutenant Governor and his party are coming out and I'll meet them in the Director's Lounge at 1:30. Got it? O.K., and you can reach me at Washington Park from 9 to 11."
Her tracks are responsive to her telephonic system of command; all of them have dozens of phones at special locations so that she can issue instructions as fast as they occur to her.
Mrs. Everett not only works at Arlington, she lives there in a luxurious house attached to one end of the old saddling shed, with a glass-enclosed porch looking out on the paddock and clubhouse. Near by is a five-room cottage where she stables her guests. She has been married for five years to 65-year-old Webb Everett, a highly respected racing official, who serves as a sort of prince regent, chief consultant and member of the board. The Everetts employ three full-time cooks, so strenuously do they entertain, and it is as a hostess in her home that Mrs. Everett displays a genuine and generous warmth that is carefully concealed when she is behind her executive desk On a typical evening at home she may have as guests visiting owners, perhaps a trainer, a jockey or two, members of the Illinois Racing Board. Sometimes he even invites members of the press, with whom she is not on uniformly cordial terms. This is part of the Lindheimer tradition. She recalls with brooding satisfaction: "My dad once called up a publisher and asked that a certain reporter never be assigned to our tracks. He hasn't been back."
The softer side of Mrs. Everett has an eloquent witness in William Hal Bishop, the country's leading trainer in number of wins.
"You surely got to respect her," he said recently. "She'll spend more money than any living person to make things nice for backstretch help. She's given them a trailer park to live in, recreational facilities, movies, a swimming pool, a playground and even a church. From a trainer's point of view—and an owner's—she has never failed to give the horsemen more than she has to."
Such is the way of the world, however, that most racing people find Mrs. Everett more interesting as a figure of controversy. In 1960 she withdrew her tracks from the Thoroughbred Racing Associations. Her reasons were these:
"My father worked a long time in the interests of the TRA, but in the years before he died he, and some other track owners, felt very strongly that the TRA should be separated from the TRPB." This latter is the Thoroughbred Racing-Protective Bureau, headed by Spencer Drayton, a former FBI man. The Lindheimer group believed that the TRA should be run by a highly salaried racing' administrator, one with influence in Washington and other high places. They believed that the policing function-should be left to the TRPB.
"When Drayton was put in charge of the TRA, while still running the TRPB, I felt it was time to get out," she says, and she hasn't changed her mind.