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October 31, 1955
The acceptance by American horsemen of a stakes race worthy of classic stature is usually a long process. The most startling exception in racing history is an event to be run off in New Jersey this week: the Garden State—at a mile and a sixteenth for 2-year-olds. The stake is a new one, only in its third year, but so wealthy that by post time the gross value of the Garden State may conceivably reach the phenomenal sum of around $300,000—or $50,000 more than Man o' War earned in his entire career. The inventor of the Garden State is Vineland, N.J.'s imaginative Eugene Mori, track president. While shopping around in 1952 for ideas to present a major race with genuine prestige value, Mori devised a plan that made good common sense: a race with futurity payment conditions that for the first time would send 2-year-olds over a distance of ground. The race would serve, to some extent, to separate the sprinters from the And not only could its results assist in determining the 2-year-old championship, but they could be well used as a yardstick with which to measure the potential ability of the following season's 3-year-olds.
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October 31, 1955

Richest Race In The World

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Prince John, a good record in Midwest.

So far, there is no Citation in the crowd. But the 1956 Kentucky Derby winner could be here.

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