Sport: Cross Country Squire

At only six of the 45 big race tracks in the U. S. (Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Pimlico, Delaware Park, Laurel Park) can railbirds see the sportiest of all horse races, a steeplechase. Last week, when beautiful Belmont Park opened its 24-day spring meeting, most of New York's racing fans looked forward to seeing Bimelech and his high-toned contemporaries in some of America's most famed flat races. Dyed-in-the-tweed "regulars" were equally eager to scan the 1940 crop of jumpers.

In the past decade steeplechasing has come a cropper. With tracks sprouting up all over the country (thus creating a greater demand...

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