By Charles C. Marshall, Jr.

Newark, N. J., July 16—On our way back from the Roosevelt Grand Circuit session we stopped off at Weequahic Park to have a look at the matinee racing Saturday afternoon, which has been revived by local enthusiasts after a lapse since 1943. There is lot of tradition connected with this oval, which has been the scene of harness contests over a hundred years ago. Records of the past show that the onetime stallion champion and great family founder, George Wilkes 2:22, the pony son of Hambletonian, raced at the Newark track. In the "thirties" the hoof beats of such as Dean Hanover and Zombro Hanover made harness horse history here. The pacing gelding holds the 2:011/2 track record but the two year old standard of Dean Hanover at 2:05 and the three year old mark of 2:033/4 by the Dillon Axworthy colt rank the highest, being World Records at the time and still top performances in any league.

President Bill Francis, who is active as a trainer and driver here, is the dub president, with executive vice president. "Jud" Pearson in charge of publicity and also serving as an associate judge. Vice president and treasurer Sam Chinitz does the race¬announcing, with Bill Stevens clerk of the course, Ray Matthews presiding judge and Arthur Owens racing secretary. Phil Bente is doing the starting, using Octave Blake's phantom barrier, formerly used on the Grand. Circuit.

There were well over 2,000 spectators watching the matinee heats, which are limited to strictly amateur, drivers, carts being used instead of sulkies. Most of the fans watched from their cars or along the fences, with the grandstand only partly filled. The local papers have been giving nice coverage to the trots and paces and it should build up into a popular diversion for this section. We particularly enjoyed seeing so many youngsters getting a kick out of the contests. Over at the barns each starter seemed to have several kids helping out and providing a rooting section besides.

Leon Jennings of Menlo Park showed the fastest mile of the season here when he piloted his low headed Silver Moonshine to a wire to wire victory in 2:14, going to the half in 1:044/5. The pair returned even stronger to cut the mark to 2:133/5. The youngest driver here, 16 year old Rahway High School student Bob McKee, won the B Pace with Scottish Song, taking both heats. This is an unbeaten combination here, the pair having won six dashes with the accompanying blue rosettes to show for it.

The Class C trot was an exciting race both dashes. In the first trip Lee Princeton set the pace, Ben Kempner (the amateur who drove Runnymede Hathorn in last year's Hambletonian) moving at the quarter to challenge with Glendale, Berry. The pair trotted like a team past the cheering stands and on to the three¬quarters, where Lee Princeton fnally broke. The Mr. Chips gelding then held on for a length win over Rube Ko San, driven by George Francis. This trio raced back in the last heat of the day and provided the first dead heat here as Rube Ko San and Glendale Berry passed the wire in a 2:171/5 tie. The Brooklyn driver, Harold Williams, won the first heat of the D Trot in 2:21 rather handily with Hollyrood Rick, but the second was a corker as Ben Kempner forced the pace to the quarter with Runnymede Nancy, broke, but moved up gradually again and came strong in the lane to finish only a short head behind in 2:211/5.

Matinees are to be held every Saturday and holidays at the track close to route 22 after passing the Newark airport, insuring a renewal of interest in the trotters and pacers in this section with a wholesome sporting atmosphere. We have many pleasant memories of matinee racing and amateur contests from our college days, when we belonged to the Metropolitan Driving Club at Allston, Mass., in suburban Boston beside the Charles River, and know that they add much to the trotting and pacing game.