Racing Gossip., Daily Racing Form, 1896-09-16


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RACING GOSSIP In what booking they do on the Jockey Club tracks Western operators fare well There is plenty of money for all At Sheepshead Shepherd Bay as many as ninety bookmakers were at work John Fay a sharp figure in the turfs speculative cor coir ¬ ner near has recently sampled the Metropolitan bet ¬ ting game and says of it All the speculators are doing well They should I never saw such strong books Their percentages will eat you up if you stay with them long enough Even Riley Grannan Granada screamed and threatened to quit betting Ike Ikea Thompson is the whale of the betting sea Hell take nearly any kind of a bet The tracks are profiting this year The daily attendance averages between 2500 and 3000 The San Francisco Breeder and Sportsman makes the following table of figures to show the amount of money brought into circulation in San Francisco in consequence of six months racing in that vicinity Wages of 750 men and boys 124500 124500Board Board of 750 men and boys 101250 101250Paid Paid for hay 1000 horses v 80400 straw 54000 grain 89000 plating 24000 horse boots and veterinarians veterinariansservices veterinarians services 12000 12000Keeping Keeping track in order 20 a day 3120 3120Purses Purses and stakes average 2800 pr day 435800 Salaries of judges 100 per day 26 days dayspermonth draftsperson permonth Vermont 15600 15600Salaries Salaries of secretary clerk of scales scalesc scales c 40 per day 6240 6240Salaries Salaries of starter and assistant 30 30per per day 4680 4680Salaries Salaries of 12 track detectives 3 per day perday pray average 5616 Car 5616Car fare of all kinds 2000 at 35 cts Acts per dayeach ayah perdayeach Perdue 97200 Salaries 97200Salaries of bookmakers clerks 10 per day perday pray average of 14 books 75360 75360Advertising Advertising of associations 40 per day 6240 6240Total Total amount circulated 1126406 1126406These These figures are far too low They do not take in the disbursement of visitors profession ¬ al and amateur or bookmakers and their crews These disbursements are far above the average The visitor spends his winnings gaily and re ¬ trenches to a cash basis when a loser The turfs people horsemen professional bettors bookmakers and their clerks are noble spenders The item covering these a counts to hotels restaurants tailors dry goods people etc would could it be calculated far exceed all items in the above list outside that of track gifts It would crowd that A moderate esti est ¬ mate is 100000 I declared a year ago that the local racing cloture cost Chicago millions The declarations can be proven by inquiries among the leading railroads hotels restaurants sa ¬ loons theatres millinery dressmaking dry goods grocery haberdashery and clothing ouses douses of Chicago Racine seasons such as Chicago had in 1893 and 1894 are worth 12000 000 per annum to the business men of the west ¬ ern Bern metropolis

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