Marcus Daly's Common Sense., Daily Racing Form, 1896-10-09


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MARCUS DALYS DAYS COMMON SENSE SENSEThe Sensate The keenest figures in Americad America racing at this time are August Belmont and Marcus Daly Dally Both are high of class spend money nobly in a turf way think honestly and talk and act as they think Marcus Daly Dally said recently about the turf as it impressed him I believe that American racing will eventually take its natural place and that as large and fashionable assem Assam ¬ blies belies as ever graced Ascot Doncaster Downcast Sandown Sundown or Goodwood Godhood will meet upon American race ¬ courses to applaud the winners of great stakes America is laboring at present under what is known as a great moral wave Many people with the best of intentions spend a great deal of their time and in some instances their money in efforts to save Americans from eternal perdition Many of these people are sincere in their efforts to reform the morals of others and consequently they attack anything and every ¬ thing which they believe has a demoralizing ten ¬ dency deny to the morals of the general public When any sport or business cannot stand honest bold fearless criticism by the press es ¬ pecially specially so when a large proportion of the pub ¬ lic laic is interested it cannot long exist unless the causes for criticisms are removed I will say that the best interests of the turf demand that the criticisms of the press receive the utmost consideration from the governors of racing What is needed most on the turf today is a governing body that will not hesitate in inflict ¬ ing King punishment upon wrongdoers whenever the turf suffers from their direct or indirect tran train ¬ sactions sanctions sactionsI sanctions I am firmly convinced that under August Belmonts Belmont rule a vigorous effort will be made to enhance the attractiveness of racing as a sport by making many much needed reforms The Jockey Club is in its infan infant y and although many of its members have grown gray and have passed the halfpost almost in the race of life experi expert ¬ ence fence will teach them what is required while the younger members will listen to their counsel and learn practical lessons day by day by closely ob ¬ serving every detail of racing under their obser lobster ¬ vation ovation In a few years the younger men may take the places at the helm and guide racing safely to the haven of prosperity

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