Morris Talks About Kenilworth, Daily Racing Form, 1907-07-05


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MORRIS TALKS ABOUT KENILWORTH. While he was in Xew York to attend a meeting of the Xatioual Steeplechase and Hunt Association Tuesday, Henry J. Morris, who is the steward representing the Jockey Club at the Kenllworth meeting, had this to say to the newspapers concerning the racing at Ituffalo: "The meeting is undoubtedly the most successful that has yet been run at the track, both from the standpoint of attendance and so far as the racing is concerned. Locally there seems to be much more Interest In racing than at any time in the past. The society folk at Buffalo have become interested and scarcely a day passes that there is not a good representation in the clubhouse. "The reports that have gone out to the effect that the management of the meeting is largely in the hands of western men are absolutely without foundation. Joseph A. Murphy, general manager of the plant, who also places the horses and doe the handicapping, is the only western man in any way connected with the control of racing, and Mr. Murphy had held the position of judge and hanili-capper for several years, not only at Ituffalo hut on other eastern tracks. "The stewards in the stand with me are II. M. Gerrans and Harry 1. Kirkover, both of whom have been residents of Buffalo for many years. Mr. Gerrans Is a well-known business man, wlio has been one of the strongest local supporters of racing since the sport was first inaugurated at P.ulTalo. Mr. Kirkover is a well-known polo player and is interested in all sorts of amateur sports. "As for the minor positions, such as clerk of of the course, timer, starting judge and paddock judge, they are all occupied by P.uffalo men who have had experience at previous meetings at Kenil-worth and other tracks on the northern circuit. "In regard to the layers of odds paying for privileges the same conditions rule there as here, except that a bigger charge is made for the information. There doesnt appear to be any good cause why this should not be so when It is considered that the number ot layers ranges from twenty to twenty-five, Instead of between three and four hundred, as at Xew York tracks. "I know personally that an offer of ,500 cash made by a poolroom information bureau for the privilege of running a wire into the track was turned down cold and that any information which may go out is of a very meager sort. The ring is not syndicated any more than at any other eastern track where they all look to some one or two layers to make the prices and guide the market.

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