Fall Dates Are in Doubt: Will Not be over Sixty Days More in Kentucky This Year, Daily Racing Form, 1907-07-12


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FALL DATES ABE IN DOUBT. WILL NOT BE OVER SIXTY DAYS MORE IN KENTUCKY THIS YEAR. State Racing Commissioners Say Best Interests of the Sport Demand that the Meetings Be Shortened. Cincinnati, O., July 11. The Indications are that then; will be no more racing at the Kentucky tracks until the Kentucky State Fair opens at Douglas Park, Louisville, September l.ri. The fair will close September 21. There is little of certainty about dates after this. The matter lies entirely with tlie State Bating Commission and, though they have made no announcements on the subject, there have been intimations by the members that they are in a mood to limit tin; fall racing in the entire state to sixty days and probably fifty. Last spring it was the understanding that Douglas Park would have thirty days in the fall, hut since the Douglas Park Jockey Club has pooled its interests with the New Louisville Jockey Club and sold the track to the Kentucky State Fair Association, It is said the commission will not gi:ant more than three weeks to Louisville, the six days during the fair to be a part of the time. This would leave only two weeks at Churchill Downs. It is not certain that Latonia will get more than twenty days in the fall, but it is presumed that the meeting will begin either October 7 or October 1.". Lexington, it is understood, can have eight ays and it is probable that a meeting will be held at the Kentucky Association track. Yet this leafves a considerable gap until the opening of the wmter tracks In New Orleans and on the Pacific Coost. The greatest hardship in closing the meeting here will fall on stable lnjlpers. Owners who will remain here will throw ttaeir horses out of active training, merely giving tliem walking and trotting exercises, and, as a matter of necessity, they will have to discharge many of their help. The major ity of the stables will re main here and endeavor to tide over in some sort of shape until racing is resumed. James Stevens will sh7p seven horses to Seattle. II. McCarren, Jr., will turn out the horses he has here and will devote his rtime to his produce business in New York. T. H. PJyan will ship the horses he has in training here to his Illinois farm, where they will be rested urrtll fall and then shipped to California. Starter Iloltman sayr he will -take a needed rest. He wired Harry Stovcjr at Butte this morning that if in need of horses bet can secure all he wants from this point. Mr. Jlolnnan said that he had heard a rumor that there might be another short race meeting at Hamilton, Ohio, and also that there was some talk of a weeks meeting at Dayton, Ohio, with 00 purses and special trains from Cincinnati. Neither, of these projects, however, have got beyond tlw rumor stage. J. IS. Bespess has. not yet decided where he will let jockey Lee fill in the idle time between now and fall, hut it is likely that he will go to Saratoga after a short stop-over at Kenilworth. James Griffith stated today that he would ship Frontenac and Ilusled to Fort Erie If he could get stable room there. The remainder or his string will be rested up here. Lexington, Ky., July 11. The action of the State Bacing Commission in refusing to grant an extension of dates to the Latonia Jockey Club will cause an Influx of horses to the local track. Several of the stables now racing at the Milldale track will come to Lexington after the close of the meeting on Saturday The local members of the commission, Colonel Milton Young and Louis des Cognets, said tonight that they had no idea as to what dates would be assigned Louisville and Latonia for fall meetings. They said that under the law each track can be limited to ten days next fall as thirty out of the forty days specified as the minimum allotment annually to each track had been devoted to spring meetings. The local members of the commission refused to discuss tho reason for their refusal of an extension of dates at Latonia, further than to say that the best interests of racing demanded short meetings each spring and fall. It is said that Latonia will be granted twenty days and that the officials of the track will be so notified by the secretary of the commission. Application for dates must be in thirty days before the opening day of the contemplated meeting. No application has been made by the local association for fall dates.

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