Clubhouse Betting Too Heavy, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-02


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CLUBHOUSE BETTING TOO HEAVY. New York, August 1. There is a story afloat at Brighton, and it was vouched for by a person whoso sources of information entitle anything he may say to high consideration, to the effect that the betting in the clubhouse with regular bookmakers shortly is to be suppressed by the Jockey Club. It Is the opinion of several stewards of the Jockey Club, also of two members of the Racing Commission, that clubhouse betting has reached proportions it was not intended it should when the "commissioners" were first permitted to operate there. The "commissioners," although they are still known by that name, aro really bookmakers, and the betting with them is conducted pretty much as it Is with the layers in the ring. It is the opinion of the stewards, who desire that this betting shall be suppressed, that there is too much of it that is too open and that it shocks ones sense of the fitness of things. If the coiniiiisloiiers are removed from the .clubhouse, they will, of course, find refuge In the betting ring, which, in the opinion of more than one steward, Is the proper place for speculation.

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