Changed Feeling toward Butler, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-28


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CHANGED FEELING TOWARD BUTLER. "It may be stated with authority that if there is a truce between the Jockey Club and the Empire City track it will not materialize until after the merits of the case have been passed upon by the Court of Appeals," says the New York Sun. "It is known that the Racing Commission arid the Jockey Club wish to find out just what the status of the present law is and that they will conduct a legal fight to the finish, in spite of the great success of the Empire City meeting and the established fact that the metropolitan public wants racing here during the month of August. But in spite of the plans to carry the case to the Court of: Appeals, it may be said that there is not the same bitterness of foelilig among the members iof the Jockey Club toward James Butler that jexisted one month ago. The fact that Mr. Butler Willi no assistance of any kind from the Jockey Club has conducted the sport at Yonkcrs on a broad, clean, sportsmanlike basis, baa made some of the turf powers believe that the owner of the Empire City track is the right sort of a man to have interested in racing. "To the turf magnates Mr. Butler has shown that he should be taken into the fold as an ally, not an antagonist, and that in various ways he can help racing rather .than knock it out. It is known that the Jockey Club is unalterably opposed to the presence in the east of a western turf; element, which would probably jump at n chance to remain permanently at Empire City, but which would be forced to go back home in the event of peace being declared and tlie admission of Empire Ciiy to the fold. It is estimated that the Empire Citys meeting will net close to 00,000 In profits. Mr. Butler stands ready to spend this money and .much more besides in making his track one of the finest in America. It is also possible that under favorable circumstances Mr. Butler will in due time go into the breeding industry on a large scale and also race a formidable striiig of horses."

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