May Take Butler Track into Fold: Much, However, Depends Upon the Courts Decision in the Yonkers Case, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-04


view raw text

MAY TAKE BUTLER TRACK INTO FOLD. Much, However, Depends Upon the Courts Decison in the Yonkers Case. "While it is true that a quiet tip was passed around before the Yonkers meeting began which kept many horsemen away, the fact remains that these same horsemen could have raced there and got some of the money without jeopardizing their chances on the Jockey Clubs tracks," says the New York Sun. "The members of tlic"Mcts. too, who stuck to Saratoga probably see now that they could have hooked at Empire City. Hut there is just this about Kmpire City: The matter will be taken to the Court of Appeals shortly, and if a decision is rendered favorably to the State Racing Commission and the Jockey Club it is probable that an attempt will be made by at least one big man in racing to shut the Butler track out of the game altogether, .although in such an attempt this man will probably find determined opposition on the part of other members of the Jockey Club and Mr. Butler himself. If a decision is handed down against the State Racing Commission it is said that all the members of that body will forthwith resign. "Meanwhile the metropolitan public has demonstrated the fact that a race meeting here in August will pay. With all sorts of handicaps to deal with in the way of poor horses, incompetent jockeys and hurried preparations, the Kmpire track cleared 1907.sh0,000 in profits. With opposition at Saratoga, it was believed that the Rntler meeting would be a complete frost, but the public evidently wanted racing here, and the expected frost was quickly turned into a golden harvest. Mr. Butler intends to practically rebuild the track before another year. He has planned to put the present grandstand and a new structure on the same lines on the other side of the track, where lie owns a large strip of property, affording plenty of room for increased accommodations of all kinds. From Wakefield railroad station, less than half a mile away, a spur will be constructed into a regular yard where there will be ample track room for special trains. "All these changes will be made, it is said, no matter what may lie the result of the present court proceedings. The easiest way out of the whole tangle, it would seem, is to take Mr. But-lers track into the fold and grant a fair quota of dates. Many persons are inclined to believe that the Jockey Club will make this move, permitting Yonkers to open and close the metropolitan season next year instead of Aqueduct. In order to do this the other tracks would have to relinquish a few days each, while it is practically a cinch that Saratoga would get eighteen days clear in August. Rut just bow Mich a deal would strike Mr. Butler and his friends is a problem hard to solve, especially as it is known that Kmpire City wants to race exclusively in August, when there is no such sport in this part of the state."

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1907090401_1_4
Library of Congress Record: