For Los Angeles Racing: Conference Being Held in Chicago by California Magnates, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-11


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EOE LOS ANGELES RACING. CONFERENCE BEING HELD IN CHICAGO BY-CALIFORNIA MAGNATES. T. H. Williams and George Rose Here If the Courts Decide Against Ascot Park, Arcadia Likely to Take Its Place. "I am here especially to meet Mr. Thomas It. Williams, president of the Pacific Jockey Clnb,, said George Rose yesterday afternoon. "Mr. Williams was to have been here tills morning, but bis train lias been delayed and he will not arrive until late in the day. ir I have time to confer with him and get away, I shall depart for Los Angeles tonight. "My purpose in seeking a conference witli Mr. Williams Is to ascertain whether a meeting, at the projected new Arcadia track in the vicinity of Los Angeles will receive the sanction and protection of the Pacific Jockey Club. I feel assured of hln friendly feeling in the. matter, but desire to proceed regularly and.take nothing for granted. . I have no other business here than this and having been In Europe for some months tiack, am not clearly Informed as to how affairs stand at Los Angeles In relation to the new track. Hence my anxiety to arrive there as speedily as may be possible. "My impression and belief is that the track at Arcadia will be pushed to completion in time for racing about Thanksgiving Day, the time it has heretofore opened at Ascot Park. I am ready to take whatever financial interest in the track other persons interested may deem desirable. I see, by the newspapers that. Barney Schrelber has concluded to become a stockholder. I do not know that this is true, but I -hope it is. He is a good manand hl8 name will add to the popularity of the new course. Mr. Baldwin will, ot course, be heavily interested and I have no doubt other, men of wealth and high standing will be stockholders. "I am informed there has been talk about another new track, elsewhere near Los Angeles, but I think only one will be constructed and that one will bo at Arcadia. It is or can be, made conveniently accessible readily. The Santa Fe road will run a spur track directly to the grounds whenever asked to do so. Trolley service direct Is already in operation and Mr. Huntington, who is very enterprising and obliging. In such matters, will no doubt provide increased facilities, so that everybody who wlshe3 to do so, can go from Los Angeles to the track In three quarters of an hour or less. "It has been frequently stated that Arcadia Is twenty-two miles distant from Los Angeles, but it is really only eighteen miles away and will be reached in less time than it takes a New Yorker to arrive at any of the big tracks near that city. "The ground selected ,for the new track Is level and requires little grading. For all I know considerable of the necessary work has already been done. At any rate, the track and its appointments can easily be made ready In time if the necessary sanction of our governing organization is secured. "I have been told that a track lias been projected at Venice with Curly Brown as promoter and Tim Sullivan of New York as one of his backers, but I think the story has no foundation. Brown may be willing to promote such an enterprise, but I think Sullivan unlikely to concern himself ih.H. "As to officials, I have no opinion other than " I consider It probable that Colonel Hamilton will preside at Arcadia as he has in the past at Aacpt Park. Naturally; my new associates will have their own views as to the composition of the ofliclal staff of the new track and what pleases them will please me. We will have" to prepare our new track and buildings before bothering about officials. "Of course there is a possibility that, we may not have to remove from Ascot Park,, but we will be prepared for any eventuality. Our effort to hayo the annexation of the track to Los Angeles set aside failed In he lower . courts, but the case i3 now before the Supreme Court of California on appeal and may possibly be decided in. our favor. A decision is expected within two months and may have considerable effect on the Los Angeles racing situation." It lias been rumored that Martin Nathanson. oC this city may be connected with the new track In an ofliclal eipacity as secretary, or possibly as a. successor to J. W. Brooks. On the other hand, it has been said that Mr, Brooki will, be with the new organization in the same position as at Ascot Parke But from what Mr. Rose said it is evident nothing has -as yet been definitely decided in either case. President Thomas n. Williams of the Pacific Coast Jockey Club, arrived in Chicago last night about 5 oclock, and is at the Wellington. He arid Rose were together all evening.

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