Bookmaker Owners Are Barred: The Kentucky Racing Commission Allows Louisville Sixteen Days, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-15


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BOOKMAKER OWNERS ARE BARRED. The Kentucky Racing Commission Allows Louisville Sixteen Days. Lexington, Ky., September 14. The State Racing Commisison took a forward step In turf reform today when it passed a rule preventing bookmakers and jockeys being Interested in the ownership of horses. The rule offered by Colonel E. F. Clay of Paris reads as follows: "Any person who owns, wholly or in part, or is interested directly or indirectly, in any book made on races at any meeting which is licensed by this commisison. shall not be permitted while being I interested in such book to race, train or ride any horse only upon the track so licensed, and for violation of this rule the guilty party shall be ruled off." Tbe New Louisville Jockey Club was granted dates from October 10 vto November 2. Tbe application of tbe Latonia Jockey Club for four additional days was refused. Tbe Kentucky State Racing Commission has adopted a rule excluding bookmakers from racing, training or riding horses over any track licensed by it under penalty of ruling off. Tbe old Turf Congress had a similar rule in the eighties, but it was not enforced and was allowed to drop out of sight. It remains to be seen bow stringentlv a rule will be enforced that will deprive the Kentucky tracks of such attractions as the horses owned by Barney Scbreiber, Fred Cook and other horse owning bookmakers. The commission has not been in existence for a great while, but it has already given evidence of its distinct determination to govern racing in Kentucky with close attention to details. The operation and effect of this new rule will be observed attentively elsewhere. In England and in the east bookmakers own and race thoroughbreds without objection, but in the west there has long been an undercurrent of opinion that bookmakers should make book and leave the ownership of race horses to less interested persons. The new Kentucky rule represents this opinion.

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