Pair of Bookmaking Characters, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-11


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PAIR OF BOOKMAKING CHARACTERS. San Francisco, Cal., December 0. Roy Offutt, one of the biggest and most successful operators iii the California turf market once taught a Sunday school class In Kansas City, Mo., while Jack Snell, the bookmaker and bettor, now laying prices at Oakland, was the head and front of the Society for the Prevention of Crime in Reading, Pa., for many years. Both are now grabbing for the almighty dollar just like the blackest sinner iu, the great, motley throng making up the race track world. Offutt was a clerk in the firm of Offutt, Elmore and Clark stock yards commission merchants, of Kansas City, Mo., with a strong religious bent. One day he started to parlay a small sum on second choices running at East St. Louis. He got to studying the "dope." He made a success of playing horses from the start. He now makes books, bets and owns horses. Still, he doesnt drink, smoke or play cards. "Betting ou the horses is a business, not a gamble," declares Offutt. He won ?:2,000 bookmaking around New York last summer. Offutt and Snell arc two of the most interestlug character studies at Oakland.

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