Western Jockey Club in Being: Reports of Its Disbandment and the Rejection of Steward Bush Incorrect, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-17


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WESTERN JOCKEY CLUB IN BEING. Reports of Its Disbandment and the Rejection of Steward Bush Incorrect. It was reported Monday in newspapers published in Chicago and elsewhere that the Western Jockey Club was about to disband. The New Orleans dispatches say that C. S. Bush, who is a steward of that body, has been informed that his services in the stand at the Fair Grounds track would not be required this winter. The published reports also ray that the Western Jockey Club would have disbanded several years ago, but for the fact that the stewards did not want to give up their yearly salary and traveling expenses to the monthly meetings and that the expense of keeping up the organization lias been in the neighborhood of 0,000 a year. The stewards, it is slid, were depending upon the revenues to be derived from the Crescent City Jockey Club, but that internal strife and discord in this organization has resulted in their keeping all of the revenue derived from the race meetings conducted at that track in its own treasury and that this has hastened the disruption of the governing body. These published reports also have it that at the monthly meeting, which was held at the offices in this city September 2, the question of disbanding was before the stewards, but that the Cella interest, was outvoted and the Cella members did not press the matter further, for the reason that they control the Crescent City Jockey Club, at New Orleans and adopted the subsequent method of withholding its financial support and that all the fines and license fees collected would nob find their way into the funds of the Western Jockey Club. John Condon said yesterday that he had heard nothing of the reported intention to disband "the Western Jockey Club and was of the opinion lie would know about it if any such move was contemplated or in action. Furthermore, he made the interesting statement that for the last two years the stewards of the Western Jockey Club have voluntarily- lieeri" serving-without -salary. This -would seem to eviscerate the backbone of the New Orleans story. Secretary Woodruff also said the whole story was in the line of unexpected news to him and seemed undisturbed as to his tenure of office. Altogether it seems some excellent newspapers have been decidedly imposed on. As to the status of Mr. Bush, the following dispatch seems to cover the case. New Orleans, La., December ,16. The Fair Grounds officials today issued a denial of the statement wired from here last-night to the effect that the Crescent City Jockey Club had withdrawn from the Western Jockey Club. It Is admitted that no remittances have been made to the old government body to cover receipts from licenses issued to trainers and jockeys, as that matter is held in alieyance under an agreement with tlie officials of the American Turf Association. A license issued by either is recognized by the other; so to all practical purposes, as far as the local situation is concerned, the American Turf Association and Western Jockey Club are but one body, the only difference being in some details of the rules directly governing the racing. Mr. Bush is recognized in every way as the steward of. -the Western Jockey Club, but under the agreement that no stockholder of either track shall enter the. judges stand, he does not go there.

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