Virginia Reports Encouraging, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-20


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VIRGINIA REPORTS ENCOURAGING. Washington, D. C, December 19. The movement to rehabiliate racing in the Old Dominion State, first received its impetus during the fall meeting of the Washington Jockey Club, by the breeders and horsemen gathered there organizing themselves for the purpose of systematically conducting a canvass and likewise a campaign of the state to ascertain the sentiinenj of the people of the commonwealth. The new organization is much gratified to learn that there is a strong sentiment In favor of racing as shown by the records of the several county fair associations, which report that attendance has been double where racing with betting thereon was had in conjunction with the agricultural exhibits. Horsemen here with stables wintering at the Benning track, are watching the progress of the movement for racing across the Potomac. They would welcome a change from Benning to a new track situated near Alexandria for early spring racing and for wintering purposes, as they are convinced that the soil on the local track has a debiltating effect on horses running on it and has been responsible for many horses not attaining their best racing form until late in the season.

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