Candidates View of Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-24


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CANDIDATES VIEW OF RACING. Lieutenant-Governor J. Y. Sanders, wild is a candidate for Governor of Louisiana, in a speech, the first he has made, at New Orleans last Tuesday night, in touching upon the question of racing, said: x "A short time ago I was asked to make public my views on horse racing in New Orleans, a subject which is at present provoking considerable discussion. I unhesitatingly stated in positive terms that racing as presently conducted is a bad thing for New Orleans and the State, and in an interview had with me on this? subject on December 3 I said: " There can be no doubt that racing, ns presently carried on in this community, is .demoralizing in its tendencies, subversive of good morals, and especially dangerous in its effects upon the youth of the city and State. " Sunday racing, night racing and racing enterprises that operate all the year aroimd arc intolerable nuisances, which, ougbtr to find no placeamong an enlightened people. " It behooves those who are interested in racing plants in New Orleans and throughout rthu State to see to it that the sport is conducted upon a clean and honest basis, that gambling and all other obnoxious features, should be rigidly excluded and that the business should be so carried on as uot to offend the decency and moral sense of the people. " Should tills not be done, there can be no doubr that the people of the State will take speedy steps to put an end forever to racing in Louisiana. " Under proper control and regulation, with the obnoxious features" eliminated and the .gambling features cut out, racing may continue to be one of the attractions of New Orleans in the winter months, but racing run mad, as has been the -case in the city of New Orleans for the past few years, is certainly doomed to extinction. " Under the best conditions the people of this community are not of one mind as to whether or not racing is a good thing for New Orleans. Under the present conditions all are of one mind that it is a bad thing for New Orleans and for the State "

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