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RACE TRACK TAX NOT TAINTED MONEY. Concerning Governor Hughes crusade against racing, the New York Sun pertinently enough siv-"Ier- ;is who are trying to create the impression at Albany that tla? state agricultural societies have been cutting up gambling money in the shape of lhe state racing tax, |*ossihly overlook the fact that not one dollar in revenue from the bookmakers is included in the amount collected from the Jockey Club tracks by the state. Two years ago all business relations with the betting ring were severed by the race track owners, so that since then Hastate tax has ta-eii levied on the gloss gate receipts exclusively. As the racing authorities do not in any way recognise betting, which is regarded by k them as a matter of personal business between so-called layers and players, it is set forth by the • friends of the spurt that such a thing as gambling money does not really exist, and that whatever legislation may be passed relative to bookmaking. the operation of the tracks will not He stopped. Racing men arc of the opinion that no matter what means might be resorted to to stop liooking, il would t.e a difficult task to convict any one of bookmaking if he simply made a personal wager with friend or patron in which no money was passed al the track and no token was given by hich such wager could 1m- collected.