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I ! , ! I , I , , t KENTUCKY BREEDERS ISSUE AN APPEAL. Lexington. Ky., February 5. -The situation in New York lias aroused the breeders of thoroughbreds in Kentucky to unusual activity. A petition, of which the following is a copy, was put in general cir.-tilation throughout seven or eight counties today for signatures: "To the senate, assembly and press of the State of New York: " We. breeders and other citizens of the Blue Una region of Kentucky, do envnestly appeal to you to oppose any legislation detrimental to racing in the state of New York. The fact that New York is the metropolis of our country makes it a natural market for all the Ik-si of any product and this, we belieu-. gives us the right to make this appeal. The blue grass section of our state annually sends to the New York market Sfl.OOO.ooo worth of thoroughbred yearlings and any legislation which would be injurious to racing, would practically and entirely remove this important source of revenue and would depreciate value of our lands fifty per cent. The breeding of thoroughbreds is one of the principal industries of our state. Business is based on annual sales. Business BWBSJN are made due and collectable after these sales and the repeal of the Percy-Cray law would be a disaster second to none that might befall our beautiful and famous section of Kentucky." •• Copies of this petition have lneu mailed to breeders iu Tennessee ami Virginia with a request that is many signatures as possible be secured. Here names of many business men. bankers, merchants. factors, lawyers and other professional men are being subscribed. In a word it is a ease of bread and meat. Jouett Shouse. secretary of the Kentucky Breed ing Bure.-Mi. returned today from New York. lb-says the situation is critical. "It is an even money chance from what 1 was able to learn Whether or not the Percy-Cray law-will lie repealed." said he. "Governor Hughes is putting all his personal strength into ths fight for the repeal of the bill and is relegating all ether legislation to the hack ground. .My judgment is. however, that good sense will prevail and that the law will not be repealed. The Jockey Club is cx-. citing every iidiueiicc to present the conditions to people to make ihem understand that a repeal law-would put the poolroom magnates into tlie saddle and that they would be able to promote a nefarious traffic unrestrained." "Bub" .May arrived today from New Orleans. Says he will si end the next two mouths at home here. His three horses. Marbles Please and Pa-. triot. the latter a two-year-old. are at the local track. May says Nastunia is the best two-year-old at New Orleans.