Kentuckys Statement to New York, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-21


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KENTUCKYS STATEMENT TO NEW YORK. Jewel t Sbouse. who was one of the Kentucky delegation ap|K inted to represent the breeders of that stale at the hearing before the Codes Commit tees of the Agnew-Hart bill at Albany. Wednesday, in presenting several petitions bearing the signatures of nearly all the members of the Kentucky legislature at Frank fort ,iml several thousand proini nenl citizens of that state, said: "We believe the repeal of i he Percy « Iray law-will result in the discontinuance of racing in Aliiiiea. We know thai 1h. discontinuation of racing will ineau the immediate deterioration of the k*M«l of thoroughbred hoi -es. History shows that from this breed have ln-eii developed the stand aril bred, the saddle horse and tie- Morgan, the only throe breeds which this country has produced. Through the tests of racing tie- F.uglish people evolved til" thoroughbred horse from an Arab pony less than fourteen hands in height and encouraged by the liberal slakes wbih associations in your state have offered, the American people have gone forward with that development and have done much to make the horse what he is today. For these reasons we think that the question at issue is not as important in its bearing upon either New York or Kentucky individually as in its bearing toward the entire country and the horse interests of the entire country, and we therefore beMcTe that on I lie broad grounds of a national issue your general assembly will do us the courtesy to allow us to express our opinion. ••More specifically as applying to Kentucky, it is a fact that many prominent citizens of New York Imvc millions of dollars invested in the ihor oiighbied nurseries in Kentucky, and that other millions m similarly invested by citizens of our ttLalc."

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