Lexington Dates in Controversy, Daily Racing Form, 1908-03-06


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1 . j , I . I , ■ LEXINGTON DATES IN CONTROVERSY. Lexington. Ky.. March 5. — The proposition to sandwich the Lexington meeting between those at lioiiisvillc and Lalonia is meeting with opposition here. Just about a mouth ago the idea was sug-i , gested by G arret D. Wilson to two or three others of tin- boars: of directors of the Kentucky Association and for a day or two there was talk of a meeting of the bears to be held prior to the departure of Vice President Hal P. Ileadley for Mexico that a vtde might be taken on the dates to bo requested of he State Racing Commission. Then came the announcement that the commission would .not consider applications for dates until the latter part of the present month and the directors did not meet. Since that time considerable opposition has developed and only a day or two ago several of the trainers at the local track decided to see the dirt dors iu person and ask Cheat not to depart from the long established order —Lexington. Ix uisville, LatoSHS -unless llje State Racing Commission should deem it wise to do so. and there is said to be little probability that the commission will want to make the change. Those in favor of the old on r want tin.- local meeting to ojHti April 20 and continue ten days, ending Thursday. April M. Louisville, it is understood, expects to open Saturday, May 2, and continue nineteen days, ending on May 23. Lab-nia will probably be given twenty-four days. Under the old order Latonia would o] on May 25 and continue to aud including June 20. The new proposiiion would put the opening at Lexington on May 21 and the closing at Latonia to the first week in July. It is argued by those favoring the change that the trainers at Lexington would have more time in which to get ready; that there would be less likelihood of bad weather; that they could ship only those ready to race to Louisville and then come back at little expense and that the horsemen shipping up from the south would send only the most tit of their strings here after the Churchill Downs meeting and that this would mean bett-T racing here and a saving to the horsemen. Those opposing the plan say that this has been a decidedly open winter and that there will be no question about getting ready by April 20. They contend that few of the local trainers would want to ship all of their horses to Louisville and that none of them would willingly divide tbeir stables for nineteen days if thoy can avoid it. It is further contended that the better racing is to be had on the early dates here, for the reason that there is always keen desire to see the crack two and three-year -olds from the south lock horns with the supposed best of their ages wintering here. *

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