Kentucky Breeders Dealt Hard Blow., Daily Racing Form, 1908-06-12


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KENTUCKY BREEDERS DEALT HARD BLOW Lexington Ky June 11 News of the passage of the antiracing bills by the New York legislature came as a distinct shock to the majority of people in the blue grass region It Is the severest blow that has ever been struck at one of Kentuckys industries While the action was not entirely mi expected there was here an abiding hope that Gov ¬ ernor Hughes thrust at the heart of racing would at least again be parried In a financial way the effect will be far more depressing upon the people of Lexington and vicinity than upon the people of New York Breeding raising and handling of thor ¬ oughbred horses Is the most important single in ¬ dustry in this section Millions of dollars are in ¬ vested in horses and farms the value of which it is estimated will depreciate ns much as twenty live per cent if not fifty The revenue coming Into Lexington from sales of yearlings has annually approached 2000OCO Conservative horsemen now say that this sum will be cut in half or nearly so at least Cutting away this revenue means much to the business of Lexington more than people else ¬ where can possibly realize realizeIf If racing is to be entirely closed in the vicinity of New York it seems that scores of men in this sec ¬ tion of the country will become bankrupt It may mean the ultimate passing of such splendid estab ¬ lishments as James 11 Keenes Castleton August Belmonts Nursery Clarence H Mackays Kingston Miller Bishops Mlllstream Milton Youngs Mc Grathiaua and James B Haggins Elmendorf It may be that the law will be found defective and racing survive in New York but horsemen here look upon the situation as hopeless and are intensely discouraged The time for shipment of yearlings to New York for sale at Shccpshead Bay has ar ¬ rived but it is not believed that there will be any change in the plans of the breeders Those who could be seen today said that they would ship the horses and let them so for what they will bring The first shipment will be that of 100 catalogued from Elmendorf They will leave on a special train of ten cars Saturday morning unless Mr Haggin instructs that they be held here Manager Berry iniii said at six oclock that he had received no Instructions of that kind from Mr Haggin

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