Douglas Park Horsemen Pleased: Official Notice Sent Them That the Latonia Meeting Will Begin with Bookmaking, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-16


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1 t 1 i . t j 1 t 1 i 1 i i s ; 1 ! i i : i , , : - r 1 f r I j 1 DOUGLAS PARK HORSEMEN PLEASED. Official Notico Sent Them That the Latonia Meeting Will Begin with Bookmaking. Louisville. Ky.. October 15. The State Racing Commissions action or yesterday In refusing the Latonia Jockey Club permission to put on books at tiie coining meeting and the probable attitude of the Latonia management in regard to Hie matter, held chief interest in a racing way for the horsemen today until an ollicial announcement came from Secretary John 15. Dillon of Latonia in the form of a telegram addressed to John Hachmeister in the following language: "At a meeting of the board of directors of the Latonia Jockey Club today they decided to abandon the pari-niutuel machines and reinstate bookmaking. Fall meeting begins October 19." This announcement signifies that the Latonia management intends to cam- the matter into the courts for a review, which, under the act that created the commission, they have a right to do. While some horsemen deplore the fact that the matter has te be carried into court, others take the stand that the commission is exceeding its authority. Milton Youngs announcement that he would take over the Latonia track and run off the dates with a uniform standard of 50 purses, was severely commented on by nearly all the he-semen. Charles F. Grainger of the State Racing Commission, in explaining his attitude with reference to the putting on of books at Latonia, said this afternoon: "Everybody knows that I believe pari-mutuels are the thing, and this fall I expected one of the greatest meetings in the history of Louisville with that form of betting, but a combination of circumstances worked to their disadvantage. I found a majority of men Interested in the welfare of the turf differing with my opinion. I have no desire to place my judgment against that of the overwhelming majority. When the turfmen and those identified with the Latonia Jockey Club, who have a vast sum of money invested, stated to the racing commission that they could show where the books would be advantageous and the pari-mutuels would result in a heavy loss. I decided that it would le only fair to give them a trial. I do not believe In working a hardship on anybody." Mr. Hachmeister. treasurer of the Latonia Jockey Club, was seen this afternoon and when asked what would he done up the line, he replied: "All that I can say is that the Latonia Jockey Club is going ahead and will try to pull off a meeting at the Milldale course with the hooks on. As to what will transpire later, naturally I am not in a position to .say at present. Possibly the commission may attempt to interfere and possibly it may not. Slmuhl it take a hand and try to restrain the books from being used there, of course the matter will be taken into the courts and definitely thrashed out there." Woodford and Buekners two-year-old. Friend Harry, furnished the sensation of the afternoon in a racing way, incidentally jumping into the top rank among the western youngsters at one bound bv his impressive performance and victory in the fifth race. He was in with a good band that included Crystal Maid. Anna L. Daley. Gerrymander and other winners. He allowed Anna L. Daley to set a tremendously fast pace, but on sufferance only, for the first half, and when called on lu dashed by her with apparent ease and won cantering near the end in track record time for the six furlongs. Anna L. Daley, by her early advantage, was good enough to 1 bold second place from Gerrymander, and the uncertain Crystal Maid finished iu fourth place. Talk of a match between Jeff Bernstein and Friend Harry immediately developed, and for a time it was thought that the proposition would be entertained by both owners. The matter is sHll hanging fire, but it is unlikely that Hie respective owners will accede to each others stipulations. One of the best cards of the present meeting : brought the banner attendance since the opening and speculation was correspondingly increased. Stirring r finishes came with the running of each race and I track records wero reduced or equalled in two instances. The first, came when Al Muller clipped a 1 fifth of a second from his former mark of 1:001 for five and a half furlongs, and tied Marbles 1:00A. The mile handicap for all ages went to W. T. Overton after a furious drive to outstav Old Honesty. Sir Cleges landing In third place. The disappointment of the race proved to be Zienap, Hie heavily backed favorite. She ran far below her previous efforts here and was never a serious factor, finishing in last place and beaten off. The time of the race. l:40i, reduces the former l:40jt set by Miltiades In 1 190 G. The closing race at a mile and seventy yards re-suited in a run-up after Hostile Hyphens victory over Topsy Robinson. S. Nugent, who trains Arrow i Swift, which finished fourth In the race, raised Hostile Hyphen 200 over his entered price of SG0O, but failed to get him. His bid of ,000 came a I trltle lajte. Nugent then put in a claim for Topsv . Robinson, which he got for . Fourteen mediocre , two-year-olds started in the second race and Buf- 1 fons. the favorite, proved much the best by winning r as his rider pleased from Mrs. Sewall. Pat Dunnes , Severus had matters practically his own way In the third race and won with speed to spare. Bro. Breeze, which was a carded starter in the -. closing race, was ordered withdrawn on account of lack of identification. Through a mistake on the part of the calculators. , holders of place tickets on Friend Harry and Anua 1 D. Daley were paid off a fraction short. The right t amount is shown in the form charts. Tiie officials for the Latonia meeting will be Charles Price, presiding judge: John It. Dillon, associate - judge: E. W. Maginn, racing secretary, and J. . Holtman. starter.

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