Kentucky Racing Commission Action: Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and Apprentices Warned That Their Licenses May be Revoked, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-22


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; 1 1 KENTUCKY RACING COMMISSION ACTION. Owners. Trainers, Jockeys and Apprentices Warned That Their Licenses May Be Revoked. Lexington. Ky.. October 21. A fight to a finish between the State Racing Commission and the Latonia Jockey Club is on. When the commission went into session here at 11:30 oclock this morning. Secretary Rouse read a telegram from attorney Harvey Myers, acting president of the Latonia Jockey Club.annouiic ing that a petition for a review of the action of the commission in forbidding betting by bookmaking and revoking the license of the Latonia Jockey Club, and further setting up a claim that the act creating the commission is unconstitutional, had been tiled in the Kenton County Circuit Court at Covington. After a general discussion of the situation, occupying over an hour, the commission, all present except Mr. Grainger, announced the passage of the following resolution: . "The trainers, jockevs and apprentices licensed by this commission are hereby notified that the license or the Latonia Jockey Club has been revoked, to take effect on October 20. RMS. at 1 oclock, and this commission calls their attention to section four of the act creating the commission, and we warn said trainers, jockeys and apprentices that further participation in said meeting may cause their licenses to be revoked." Section four of the act creating the commission reads as follows: . "Every running race meeting at which racing shall be permitted for any stake, purse or reward, except as allowed by this act. is hereby declared to he a public nuisance, and every person acting or aiding thereby shall be deeme.d guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a line of not less than 00 nor more than ,000 for each day of such meeting or racing, and. in addition thereto, in a suit brought for the purpose by the State Racing Commission in the Circuit Court, where it may be proposed to conduct such unauthorized racing, an injunction may be obtained against the same." A letter setting out the facts covering the action of the State Racing Commission against the Latonia Jockey Club, showing causes therefor and directing attention to the act creating the commission, was addressed to Attorney-General Breathitt and taken at one oclock by Chairman Chinn to Frankfort. The commission adjourned to meet again tomorrow or tho day following, subject to the call of Chairman Chinn. It is the purpose of the commission to proceed against the Latonia Jockey Club as prescribed in section four, and expectation here is that Attorney-General Breathitt will file a suit in the Kenton County Circuit Court tomorrow morning. The mat-. ter will, it is understood, be formally brought to 1 the attention of Governor AVilson tomorrow also. Tho governor was not in Frankfort today, filling a . speaking engagement at Whitesburg. Secretary Rouse left here this afternoon with Instructions from the commission to deliver at the Latonia track an official copy of the commissions warning to trainers, jockeys and apprentices. Sccre-1 lary Rouse, just licfore his departure for Covington. made the significant remark: "The result of all : this will be the breaking up of racing in Kentucky" This opinion is not shared by the majority of peo- pie in this section, hut the greater number arc of the notion that it will mean the passing of the unwanted Cella-interests in this state.

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