No Racing Probable at New Orleans, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-12


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NO RACING PROBABLE AT NEW ORLEANS. New Orleans, La., November 11. An important conference between people interested in the meeting to be given by the Cuban Jockey Club at Havana this winter was held in New Orleans this morning. Those present included Charles O. Smith. S. Abrams and Secretary Hcrnandes of the Cuban Jockey Club. Among the matters discussed was the policing of the track and it was decided to employ the Pinker-ton Detective Agency to look after this end of the business. The club intends that its meeting shall be free of all objectionable characters and no one will be permitted on the grounds of the Almcndares course who is in bad standing at other places. Touts will not be tolerated and the United States and Cuban authorities have both promised their aid in ridding the turf in Cuba of this pest. Applications for stable room " have been pouring in and all space on the steamship Excelsior, which sails from here on Thursday. November 20. has been reserved by horsemen who at present are racing on the Texas circuit. All attempts to race at cither of the big tracks here this winter have been practically abandoned and Samuel F. Hcaslip is awaiting the consent of Messrs. Corrigan and Rhinock before giving out a final statement to the press in regard to the matter. There is some talk of a meeting at one of the half-mile rings which is controlled by the notorious Rabb, where promises of 00 purses have leen made. Some of- tho riffraff who are willing to take any sort of a chance may be attracted by this announcement, but a majority of the natives here are- of the one opinion and that Is that racing in New Orleans Is dead, for the time being at least. So strong is this sentiment here that several owners have asked for stable room at Havana. Louis Bartho being one of the number who has elected to ship to Cuba. Arrangements have practically been consummated with tho International News Co. to provide service on the Havana races to American concerns this winter.

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