Racing In The Argentine Republic., Daily Racing Form, 1910-01-19


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RACING IN THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC After a visit of four months in the Argentine Re ¬ public Clarence Hailey a leading Newmarket photographer who Is back in England pays high tribute to everything he saw in the South American countries especially that concerning racing and breeding breedingAccording According to Sir Hailey a foreign book or betting at one track on racing going on at another is the custom of Argentina The betting is done through the parimutuels At Rosario a track three hundred miles from Buenos Ayres every facil ¬ ity is provided for its visitors to wager upon the races then going on at Buenos Ayres The pari inutuel oflices are In direct telephone communication communicationThe The horses and jockeys are displayed at both places simultaneously and the betting begins and ends at practically the same moment The amount taken In the iniciiiirs at Rosario Is telephoned to the Palermo track at Buenos Ayres and is added to the money invested at the latter place This makes the dividend the same at both places A man can therefore bet at Rosario ou the racing at Pal ¬ ermo just as well as if he were on the course at Buenos Ayres Ten per cent is deducted but the Rosario managements pays to the Buenos Ayres man ¬ agement live per cent But for the revenue thus de ¬ rived racing at Rosario could not exist existAt At Palermo the conveniences for the public and the Jockey Club members could not be excelled Ad ¬ mission to the cheap enclosure costs 85 cents The rough element is absent and everything is pleasant for visitors In the principal public enclosure the charge for men is 325 and for women 125 There are elevators to carry the crowds to the top of the stand There are one hundred and fifty uniformed messengers in attendance for the purpose of placing wagers in the nmtucls There is no noise no con ¬ fusion partyIn everything is like a garden party In the parinmtuels the amount handled on the big days is 50000 of which ten per cent or 35000 is retained by the management The race course is one mile and threequarters in circumference There is a straight sixfurlongs course The horses race on dirt but there Is some talk of laying down turf turfThe The method of starting is the walk up and Mr Hailey says it is nearly perfect After every race the horses are taken into a corner of the paddock and have a hose turned on them They seem to like it After this they are well rubbed down In the training gallops no saddles are used usedEnglander Englander a North American jockey with no particular reputation in the United States or Canada is now the best rider at Buenos Ayres He was re ¬ markably successful in making roguish cunning animals do their best in races He is now under contract to Mr Unzue one of Buenos Ayres chief racing men who owns the most extensive breeding farm in Argentina It Is known as San Jacinto and covers an area of ground twentyOne miles long by eighteen miles wide Mr Unzue has five other camps at one of which there are 50000 ostriches These are let to dealers at the rate of 150 a bird per annum for the feathers feathersMany Many of the paddocks of the stud farm are three miles long and it sometimes takes half a day to find a particular mare and foal All the stud grooms are either English or Irish They receive three per cent commission on the yearlings sold annually The foals have grand bone and substance

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