Jockey Clubs Protest Unavailing: Governor Hughes Affixes His Signature to Recently-Enacted Agnew-Perkins Bills, Daily Racing Form, 1910-06-16


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JOCKEY CLUBS PROTEST UNAVAILING. Governor Hughes Affixes His Signature to Recently-Enacted Agncw-Perkins Bills, New York. June 15. — Governor Hughes today signi-d the three Agnew Perkins luMs desigu-cl to prevent oral bookuiaking at race tracks. One bill makes it a misdemeanor punishable bv imprisonment for a period of not more than one year for a jiersou who tnake.-s book on a horse race, "with or without writing." The- law is designed to meet tie- Court of Appeals decision, which, it was claimeel. permitted oral betting and oral leookmaking. and takes effect Seotemlier 1. Another bill repeals the section of the Percy-Gray racing law which exempted from personal liability trustees or directors of racing associations who caused signs to be paated at their tracks to the effect that gambling was prohibited and who employed oflie-ers to enforce the law. even though such gambling was carried on. The third bill makes the anti-gambling Recti 11 of the penal code- apply to r.ue tracks. These bills were vigorously opposed in the legislature by the racing interests and at a hearing before the governor. The governor also signed Senator Sehlossers bill repealing the tax of five per cent. 011 the gross receipts of trotting and running race meetings. In discussing the signing of the bills bv Governor Hughes. F. R. Hitchcock, speaking for the Coney Island Jockey Club, said: "We will go on racing as scheduled. Our meeting will open Friday with the Suburban Handicap and as far as I know racins will continue until Sep-temlier 1. There is no law against racing and we arc violating 110 statute." It is understood that a meeting of the Jockey Club has been called for tomorrow morning t CMBhtef the situation.

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