Comment on Eastern Situation, Daily Racing Form, 1910-07-12


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COMMENT ON EASTERN SITUATION. It is not a certainty that racing will end 011 the New York tracks when the new Agnew-Perkins iaws go into effect on September 1. At least that is the information that comes to The Sun from a reliable source. When the various track owners met here 011 Thursday to discuss the outlook several racing associations expressed a willingness to go ahead with the original schedule pending a test of the new-laws in the courts. It is understood that the representatives of the Coney Island Jockey Club, which is scheduled to race twelve days in the early part of September, did not favor this plan witli much enthusiasm, whereupon it was suggested that the Sheepshead Bay dates might tie assumed by the Saratoga Racing Association, which would extend the sieeting at the Spa until September 10. In that event it was pointed out that the Futurity and other rich stakes could be run off up the state and that test eases might lie brought in Saratoga County. If this plan could not lie carried out it was suggested that the Belmont Park meeting in Nassau County could lie brought forward to till the dates already allotted to the Coney Island Jockey Club, after which Oravesend could go ahead, followed by mee tings at Jamaica anil Aqueduct that would wind up the local season on November 1 or perhaps earlier. In justice to the horsemen who have remained loyal to the Jockey Club it was shown that a definite plan of action should lie made known not later than August 1. so that if it was decided to close the gates a mouth later turfmen could make their arrangements to go elsewhere. The racing associations, it is understood, have been legally advised that the new law prohibiting so-called "iKxikinakins with or without writing" does not prevent individual betting which is going on orally at the present time. For thai reason the racing associations feel confident that if betting orally is pronounced legal by the courts they cannot be heN CrimtaaUy liable for speculation that may take place aasong individuals inside ,f the race courses. Eminent legal authorities who have been consulted say it is Hot a crime to make a bet. It is also argued that when the Agaew -Perkins measures were up for final passage their sponsers made it clear that the legislation was not aimed at the private bettors. On this point depends the future of racing in this state and it is said the track owners Intend to make a hard tight to have it legally established. — New York Sun.

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